Strasburg man convicted in child molestation case

A Strasburg man has been convicted in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on three counts of aggravated sexual battery after a bench trial spanning parts of two days.

John Wesley Davison, 28, now awaits sentencing on July 1 after Judge Dennis L. Hupp found Davison guilty Friday on all charges, which also included taking indecent liberties with a child.

Hupp’s finding came during a trial that included testimony from Davison on Friday and the victim, a 10-year-old girl, who testified on April 17.

Davison was accused of molesting the girl an undetermined number of times, but the girl’s testimony focused on the night of March 9, 2014. She testified that Davison touched her in a bedroom he shared with the girl’s mother, who was not home the night of the incident.

The girl’s mother testified she returned home hours later and learned from her daughter that Davison had molested her.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said Monday that Hupp agreed to his request to revoke Davison’s bond while the defendant awaits sentencing.

“I asked that his bond be revoked because he was convicted on these charges, and he is a threat to the community,” Campola said.

Campola called the girl’s testimony, which took almost 90 minutes, “extremely” important in convicting Davison.

Campola said authorities worked extensively with the victim and her family to prepare her for what is often an emotionally draining experience on the witness stand for children. Hupp called a recess at one point in the girl’s testimony to allow her to regain her composure after she burst into tears.

“You never want to victimize the victim twice, but unfortunately you don’t have a choice in these cases if they don’t plead guilty,” Campola said, referring to defendants.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com