In September 2011, KML was a lonely 13-year-old who went on a chat line for 13-17-year-olds. She agreed to meet a person who said he was 17, but when KML went to the meeting place, it was Donald Hugh Owen Jr., 52, who took her into his car and sexually assaulted her.
Within a month, KML was hospitalized as suicidal, and in the ensuing years since then she has had multiple other hospitalizations and in-patient and out-patient treatment as a result of the sexual assault.
In 2014, the detectives were able to identify Owen with the aliases, phone number and email he had given KML. Owen then entered an Alford plea to one felony count of electronic solicitation and two felony counts of carnal knowledge of a minor. He was sentenced to 25 years, with all but five suspended.
Owen was released from incarceration on Aug. 17, 2018.[19-T-089]
Type of action: Civil Tort Action for Sexual Assault of a Child
Injuries alleged: Emotional injuries related to Sexual Assault of a Child
Name of case: K.M.L. v. Donald Hugh Owen, Jr.
Court: Richmond County Circuit Court
Case no.: CL17000080-00
Name of judge: Judge R. Michael McKenney
Date resolved: July 10, 2019
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Amount: The parties entered an agreed judgment order in the amount of $7,447,000, with interest thereon, at the judgment rate of interest, from Sept. 18, 2011, to July 10, 2019, ($3,480,299), for a total award of $10,927,299.
Attorney for plaintiff: J. Michael Sharman, Culpeper