Commonwealth v. Elbert Junior Cox; Two Life Terms plus 80 Years for Sexual Abuse of Children

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Elbert Junior Cox, 53 years old, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr. for Forcible Sodomy (4 counts), and two (2) counts each of Rape, Object Sexual Penetration, and Indecent Liberties. Judge Hanson sentenced Cox to two (2) life terms plus 80 years in prison. This is well above the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended he serve no more than 42 years and 10 months in prison.

Cox pled guilty on December 9, 2015. The Commonwealth's evidence proved that between the years 2011 and 2015, Cox sexually abused two children known to him on a consistent basis.  The children eventually reported the abuse to family members. When confronted by the family members, Cox did not deny the allegations.  He said that he needed help and agreed to go see his therapist.  He also made the statements, "I did something wrong," and "I'm gonna get me some help." 

Cox has prior convictions for Assault and Battery of a Family Member (3 counts), Assault (2 counts), Forgery, Grand Larceny, Open Container, Public Intoxication, DUI, and numerous traffic infractions. ​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney S. Mario Lorello prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.