Huntly man faces assault, incest charges

A 48-year-old Huntly man was indicted on 22 felony counts of incest, rape and aggravated sexual battery by a Rappahannock County Circuit Court grand jury Monday afternoon (July 8).

Ray Anthony Williams
Ray Anthony Williams

The charges against Ray Anthony Williams are the result of an investigation by Rappahannock County Social Services and Capt. J.C. Welch of the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff, who would not comment further. Some of Williams’ alleged sexual assaults, on children between the ages of 13 and 17, date as far back as 2007.

Williams has been in Rappahannock County Jail since June 27. His first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Probation for copper thefts

Aubrey Douglass Settle, a Castleton man who previously admitted to stealing copper pipes and other brass fixtures from the former Aileen factory in Flint Hill, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation Monday morning.

The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to grand larceny and entering a structure to commit larceny on April 18. At that time, Goff told the court that Settle entered the old Aileen factory with his son, Austin Duane Settle, multiple times from January through April 2012, stealing copper pipes and other brass fixtures from one of the factory’s abandoned bathrooms.

Goff said that Settle and his son, who was sentenced to 17 months in jail in January, sold the copper at Wise Recycling in Culpeper for $1,160. Goff added that the elder Settle voluntarily turned himself into the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office.

Monday, Goff agreed with defense counsel Huntley Thorpe’s recommendation that Settle be placed on probation. “Mr. Settle is 52 years old and has never been in trouble in his life,” said Thorpe. “I can’t think of a candidate more suited to probation.”

Goff did recommend to Judge Jeffrey W. Parker that some amount of community service be added to Settle’s sentence. “There was destruction of property here,” Goff pointed out. “There has to be some kind of penance.”

Parker sentenced Settle to two years on each charge (to be served consecutively), before suspending the entire jail term. Parker also placed Settle on two years of supervised probation, ordered 50 hours of community service and instructed Settle to pay $5,000 in restitution to property owner Alex Sharp.

“I hope this has been a lesson to you, Mr. Settle,” Parker said. “You’re never too old to learn.”

Embezzler pays, is released

Stuart William Kasin had his sentence commuted to time already served and was released from Rappahannock County Jail Monday afternoon, after paying off most of the $65,000 of restitution he owes to Amissville resident Virginia Raney.

Kasin was found guilty of embezzlement involving Raney’s coin collection back in June, 2012. At that time, Circuit Court Judge James H. Chamblin ordered Kasin to pay the full amount of restitution within six months, cautioning him that failure to do so could result in revocation of all or part of his suspended prison sentence.

On June 6, 90 days of Kasin’s suspended sentence was re-imposed after the court found he failed to meet the payment deadline. Monday morning, Kasin’s attorney Daniel Travostino told Parker that Kasin had paid $45,000 to Raney since the June sentencing, and added that Kasin’s stepfather had agreed to cover the remaining costs.

Parker acknowledged that Kasin had made progress and agreed to commute his sentence, on the condition that the remaining $20,000 be paid in full by January 2014.

Probation violations

Jason Lee Via, 42, of Manassas, pleaded guilty to driving on a revoked or suspended license (his third offense) and failure to appear in court on March 19. Goff recommended Via face 90 days in jail (80 suspended), be placed on one year of supervised probation, pay a $1,000 fine ($750 suspended) and have his license revoked for 90 days.

“You don’t know how lucky you are to appear before this court with this recommendation,” Parker told Via before agreeing to Goff’s terms. Via also received 10 days and a $100 fine (all suspended) for his failure to appear charge.

In the first of what Parker called an “epidemic” of probation violations, Chester Gap resident James A. Duncan pleaded guilty to the violation and had four months of a previously suspended sentence reimposed. Parker also added 18 months of additional probation to Duncan’s sentence.

Amissville resident Christopher Ryan Guevarra, 20, pleaded guilty to violating his probation and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and six additional months of probation.

Shane Dillon Herndon, 22, of Rixeyville, pleaded guilty to violating his probation and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 further days of probation.

Other indictments

Three other people were indicted by the grand jury Monday afternoon, including 20-year-old Zachary James Hitt, of Amissville. Hitt is charged with one count of possessing a schedule I/II drug.

Washington resident Jobe Millard Wood, 51, was charged with one count of driving while intoxicated, his third such offense within five years, which makes the charge a felony. Also indicted was 56-year-old Albert Wayne Gatewood, of Front Royal, who was charged with driving without a license.

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  1. Went to school with Mr. Zachary Hitt. I have to say, I saw this coming for him. I know for a fact that he possessed Sch. I/II drugs while in high school and the school principal ANDY HIPPLE just looked the other way. It’s sad to see what the county has become…

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