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Man charged with sexually abusing child

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Douglas E. Stanley

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

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.



This is awful. Thanks to our "justice" system this sexual offender was released to do victimize this little girl. Sadly, he will do very little time, if any, only to be released to do it again. Being "punished" by having to put their name of the Va Sex Offender Registry does nothing to sway these monsters into NOT doing it again. They need to STAY IN JAIL, away from the public!!

I say, we start castrating them

It wouldn't help. They would just find another way to hurt kids. The only way to stop these people that continuet o sexually abuse children is execution, but thats not a popular view.

Yes, castration for these crimes is needed. They should NEVER be out in society again. As I've mentioned before, too many groups get more interested in a woman's reproduction rights or the embryo than they do a living child. That's what I find confusing.

These perverts need to be removed. As I look at all the trash thrown out along the highways, I'm wondering why the chain gangs are brought back to take care of these jobs. Instead of allowing prisoners to lay around watching TV or working out, why not put them to work and use up some of that energy.

A forwarding address is what we ask them to provide! Skip out on your taxes, refuse to pay them - see how quickly you'll be dealt with (and you had better get a good lawyer). You won't get a free one like these creep get! Where is the outrage to demand protection for our children?

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