- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 5, 2003

RICHMOND (AP) — The state Attorney General’s Office has filed court papers seeking commitment for a convicted child molester whose scheduled November release was the main impetus behind a drive in this year’s legislative session to fund a civil commitment program for sexual predators.

Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore filed the petition in Portsmouth Circuit Court seeking commitment for Richard Alvin Ausley as a sexually violent predator under a program created in 1999 but not funded until this year.

Ausley, 64, is nearing the end of a 30-year sentence for abducting a 13-year-old boy, burying him in a box in a wooded area and repeatedly molesting him for more than a week.

The victim of that attack, Martin Andrews, lobbied legislators during this year’s General Assembly session to allocate funds for the civil commitment program to keep Ausley off the streets. He maintained that Ausley is still a danger to society.

In a news release, Mr. Kilgore echoed that assessment. “Richard Ausley is the worst sort of sexual offender we know of,” he said. “His horrific crimes are almost unimaginable, and if he were to be released from prison, there is no question he would commit them again.”

Mr. Kilgore’s office said Ausley has been diagnosed as a pedophile with antisocial personality disorder and that a mental health expert “has concluded that Ausley is a sexually violent predator and is likely to commit future acts of sexual violence.”

Ausley was indicted in May on new charges of forcible sodomy against a 14-year-old boy in 1972. Trial in that case is scheduled to begin Aug. 28 in Portsmouth Circuit Court.

In 1961, Ausley kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old Suffolk boy, leaving him hogtied in the woods, according to court documents. Rescuers found the boy the next morning.

Ausley, then 22, was convicted of kidnapping, sodomy and other charges. He was sentenced to 26 years but was released on parole in November 1971.

In 1972, Ausley was charged with sodomizing and assaulting a 14-year-old Portsmouth boy. A judge granted him bond, allowing him to remain with his parents while awaiting trial.

On the day he was scheduled to appear in court on those charges, Ausley abducted Mr. Andrews. He confined the boy in a box buried in the woods in what is now Suffolk and repeatedly assaulted him. Mr. Andrews eventually was rescued by rabbit hunters. Ausley was later convicted of assaulting Mr. Andrews and the other teenager, and sentenced to 30 years.

According to the indictment issued in May, Ausley kidnapped and assaulted Gary Founds two months after his release from prison in 1971.

Ausley’s is the fourth case in which Mr. Kilgore’s office has sought commitment under the sexually violent predators program.

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