RUSTBURG — A Lynchburg man facing charges of sex crimes against a 17-year-old was granted $25,000 bond Friday.
Richard Lawford Wilcox, 58, was arrested June 16 on two charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor and was granted bond in Campbell Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, according to court records and argument at his Friday hearing.
After making his $25,000 bond and returning to a relative’s home in Bedford County, where he was ordered to reside, he received a notice he’d been let out of jail in error, according to his attorney, Paul Valois. Prosecutors had asked for him to remain in jail while they appealed the bond decision to Campbell Circuit Court, and Wilcox willingly returned to jail, Valois said.
At the appeal hearing Friday, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Shipman said Wilcox is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old at least five times during the past year.
Shipman said when Wilcox was confronted by law enforcement, he at first denied the allegations and then admitted to them. Citing the nature of his charges, she asked Campbell Circuit Judge John Cook to deny bond.
Valois pointed out his client has next to no criminal history and has no reason to be around the alleged victim in the case. He said there’s no presumption against bail for Wilcox and asked for the $25,000 bond to be reinstated.
Cook said despite the strength of the case based on Wilcox’s admissions, his charges are the lowest category of felony, he returned to jail when requested, he has ties to the community and no significant record. Based on that, Cook granted the $25,000 bond on the condition Wilcox have no contact with the victim, not enter onto the property where she lives and that he be subject to pretrial services.
Wilcox is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 26.