VCU Payroll Director convicted of child sex abuse

Martin Rengers
Martin Rengers

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We're uncovering new information about the second VCU employee in trouble for child sex crimes. Payroll Director Martin Rengers was found guilty Monday of taking indecent liberties with a 15-year-old girl in Middlesex County.

We've learned the August 19th incident between Rengers and a 15-year-old girl happened during a camping trip. According to the Middlesex Commonwealth's Attorney, the victim is not related to Martin Rengers, but a friend of the family.

We're told the 15-year-old victim, who testified at trial, had known the Rengers for about five years but the abuse at the Middlesex campground was the first inappropriate episode. It happened on the second day of the trip.

According to prosecutors, Martin Rengers was the only adult at the camper at the time of the incident. The 15-year-old was taking a nap when Rengers reached under her clothing and fondled her breasts and lower private areas.

We're told the victim immediately texted a peer and told her mother, who was not on the camping trip. That woman came to the campground to pick up her daughter and drove her immediately to the Middlesex Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday night, VCU would only confirm by email Rengers was the Payroll Director at the university and is now suspended, pending administrative process.

Rengers claimed innocence during the bench trial but was convicted of the felony Monday.  We're told the judge set him free before sentencing because of guidelines and the fact he has no criminal record.

The crime calls for up to five years in prison and the commonwealth's attorney told NBC12 he'll ask for incarceration. Rengers is scheduled to be sentenced on March 7th in Middlesex County.

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