Albemarle Supervisor Dumler Pleads Guilty to Sexual Battery
An Albemarle County supervisor has pleaded guilty to sexual battery. Thursday, Chris Dumler entered into a plea agreement that will allow him to stay on the board of supervisors.
Chris Dumler was facing a felony forcible sodomy charge, but in this agreement, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sexual battery charge.
Dumler was present Thursday morning in Albemarle County General District Court. Under the agreement, Dumler must undergo a psychosexual evaluation and issue a public apology to the victim.
Dumler issued the following public apology:
"While I am pleased to have this matter completed, it is very important that I apologize to the complainant in this case. I am profoundly sorry for any hurt that my actions caused her. Additionally, to the others who were hurt or disappointed by my behavior, to them I humbly apologize."
The commonwealth has agreed to not bring criminal charges in cases involving two additional alleged victims. Dumler must also serve a 30-day jail sentence.
"He did maintain and does maintain his innocence as to the original charge. That hasn't changed," said Andrew Sneathern, defense attorney.
"I'm just very proud of the victim in this case for having the courage to come forward given the circumstances and to be strong enough to stand up through this," said Jeff Haislip, special prosecutor.
In a statement, Dumler says, "One of the reasons I took this plea was so I could get right back to work for the people of the Scottsville district. This in no way precludes me from continuing to serve and I look forward to getting back to work on the board and for the citizens who elected me to represent their interests."
Dumler is attempting to serve his 30-day sentence on weekends. That is pending at this point. He will report to the Charlottesville - Albemarle Regional Jail on March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Since he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery, Dumler is not required to register as a sex offender. Click here for the Virginia State Police website listing offenses for which registration as a sex offender is required.