Timothy Ray Shifflett – Repeat Sex Offender – Takes Alford plea to forcible sodomy


An Albemarle County man will serve 17 years in prison for forcible sodomy and a sex offender registry violation after entering into a plea agreement this afternoon in Albemarle Circuit Court.

Timothy Ray Shifflett, 46, pleaded guilty to violating the sex offender registry by giving false information to the Virginia State Police. He also entered an Alford plea to a count of forcible sodomy, allowing him to maintain his innocence while admitting that the prosecutor had enough evidence to convict him.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Darby Lowe said in court that Shifflett sodomized a boy who was between 9 and 10 years old between September 2005 and October 2006. Lowe told the judge that the boy’s ill grandmother babysat him during that time. The sexual abuse took place while the grandmother was sleeping, Lowe said in court.

Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins sentenced Shifflett to 40 years on the sodomy charge, suspending 23 years. He received five years on the registry violation, all of which was suspended. He also will have to be on good behavior for 33 years, two of which will be spent on supervised probation.

Shifflett will not be permitted to have unsupervised contact with minors while on probation.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Published in: on March 23, 2009 at 11:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

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