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Ruther Glen man to serve 10 years for molesting teen
BY PORTSIA SMITH
A Ruther Glen man who molested a teenage girl repeatedly over a six-month period pleaded guilty to 92 felony charges today.
Robert John Sayers, 36, was convicted in Caroline County Circuit Court of two counts of rape, 10 counts of forcible sodomy, 10 counts of object sexual penetration, 33 counts of aggravated sexual battery and 37 counts of indecent liberties by a custodian.
As part of a plea agreement, Sayers was sentenced to two life terms in prison, with all but 10 years suspended.
The sexual contact started in January 2009, when the girl was 15, and ended in July 2009 after the girl threatened to tell her mother if it didn’t stop. She eventually told her mother in December, and Sayers was arrested the same month after he admitted to the molestation in a recorded phone call he had with the girl.
In a Dec. 17 recorded interview with a Caroline detective, Sayers said he gave the girl vodka and juice the first time he molested her.
After it started, he said he had a difficult time stopping. The victim reported that he would molest her while she was sleeping at least once a week.
“She never asked for this to happen,” he told police during the interview. “As much as I haven’t wanted to think about it, I’ve thought about it pretty much every day. I don’t know why I felt that way. I still don’t under stand what it is or was.”
Commonwealth Attorney Tony Spencer said the 10 year active sentence is significantly less than the low end of the guidelines, but it prevented the victim from having to testify in court.
“The amount of time that he got is what she wanted, so we honored her wishes in agreeing to this,” Spencer said yesterday after court. “She doesn’t ever want to see him again and she really didn’t want to testify.”
As part of the plea agreement, Sayers is prohibited from having any contact with the victim, or her family.