Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Christopher David Shaw, 35 years old, who previously resided on the USS Mitscher was found guilty by a jury of Aggravated Sexual Battery. The jury fixed his punishment at 11 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan, who presided over the three-day trial, will formally sentence Shaw on August 19, 2014.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that between January 15, 2013 and March 31, 2013, Christopher David Shaw sexually abused a 6-year-old child known to him on multiple occasions in the city of Virginia Beach. Shaw removed the child from her bed in the middle of the night, while his wife and the child’s parents were asleep in the home. He took the child into the living room, where the abuse occurred, and would return her to her bed afterwards.
The child reported the abuse to her mother, who confronted the defendant. The confrontation was recorded on the mother’s cell phone. During this recording, Shaw confessed to the abuse and apologized for it. Investigators asked him to come in for an interview on April 10, 2013. Although he agreed to come in and speak with investigators, he did not show up for the interview, and was taken into custody at Little Creek Amphibious Base on April 10, 2013.
Shaw has a prior conviction involving lewd conduct with a 13-year-old from New Jersey in 1997.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys M. Janeice Robinson and Tanja M. Korpi. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.