Man takes plea deal in Hanover rape case

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – A man charged with raping a 13 year-old girl in Hanover County last summer went in front of a judge Tuesday morning.

Paul Spence, 48, pled no contest to two felony and two misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest.

Spence still says he's innocent and his family claims he didn't even know the teenager he was accused of raping, but nevertheless, he pled no contest to four charges and will now spend the next two years in jail.

A quiet, secluded part of Glen Allen was turned upside down last summer after the arrests of Paul Spence and Thomas "Randy" Dillon on charges each of them raped a teenage girl.

Tuesday was Spence's day in court. He pled no contest to two felony counts of carnal knowledge -- a charge similar to statutory rape.

Eddie Whitlock is Spence's attorney. He says Spence was facing 65 years in prison if he was found guilty.

"Mr. Spence maintains his innocence," Whitlock said.  "He maintained his innocence throughout the trial but he was concerned facing 65 years. It was not a good decision to try the case. You just don't know how it's going to come out."

James Dyer lives across Mountain Road from where Dillon and Spence used to live. He says the two kept to themselves and was shocked when his first encounter with them was seeing them on TV after being arrested.

"I was surprised," he said.  "I didn't even know who was living there."

Spence faced charges in relation to an incident involving a 13-year-old girl. Dillon heads to court next month to answer charges related to a 17-year-old.

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