Former firefighter charged with more sex crimes

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A former firefighter sentenced to prison for sex crimes against a child in Virginia Beach appeared in Suffolk Circuit Court Thursday on new charges in a different case.

In Suffolk, Robert Vance Gallup was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy, four counts of aggravated sexual battery, and 15 counts of indecent liberties with a child. Prosecutors said the alleged incidents occurred between 2001 and 2003.Robert Gallup mug

According to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Gallup pleaded guilty in Virginia Beach to aggravated sexual battery, indecent liberties, and custodial indecent liberties in a different case in September 2013. That case involved crimes committed between 1976 and 1984. He was sentenced to serve 16 years and 10 months of an 85-year term as part of a plea deal.

Gallup’s lawyer, Sonny Stallings, said the alleged victims in the case in Suffolk were two young boys and that Gallup denied the new allegations.

“I think it’s very suspect that they would wait until he plead guilty on these charges before going forward on this,” Stallings said. “He has denied any involvement with these young boys, who are now young men, and he continues to deny.”

The Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said new evidence came to light that led prosecutors to file the charges.

Gallup’s jury trial is scheduled for July 10. If convicted, he could face two life sentences, plus 200 years in prison.