Man pleads guilty to child sex crimes

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man faces up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two counts of aggravated sexual battery against a girl younger than 10.

Jonathan David Funkhouser, 36, entered Alford pleas under which defendants can continue to insist they are innocent while admitting the prosecution has enough evidence to convict them.

The prosecution dropped two charges, sexually penetrating a child with an object and taking indecent liberties with a child.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp said he wanted a pre-sentence report prepared for him to read before deciding whether to accept the plea agreement between defense attorney Michael Araj and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola. The order for a pre-sentence report is a common step before a final decision is made on whether to accept a plea agreement, convict a defendant and sentence him. Hupp scheduled a possible sentencing hearing for 2 p.m. Dec. 7.

Campola told Hupp that the evidence against Funkhouser shows that the girl’s mother reported to the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office that Funkhouser molested the girl at her residence in June 2015.

Campola said authorities interviewing the girl obtained statements from her describing sexual interaction between her and Funkhouser one day at a residence in Mount Jackson.

“She stated she got in the bed and laid beside the defendant,” Campola said, adding that the part of the sexual contact involved Funkhouser exposing his private body parts and making the girl touch them.

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

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