Commonwealth v. Dwight M. Sullivan; Maximum Sentence for Sexual Abuse of Child

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

​Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Dwight M. Sullivan, 56 years old, formerly a resident of Maryland, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis for Aggravated Sexual Battery of a victim under the age of 13. Judge Lewis sentenced Dwight M. Sullivan to 20 years, with an additional 3 year period of supervision. This is the maximum sentence allowed by law for this charge. 

Judge Lewis found Dwight M. Sullivan guilty on April 5, 2016.  The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on December 24, 2014 Dwight Sullivan sexually assaulted a victim under the age of thirteen that was known to him. After the offense was discovered, the defendant fled to Baltimore, Maryland and remained a fugitive until he was extradited back to Virginia Beach on March 30, 2015. 

Sullivan has prior convictions for Burglary, Assault, Possession of Controlled Substances, and Sexual Battery.  

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Caitlin A. AtLee and Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Paul J. Powers. Please contact Macie Allen at (757) 385-8545 if additional information is desired.