Larry Isgrig, 53, was ordered to prison by Judge David Mobley for three felonies – two counts of statutory sodomy and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

A Paris man was ordered Friday during a hearing at the Monroe County Courthouse in Paris to spend 16 years in prison for three felonies related to sex with an underage teenage boy.

Larry Isgrig, 53, was ordered to prison by Judge David Mobley for three felonies – two counts of statutory sodomy and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Isgrig entered a guilty plea to the charges in June.

He was sentenced to six years each on the sodomy convictions and four years for endangering. Judge Mobley ordered the sentences to be served consecutively. Isgrig will also be required register as a sex offender.

He was arrested and charged with sodomy on a teenage boy on April 17, 2017. Isgrig said that he is a retired U.S. Army noncommissioned officer who moved to Paris following his military career to open a computer business and operate a technology consulting practice.

During his sentencing hearing, Isgrig pleaded with the judge for a leniency, saying that he was a “good person” who made a mistake. He cited community service, contributions to charities and what he called his work with Family Life Fellowship Church in Moberly and FaithWalk Ministries in Paris as reasons to avoid prison.

“I seek a probation sentence,” Isgrig said during a rambling reading of two letters – one intended for victim and one to the judge. He the letters were written during his first months in jail last year, adding later that he wants to “to be able to return to the community as a leader.”

Isgrig said that he fell “compassionately in love” with the victim, saying that he did not mean to “cause any harm.”

“I am remorseful for the intimate relationship before you were 17 years old,” he wrote in the letter intended for the victim, saying that he hoped to one day reunite. 

In a presentencing report and in testimony on Friday, the court was told that teenage boy reportedly suffered from behavioral issues that caused him problems in school.

As he announced the sentence, Judge Mobley said Isgrig took advantage of the teen’s mental state and that he was not seeing the relationship with a teenager as inappropriate. 

“In your mind, you consider and hold out the possibility that the two of you will be an item,” Judge Mobley said. “You texted … ‘you know I want a young partner really bad.’ That’s where this morphed to being really creepy…You were 51 and texted you want a young partner…and you found one.”

Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick said after the hearing that Isgrig’s sentence is appropriate.

“I’m pleased with the outcome of this case. I never recommend probation in cases like this and clearly Judge Mobley recognized the danger he (Isgrig) is to our community,” Kendrick said.