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2017-03-29 / News

Judge gives man 10 years for sexually abusing girl

BY BEN ORCUTT CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Wilson Wilson A Chesterfield man who has battled physical and mental issues is facing a 10- year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.

Nathan Ryan Wilson, 23, of the 3100 block of Fielding Road, pleaded guilty in Chesterfield County Circuit Court in September to one count of forcible sodomy and two counts of object sexual penetration of the 12-year-old girl in June of 2015.

At Wilson’s trial, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Frank J. LaRuffa, who prosecuted the case, told the court that the victim mistakenly sent nude photos of herself to a boy via the internet.

The boy spoke to Wilson about the photos, LaRuffa said, and Wilson told the girl that he would delete the photos and not tell her parents in return for allowing him to educate her about sex.

Wilson and the girl engaged in various sexual acts during a five-day period, LaRuffa said, adding that after her last encounter with Wilson, the girl told her mother about the sexual activity.

The statement Wilson gave authorities about his sexual relationship with the girl matched identically with the statement the victim gave police, LaRuffa said.

During last week’s sentencing hearing, Judge Edward A. Robbins Jr. said he took “no joy” in determining an appropriate punishment for Wilson considering the heinous nature of the crime coupled with Wilson’s lifelong struggle with developmental and behavioral disorders.

“This has been a case that the court has spent a great deal of time deliberating,” Robbins said.

He said that while Wilson’s issues cannot be overlooked, his crimes demand a significant sentence.

Before announcing the sentence, Robbins gave Wilson an opportunity to address the court.

“I would like to apologize for my actions,” Wilson said.

Robbins then sentenced Wilson to 60 years in prison for one count of forcible sodomy and two counts of object sexual penetration, suspending 10 years on each 20-year sentence and ordering that Wilson serve each of the remaining three 10-year sentences concurrently.

Amy Campbell, Wilson’s mother, testified that her son was born with two circulatory systems and three lungs as a result of most likely having a twin’s body absorbed into his.

Campbell said one lung has been removed, and an extra heart remains. She said he didn’t start speaking until he was 5 and, surprisingly, it was in complete sentences.

During his childhood in Iowa, Campbell said her son was diagnosed with maladies such as attention deficit disorder, depression and schizophrenia.

Campbell said she was forced to declare bankruptcy twice due to the high cost of her son’s health care, which by the time he was 3 had reached $1 million.

His mother added that when he turned 18, child services support was cut off and he was homeless for two years before moving in with Campbell and her husband, who had moved to Chesterfield.

Campbell asked that Robbins have mercy on her son and impose as lenient a sentence as possible.

“He’s already hurt enough,” she said.

“I realize this is a terrible day for your family,” Robbins replied.

LaRuffa said this case was one of the most challenging during his 25-year law career.

In reading a psychosexual evaluation report, prepared by Midlothian-based forensic psychologist Dr. Evan S. Nelson, that outlined Wilson’s personality disorder, LaRuffa said that he realized there was “a lot more to this than just crime and punishment.”

“Nathan clearly had issues growing up and has issues today,” LaRuffa added. “He needs to be removed from society for some period of time.”

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