Man convicted of perjury in case of sex with girl, 14

Press release from Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney

LOUISA, VA - Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Garrett announced today that Darren Toombs, 22, Woodford, Va, was convicted and sentenced for perjury from his court testimony on March 24, 2011.  On March 24, he was sentenced for having consensual sex with a 14 year-old.

At sentencing for the sex case, Toombs took the stand admitting to having sex with the minor but stating that he did not pay for the sex and it did not occur in Louisa County.  On cross examination he conceded that he paid the rent for the child during the time he was having sex with the child.  He also conceded he did have sex with the minor on more than one occasion in Louisa County.  This change of testimony resulted in his perjury conviction.

Garrett said "our legal system only works when testimony is truthful.  In Louisa, we take perjury very seriously.  Mr. Toombs is the latest person to learn that."  Garrett previously said following the sentencing of Toombs for the underlying sex case "It is a tragedy when anyone is forced into prostitution, even more so when that person is a child."

Toombs was sentenced to a total of 8 years in prison with all but two years and seven months suspended on both charges.