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Culpeper man charged with child sex crimes in Albemarle court

A Culpeper man with no known history of criminal behavior now stands charged with child cruelty and two counts of aggravated sexual battery after a summertime indictment by an Albemarle County grand jury.

Theodore Robert Deal, 31, is accused of sexually violating a child under the age of 13 over the course of nine months in 2009 and 2010, according to indictments dated Aug. 7.

Deal, who informed the judicial system that he works selling used cars, was granted an unsecured $10,000 bail and released from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail a few days after his late August arrest. An attempt to reach Deal was unsuccessful.

Court records indicate that Deal will be represented by Jessica F. Phillips of the Office of the Public Defender.

A conviction of aggravated sexual battery carries a penalty from one to 20 years in prison, while a child cruelty conviction carries a penalty of one to five years.

Bail terms forbid Deal from unsupervised interactions with juveniles or consuming any illegal drugs or alcohol. His next hearing is slated for Dec. 4 in Albemarle County Circuit Court.


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