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Rodney Lewis Thompson pleads guilty - violating Virginia Code section
18.2-427 - Use of Profane, Threatening or Indecent Language Over
Public Airways, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
June 18, 2009
For Immediate Release
In Lynchburg Circuit Court today,
Rodney Lewis Thompson pleaded guilty to violating Virginia Code section
18.2-427 - Use of Profane, Threatening or Indecent Language Over Public
Airways, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He received twelve months incarceration,
with eight months suspended upon multiple conditions.
The plea agreement reached between parties stipulates that Thompson be on
supervised probation for twelve months, have absolutely no contact with the
victim or her family, not seek or obtain employment in law enforcement, and
be of good behavior for five years. In addition, a two-year protective order
was issued by the court making any contact with the victim by Thompson
punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. While under the Protective Order,
Thompson may not have a concealed weapons permit or possess firearms.
On May 28, 2009, Thompson was found guilty in Lynchburg General District
Court of violating Code of Virginia section 18.2-60.3 – Stalking, after a
five and a half hour trial. Thompson appealed that decision de novo to the
Lynchburg Circuit Court. The Commonwealth presented evidence in May that
Thompson had been engaged in several stalking behaviors since February 2009.
Among these, Thompson admitted to watching the victim and keeping a log of
people that went in and out of her workplace, following her throughout the
City and surrounding counties, showing up uninvited as she ran errands, and
confronting male customers at the victim’s workplace. The Commonwealth also
presented evidence that Thompson sent volumes of threatening and profane
text messages to the victim.
During the trial in General District Court, Thompson admitted that he told
the victim that one day he would “snap” and “take her out” and anyone that
might be around her. The victim testified that Thompson told her he would
kill her and that her family would find her dead on the side of the road.
Stalking is a serious crime that occurs when someone engages in conduct that
they know or reasonably should have known would place another in fear of
bodily harm, sexual assault, or death. This kind of abuse can happen at the
hands of a stranger or a former significant other. Virginia law protects a
victim, whether she ignores the offender, tells him to leave her alone, or
tries to appease him so he will go on his way. The sentence in this case
places as many layers of legal protection around the victim as possible.