Dumler pleads: Supe gets 30 days for sexual battery
Albemarle County Supervisor Christopher Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in Albemarle County General District Court on Thursday morning January 31. He will serve 30 days behind bars.
"I'm very proud of the victim," said Fluvanna County Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Haislip, who was appointed special prosecutor in the case. "We could not have done this without her courage and the others that came forward."
Dressed in a red sweater and dark suit, the 27-year-old Dumler, a self-employed attorney who was elected to the county Board of Supervisors representing the Scottsville district in 2011, appeared calm and smiled with his attorneys before entering the plea.
Dumler, originally charged with felony sexual assault and forcible sodomy stemming from an October 4 incident, did not take questions following the hearing, but his attorney, Andrew Sneathern, says the plea also calls for Dumler to undergo a full psychosexual evaluation and to issue an apology to his victim.
In recent weeks, a second victim came forward alleging Dumler had raped and sodomized her multiple times in the fall of 2006, when he was in his first year at UVA Law School. Sneathern declined to comment on whether that woman's allegations played a role in Dumler's decision to plead, although he affirms that the plea includes an agreement that no additional charges against Dumler will be brought. All but 60 days of the 12 month sentence was suspended, and, Sneathern says, Virginia law requires Dumler to serve only 30 days.
Dumler will report to Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail on March 8 and will serve his time on weekends, pending jail approval.
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