Man, 21, who is ac­cused of rap­ing fel­low U.Va. stu­dent to en­ter plea

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - NEWS -

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Two weeks be­fore his trial, a 21-year-old man charged with rap­ing a fel­low stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Virginia in early 2017 is set to en­ter a plea.

Stephen Dal­ton Baril, the grand­son of a for­mer Virginia gover­nor, faces charges of rape and sodomy af­ter a young woman told po­lice that she was raped by an ac­quain­tance. She iden­ti­fied the at­tacker to a po­lice de­tec­tive as Baril.

The woman told po­lice that she and Baril met at Coupe’s, a bar on El­liewood Av­enue, about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 31, 2017. When the woman said she wanted to go home, Baril of­fered to walk her there, she said.

The two lived near each other close to 14th Street North­west and Wert­land Street, but when they got near the area, Baril play­fully picked her up to try to re­di­rect her to­ward his apart­ment, the woman said.

They ended up at Baril’s dark­ened apart­ment, and that’s where the woman al­leged that Baril forcibly kissed, raped and sodom­ized her.

Baril’s at­tor­ney, Rhonda Quagliana, said the woman was tex­ting an­other man while she was at Baril’s apart­ment, although there was no ac­tiv­ity on her phone be­tween 2:09 and 3:11 a.m.

Orig­i­nally set to go to a three-day trial be­gin­ning

July 24, the jury was dis­missed and an ar­raign­ment hear­ing was sched­uled for July 27, ac­cord­ing to Charlottesville Cir­cuit Court staff.

Baril is the son of Steve Baril, a Rich­mond at­tor­ney who made an un­suc­cess­ful bid in 2005 for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for at­tor­ney gen­eral of Virginia. Baril’s grand­fa­ther was John N. Dal­ton, who served as the 63rd gover­nor of Virginia from 1978 to 1982. He died in 1986.

It’s un­clear whether a plea deal has been reached. Nei­ther the pros­e­cu­tor nor Baril’s at­tor­ney could be reached for com­ment Fri­day.

Baril is cur­rently free on bond.


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