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UPDATE: Chris Dumler Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge in Sex Case

UPDATE January 31, 2013 6:05 PM

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in court Thursday morning.

CBS19 was in the courtroom when Dumler was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with all but 60 days suspended. After being released, Dumler will be on probation for two years and have to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation. He must also make a public apology to the victim.

“I'm just proud of the victim in this case for having the courage to come forward given the circumstances and to be strong enough to stand up to this so we got to the place we are today,” said Special Prosecutor Jeffery Haislip. “I think it was very important to do what we did today and we couldn't have done it without her courage and the others that came forward.”

Two additional women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against him. As part of the plea agreement prosecutors won’t bring criminal charges against Dumler in those two cases. Albemarle County police say there are not currently investigating any other complaints.

"Outside what has been presented in court, we do not have any further investigating," said Lt. Todd Hopwood.

Throughout the investigation, Dumler has maintained his innocence. His defense attorney says that hasn't changed even after making a plea deal.

"He plead guilty to the charge that was reduced, not the original charge," said defense attorney K. Andrew Sneathern. "He does maintain his innocence as to the original charge. That hasn't changed."

In October, Dumler was formally charged with one count of forcible sodomy. On Thursday, he plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery.

Dumler made it clear he plans on keeping his position serving on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. He has stepped down from his position on the Jail Authority Board, citing a conflict of interest. Dumler has requested to serve his 30 day jail sentence on the weekends so he can continue working.

He released the following statement:

“One of the reasons I took this plea was so I could get right back to work for the people of the Scottsville District. This plea in no way precludes me from continuing to serve, and I look forward to getting back to the work of the Board and the citizens who elected me to represent their interests.”

County Supervisors say Dumler's legal issues haven't been a distraction and they continue to welcome working with him on the board.

"As a board we work very well together in accomplishing the things that need to be done in Albemarle County," said Supervisor Vice Chair Duane Snow. "We've been able to do that over the last several months while this has been an issue and I believe we will continue to be able to do that."

Dumler would have bee forced to resign from the board of supervisors had he been convicted of a felony. Per the plea agreement, Dumler will begin serving his jail sentence at the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Jail on March 8th.

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UPDATE January 31, 2013 4:55 PM

Christopher Dumler's public apology:

"While I am pleased to have this matter completed, it is very important that I apologize to the complainant in this case. I am profoundly sorry for any hurt that my actions caused her. Additionally, to the others who were hurt or disappointed by my behavior, to them I humbly apologize."
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January 31, 2013

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in court Thursday morning.

CBS19 was in the courtroom when Dumler was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with all but 60 days suspended. After being released, Dumler will be on probation for two years and have to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation. He must also make a public apology to the victim.

“I'm just proud of the victim in this case for having the courage to come forward given the circumstances and to be strong enough to stand up to this so we got to the place we are today,” said Special Prosecutor Jeffery Haislip. “I think it was very important to do what we did today and we couldn't have done it without her courage and the others that came forward.”

Two additional women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against him. As part of the plea agreement prosecutors won’t bring criminal charges against Dumler in those two cases.

Christopher Dumler released the following statement:
“One of the reasons I took this plea was so I could get right back to work for the people of the Scottsville District. This plea in no way precludes me from continuing to serve, and I look forward to getting back to the work of the Board and the citizens who elected me to represent their interests.”

He will report to jail on March 8th.


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