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Plea deal reached in sex abuse case

Man sentenced to 14 years in prison for the molestation of a 5-year-old girl

By Ben Orcutt - borcutt@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- A Warren County man will spend 14 years behind bars after admitting that he sexually abused a girl under the age of 13 over nearly a 14-month period.

Timothy Brad Anderson, 32, of 1481 Bucks Mill Road, Front Royal, was sentenced to 14 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp last week, after Anderson had entered a plea agreement in June to five charges of molesting a girl who was 5 when the abuse began on Dec. 26, 2007, continuing through Feb. 20, 2009.

Hupp sentenced Anderson to the 14-year term on one of the five counts, which was the high end of the state voluntary sentencing guidelines, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Nicholas L. Manthos, who said the recommended range of active incarceration was six years and nine months to 14 years in prison.

The plea agreement, which was reached by Manthos and public defender Michael M. Fleming, was accepted by substitute Judge J. Howe Brown Jr.

Hupp sentenced Anderson to 10 years on each of the remaining four charges, suspending the 40 years, and ordered that Anderson be placed on 20 years of probation upon release, with the first five years supervised, court records say.

According to a July 24 sex offender evaluation completed by Ilona Gravers, a clinical psychologist and certified sex offender treatment provider with Salveo Consulting of Oak Hill, Anderson said that he taught the victim "how to masturbate him and showed her pornography."

In the report, Gravers says that Anderson "meets criteria for pedophilia" and "presents a moderate risk to community safety."

Manthos said that Hupp was "upset the defendant would do something to such a young child and number two, that it would continue over [14 months], which to the judge appeared to indicate it was planned out and very intentional during that period of time."

"I understand the child has been in some counseling," Manthos added. "The child's doing well. Hopefully being so young, she'll be resilient. It came out by talking to the parents. From there, it pretty much just came out and then the defendant was interviewed by law enforcement and essentially fessed up to everything."

Manthos said that the victim's mother was in court for the sentencing and was satisfied with the plea agreement.

"Thank God he didn't go any further and he's where he needs to be," Manthos said.

Investigator Ray A. Fogle says in a March 10 affidavit for a warrant to search Anderson's residence on file in court records that the Warren County Sheriff's Office received a complaint on Feb. 28 about a sexual battery occurring there involving a juvenile.

"During the investigation, Mr. Timothy Brad Anderson, who lives in an outbuilding located at 1481 Bucks Mill Road and has access to the main residence, was interviewed in which Mr. Anderson admitted to the sexual battery and that he watched porn videos during the act," Fogle says in the affidavit.

The search inventory, also on file in Circuit Court, indicates that Fogle seized a massage cushion, two VHS tapes and an electronic device from the residence.

Court records indicate that Anderson was found guilty in Frederick County in 2004 of misdemeanor assault and battery, and misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member in Warren County in 2005. In each case, he received a suspended sentence, according to court documents.

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