Now while he was convicted, the following must also be noted:
Mark D. Baggett, 34, of the 500 block of MacArthur Avenue in Colonial Heights entered Alford pleas in Hopewell Circuit Court to three counts of aggravated sexual battery. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for a judge or jury to find him guilty.
He certainly could get pegged for 20 years, and that would be a good start. He is a Sponsored Criminal for the following reason though:
This is by no means anything new, and it has come up plenty of times before in the count. The department even upon discovering the information didn’t fire him, instead they allowed him to resign. Maybe if the department wants a positive public image they should grow some balls and discipline their officers themselves and not just rely on the law. There is this thing called morals and ethics that exist outside the law and you should make your officers exercise good judgment in both regions.
State Sponsored Criminal #348: Mark D. Baggett
Because the biggest mistake he made wasn’t doing what he did, it was getting caught. That’s why we didn’t fire him, we just were going to suspend him without pay while he rotted in jail.