Sex abuse case penalty includes internet ban

Charles Edward Stump

Once he has served 11 years for sexually assaulting a minor, a Rocky Mount man will not be allowed to access the internet for about another decade and a half, a judge has ruled.

That was a component of the punishment against Charles Edward Stump, 49, who on Oct. 25 pleaded guilty in Franklin County Circuit Court to forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual battery.

Stump was formally sentenced Dec. 6 to 50 years behind bars with 39 years of that time suspended.

He will have to register with Virginia State Police as a sex offender, must submit to 15 years of post-release supervised probation, and is required to be of good behavior for 25 years starting immediately.

During that quarter-century, Judge Stacey Moreau told Stump he is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with juveniles and is restricted from going online.

At Stump’s plea hearing, prosecutors said the offenses involved an acquaintance in her early teens, who was not identified in court by name.

Assistant prosecutor Kim Banta said that sometime between February and May, Stump fondled the juvenile, showed her explicit material on his cellphone, and forced her to perform oral sex.

Stump, who through his plea agreement avoided additional charges of indecent liberties and object penetration, had faced the possibility of up to life in prison plus another 20 years.

“The victim is very credible and very consistent,” Banta said in October, but she added that the minor was uneasy with testifying in public.

“If we can avoid putting the victim through that, we certainly do,” she said.

Both the juvenile and her relatives approved of the plea agreement, Banta said.

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