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Citing the agreement of the underage victim’s family, in the early afternoon of Friday, June 24, in Warren County Circuit Court, the prosecution and defense submitted a plea agreement with amended charges of sexual solicitation and indecent liberties against a minor case against the former Christendom College professor. William Raymond Luckey. After hearing information from both parties in support of the amended complaint and plea agreement, including the 73-year-old defendant’s answers to a series of questions from the bench, Judge William Sharp accepted the agreement. as presented.

As a result, Luckey pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges of sexual assault of a minor and attempted sexual assault of a minor. Judge Sharpe then sentenced Luckey to a total of 24 months in prison, 12 months on each count, with all that time suspended minus the 18 days he spent in RSW Regional Jail following his arrest on June 25, 2021, three days after the incident occurred. He was released on $50,000 bond after a second Circuit Court-level bond hearing on July 12, 2021. He was initially denied bail following a court hearing. juvenile and domestic relationships.

William R. Luckey at the time of his June 25, 2021 booking to RSW Prison on indecent liberty charges against a minor who occurred three days earlier. RSW Prison Website

Luckey was initially charged with the felony of soliciting prostitution of a minor under the age of 16” and two charges of “indecent liberty…of a child under the age of 15”.

Luckey apologized for the incident, telling the court: ‘I am absolutely sorry for what happened’, adding specific apologies to the victim and his family and wife, the latter of whom he observed that she had been “put to hell” as a result of the incident. “I don’t know what got into me,” Luckey added of offering the victim under 15 $10 to “see” and “pat his ass” as described in the warrant. stop.

A clue to “what happened” to the defendant on June 22, 2021, was offered by defense attorney Thaddeus Furlong during his comments in support of the plea deal. Furlong told the court that among the myriad health issues his client had cited in previous hearings, including the consequences of back and brain injuries, heart problems and high blood pressure, Luckey was battling early signs dementia at the time of the incident. He added that Luckey had undergone brain surgery in the year since the incident.

As he has done in previous hearings over the past few months, Luckey appeared frail, using a walker to move cautiously. However, his responses to the court’s questions were concise and tailored.
Outside the courthouse after the case was resolved, Furlong told the Royal Examiner: “We are happy it is over. Mr Luckey has progressive dementia – he can’t remember what happened or why. He is very, very sorry.

In addition to the two-year suspension, Luckey will have to join the Virginia Sex Offender Registry and serve 24 months of probation.

Preface to his acceptance of the plea deal, Judge Sharp noted that Luckey had faced “very serious felony charges” originally with “supporting evidence” for his conviction. However, he noted that out-of-court resolution in such cases was often preferred by both parties to avoid the need for a minor child to testify, with the potentially damaging effects trickling down to the victim in their family.

Citing the victim’s family’s support for the plea deal, Judge Sharp said: ‘I find this to be a reasonable and proper disposition of the case’, accepting Luckey’s two guilty pleas to the amended and lesser charges.

William Luckey spent 18 days in jail following his arrest on June 25, 2021 before being released on bail. He will spend no more time there following a plea deal accepted by the court on Friday, June 24. It was noted that the family of the underage victim agreed with the proposed resolution.

That a plea deal was in sight was hinted at when the May 16 hearing continued at which a trial date was to be set, and when that hearing continued on June 3.

“I think we are making progress towards resolving this matter,” Stafford-based Furlong commented on May 16, adding on June 3: “We are very close.”

And now, from June 24, everyone involved can spend the rest of their lives.