Lloyd G. Samuels, a former captain employed by the Virginia Department of Corrections and a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jamaica, was sentenced on March 11, 2016 to 10 years in prison with six years suspended for raping a fellow prison employee in a staff barracks. Samuels’ unidentified victim has remained on medical leave since the 2014 incident, “still impacted” by the sexual assault.
“It is not something that is going to go away for her” anytime soon, said Circuit Judge Timothy K. Sanner, who ordered Samuels to register as a sex offender in addition to the prison term.
The victim told a prison chaplain about the rape a day or so after the incident, but kept silent for around a year before reporting it to prison authorities. The woman said she was intimidated by Samuels’ stature as a “popular person in the facility and in DOC” and his “position of rank.” At the chaplain’s urging, however, she preserved the pajama pants she was wearing at the time of the sexual assault, and DNA that matched Samuels was later obtained from the garment.
Samuels was arrested in August 2015 and entered an Alford plea to a reduced charge of aggravated sexual battery later that year. The plea deal spared Samuels’ victim from having to testify about the rape at trial. Samuels did not express any remorse when he was sentenced, but said he feared serving time in prison as a former guard.
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