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Man to serve two years for Caroline rape
The maintenance man of a Caroline County campground pleaded guilty Thursday to going into a female resident’s home and raping her.
Michael “Steve” Gilley, 47, of Rappahannock Academy entered an Alford plea to rape by force in Caroline Circuit Court Thursday. An Alford plea means the defendant does not acknowledge guilt but believes the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.
He was sentenced to 50 years in prison with all but two years suspended and must register as a sex offender.
The 52-year-old victim did not appear in court Thursday, but had testified at earlier court hearings that Gilley came to her door at the Four Winds campground in Woodford on Nov. 8, walked inside her trailer and had sex with her without her consent.
“She was quite bruised and injured by the event,” said Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Diane Abato, who prosecuted the case.
Abato said the victim was in such shock that she didn’t report the rape for two days. He was arrested on Nov. 10, the day after his birthday.
After his arrest, he initially denied knowing the woman or being in her home. Abato said his story changed several times and that he later said the sex was consensual.
The case had been set for a jury trial, but Gilley didn’t want to take a chance at getting a longer sentence and the victim did not want to testify or be in the same room with him.
Judge Gordon Willis ordered Gilley not to have any contact with the victim, be placed on supervised probation and have a substance abuse evaluation.