Chris Dumler, the Albemarle County supervisor convicted of a sex crime began serving his time over a series of weekends Friday.
He arrived at Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail just before 6:30 p.m. He had nothing to say as he entered the front of the building.
In January, Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. Under Virginia law, people convicted of a misdemeanor crime can serve their time on weekends. They also don't necessarily have to step down from the Board of Supervisors. Despite a wave of calls for his resignation, Dumler says he will not resign.
Dumler will have to report to the jail every Friday for the next 15 weekends. Officials say his choice to serve that 30-day sentence only on weekends is a burden for jail staff. They say each time he checks in and out of jail, he has to be processed. The jail says a 30-day weekend stay takes about 30 hours of staff time, versus two and a half hours if he were to serve it all at once.
Like other people who can serve time on weekends, Dumler will not be put in with the general prison population. He will be in a gym along with other weekenders, sleeping and watching TV.
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