He sodomized a child, then wrote two apology letters

Anthony Dwayne August Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Virginia Beach jail)
Anthony Dwayne August Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Virginia Beach jail)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A local man is headed to prison for sodomizing a child.

Anthony Dwayne August, 27, pleaded guilty Tuesday to forcible sodomy – victim under 13, and custodial indecent liberties.

Following his guilty plea, August was sentenced to 75 years in prison, according to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Per the plea deal, Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien suspended 50 years of that term, which left 25 years for August to serve.

Prosecutors said between Dec. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2017, August “sexually abused a child known to him.”

The victim reported the abuse to a trusted family member.

August admitted to the crime when detectives interviewed him, prosecutors said.

He also wrote two apology letters.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.