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Former fugitive sentenced in 2000 sex crime

Man tried to flee after discovery on reality show

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A Florida man accused of fleeing the country to avoid trial on a sex crime more than 10 years ago then found while appearing on a reality TV show in 2010 pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser crime.

William Edgar Dick II, 30, with a last known address of Polk City, appeared in Frederick County Circuit Court to face a jury trial on a charge of forcible sodomy. Authorities accused Dick of committing the sex crime against another teen boy at a residence in the county on June 10, 2000.

But instead of going to trial again Dick entered an agreement reached between the commonwealth and his attorney, Timothy Coyne. Under the agreement, Dick pleaded guilty to sexual battery, a misdemeanor, and received a 12-month jail sentence. The judge also ordered Dick to pay a $2,500 fine, according to court information.

However, Dick received a far stiffer penalty for his failure to appear for the original jury trial Jan. 9, 2002. The judge sentenced Dick to five years in prison with two years suspended. Dick also must serve five years of supervised probation.

When Dick didn't show for his original jury trial authorities continued to search for the defendant over the following years. However, it wasn't until almost 10 years later that investigators learned of Dick's possible whereabouts. A friend of the victim learned that Dick may have starred in the MTV reality show, "The Hills," filmed in Costa Rica. Court documents on file in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg used to seek Dick's arrest on a fugitive from justice warrant indicate that the defendant had appeared in the show under an assumed name.

Investigators with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and federal authorities made efforts to bring Dick back to the United States but the extradition process took months.

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    Traumatizing a teen boy is worth 12mos and a fine but stand up the judge on a court date and you're down the road for 3 years.

    Let me be the first to say he'll re-offend in 5years.

      It is as simple as the first sentence until you throw in our legal system/process. The victim may have been reluctant to testify after getting on with life for the last 10 yrs. Also, as I remember from an earlier story, the victim and the perp was very young and alcohol was involved. I think the prosecution played their hand correct. There was no legal doubt that he had been on the run for 10 yrs. where a sodomy conviction would have been much more difficult to prove. I do think the fitting irony is he got more now than he would have as a young man with first offender status(after he got his charges reduced of course). Fitting as well is the fact that getting lighter treatment 10 yrs. ago would have meant serving time locally. With 3 yrs. to pull now he goes down the road to prison. And has a better chance to meet Bubba! Good luck b----.

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH RUSTY. IT SEEMS WE STILL HAVE A CASUAL APPROACH TO SEXUAL ABUSE IN THIS COUNTRY. PERHAPS I SHOULD SAY A CASUAL APPROACH TO PUNISHMENT FOR SEXUAL ABUSE. I GUESS IT DEPENDS ON WHO IS MOST IMPRESSSIVE IN COURT OR WHO CAN AFFORD THE BEST DEFENSE. STILL THE INNOCENT SUFFER IN THE END.

    I don't condone forcible sodomy and am glad the victim has some closure, but this isn't a Sandusky-ish situation. Both victim and perp were teen boys. The comments make it sound like this guy was an adult predator preying on teens.

      He is tried in "adult" court so he must have been an adult during those magic two years of life when you can commit heinous crimes and still have it mitigated because you are a "teenager". It is highly doubtful that he was a juvenile when this happened as it takes an act of congress in VA's hug-a-thug system to get a juvenile certified as an adult for trial.

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    Sad to see good tax payers money being wasted on this case let alone the blatant misuse of the sex offender laws that exist to protect the victims of sex crimes. This was not a man preying on a small child, it was two drunken college students caught in the act and instead of facing his own sexuality, one decided to press charges. And this is oral sex this man is charged with, which in the state of Virginia is considered sodomy which is a felony, forced or consentual. So now after 11 yrs, this man has been extradited back to the US at a cost of $6000, and we will be paying to keep him in jail for the next few yrs. Because of cases like this gradually the sex offender registry will become overloaded and we will not be able to distinguish the violent criminals in our community. This is a complete miscarriage of justice.

    I am in shock. I used to be married to this young man's father. If it was indeed consentual than young Bill's life is ruined and he has many years ahead in prison over this. I am sorry to hear of it.


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