Sterling man to serve 66 years for crimes against 7-year-old
A Sterling man convicted in October on 14 felony charges stemming from incidents against a 7-year-old girl was sentenced today to 66 years in prison.
Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. handed down the sentence to Donald Richard Hausen, 35, on charges including aggravated sexual battery, manufacturing child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
Pursuant to Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act, Hausen will also be required to register as a violent sex offender.
Hausen was convicted by a Loudoun County jury after they deliberated for more than three hours. The jury at the time recommended an 111-year sentence and a $50,000 fine for Hausen.
Under Virginia law a judge may reduce a jury’s recommendation by providing written reasons, but may not increase a jury’s recommendation.
Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Gigi Lawless and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Russet Perry presented evidence over the course of the three-day trial.
According to reports, Hausen was acquainted with the 7-year-old girl.
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.”
The prosecutor 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.”
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