Authorities accuse a Shenandoah County man of trying to buy a firearm while the subject of a protective order.

Steven Eugene Fadeley, 38, of Saint Luke Road, Woodstock, remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Fadeley stands charged in Shenandoah County General District Court with one count each of making a false statement on a criminal history consent form to buy a firearm, a Class 5 felony, and attempting to purchase a firearm while the subject of a protective order, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

A criminal complaint filed by state police Trooper C.S. Peer with charging documents in the General District Court states that the officer received a call from dispatch that a person identified as Fadeley, who had a protective order issued against him, was trying to buy a firearm. The protective order had been served on Fadeley on Jan. 14 and was effective until Jan. 29, the complaint states. Fadeley filled out the firearms transaction record form and checked “no” for court-ordered restraint, according to the complaint.

A magistrate held Fadeley at the jail without bond following his arrest, according to the checklist for bail. A presumption against bond applied to the charges and the magistrate noted Fadeley was out on bond on three felony counts when the new charges were filed.

Fadeley appeared in General District Court on Jan. 22, and Judge Amy Tisinger granted the defendant’s release on a $10,000 secured bond on the condition that he not leave Virginia, refrain from possessing a firearm or other weapon, not use alcohol or illegal drugs and that he abide by any protective orders in effect. Tisinger noted that Fadeley, a lifelong resident of the area, has no prior felony convictions or failures to appear in court and has a stable residence and job. Tisinger scheduled Fadeley’s next court appearance for March 26.

Jail records show Fadeley was released on bond Jan. 22.

However, RSW Jail records show authorities arrested Fadeley on two counts of violating a protective order on the same day, booked him into the jail that evening and held him without bond. 

Prior to his most recent charges, Fadeley had been out on bond while charged in the General District Court with two counts of driving while intoxicated and in Circuit Court with three drug-related offenses.

Court records show authorities accuse Fadeley of possession drugs and precursors to make methamphetamine on Oct. 19, 2016. A judge in General District Court dismissed the charges and a grand jury indicted Fadeley on the same counts May 9, 2018. Fadeley was arrested on a bench warrant shortly after his indictment and released on bond from the jail May 14, 2018. Fadeley’s next appearance in Circuit Court is scheduled for Feb.19

Authorities accuse Fadeley of driving while intoxicated, a first offense, on Nov. 4, 2017. An adjudicatory hearing in General District Court has been put off a half dozen times since Dec. 18, 2017. A month after his first appearance in General District Court, authorities charged Fadeley with driving while intoxicated, a second offense within five years, having a blood alcohol content exceeding .20 on Jan. 19, 2018. Jail records show Fadeley was released on bond each time he was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Nov. 4, 2017 and Jan. 20, 2018.

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