Sexually offended: Grabber gets 8 months
The man who reached under a woman's skirt and grabbed her genitalia outside Club 216 last fall was sentenced to eight months in jail.
Antoine Rashard Anderson, 29, was found guilty of sexual battery, a misdemeanor, May 31 after Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire rejected a charge of attempted object penetration, a Class 4 felony.
On July 7, he received a 12-month sentence with four months suspended. Anderson also was found guilty of public drunkenness, and ordered to not consume alcohol for a year.
"I was pretty happy with that," says the victim, Caitlin Mahoney, 24. "I was expecting something like three months."
Mahoney was outraged that such an intimate assault was a misdemeanor, and says she's talked to state legislators about changing the statute on sexual battery, which she believes is outdated.
"You can molest someone and not be on the sexual offender registry," says Mahoney. "That doesn't make sense to me."
She calls Anderson's behavior "outrageous," and thinks such attacks are a serious problem in Charlottesville.
And since the attack, "things have changed for me in a bad way," says Mahoney. "I'm not comfortable out in public alone– even though I wasn't alone that night."
"We felt this case warranted treatment as a felony," says prosecutor Matthew Quatrara.
"Misdemeanor sexual batteries are among the most serious cases we see and are treated the most seriously because they are personal crimes," says Quatrara. "People are traumatized."