​Commonwealth v. John Michael Abbrescia; 35 Years to Serve for HIV Positive Defendant who repeatedly Molested Child​

Monday, February 27, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that John Michael Abbrescia, age 28, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick for Rape-Victim Under Age 13, Aggravated Sexual Battery- Victim Under Age 13, Forcible Sodomy- Victim Under Age 13 (2 counts), Object Sexual Penetration- Victim Under Age 13, and Custodial Indecent Liberties (3 counts). Judge Padrick sentenced Abbrescia to 65 years in prison with 30 years suspended leaving 35 years to serve.

Abbrescia pled guilty on September 12, 2016.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that between August 1, 2014, and April 1, 2016, John Michael Abbrescia sexually abused a young child known to him on multiple occasions. Additionally, he forced the child to watch pornographic films.  The child disclosed the abuse to the school guidance counselor.  When Abbrescia found out that the child had disclosed the abuse, he told the child to lie to investigators. 

During an interview with detectives, Abbrescia provided a full confession to all of the abuse.  He also admitted that he was HIV positive at the time.  Abbrescia's DNA was found on the child's bed, box spring, and bedroom floor.  ​

Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Susan G. Hooks and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney C. Andrew Rice prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.