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Former Police Officer Convicted of Forcibly Sodomizing Ex-Girlfriend

A Prince William County jury recommended that James Craig Summers, a former Fairfax County police officer, be sentenced to seven years in prison.

A former Fairfax County police officer was convicted in Prince William County Circuit Court on Thursday of forcibly sodomizing his ex-girlfriend in the Manassas area in 2009. 

James Craig Summers, 56, a Burke resident who served with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for 30 years before he became a police officer, was found guilty on the third day of a jury trial. Summers was arrested in May 2012.

The victim told the court that in one incident while she was dating Summers, he grabbed her arm, twisted it around her back, handcuffed her and then forcibly sodomized her—despite her pleas for him to stop. 

After deliberating for several hours Wednesday afternoon and part of Thursday morning, the five men and seven women recommended that Summers serve a seven-year sentence. A judge will make the final decision when Summers is sentenced on Aug. 2. 

In a case lacking any physical evidence, the verdict largely depended on the testimony of the victim. Prosecutor Kristina Robinson urged the jury to consider who was the more credible witness, then characterized Summers as "a manipulative personality" who had multiple affairs both before and after the relationship ended.

"He hasn't changed. James Summers is who James Summers is. He's a liar. He's a cheat. And you can't believe a word he says," Robinson said. 

Summers admitted the affairs, but denied hurting the victim. In closing arguments, the defense tried to paint a portrait of the ex-girlfriend as a jilted lover, who was bent on getting back at Summers for the shabby way he treated her. 

"I would never do something like that—violence on another human being," Summers said. 

The victim said that she had not reported the information for two and a half years largely out of fear that Summers would retaliate.

kcgoat26 April 13, 2013 at 02:41 PM
and then you have a police officer who shots and kills a woman and only gets 12 months
Voice of reason April 15, 2013 at 03:26 PM
What language is DH writing?
DH April 16, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Oh that my name initial
KDS June 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM
What this article neglects to state is the ex-girlfriend is in law enforcement herself and is a tactical defense instructor at the FCPD academy. She is actively involved in training new county police officers. She is very well schooled in the importance of reporting these crimes as well as how to use her position and training to use the system to benefit her. Her accusations came 2 1/2 years later not out of fear Mr. Summers would retaliate... but because Mr. Summers moved on with out her.
JTS August 11, 2013 at 08:59 PM
I grew up in church with Mr. Summer's & his kids!!! That was years ago so I haven't seen him for a minute but wow-omg. What a shame and how embarrassing for him. His poor kids, Damn I went to summer camp with them…

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