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Rapist to Serve 13 Years

Travis Crosby, 25, of Sterling, was sentenced for breaking and entering and sexual assault.

A Circuit Court judge has sentenced a rapist to 40 years in jail with all but 12 years suspended.

Judge Burke McCahill sent Travis Crosby, 25, of Sterling, to prison for breaking into a Cascades Commons apartment and sexually assaulting a woman about 2:30 a.m., April 29, 2004. He sentenced Crosby to 25 years with 17 years suspended for rape and 15 years with 11 years suspended for breaking and entering.

Questioned about the substantial portion of the prison term being suspended, Commonwealth’s Attorney James Plowman said, “No comment.”

The victim told authorities that she woke up to find Crosby on top of her. Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, said Crosby assaulted her while she screamed and attempted to protect herself. Then he fled the apartment.

Troxell said the victim knew Crosby, but they were not in a relationship. The rape occurred nine days after Crosby’s 24th birthday.

McCahill also handed down 10 years supervised probation when Crosby is released. Should he violate probation, then he faces the possibility of revoking all or a portion of the 28 years that were suspended. In addition, Crosby will have to pay restitution and register as a violent sexual offender.

The Sheriff’s Office charged Crosby with rape, burglary with intent to commit rape, destruction of property, and assault and battery. He was not indicted on destruction of property and assault and battery. “We elected not to pursue these two misdemeanors as they were part and parcel to the B & E and the rape,” Plowman said.

Plowman said Crosby also was sentenced to serve one more year for a probation violation on an outstanding perjury charge, a felony, involving an August 2002 case.

Assistant Public Defender Lindsay Hendrix represented Crosby. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Wexton handled the prosecution. Many family members testified on Crosby's behalf at the sentencing hearing Friday. The victim has moved away, but she submitted a Victim Impact Statement for the judge’s consideration.