Former State Police Captain guilty of child molestation

LAWRENCEVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A former Virginia State Police captain pled guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing his step-daughter.

55-year-old Edward Hope will spend the next two years on probation.

Edward Hope was stone-faced as he admitted in court to molesting his step-daughter. The victim and her family now hope they can find some closure after this nearly three year legal battle.

Hope won't spend another night in jail - all 20 years of his prison sentence were suspended - but 15-year-old Jordan Drummonds says she can now move on with her life.

"I definitely wasn't up to testifying," Drummonds said. "I'm just glad I didn't have to."

Hope pled guilty to aggravated sexual assault. He admitted to molesting his step-daughter in a camper while on a hunting trip when she was six years-old.

Jordan's family says they would have liked a harsher sentence, but just hearing the word "guilty" come from his mouth was enough.

"It's a good day," said Jordan's father Dannis Drummonds. "He finally owned up to what he did and pled guilty."

Prosecutors revealed in court that Hope took nude pictures of his three step-daughters and even kept some of these photos in his office and state-issued vehicle.

This wraps up a three year legal struggle for the Drummonds family. Hope faced similar charges for molesting his step-daughter in Chesterfield. That case ended in a mistrial. Part of Tuesday's plea agreement is a promise from Chesterfield prosecutors not to retry that case.

"We've been through three lawyers, three court dates," said Jordan's mother Kim Drummonds.  "It's hard because you want to move on and heal and you can't heal until you get some sort of closure."

Jordan's grandfather says this is not over yet. He plans on filing a civil suit against both Hope and the Virginia State Police.

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