Former Virginia Governor John Dalton’s grandson received five years probation for a rape that occurred in January 2017
Stephen Dalton Baril accepted an Alford plea that acknowledges sufficient evidence to receive a conviction but does not admit guilt
Baril’s charges of felony rape and felony sodomy were reduced to misdemeanor sexual battery and unlawful wounding
Baril’s Republican grandfather served as Virginia’s governor from 1978 to 1982
Baril’s father Steve Baril unsuccessfully ran for Attorney General in 2005
Baril’s victim agreed to the plea to avoid reliving trauma from the attack
The grandson of former Republican Virginia Governor John Dalton received five years of supervised probation for a rape he is accused of committing in January 2017. The victim reluctantly accepted the plea agreement to avoid further trauma.
On Friday, Judge Humes J. Franklin sentenced 21-year-old Stephen Dalton Baril to probation after his charges were reduced from felony rape and felony sodomy to misdemeanor sexual battery and felony unlawful wounding as part of his Alford plea. The Alford plea acknowledges sufficient evidence to receive a conviction but does not admit guilt.
Baril’s defense attorney Rhonda Quagliana was confident he would have been acquitted but with a 10-year minimum jail sentence if convicted the defense preferred to take the plea agreement. Baril’s victim said she accepted the plea deal to avoid reliving the trauma after rebuilding her life for the last 17 months.
You raped me whether you want to hear it or not. You robbed me of feeling safe in a city I called my home.
The victim told police that Baril took her to his apartment and raped her after leaving a bar instead of walking her home.
Baril’s grandfather served as Virginia’s governor from 1978 to 1982. His father, Steve Baril, is a Republican that ran for Attorney General in 2005 but lost. One can only assume that his family’s political ties played a role in avoiding jail time for such serious charges.