FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 17, 2012
Contact: Heather F. Williamson
Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office
20 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176-2809
CHILD SEXUAL PREDATOR FOUND GUILTY BY LOUDOUN JURY
ONE HUNDRED ELEVEN YEAR SENTENCE RECOMMENDED
LEESBURG, Virginia – October 17, 2012. Donald Richard Hausen, 35, of Sterling, was found guilty of fourteen felony charges including aggravated sexual battery, manufacturing child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Gigi Lawless and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Russet Perry presented evidence over the course of the three-day jury trial, which concluded Wednesday with the jury affixing Hausen’s sentence at 111 years and assessing a fine of $50,000.
The charges stemmed from incidents related to Hausen taking seven photographs of a seven year old girl with whom he was acquainted. Hausen was partially depicted in some of the images with the child.
Members of the victim’s family testified during the sentencing phase of the trial. During the testimony of one family member, the jury was asked to assess Hausen by asserting that “it’s the things you do when no one is watching” that tell others about your character and that it was the actions Hausen took when no one was watching that made an “irreparable” impact on their family.
Perry asked the jury to “speak for the community” and to consider a sentence that would “protect the members of the public and the community.” Perry also asked the jurors to remember that the “pictures in this case are not just images of crime scenes, but these are experiences for the victim; they are her memories. These are memories that this victim and her family can never walk away from. These memories can never be erased.”
After more than three hours of deliberation the jury recommended that Hausen serve the maximum sentence of 20 years and pay a fine of $50,000 for aggravated sexual battery, 15 years on each of the four counts of manufacturing child pornography, 5 years on each of the two counts of distribution of child pornography, and 3 years on each of the seven possession of child pornography charges for a total of 111 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.
A final sentencing hearing will be conducted on December 17, 2012 before the Hon. Herman A. Whisenant, Jr. who presided over the trial. Under Virginia law a judge may reduce a jury’s recommendation by providing written reasons therefore, but may not increase a jury’s recommendation. Thirty years of the 111 year sentence imposed is a mandatory minimum sentence as directed under the Virginia Code, and therefore cannot be reduced in whole or in part. Pursuant to Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act, Hausen will also be required to register as a violent sex offender.