Man faces 11½ years in sexual battery of foster children


 

 

HENRICO, Va. --

A Henrico County man who as a teenager sexually preyed on foster children taken into his parents' home faces up to 11½ years in prison after pleading no contest to three charges of aggravated sexual battery Tuesday.

Leander B. Flood, now 25, whose last known address was the 2900 block of Kelsea Drive, will be formally sentenced in February under a plea agreement that drops nine felony charges but preserves convictions related to all three of the victims, now adults.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Oglesby said the incidents involved children placed in the Henrico home with Flood's parents by the Richmond Department of Social Services.

"None of the three children was in the home at the same time; there was no overlap," she said. Court documents state that Flood threatened his victims if they revealed what was happening.

Flood was indicted in July on charges related to incidents dating back to 2001 and extending until 2005. Oglesby said the plea agreement will preclude the necessity of the victims having to testify, each of whom was less than 13 years of age when the assaults occurred.

Flood himself was a juvenile at the time of the alleged assaults but will be sentenced as an adult; his attorney can argue in February for a sentence that falls below the maximum agreed to by the prosecution.