A man charged with having consensual sex with a minor pleaded guilty last Thursday morning (April 3) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court and will be sentenced in July. The rest of Thursday’s busy docket consisted of a number of probation violations and several other miscellaneous charges.
Baltimore resident Phillip Lee Brown was charged with carnal knowledge, stemming from consensual sexual intercourse last April with a Sperryville minor who was 14 at the time. Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff said that Brown, 27, was “apparently in love” in the girl, whom he had met over the internet.
Goff said Brown would drive from Baltimore to Sperryville to see her regularly; Brown told Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office investigator J.C. Welch that he “intended to marry her.” Goff added that the charges were brought about when the girl’s sister accidentally observed the two having sex in Brown’s car.
His sentencing is scheduled for July 14. Brown had previously been released on a $1,500 secured bond; the amount was increased Thursday to $3,000. “Fifteen hundred dollars is just not enough for an out-of-state case with charges like this,” Judge Jeffrey W. Parker said.
Originally scheduled for a trial, Zachary Clay Pilkins, 21, of Amissville, pleaded guilty to a felony count of eluding police. Goff said State Trooper Brandon Johnson clocked a 2000 Mercury Cougar belonging to Pilkins speeding on U.S. 211 near Battle Mountain Road last July 29.
Goff said Johnson gave chase but lost sight of the vehicle, later finding it parked on property belonging to Thierry Joseph Liverman. The trooper took no action since he couldn’t prove who’d been driving the car.
But Pilkins reported his car stolen later that day, said Goff, and told police his friend’s father had given him a ride to work that day. When asked by police, Goff said, the father denied having seen Pilkins that day. When they asked his son, Ethan Newport, Newport told investigators he was the passenger in the vehicle on July 29, and that it was driven by Pilkins.
As per a plea agreement, Parker sentenced Pilkins to 12 months in jail and suspended his license for six months. “It looks like you’re getting a break here,” Parker added.
D’Angelo Robinson also pleaded guilty Thursday morning, to possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Goff said Robinson sold several bags of marijuana on May 14 and 29, as well as June 4, in an effort to raise money to “get out of Amissville.”
When the Blue Ridge Task Force raided the 20-year-old’s house last June, Goff said they found five bags of dope, a scale and other materials. Robinson later admitted he’d been selling for about two months. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 14.
The first of the morning’s many violated-probation cases concerned James Robert Dodson, who pleaded not guilty to the charge. Dodson, who has been on probation since October 2011, was in court because he had failed to pay both his court costs and the cost of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program he’d been ordered into by the court.
Dodson testified that he simply did not have the money to pay either fee, and had otherwise cooperated fully with the terms of his probation. After hearing Dodson’s testimony, Goff conceded he was right, adding that “there’s no point in putting him in jail for this.”
Parker agreed, and found Dodson not guilty; he also waived the VASAP fee.
Also sentenced Thursday was Harrison Fillmore Mauck, 49, of Manassas, who pleaded guilty to violating his probation after using cocaine.
Goff pointed out that Mauck had actually technically committed four felonies since being placed on probation last January (they were legally probation violations) and asked Parker to reinstate all of Mauck’s previously suspended nine-month sentence.
“You can’t just expect to show up here with four probation violations and say, ‘Well, I tried.’ That’s not the way things work here in big boy court,” Parker said. He then sentenced Mauck to three months in jail (“The bottom part of the guidelines.”) and extended his probationary period by two years (one year supervised). Mauck was subsequently remanded into RCSO custody.
Culpeper resident Bonnie O. Roy, 34, also pleaded guilty to violating her probation, stemming from her recent accounts of shoplifting and using cocaine. “I don’t think she’s a good candidate for probation,” Goff said, adding that she had been charged with 15 felonies in the last 16 years.
“Some jail time has to be expected in a case like this,” said Parker. “It’d be neglectful if I didn’t,” he added before sentencing Roy to two years in jail. Parker also placed her on probation for three years.