By Gwen Sadler
A former Virginia State Police captain whose Chesterfield sex-crime trial involving a child was declared a mistrial will face judgment for similar charges in another locality, reports WWBT news.
Edward L. Hope Jr., 52, will go to trial on May 2 in Brunswick County, where he was indicted on 10 sex counts, including rape, sodomy and sexual intercourse with a child younger than 12. Those charges stem from an overnight hunting trip he took with the victim in 2003, according to the victim’s mother.
Hope’s trial in Chesterfield Circuit Court in May was declared a mistrial after the judge received a handwritten note from one juror that implied at least three others on the jury were biased in the case.
Sex-abuse charges against Hope in Chesterfield were dropped on Aug. 10.
Hope was a law-enforcement veteran of 36 years when he retired six days after his arrest on March 17, 2009. His last position with the state police was as commander of the Information Technology Division.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
In 2010 the Georgia Legislature significantly changed the law that governs persons on the sex offender registry. Under the Official Code of Georgia 42-1-19, certain people may petition the Superior Court for release from registration requirements and from any residency or employment restrictions. This petition is a civil proceeding and Petitioners are required to meet the following criteria to be removed.
First, the person has completed ALL prison, parole, supervised release, and probation for the offense which registration is required; and
Second, the person meets ALL of the following requirements:
- The person has no prior convictions for a sexual offense,which include Rape, Sodomy, Statutory Rape, Child Molestation, Enticement of a Child for Indecent Purposes, Sexual Assault, Public Indecency, Pimping, Prostitution, and Pandering;
- The person did not use a deadly weapon or any object that is likely to or actually did result in serious bodily injury during the crime;
- The court finds the no evidence the Petitioner has been involved in similar events;
- The victim did not suffer any intentional physical harm during the crime;
- The crime did not involve transporting the victim; AND
- The victim was not physically restrained during the crime.
And Third, Either
- Ten years have elapsed since the Petitioner completed probation, prison and parole; or
- The Petitioner has been classified by the Sex Offender Review Board as a Level I risk assessment classification.
If you believe you meet the requirements described above and wish to petition the superior court to be release from the registration, residence, and employment restrictions contact the law offices of Andrew R. Lynch. We will handle Removal Petitions in any superior court in Georgia.