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Hanover CEO pleads guilty to child sex crime

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

An Ashland CEO entered an Alford Plea in a Henrico courtroom on Tuesday to a single charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor in a custodial role.

Under the Alford plea deal Todd Attkisson does not admit guilt, but concedes there is enough evidence against him to be found guilty at court.

In court the prosecutor said the victim met Attkisson when she was 14 years old because she was dating his son.  Court documents say the sexual relationship started after she turned 15 years old and there were incidents in Henrico and Hanover. More than 20,000 text messages were exchanged between Attkisson and the victim, according to the prosecutor, and some of the messages were sexually explicit photos.  Attkisson also gave the victim a debit card for her expenses, according to the prosecutor. 

The president of Ashland Milling Company was facing nine counts of indecent liberties with a child. According to indictment papers, the alleged relationship started the day the girl turned 15. The relationship started in November 2008 and lasted more than two years.

He will be sentenced in September and could face up to five years in prison.  Attkisson is married and has four children.

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