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Dajuan Dalonte Kirksey
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A former Ferrum College student faces up to life in prison after being found guilty of forcible rape Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court.
Dajuan Dalonte Kirksey, 21, of Salem will serve a minimum sentence of five years in prison.
The rape occurred in September 2012 when the victim, who is from Hanover County, and Kirksey were new students at Ferrum College, according to prosecutor Dwight Rudd.
"They got to know each other through two classes they shared," Rudd said. "The incident occurred during the second week of classes."
Kirksey assaulted and raped the victim in his dorm room, Rudd said.
"The victim cried and repeatedly said 'no' to resist the assualt but did not resist with physical forces because she said she feared that the violence would escalate and something worse would happen to her," Rudd said.
During the trial, Kirksey said he did not rape the victim and that the sexual intercourse was consensual, Rudd said.
"The credibility of the victim and the Commonwealth's witnesses outweighed that of the defendant," Rudd said.
During the trial, a campus residence assistant, three police officers, an emergency room nurse, a forensic nurse examiner, and the victim's mother all testified on behalf of the victim, Rudd said.
Neither Kirksey nor the victim is a student at Ferrum College now, Rudd said. The victim is enrolled at a community college in Northern Virginia, where she is studying criminal justice.
Kirksey is being held without bond in the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
A sentencing hearing for Kirksey is set for March 11 at 4:30 p.m. in circuit court.