Ivanhoe man convicted of rape

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Alton Davis was indicted in 2008 for taking advantage of an IDC worker.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter


HILLSVILLE — An Ivanhoe man, accused of taking advantage of a Mount Rogers Industrial and Developmental Center client in 2008, has been found guilty of two counts of rape in a Carroll County court.

Alton Kenny Davis, 59, faced several charges in Wythe County and that initial investigation spread to Carroll County.
 Davis, who lived on the Carroll side of Ivanhoe, was indicted by a Carroll grand jury in 2008.

According to the rape indictments issued by the Carroll grand jury, Davis was accused of having "sexual intercourse with a female... through the use of the complaining witness's mental incapacity or physical helplessness."

It was alleged that Davis had sexual intercourse with a female on two occasions from December 2007 to January 2008, taking advantage of the victim's "mental incapacity," according to a news release from Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Goad about the bench trial.

Davis worked for Guardian, which contracted to provide transportation services to Medicaid recipients that had no other means to get around, including some IDC workers.
Guardian had a contract with LogistiCare, which handles a Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services outreach.

Davis drove the victim to the IDC and, "after business hours, Davis picked up the victim in his personal car in Wythe County and drove her to Carroll County where the crimes occurred," the news release said. "Davis admitted having relations with her to officers of the Wythe County Sheriff's Department, but claimed the acts were consensual."

A clinical psychologist testified at the July 6 trial that the victim had severe mental handicaps and functioned on the level of a 3- to 5-year-old child.

According to Wythe court records, Davis faces charges of abduction by force/intimidation, rape, aggravated sexual battery against an incapacitated person.

On Feb. 1, 2008, a Virginia State Police special agent executed a search warrant on Davis’ home on the Carroll County side of Ivanhoe. The warrant granted the state police the authority to search the home and any vehicles and outbuildings on the property.
Investigators sought any electronic devices that could reproduce pornography or unlawful sexual acts, cameras, computers or hard drives.

The troopers also sought “biological evidence, such as but not limited to semen, blood and hair.”

Items taken from the home included a blonde hair, a list of names described as a call log, sheets and pillowcases and a December work schedule.

Judge Brett Geisler found Davis guilty and ordered a presentencing report. The sentencing will take place Sept. 7.

Davis' bond was revoked, and he will be held in the New River Valley Regional Jail.
Charges are still pending against Davis in Wythe County.