Commonwealth v. Antonio Maurice Taborn; Previously Convicted Sex Offender Gets Two Life Terms plus 10 Years for Rape of Minor

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Antonio Maurice Taborn, 48 years old, who previously resided in the 5400 block of Bayberry Drive in Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw for Rape (2 counts), Aggravated Sexual Battery, and Object Sexual Penetration.  Judge Croshaw sentenced Taborn to two (2) terms of Life in prison plus 45 years, of which 35 years are suspended, leaving two (2) Life terms plus 10 years to serve. 

Taborn pled guilty on September 3, 2013. 

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that between May 10, 2010 and August 27, 2011, Antonio Maurice Taborn on multiple occasions sexually abused a teenager known to him in the City of Virginia Beach. When the victim’s guardian learned of the abuse, the victim was taken to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for an examination.  The police were notified and began an investigation.  Taborn was interviewed by detectives and admitted to sexually abusing the victim on multiple occasions.

Taborn has prior convictions for Sexual Battery, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Contempt of Court, Trespassing, Possession of Cocaine, Attempting to Elude Police, and numerous traffic offenses. A prior victim of sexual abuse by Taborn testified at today’s sentencing hearing about the offenses committed against her in the 1990s.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elliott H. DeJarnette V and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Katharine D. Seal.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.