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Posted on: July 14, 2023

Commonwealth v. Jermaine Dodd

Trigger Warning: Child Sexual Abuse

Norfolk Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Sexually Abusing Daughter in 2021

NORFOLK, Va. – Today, a Norfolk judge sentenced 40-year-old Jermaine Dodd to an active five years in prison for the aggravated sexual battery of his own daughter in 2021.

Mr. Dodd’s daughter was visiting his home on the two occasions in June 2021 for which he pleaded guilty to his charges. One night, when Mr. Dodd and his daughter were in his bedroom, Mr. Dodd asked if her could “check her out” before sitting her on top of him and molesting her. On another night, Mr. Dodd again molested his daughter and left traces of ejaculate on her clothes. The child contacted other family members after the second incident and told them what happened.

The child’s other relatives took her to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and a physical evidence recovery kit was collected. DNA profiles were developed for Mr. Dodd and the child, and Mr. Dodd’s profile could not be eliminated as a potential match to the sperm found on his daughter’s clothes. Mr. Dodd was arrested in October 2021.

Mr. Dodd pleaded guilty on Nov. 16, 2022, to two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13, and Judge Everett A. Martin Jr. accepted his plea.

On Friday, Judge Martin sentenced Mr. Dodd to an active five years in prison, with another five years suspended on the conditions that Mr. Dodd have no contact with the child and that he complete an indeterminate period of supervised probation, sex offender registration, and all the recommendations from his psycho-sexual evaluation.

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Kolp prosecuted Mr. Dodd’s case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

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