Dumler pleads guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery

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Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler as he entered the Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse to accept a plea deal in January. Photo by Graelyn Brashear. Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler as he entered the Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse to accept a plea deal in January. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

In a speedy hearing this morning in Albemarle County Circuit Court, Supervisor Christopher Dumler, charged with one count of forcible sodomy, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of sexual battery, a misdemeanor.

Shortly after the 27-year-old Scottsville Democrat was arrested last October, he announced that he planned to plead not guilty to the felony charges, and promised to offer a “vigorous defense.”

With a plea agreement with Judge William Barkley and special prosecutor Jeff Haislip, Dumler will serve 30 days in jail. If the regional jail accepts his request, he will do his time on weekends beginning March 8.

The agreement also states that Dumler must be on good behavior for the next two years, with no further charges.

Haislip confirmed that an investigation is ongoing regarding a second accuser who came forward last week. He and defense attorney Andrew Sneathern both declined to answer when asked if the new accusations affected the plea bargain.

In a statement provided shortly after the hearing, Dumler said he will not let the plea affect his position on the Board of Supervisors.

“One of the reasons I took this plea was so I could get right back to work for the people of the Scottsville District,” he said. “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.”

  • SVille Res

    How can he possibly STILL look so cocky? And how can he possibly think the people of Scottsville STILL WANT him representing them? His arrogance is absolutely astounding!

  • Fed Up

    It is absolutely appalling that we let people like this lead our hometowns and communities. It is even MORE appalling that the legal system lets them get away with crimes that deeply affect other people whom criminals like this idiot are supposed to be “serving”.

  • TT

    what a POS….he needs to be kicked of the BOS….come on!

  • fed up2

    In another account it notes that he was ordered to undergo counseling, which he has had in the past and obviously didn’t work…

  • Cvillian

    The Albemarle County Democratic Party should be ashamed of themselves
    for not pressuring this convicted sex offender to quit his position on
    the Board of Supervisors immediately! This man has already abused three
    women…which makes him a serial sex offender. Waiting years until his
    term of office is up is just a dishonor of the people who elected him.
    Furthermore, there is no “recall vote” in Virginia, meaning that he
    cannot be recalled. He would be removed if he admitted to a felony, but
    he did not, so he stays in office on a technicality. Only large numbers
    of outraged women showing up at the next BOS meeting will get any
    attention from our party leaders. Shame on you Chairman Valerie
    L’Herrou!
    Shame on you Vice Chairman Cynthia Neff, you who bailed out this self-avowed and convicted sex offender.
    Shame on you Secretary Diana Mead!
    You
    are women who should standing up for women in our community, not
    protecting this sex offender. You are clearly out of integrity on this
    one, and you all should resign and let someone else run the party in
    Albemarle. I am sickened by this.

  • Jake

    I have never seen a more disgusting look on a human being’s face. And by the way, sexual battery is a misdemeanor here in Virginia? Are you kidding me? What exactly did this miscreant do?

  • JeannieBinVA

    I am appalled at the court’s action, the Albemarle Dems backing this guy, and his attitude of only caring only about getting on with his “meteoric” political career. There’s certainly no remorse OR accountability here.

    I know the woman who put up his bail, and both County supervisors (1 female, 1 male) who have spoken publicly on his behalf, and I am heartily ashamed of all of them. I also know and have done volunteer work with the perpetrator himself, and frankly I always felt quite uneasy in his presence — as a past victim of sexual assault myself, he definitely tripped my antennae.

    As Cvillian noted, Dumler is a serial sexual predator. It is disgusting and inexcusable that local Democratic party members and officials, especially the women among them, are such willing enablers.

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