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