John Berkley Holland
A Leesburg man convicted in 2000 for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy was sent back to prison today for six years for violating his probation.
Judge Thomas D. Horne re-imposed the previously suspended balance of prison time for 50-year-old John Berkley Holland.
Since his release from prison in 2002, Holland violated his probation four times, according to Heather Williamson, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
Those violations were new criminal convictions, failing to report to probation, failing to report his current address, having prohibited contact with children and, most recently, for having been convicted of failing to re-register as a violent sex offender in Winchester, Williamson said.
Holland’s probation stemmed from an August 1999 incident where he was charged with aggravated sexual battery. He pleaded guilty in April 2000 and was sentenced to two years in prison and eight years of suspended.
“Seldom are offenders afforded multiple opportunities to redirect their behavior,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman in a prepared statement. “At some point the Court must decide that the limited resources of Probation Officers are better used on those willing to change their lives, which was the case here.”
Holland will also be required to continue to re-register as a violent sex offender upon his release for prison.
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