New search warrants have been released in the Chris Dumler forcible sodomy case. They give us insight into exactly what police are looking for in the case against the Albemarle County supervisor.
Three sets of search warrants were released Tuesday morning. They all focus on the electronics police say Dumler used to communicate with the victim.
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.
The arrest made was following an October 16 investigation into an incident on October 4. Police are not saying where the incident took place. The victim's name is not being released but police say she was known by Dumler.
Police say there are major discrepancies between what Dumler is saying and what the victim is saying. Investigators believe text messages on Dumler's phone and Facebook communications on his Albemarle County-issued iPad and his personal laptop will verify the truth.
Police say Dumler continued to have conversations with the victim after the early October incident even though the victim did not communicate back. Dumler was trying to stop investigators from searching the iPad and laptop. A judge denied the request this month.
The details on what police might have found have not been released. Police also took two DNA samples from Dumler. The warrant says there is potential biological evidenced collected at the scene.
Dumler says he will fight the charge in court with a vigorous defense. He will have a preliminary hearing on December 13 at 9:30 a.m.
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