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Settlement reached in 2011 sexual assault case – $10,927,299 Settlement

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.


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