Dumler: Pleading Not Guilty to Sodomy Charge, Won't Resign from Board
The Albemarle County supervisor charged with felony sodomy broke his silence in a written statement Thursday. Chris Dumler says he will plead not guilty to a forcible sodomy charge. He also says he will not resign from his post on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
On October 18 Dumler was arrested and charged with one count of forcible sodomy. Court records indicate he is accused of having anal intercourse with a victim through force, threat or intimidation.
In his statement, Dumler says he will offer a vigorous defense once he enters his not guilty plea.
Dumler says he trusts that there will be a swift and favorable resolution to the charge. He also says he will recuse himself from any supervisor votes that might pose a conflict of interest.
Dumler himself has not had any contact with Albemarle leaders since his arrest last week, his attorney is doing all the talking.
Albemarle County Spokesperson Lee Catlin, stated, "Mr. Dumler has the legal right to remain as a board of supervisor member. He has chosen to exercise that right and right now we're really focused on working with him professionally to make sure that he is an effective member of the board of supervisors."
The board will meet on November 7. The agenda will include a hearing on the proposed police firing range for southern Albemarle, a project in Dumler's district.
In his statement, Dumler says he has not asked for or received any special treatment. The regional jail's superintendent told us last week that Dumler requested to go out a different door than all other inmates and the superintendent granted that request.
He is due back in Albemarle County General District Court in December for a preliminary hearing. If convicted he faces a prison sentence of 5 years to life.
Press Statement – Chris Dumler:
October 25, 2012
As a practicing attorney and a member of the local bar, I have tremendous respect for our justice system and for the prosecutors and court systems. I intend to plead not guilty to the charge against me and will offer a vigorous defense, and will allow the legal process to work. I have neither requested nor been given special treatment by the officers of the court, city or county officials or law enforcement.
I trust there will be a swift and favorable resolution to this charge, but until then, I will recuse myself from any votes that pose a conflict of interest. I will not resign from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and appreciate the continued support of my colleagues and constituents.
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