Sterling Man Gets 50 Years in Child Abuse Case

A 56-year-old Sterling man was sentenced Friday to serve 50 years in prison for sexual abuse of a child.

Avtar Singh pleaded no contest to five counts of sexual offenses against a minor in March.

Addressing Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Douglas L. Fleming Jr. during the sentencing hearing, Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gigi Lawless described the offenses as “vile, gut-wrenching, heinous and appalling.”

She urged Fleming to impose a sentence above the state’s guidelines. “The defendant abused his position of trust and took advantage of a vulnerable victim,” she said.

In handing down his sentence, Fleming said Singh’s actions have caused “profound and incalculable damage to the victim.”

Following his release from prison, Singh was sentenced to serve two years of post-release supervision and 20 years of supervised probation, and to complete a sex offender treatment program. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

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