Louisa Court Convicts Man of Rape At Campground
Louisa County Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Press Release:
Louisa –Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty E. McGuire announced today that the Louisa County Circuit Court has found Jason Karsten, 38, guilty of raping a woman at a Louisa County campground last year.
Evidence presented at trial established that on June 30, 2018, the victim, a 38-year-old woman, traveled to the campground with a male friend and three children. Upon arrival, the victim was introduced to Karsten through his sister, who was an acquaintance of the male friend of the victim. During the course of the day and into the evening, the victim socialized with the defendant and others. The evidence established that late in the evening Karsten and the victim walked to a lake and began to swim. The victim testified that notwithstanding her request to Karsten to stay away from her in the water, he ultimately grabbed her, pushed her down onto the lakebed and proceeded to rape her, despite her attempts to escape his grasp. After the rape, the victim immediately told her male friend and son what had happened.
Interviewed at the scene by Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy N. Harris, Karsten denied any sexual contact with the victim. After a thorough interview by Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Detective T. Lytton, however, Karsten changed his story and told the detective that he and the victim had consensual intercourse.
In delivering its ruling, the Court found that while the victim couldn’t remember some details of the night in question, the victim was clear and unequivocal in what had transpired and that her testimony was corroborated by other evidence presented by the Commonwealth at trial.
Following the verdict, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Wood, who prosecuted the case, said: “The Court today sent a strong message that Louisa County will not tolerate sexual assault. The victim showed a tremendous amount of strength and determination by taking the witness stand and recounting the terrifying events of June 30, 2018.” He also praised the efforts of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office in protecting the County from sexual predators.
Mr. Karsten will be formally sentenced by the Louisa County Circuit Court on August 12, 2019.