Commonwealth v. Stephen Kent Brooks; Sexual Abuse of Child Draws 15-Year Sentence

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Stephen Kent Brooks, age 61, formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced yesterday by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for Object Sexual Penetration, Aggravated Sexual Battery- Victim Under Age 13 (2 counts), and Indecent Liberties (2 counts). Judge Shockley sentenced Brooks to 25 years in prison with 10 years suspended leaving 15 years to serve. This sentence was above the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines recommendation.

Brooks pled guilty on March 6, 2017.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that between January 1, 2008 and January 1, 2009, Stephen Kent Brooks sexually abused a young child known to him. Also between January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012, Brooks sexually abused the same child.  A short time after the second incident, the victim disclosed the abuse to a family member.  Brooks wrote an apology letter to the victim.  In an interview with investigators, Brooks admitted to exposing himself to the child but denied touching the child.  He further stated that the child does not lie, and that if the child said something happened then he "must have" done something to the child.

Brooks has prior convictions for Fraud and Embezzlement.​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney C. Andrew Rice prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.