By MELINDA WILLIAMS
CHRISTIANSBURG – A Dublin man who was convicted of improperly touching two girls in a library and grocery store in Montgomery County last summer will have to serve most of a 40-year sentence handed down Tuesday.
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Turk imposed the maximum possible sentence against 48-year-old Danny Everett Dillow, who was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery. The judge suspended 10 years of the sentence and ordered Dillow be placed on 15 years of supervised probation upon release from prison.
Dillow entered Alford pleas to the two charges earlier this year, meaning he acknowledged enough evidence exists for a finding of guilt, but maintains his innocence. Three other sexual battery charges were dropped because the girl he allegedly molested has moved out of the country.
In May, a Pulaski County judge imposed the one year, four months and 16 days remaining on a 1994 10-year sentence Dillow received for sexually abusing a child in Pulaski County. He initially served three years, three months of the sentence. However, probation violations in 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2013 resulted in Dillow having to serve the full 10 years.
Dillow was released in 2011 from a state institution where he had been committed in 2006 as a result of an inability to control “sustained deviant sexual interests in school-age children,” according to The Southwest Times’ archives. During that hearing, Dillow admitted being a “risk to children,” and said, “People have a right to be afraid of me. I’ve been a monster and sometimes I still feel I am.”
A counselor testified at that time Dillow tried to curb his behavior, but “continued to fail tests that measured sexual arousal at the sight or thought of children.” Two psychologists said Dillow would never be able to successfully function in society because he suffers from mental abnormalities and personality defects that prevent him from being cured of pedophilia.
Dillow, on the other hand, said he believes his pedophilia is “controllable.”
After he serves all of his sentences, Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said Dillow will once again be subject to commitment.
Under Virginia law, prison inmates are required to serve 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole.