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February 15, 2017

Trump gets one year in jail for sex with teenage girl

“I took advantage of (the victim’s) vulnerability. I am overwhelmed with the weight of my actions,” Derrick Ryan Trump told the judge just before sentencing Tuesday afternoon.
I lost my friends, I lost everything.
— Teenage victim
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Wearing an orange bow in her hair, the petite teenager quietly testified Tuesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court about a sexual relationship she had with her church’s youth minister last spring.

“He was a father figure to me when my dad was absent,” she said of Derrick Ryan Trump, 28, who sat at a table facing the witness stand. “I thought of him as a friend.

“I was in love with him, and he played a lot of different roles in my life.”

But, their relationship ended abruptly in May, when Mr. Trump and the victim confessed to family members and Greenwich Presbyterian Church members that they had sexual intercourse.

That led to Mr. Trump’s arrest on three felony charges of taking “indecent liberties with a child.”

In November, he pleaded guilty to one felony charge. Mr. Trump faced up to five years in jail for that offense.

After Tuesday’s 30-minute hearing, Fauquier Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker sentenced him to three years in jail, with all but a year suspended.

Escorted through the backdoor of the Culpeper Street courtroom, Mr. Trump immediately began serving the one-year sentence.

Judge Parker also placed him on three years of probation, two of which will be supervised.

Mr. Trump can have no contact with the victim and must register as a sex offender and get sex offender counseling, the judge said.

During probation, he can have no unsupervised contact with females unrelated to him and have “no contact” with or “use” of pornography, Judge Parker said.

Mr. Trump had admitted to the victim that he “had a sex addiction, which consisted of excessively watching pornography and masturbating,” according to a court document.

Beginning with a kiss, their physical relationship lasted 10 days. From May 18 through May 26, Mr. Trump and the teenager had sexual intercourse on six separate days — five at his home near New Baltimore and once on his office sofa at Greenwich Presbyterian Church just across the county line in Prince William, according to a court document.

The victim was 16 at the time. (FauquierNow.com does not identify victims of sex crimes.)

Because Mr. Trump had sexual intercourse with the girl in the Prince William church’s office, he faces a felony charge in that county’s circuit court for taking “indecent liberties” with a minor.

He intends to plead guilty Thursday, Feb. 23, to that offense, according to defense attorney Nadir N. Tawil.

The victim Tuesday afternoon testified about the emotional and psychological toll the relationship with Mr. Trump took on her.

No longer a Fauquier resident, she expressed feelings of abandonment and wariness about trusting others.

“I can’t walk into the church anymore,” she said in response to prosecutor Jamey E. Cook’s questions. “I struggle in all relationships.”

“I lost my friends; I lost everything,” said the victim, who had been a virgin before the relationship with Mr. Trump started.

Although Mr. Tawil did not question the victim, he described his client as “very remorseful.”

“He’s not a thief. He’s not a drug distributor. He’s not a violent person,” the Fairfax lawyer said.

Mr. Trump doesn’t dispute the facts of the case detailed by the prosecution, the defense attorney said.

“He obviously had feelings for the young girl, improper feelings,” the lawyer said.

But, “to his credit, it was protected sex, consensual,” Mr. Tawil said.

Mr. Trump “broke the trust” of his wife, who went through a “complicated” pregnancy as he pursued a relationship with the victim, said Ms. Cook, the prosecutor.

He “broke the trust” of the victim, her family and the church, which entrusted him with the welfare of its youth, she said.

Before the sexual relationship started, the victim’s mother and church officials warned Mr. Trump not to have one-on-one contact with the girl, Ms. Cook said. But, he ignored them.

“He was willing to accept whatever punishment he got” for his behavior, Ms. Cook said. “There should be a heavy price to pay.”

Mr. Trump did not testify during the hearing. But, moments before sentencing, he apologized to the victim, her family and church members for violating their “trust.”

“I took advantage of (the victim’s) vulnerability,” Mr. Trump said. “I am overwhelmed with the weight of my actions.”

Before sentencing Mr. Trump, Judge Parker noted that the defendant had no criminal record and seemed “genuinely remorseful.”

But, the former youth minister repeatedly betrayed the trust of many, the judge said.

“The problem is saying you’re sorry doesn’t excuse you . . . . You still have a price to pay.”

The investigation began May 29, when Fauquier sheriff’s Deputy Patty Zavaleta met with the victim and her mother, who wanted to file a sexual abuse complaint, according to a court document.

The victim’s mother told Deputy Zavaleta “that she had just learned” of the relationship between Mr. Trump and her daughter.

The family for about five years had attended the Greenwich church, where the victim participated in the youth group Mr. Trump supervised.

The minister became a “close friend” of the 16-year-old after her parents separated. He helped her with homework, provided counseling and enrolled her in a driver’s education program.

About a month before the relationship began, the teenager’s mother said she wrote a letter to Mr. Trump, expressing “concerns” about the “closeness” between the youth minister and her daughter and asking him to “avoid one-on-one contact” with the girl, according to a court document.

As required by all church employees and volunteers who work with children, Mr. Trump completed a training class on “sexual harassment.” He also taught that class, according to the prosecutor.

Mr. Trump’s wife gave birth to their first child weeks after his relationship with the victim ended. The couple has since divorced.

Her head bowed, the victim left the courtroom sobbing.
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MamaJude · February 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm
It doesn't matter what his name was, or is, quite honestly. What matters is the fact that he betrayed the trust of a young girl who trusted him. Young girls at this age are incredibly vulnerable and he took advantage of her trust. That is the true story here. Shame on him and shame on the church for not putting better policies in place.
Freedom warrior · February 15, 2017 at 7:33 pm
Oh please Cam Jones. It's the man's legal surname and there is a picture of him. Pretty straightforward. And is it anymore questionable than pieces you publish on the Fauquier Free Citizen? In fact, didnt the Free Citizen run a story by an author that was largely a plagiarized piece from an article authored by Lou Emerson? Don't lecture on journalistic integrity when you are living in your own glass house.
citizen observer · February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Yep, doubt that would have been the headline a few years ago.
Somebody in that church should be addressed by senior clergy for appointing a youth minister with an admitted sex addiction. They also should have done more when everyone noticed his relationship with her started to become close, before it became sexually intimate. I hope the victim gets real counseling so she can overcome the grief and enjoy a good life.
Cameron_Jones · February 15, 2017 at 6:37 pm
I seriously question your judgement with that headline Lou, Don, or whoever thought that up.
Rover 530 · February 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm
Headline is real 'classy'. Very 'professional'.
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