This Virginia Beach man blindfolded and sexually assaulted a child

Ian Daniel Palmer (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)
Ian Daniel Palmer (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH – A 28-year-old local man is headed to prison. His crimes: Two counts each of forcible sodomy, and custodial indecent liberties.

His victim: A child.

Ian Daniel Palmer was sentenced Monday to 44 years in prison with 29 years suspended, leaving 15 years to serve, according to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Palmer pleaded guilty on Oct. 2, 2018.

Prosecutors said the child, on Feb. 16, 2018, reported the sexual assault to police.

An investigation indicated the abuse “occurred frequently over a three-year period,” prosecutors said.

Palmer blindfolded the child and told the child not to report the abuse to the child’s mother.

During an interview with police, Palmer did not fully admit to the crime “but did apologize for his actions,” prosecutors said.

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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.