Woman Charged With Sex Crime With Minor

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By Linda Cicoira — A 20-year-old Exmore woman admitted Monday in Northampton Circuit Court to having a threesome that included a 14-year-old girl. 

Malissa Spates pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child under 15. In exchange for that plea, charges of attempted sodomy with an object by force and contributing to the delinquency of a minor will not be prosecuted. 

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jack Thornton called the incident nauseating and said he made the deal so that the victim would not have to testify in open court. Thornton said he could have proven all the charges. He summarized the events for Judge W. Revell Lewis III, saying the woman was a friend of the girl’s sibling. Spates brought marijuana to the girl’s house where the two were left alone until the man arrived, who also had marijuana, and was 41 years old. The three smoked the drug and then had sex. Later, there was another sex act with the two females, Thornton said.

Not long after the incidents occurred, Spates went to a member of the girl’s family and told the story and the girl’s mother called the police. The girl was later found to have a sexually transmitted disease.

Spates was allowed to remain free on a $10,000 bond until sentencing, which was set for Oct. 7. A presentence report and a psychosexual evaluation were ordered for her. The man is awaiting sentencing.

In another case, Ja’Quan Rkese Jones, 19, of Franktown Road in Nassawadox, was convicted of threatening to burn his family’s home on Jan. 31, 2019.  A statement that summarized the incident explained that Jones assaulted both his 11-year-old brother and his mother. Jones turned on a burner on the kitchen stove and said he was going to burn down the house. He was also convicted of two counts of assault and battery of a family member. A presentence report and guidelines were ordered.

Jeffery Arthur McNeilan, 31, of Parsons Circle in Cape Charles, was convicted of unauthorized use of a vehicle in January. A presentence report was ordered. A charge of possession of meth was taken under advisement. Sentencing was set for Sept. 30.

Fatima Anderson, also known as Devin Dequanna Holder and Devin Dequanna Holden, 36, of Route 405 in Muncy, Pa., pleaded guilty to five counts of forging a public record, five counts of uttering, grand larceny, grand larceny with intent to sell, and providing a false ID to an officer. The offenses occurred in 2017. A mental evaluation was ordered.