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Ruther Glen man pleaded guilty to rape
A Ruther Glen man was convicted of rape in Caroline County Circuit Court today, but he will not serve jail time under a plea agreement.
Napoleon Battle Robinson, 20, entered an Alford plea to the rape charge, meaning he does not admit guilt, but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.
The charge stems from a July 2009 incident when Robinson, then 19, and a male relative had sex with a 16-year-old girl that had consumed alcohol.
Had the case went to trial, Defense Attorney Michael Weise said in court that he would have argued that the sex between Robinson and the victim was consensual.
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney James Younger would have argued that she was slightly incapacitated and not able to clearly consent.
Under the plea agreement, Robinson was sentenced to 10 years with all time suspended. He will have to register as a sex offender and testify against his relative in March during a jury trial. He had no prior criminal record.
Younger said the victim agreed to the plea agreement.