By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- A months-long investigation by the Sheriff's Office led to an inmate in the Rappahannock Regional Jail being charged with sexual abuse of a child Monday in Warren County Circuit Court.
A Warren County grand jury indicted Douglas Edward Stanley, 56, of 80 Hopkins Bluff Road. Sheriff's Office investigators arrested Stanley on Oct. 13, one day after the mother of the 3-year-old victim reported him to the Sheriff's Office.
Stanley is not related to Warren County administrator Douglas P. Stanley.
Investigator William Smoot with the Sheriff's Office confirmed the following information about the case:
The Sheriff's Office fielded a call from the victim's mother between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Oct. 12.
She had let Stanley into the house and later discovered him attempting to sexually abuse her daughter, Smoot said.
Smoot said investigators first tried to arrest Stanley at his residence on the same day of the offense, but he "took off." A day later, he telephoned the Sheriff's Office from his residence.
Investigators returned to the residence and arrested him there, Smoot said.
The defendant, who was on the Virginia Sex Offender registry at the time of the offense, has been in jail on a probation violation since he was arrested.
The Sheriff's Office has been awaiting results of DNA testing from the state crime laboratory. Smoot refused to disclose whether the DNA test linked Stanley to the crime, citing pending court proceedings.
He said Stanley is being held in the regional jail because his probation originated with a conviction in Stafford County.
Stanley was convicted in Stafford County Circuit Court on Dec. 4, 1997 of indecent liberties with a child as a custodian, according to the sex offender registry.