by Audrey Thomasson
LANCASTER—A 22-year-old White Stone man was found guilty of having consensual sex with two minor girls in a bench trial May 4 in Lancaster County Circuit Court.
Judge Harry T. Taliaffero III convicted Douglas Randell Broadus of one felony carnal knowledge of a child younger than age 15, a misdemeanor consensual sex with a second child older than age 15, and two misdemeanors of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.
The youngest victim reported the incident to Lancaster Middle School resource officer Dan Sanders. She testified that she and her friend had several sexual encounters with the defendant the evening of May 6, 2017.
The second victim was reluctant to testify, claiming to remember only having sex with Broadus once. Also, she said she didn’t know whether he had sex with her friend.
Both victims said Broadus used condoms, which they bought together at Walmart prior to parking overnight on Kamps Mill Road.
Broadus testified the two girls texted him at work, asking for alcohol and a ride on May 6, 2017. He denied having sex with them, in fact, claimed they were the sexual aggressors and he had refused. He also denied supplying them with marijuana or liquor and that the girls helped themselves to some vodka spritzers he purchased earlier. He also denied making a statement to police admitting to the crime.
“Is that your signature on each page?” asked Commonwealth’s Attorney Jan Smith.
“Yes. But I didn’t write it,” Broadus claimed. He said the investigator said he’d go to prison for 80 years if he didn’t sign the statement.
Defense attorney John Hamilton argued that the victims gave conflicting statements and that they were using his client to cover up their own bad behavior.
“What is his responsibility at that time besides being nice?” asked Hamilton.
Smith said the bottom line is that the victims were both under the legal age of consent, making the younger one a felony and the other a misdemeanor, based on their ages at the time.
“If there ever was a case of poor judgement, this was it,” said Judge Taliaffero. After finding Broadus guilty, the judge ordered a pre-sentencing report. He set sentencing for August 13. Broadus was released pending sentencing.
Judge Taliaffero on May 4 also ruled on the following cases:
Two felony probation violation charges against Rosa Maria Turner of Smithfield were carried over to June 15.
A case against Richard Walters of Gloucester on three felony and two misdemeanor probation violation charges was rescheduled to June 22.
Charges against Robert Paul Lisbon of Lottsburg for probation violation were dismissed after the defendant became current on restitution payments.
Kenneth B. Jackson of Topping, charged with three felony probation violations, was issued a capias for arrest after he failed to appear in court.
Linwood M. Neal Jr. of Richmond pled guilty to two felony probation violations. He was given an active sentence of one year and six months.
The case of Lorenzo William Jones Jr. of Richmond, charged with felony probation violation, was set for trial on July 13.
Cintez Carneal Gibson of Lancaster had a felony charge of distribution of Schedule II drugs nolle prosequi.
Chelsea Marie Jarvis of Bohannon had a grand larceny charge nolle prosequi.
Steve Eric Robinson of Lancaster qualified for a court appointed attorney. He is facing two charges of felony aggravated sexual battery of a child younger than 13 and two misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Trial will be set June 8.
William David Rogers of Weems was arraigned on attempted second degree murder. He qualified for a court appointed attorney. Trial was set for July 13.