Commonwealth v. Dennis James Carrier; Man who Stalked Minor Victim Receives 10-Year Sentence for Sexual Assault

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Dennis James Carrier, 49 years old, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis for Aggravated Sexual Battery and Custodial Indecent Liberties.  Judge Lewis sentenced Carrier to 25 years in prison with 15 years suspended leaving 10 years to serve.  The sentence was double the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended he serve no more than 5 years in prison.    

Carrier was found guilty of these charges by Judge Lewis after a trial on May 26, 2015. The Commonwealth's evidence proved that throughout June 2014, Dennis James Carrier sexually abused a minor known to him.  The minor reported the behavior to a family member. The Virginia Beach Police Department initiated an investigation and Carrier was arrested.

While awaiting sentencing for these charges, Carrier was charged with stalking the same minor victim.  He was convicted of Stalking with Intent to Cause Fear of Death/Sexual Assault/Injury and received the maximum punishment of 12 months in jail.  ​

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Patrick J. Connolly prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.