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Eric Thomas Mallory had been with the Fort Lewis Volunteer Fire Department at the time of his arrest. He will be sentenced in November.
Eric Thomas Mallory, courtesy of Salem Police Department
Friday, August 30, 2013
A former volunteer Roanoke County firefighter was convicted Thursday of sexually molesting two teenage girls.
Eric Thomas Mallory, 32, had been charged with 14 different offenses, including multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, aggravated sexual battery, crimes against nature, object sexual penetration and possession of child pornography.
He entered Alford pleas — not admitting guilt, but acknowledging the evidence would likely lead to his conviction — to two indecent liberties charges and three counts of crimes against nature.
Salem Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Marshall Deaton said she agreed to drop most of the charges to avoid putting the victims through the pain and discomfort of testifying at a trial.
Police initially were investigating Mallory for having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl he knew. Deaton said the girl agreed to meet Mallory at the Fort Lewis Volunteer Fire Department, where he served, one day in March so they could go to his house. Prior to that, the two had exchanged nude pictures via text message and email, Deaton said.
The girl told investigators about what had happened, and also told them Mallory talked about having had sex with a second girl, Deaton said. The second girl, 13, told police Mallory had coerced her into having oral sex with him.
During the investigation, police also discovered large amounts of pornographic pictures on Mallory’s electronic devices, including several Deaton said were of prepubescent girls.
Mallory is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 14 in Salem Circuit Court.
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