Son of Hanover County judge charged with rape, sodomy

Son of Hanover County judge charged with rape, sodomy

HANOVER Co., Va. (WWBT) - A 21-year-old Hanover County man is facing multiple charges, including rape and sodomy, the sheriff’s office said.

Frank Michael Uvanni was indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 16 for the following charges:

  • Aggravated Sexual Battery
  • Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
  • Aggravated Sexual Battery
  • Rape
  • Conspiracy to Rape
  • Sodomy

The victim was an adult woman, the sheriff’s office said.

Hanover County Commonwealth’s Attorney Trip Chalkley said Uvanni’s father is a sitting judge in the county.

A special prosecutor, Erin Barr, from the Colonial Heights Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is handling the case due to the conflict of interest.

Uvanni is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7.

Son of Hanover County judge charged with rape, sodomy

“He is innocent until proven guilty, but the victim right now needs to be considered first,” sexual assault victim advocate Tamsin Smith said.

That’s why Smith takes her role so seriously advocating for victims. Sometimes it means intervening when the victim feels they can’t get out.

“You are not what has happened to you. You are who you become because of it and what you do to get yourself back,” Smith said.

The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), organizes the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline. The Hotline is a referral service that can put you in contact with your local rape crisis center. You can call the Hotline at 1-800-656-4673, or access RAINN’s online chat service.

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