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Former college student to serve 35 years for rape
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Dajuan Dalonte Kirksey

Friday, March 14, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A former Ferrum College student will serve 35 years of a 50-year sentence for raping a fellow student.

Dajuan Dalonte Kirksey, 21, of Salem was convicted of forcible rape in January.

Kirksey was also sentenced Tuesday to 10 years probation after his release and ordered to be of good behavior for life.

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 assault, but she did not resist with physical force because 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.

Also during the trial, a campus residence assistant, three police officers, an emergency room nurse, a forensic nurse examiner, and the victim's mother 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.

 
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