State Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd) was ordered by Judge Robert A. Pustilnik to pay $50 on Thursday after he was found guilty of two counts of pulling down a fence or leaving his neighbor’s gate open last year.
LaRock was found not guilty of destroying the neighbor’s yard sign, and the trespassing charge was dismissed, according to Loudoun County General District Court records.
The delegate told the Times-Mirror he plans to appeal the decision.
Thursday’s three-hour hearing had been delayed four months due to scheduling conflicts for both parties.
Walter and Christina Curfman, who filed the complaint, said the offenses occurred between Sept. 8, 2020 and Oct. 12, 2020 on their property in the Hamilton area. A no-trespass order was issued on Sept. 4, 2020, according to the complaint.
The Curfmans alleged in their complaint that on Oct. 11, 2020 LaRock lectured Christina Curfman about her religious position on minority groups and told her she would “meet her maker soon.” The couple said he also drove his SUV directly at Christina, accelerating toward her.
The next day, on Oct. 12, LaRock allegedly entered their property "with the intent to destroy property," according to the complaint. He allegedly cut a chain and removed a gate on the Curfman's property, the complaint said.
Despite the complaint, LaRock said the complaint did not warrant the magistrate to bring forth any charges.
The case stemmed from an ongoing easement dispute between the Curfmans and LaRock, Caleb Kershner, LaRock's attorney, said in court documents. The Curfmans, Kershner said, “regularly blocked Mr. LaRock’s easement right by building a fence and putting up gates and parking cars to block his ability to travel his easement.”
LaRock faced a $250 maximum fine for each instance he pulled down the fence and left the gate open.
LaRock represents the 33rd District, which covers most of western Loudoun County and portions of Clarke and Frederick Counties.
He is serving his fourth term after defeating Mavis Taintor (D) who he beat by 14 percentage points in 2019. He is expected to face Democrat Paul Siker, a business consultant, for the House of Delegates seat.
The delegate has been under fire since earlier this year after questioning the U.S. presidential election and his response to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.
Reporter's note: This story has been updated since publishing Tuesday afternoon to reflect a phone call with Del. LaRock.