James Roland Irvin

James Irvin

Crimes: Pedophile, Sexual Assault

Once upon a time there was an evil warlock named James Roland Irvin of Mercer County, West Virginia. He possessed magical powers. He could raise the dead and cure illness. Such awesomeness! Such complete and utter bullshit.

James Roland Irvin, in case you haven’t figured it out, had zero magical powers. His one true power was to convince the naive and gullible that his bullshit was true. And using that one power, James Roland Irvin was able to sexually abuse children.

Before coming up with his warlock shtick, the pedo hellbeast had fled from Henderson, Texas to avoid facing charges of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. That was over 20 years ago. The Texas CPS Department confirmed that there were substantiated allegations of sexual assault in November 1994. It’s too damn bad that he was able to outrun justice then.

In 2007, James Irvin found himself in a sweet setup. He was living with Jessica Marie Barela, the mother of 2 young girls. They shared a home on Giles Street in Bluefield.

The hellbeast convinced Jessica Barela and her 2 daughters that he was a magical warlock who could cure illness through pagan/wiccan rituals. This was of great importance to the woman and the girls because Jessica Barela had a variety of health issues, apparently including bipolar disorder. The three of them, I’m sure, were desperate to make her better, and so they swallowed whole the codswallop James Roland Irvin fed them.

In January 2007, James Irvin convinced Jessica Barela that his magical spells had to involve the participation of her daughters. Yeah, right. And naturally their participation included disrobing for him and being sexually assaulted by him.

The girls told their mom how James Irvin was hurting them. She had to know they were being sexually abused, but she did nothing to stop the pedo bastard. Damnit, those girls weren’t even 12 years old, but their mom stood by and let them be molested.

One girl visited James Irvin’s bedroom after school regularly and perform sexual acts to try to “make Mommy well”.

The other girl was told by her mother that she was going to have to do something involving magic with James Irvin to keep her well. Of course that something involving magic was nothing short of sexual abuse.

There was a third girl who got involved. She was a friend of the family, and she too was under the age of 12. She was told by James Irvin that he had the magic to make her recently deceased father return. The poor kid. The magic, i.e. sexual assaults, took place on 4 occasions.

It wasn’t until April 20, 2014 that a police investigation began into the sexual abuse. The girls, now 7 years older, were able to tell detectives from the Bluefield Police Department about the magical warlock and his magical penis.

James IrvinJames Roland Irvin was initially charged with 18 counts of 1st-degree sexual assault, 1st-degree sexual abuse, and sexual abuse by parent or guardian. He went to trial in October 2014. By then he was facing 30 counts. Naturally the hellbeast pedo pled not guilty.

The three victims, brave girls they are, testified against him. Kudos to them!

James Irvin testified in his own defense. He claimed that he was completely innocent, that he was a Christian and not a pagan. Too bad for him the jury didn’t buy it. He was found guilty of 30 counts of sexual abuse and sexual assault.

In December 2014, James Roland Irvin, 57, was sentenced to a term of 235 to 950 years in prison. Holy crap! Even if one of his magical powers was immortality, James Irvin is facing a long, long, long stint behind bars. I think it’s safe to assume that he’ll never, ever get his grubby paws on another child again.

Jessica BarelaJessica Marie Barela was also arrested and charged. On April 29, 2015, as part of a plea deal, she pled guilty to 4 counts of child abuse with substantial risk of bodily injury, and 2 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

I commend the prosecution for negotiating a plea agreement. It spared the victims from having to testify against their own mother in court. Those girls have had a tough time of it already, and have to overcome the abuse they’d endured. I’m glad they weren’t put through the ordeal of their mother’s trial.

On August 17, 2015 Circuit Court Judge William Sadler sentenced Jessica Barela, 34, to 4 consecutive terms of 1 to 5 years in prison. That translates into a minimum of 4 years, maximum of 20 years. The woman was additionally sentenced to 50 years of intensive supervised release. If she violates the terms of the supervised release she could wind up serving the rest of the 50-year period behind bars.

Jessica Barela must also register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. Naturally she has lost custody of her children.

I wish all the best to the victims. I hope they are getting the support they need to overcome the abuse they suffered at the hands of James Irvin.

I wish a long, long lifetime of suffering for James Irvin. Maybe he can entertain his new prison buddies with magic tricks.

I wish a whole pile of therapy for Jessica Barela to help her become a decent and better human being. Mental illness is nothing to scoff at, and can result in some pretty desperate circumstances. Her girls sacrificed their own wellbeing out of their love for her. It’s beyond terrible that she allowed them to.

WVVA News article – charges
Bluefield Daily Telegraph article – guilty plea
Princeton Times Online article – sentencing delayed
Bluefield Daily Telegraph article – sentencing

11 Responses to James Roland Irvin

  1. Jeni C says:

    Cleo, I just want you to know that I have the utmost respect for you and the work you do…and the work you put into this site. I don’t know how you hold it together while researching these horrific acts committed by humans. Well, they don’t seem like humans at all! I just wanted to say keep up the good work, even though it is really sad that a website like this has to exist in the first place…because of the evil that people do. Always a faithful follower!! Keep up the good work!

    • cleo says:

      Thanks, Jeni. It keeps me busy. I’m working on a new face so that’s taking up some of my time too. It’s a toothless fellow, so that’s tricky.

      • Jeni C says:

        You’re very welcome! And with the endless number of criminal acts, I can understand how this site could take up a lot of time. Having said that, your diligence in seeking justice is helping a lot. The people you report, it gives everyone out here advice to keep us and our loved ones safe. You feature hellbeasts that the public needs to look out for (the ones who have been released from prison). You’re doing a great service for your fellow man! Can’t wait to see your next facial reconstruction. You have a God given talent for it!

      • Bengalpuss says:

        Just out of curiosity why is a toothless dude more tricky? I would’ve thought that it would’ve been easier, but i know fuck all cleo thats why i ask too many questions love.

        • cleo says:

          It’s tricky because the skull sits differently on the mandible, so it’s hard to figure out his profile. The chin looks awfully close to the nose. As well, since he was a fairly young man I figure he probably wore dentures but maybe he didn’t. A face without dentures looks caved in and totally unlike one with teeth. And I confess that I have a terrible temptation to give the poor guy a clownish grin, but I’ll contain myself.

          • Bengalpuss says:

            Cleo, i hope that you get permission to post your handy work when you finish your latest effort, i have to say they are really good, you must’ve taken some classes in forensic reconstruction? Mind you the late frank bender was self taught and his clay busts were amazing, he was the reason that john list (the man who murdered his family and went on to have a new life) was caught. John walsh from americas most wanted said “when bender does your bust, your toast” your a remarkable woman cleo, i’m glad you do what you do, even if its to get those poor souls home and laid to rest.

  2. Bengalpuss says:

    “even if one of his magical powers was immortality” lol cleo your priceless! Was the mother thick as pig shit as well as bipolar? Fucking warlock with magical powers my arse!! Poor girls, hope they get the help they need to go on and make successful and happy lives.

  3. Bengalpuss says:

    I’m just watching the canadians doing their mr big con on these stupid criminals

  4. MoodyMagic says:

    Irvin your a sick bastard. Your sentence is awesome. Good you are never getting out. Hope suffer greatly. My heart goes out to the poor victims who deserve. All the best in life

  5. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Appalling Child Abuse

  6. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Child Abuse is Evil

    Anyone that Rapes a Child in a Swimming Pool Deserves the Death Penalty
    Not to get away with Child Abuse

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