For repeatedly molesting a child, it’s life in prison plus some for this man

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 29-year-old man learned his fate Monday for forcible sodomy- victim under age 13, aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties.

Brando Colon Jr. was ordered to serve life plus 25 years in prison for those crimes – he was convicted by a jury following a two-day trial in September 2017.

Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis also ordered Colon to pay a fine of $20,000.

During trial, evidence presented by the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office showed that between May 10, 2015 and April 26, 2016, Colon “sexually molested a child known to him on a regular basis, multiple times per week.”

The victim told a caseworker from Child Protective Services about the abuse.

Colon, prosecutors said, “also showed the child a video with sexually explicit content.”

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John Mangalonzo ( 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.