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Probation, Community Service Awarded in Child Abuse Case | Community

A Floyd man charged with abuse and disregard for the life of a 10-year-old child in August 2021 filed a plea in Circuit Court on Tuesday that could reduce the charge to a misdemeanor or have it dismissed altogether.

Christopher Alan Dutey’s March 1 plea agreement dropped his second felony charge of unlawful injury, and Judge Mike Fleenor postponed final action on the case for two years.

If Dutey can stay out of trouble until March 5, 2024, the charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor and dismissed under a statewide program used for people charged with their first crime.

Dutey will spend the next two years on probation and will be required to perform community service.

Commonwealth Solicitor Ryan Hupp told the court on March 1 that the victim was found seriously injured and the case was taken to county social services. If convicted of such a crime, Dutey faces up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Dutey’s case was one of what could have been a busy day with a packed dock, but the bulk of the other 10 hearings were continued, postponed and suspended.

A planned aggravated sexual drum track from Roanoke’s Randolph Irvin Pease has been moved to May 24. The case dates back to November 1, 2016 and an incident that resulted in indictments from a Floyd County grand jury on October 5, 2021.

Other court actions on Tuesday: