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Brian Stephan Barclay

Man faces rape charges

FRONT ROYAL — Police have arrested a local man on two counts of rape.

Brian Stephan Barclay, 20, is accused of having “consensual intercourse” with a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 13 and a 12-year-old girl on Aug. 20 in the Shenandoah Motel in Front Royal, Detective Landin J. Waller stated in the criminal complaints. Waller collected physical evidence from the motel room, and conducted an interview with Barclay on Aug. 22, the complaint states. The complaint also states that Barclay admitted to the incident.

Barclay remains in custody at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail as he awaits his next hearing in this case, which is set for Sept. 7 in Warren County Juvenile Domestic Relations District Court.

Man pleads no contest

Benito Villalta-Cruz

FRONT ROYAL — Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier accepted a plea agreement Tuesday that amended a felony aggravated sexual battery charge against a Fort Washington, Maryland, man to misdemeanor sexual battery.

Benito Villalta-Cruz, 49, was charged in January with sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13 in October 2012. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton said that the reason for the plea agreement, which reduces the felony charge to a misdemeanor, is because of the length of time since the event occurred and to avoid putting the victim through a trial.

Layton added that he spoke “at-length” with the victim’s family members about the agreement and that they were amenable to the agreed upon disposition.

After pleading no contest to sexual battery, Villalta-Cruz was sentenced to 179 days in jail with all but time served suspended. He was also placed on 12 months of unsupervised probation and is not allowed to contact the victim or the victim’s family.

Woman pleads no contest

FRONT ROYAL — A local woman pleaded no contest on Tuesday to a drug distribution charge as part of a plea agreement.

In June 2016, Cristy Lee Sager, 35, picked up a prescription from a Rite Aid in town while two confidential informants accompanied her. She then sold six doses of buprenorphine and naloxone — drugs found in Suboxone, a narcotic dependence medication — for $100, which was paid using Virginia State Police funds. There was an audio recording of the transaction, and a law enforcement officer watched the transaction in real time.

The plea agreement in the case called for a deferred disposition, meaning that the charges will be dismissed if Sager complies with the terms of her probation. She must complete two years of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service. She must also repay the $100 to state police. A hearing was set for Sept. 3, 2019 to determine Sager’s compliance with the terms.

— By Briahnna Brown, bbrown@nvdaily.com