A 40-year-old former sheriff’s captain in Virginia got off with an incredibly lenient sentence despite originally facing a felony child porn charge.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 40-year-old Donny Lewis Dixon entered a plea deal for one misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, rather than go on trial for the felony charge of distributing child porn. Dixon will serve a 12-month suspended sentence, meaning he won’t see the inside of a jail cell as long as he abides by certain conditions like not seeing any minors he isn’t related to and going through therapy.
Dixon will also not have to register as a sex offender.
Dixon’s attorney, Peter Baruch, told the Times-Dispatch that prosecutors agreed to the plea deal, saying that there was never any evidence his client actually possessed any explicit images of children on his computer. Following his arrest, Dixon was given a $10,000 bond, and ordered to not have any access to the internet either via computer, cellphone, or other electronic devices. His bond also ordered him to cease contact with all minors not related to him.
Distributing child porn is a serious offense in Virginia. The Code of Virginia’s child porn law, § 18.2-374.1:1, states that on the first offense, an offender is charged with a class 6 felony, and could face between five and 20 years in a state prison. Child porn is defined as any sexually explicit material involving a minor under the age of 18.
After he was arrested on the original charge, Dixon resigned from his position as captain at the Chesterfield County Jail following a police raid on his home in June. He had been with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office since 2004, and was promoted to captain in March of 2018.
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