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A Spotsylvania County man will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a 4-year-old girl.

Walter Allen Rollison Jr., 42, entered an Alford plea Monday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court. The plea means he does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the evidence against him is sufficient for a conviction.

In accordance with a plea agreement, Judge David Beck sentenced him to 20 years in prison with all but five years suspended. He must also register as a sex offender and be on indefinite supervised probation upon his release.

According to the agreement, the parents of the victim noticed strange behavior on the night of March 4 while their two daughters, 4 and 1, were visiting Rollison, who was like a grandfather figure to them.

Rollison had invited them over for dinner to celebrate the father’s new job. The young girls were already at the home.

When the parents arrived, both girls were crying on separate couches under blankets. The parents noticed Rollison was pacing back and forth and had not yet started dinner, which they thought was unusual.

Before leaving the home, the girls were sitting on Rollison’s lap in a way that made the parents uncomfortable. When they got home, they questioned their oldest daughter to see if anyone ever touched her inappropriately, but the girl refused to answer them.

The mother got her sister to talk to the girl, who disclosed that she had been touched in her “lower area” by “Pop Pop.” She told her parents that “he said he would kill me if I told” and “it’s a secret.”

They called the police.

A forensic nurse who examined the girl did see physical signs consistent with sexual assault. The girl also told them that Rollison did things to her and her little sister.

As part of the agreement, Rollison will not have any suspended time revoked on any previous convictions in Spotsylvania, which includes a five-year suspended sentence for burglary and a six-month suspended sentence for stalking.

He is also awaiting a jury trial in Stafford County on two drug charges.

According to Assistant Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Sweeney, the plea deal was a better alternative than making the girl, now 5, go through a trial.

“The child’s well-being is always the first priority in our cases,” Sweeney said. “We were relieved she would not be put through the stresses of testifying and cross-examination and can now move on with her healing.”

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419