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Count dropped against alleged would-be kidnapper

Edinburg resident accused of trying to get 15-year-old girl into his vehicle

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- An attempted abduction charge against an Edinburg man has been dropped in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

William Henry Beatty, 63, of 241 Rolling Hills Lane, was indicted Oct. 12 for the attempted abduction of a 15-year-old girl.

The charge was dropped on a prosecutorial motion Feb. 8, according to court records.
A reason for the motion wasn't stated, and Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda Wiseley couldn't be reached for comment.

A 15-year-old girl told Woodstock police officers on Aug. 19 that she was walking down the entrance road to the Food Lion Shopping Center when Beatty pulled up in a car and asked, "Hey babe, want a ride?" according to a criminal complaint written by Investigator Derek Good.

It says the girl said no, and that she was going to Sheetz to meet her mother.

"The female stated that the male then stopped his vehicle, got out, grabbed her arm, and attempted to pull her towards his vehicle," the complaint says.

It says the girl managed to punch the suspect in the chest and get away. She called 911 from Sheetz.

Beatty was pulled over by a Sheriff's Office deputy just south of Woodstock and identified by the teenage girl as the suspected abductor, the complaint says.

While Beatty said he'd been on the entrance road to Food Lion, he said he didn't stop his car and he didn't think he'd talked to any females while driving, the complaint says.

Surveillance video captured a car matching Beatty's turning off of the entrance road, and a few seconds later the 15-year-old can be seen running down the same road and on to the Sheetz parking lot, according to the complaint.

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    It would seem to me, that our communities would be better informed in the local press would hold our prosecutors to account for failing to comply with Virginia law.

    In this case, the prosecutors didn't "drop" the charge, but rather they nolle prossed the charge, discontinuing prosecution, but allowing the CA to bring back the charge, at any time within a year. This was done instead of a dismissal and is routinely done, without any reason being given here in Rockingham.

    Virginia law seems to prohibit this under 19.2-265.3, which states:

    "Nolle prosequi shall be entered only in the discretion of the court, upon motion of the Commonwealth with good cause therefor shown."

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