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Va. toughens law on sex offenders at psych center

Wednesday - 10/9/2013, 8:20am  ET

LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia legislators passed a law this year saying residents of a state-run psychiatric facility for sex offenders can be charged with a felony if they assault a worker there. But no such protection is afforded patients at the center, where dozens of incidents of abuse and neglect have been substantiated over the past two years.

The disparate treatment doesn't sit well with convicted sex offender William Dewey, who was roughed up at the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation where he was sent in 2010. He's trying to press misdemeanor charges against a security guard who attacked him. Dewey spent eight years in prison for rape and three other sex crimes against a 12-year-old girl before being sent to the center.


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