Christopher McCauley

A Warren County man accused of possessing drugs with children nearby has avoided jail time by striking a plea deal.

Judge Kevin C. Black sentenced Christopher Micheal McCauley in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to six months in jail with all time suspended on each of five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Black ordered McCauley to complete one year of supervised probation followed by one year of unsupervised probation.

A grand jury handed up indictments Jan. 16 charging McCauley, 37, of Front Royal, with three counts of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance and five counts of child endangerment. The indictments accused McCauley of committing the offenses on Feb. 28, 2018.

An agreement reached July 23 between Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elena Ventura and Assistant Public Defender Peter McDermott called for McCauley to plead no contest to the five misdemeanor charges, each reduced from felony counts of child endangerment. The agreement also called for McCauley to receive the punishment as imposed by the judge.

Black granted Ventura’s motion to dismiss McCauley’s drug charges under terms of the plea agreement, allowing the prosecutor to seek to reindict the defendant.

Each drug charge, a Class 5 felony, carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison. Child endangerment carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison. McCauley faced sentences of up to 12 months in jail for each misdemeanor.

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