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Judge sentences convicted rapist to five life terms

Published 11:03am Friday, September 6, 2013

COURTLAND—A Franklin man got five life sentences for the rape of two people under 13 years old at his pre-sentence report Thursday in Southampton County Circuit Court. Robert H. Sandwich Jr. was the presiding judge.

Steven J. Kent of Franklin, 52, had already been found guilty on June 6 of five counts of the aforementioned crimes.

Although the earliest attack dates back to Jan. 1, 2003, the indictments actually cover a span of six years, which came to light within the past year, said Southampton County Commonwealth Attorney Eric Cooke.

Kent’s actions were discovered when one of the victims came forward to a counselor, added Cooke.

“The police did a fantastic job, as well as federal agents,” he said. “Commonwealth Attorney Deputy Toni Colvin did a fabulous job in the prosecution. We’re so gratified by the sentences. Kent deserves every day.”

Other charges include sexual penetration with an object, for which he got 65 years, 40 suspended, and two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a victim under 13 years old, for which he received a total of 20 years.

Kent is in custody at Western Tidewater Regional Jail until he is transferred to a prison by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

  • chilimac72

    Great point and yes. I heard he popped in once to SHS to a dance “to see what was going on” and was asked to leave. Now I must admit this is an outsider’s rumor but I found it funny.

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  • formerresident

    Very good and that is the sentence this animal deserves! I’m sure the boys in jail will be more than happy to continue to indulge him in his sexual deviations for many, many years to come.

    On a side note is that police officer who had sex with that teenager still on the force in southampton county?

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  • chilimac72

    And kudos our Commonwealth Attorney for the work to bring down the hammer of justice.

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  • Really

    Good job FPD for taking this predatory animal out of society. I am disgusted at the number of pedophile’s and sex offenders in this area preying on women and children. If people around here actually knew the number of child sexual assaults the police and social services investigate yearly they would be amazed and disgusted.

    Mr. Martin and Mrs. Johnson-Ashburn, FPD needs more officers and better pay. This city cannot continue to be served by the same number of officers it has had since 1974, the city has changed considerably and not all for the better. No one decent wants to come to a city with high crime not to mention the school’s problems.

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