Sex offender sentenced to 25 years for injecting teen girls with meth

Lonnie Lee Lunsford, 31,

A registered sex offender who injected teen girls with meth at his home in Texarkana, Ark., was sentenced to 25 years at a hearing in Miller County Monday morning.

Lonnie Lee Lunsford, 31, pleaded guilty to 40 counts of introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another. He was assessed a 10-year suspended sentence in addition to the 25 years.

Lunsford began giving a 16-year-old girl intravenous doses of methamphetamine at his home in the 500 block of Orleans Street in Texarkana beginning in June 2014, according to a probable cause affidavit. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Cotten said other girls would have testified against Lunsford as well if the case hadn’t resolved with a plea.

The girl told investigators she was unable to inject herself when Lunsford offered to do it for her. The victim reported that when Lunsford injected her, she felt high for several days.

“The victim told me that she was almost perpetually under the influence of methamphetamine for two months prior to Lunsford going to jail, and this fits the frequency that she had mentioned to me in an earlier interview of at least 20 injections over a two-month span of time,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Lunsford was serving a five-year probation for residential burglary and a five-year probation for failing to register as a sex offender when he was jailed last year on the controlled substance charges. Lunsford is required to register as a sex offender because of a 2003 conviction in Clark County, Nev., for coercion.

Lunsford received a 15-year sentence Jan. 11 for the probations he failed to successfully complete. Johnson ordered him to serve that sentence at the same time he is serving his sentence for injecting minors with meth.

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