Woodstock man pleads guilty to attempted sodomy, abduction

WOODSTOCK — A local man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to attempted forcible sodomy and abduction as part of a plea agreement.

Walter Thomas Myrtle Jr., 42, attacked a woman in her home in May after an argument, said Kyle Powers, a special prosecutor from Augusta County who handled this case. Myrtle attempted multiple times to perform different sex acts on the victim on May 15, Powers said, but the victim was able to escape and call for help.

Myrtle’s father and brother testified at a June bond hearing that he had been suffering from mental health issues. He was taken to the hospital after the incident and confirmed most of the facts in the case at the hospital, Powers said.

David Hensley, Myrtle’s attorney in this case, noted that competency exams  proved that Myrtle simply “snapped” that day, and that the behavior was completely out of character for his client.

Myrtle apologized for his actions before Circuit Judge Clifford L. Athey delivered the sentence agreed upon  by Hensley and Powers. Athey had previously granted Myrtle furlough to attend mental-health counseling services when accompanied by his father or brother.

Myrtle was sentenced to serve 11 months of a five-year sentence and complete five years of supervised probation upon his release. He also must undergo sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender, and is forbidden from any unsupervised contact with minors or contact with the victim.