Woman who sexually assaulted 4 boys gets 2 years behind bars

Crystal McBride, photo courtesy Virginia Beach Police.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A woman who sexually assaulted four underage boys will spend just two years behind bars for the crimes.

“I’m sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with those affected,” Crystal McBride said in a Virginia Beach courtroom Tuesday. She made a tearful apology to the victims’ families before being sentenced on the following charges:

  • 16 years for four counts of custodial indecent liberties
  • 20 years for two counts of carnal knowledge of a minor

But the judge suspended 34 years of the 36-year sentence, leaving two years to serve, Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said.

McBride’s charges date back to last summer, when police say the sexual assaults happened at parties McBride held at her home. Investigators say she served teens alcohol at the parties and sexually assaulted four boys between the ages of 13 and 14, who were in her care.

She was convicted of the crimes. Her boyfriend at the time, James Owens, was convicted of two counts contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was sentenced to two years in prison, with all that time suspended. The conditions include three years good behavior, he must comply with alcohol education, substance abuse evaluation and treatment, random drug and alcohol screenings and must have no contact with the victims.

McBride entered a plea deal for her offenses, in part, because the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office had concerns about taking the case to trial because several of the teens’ testimonies were inconsistent.

As part of the deal, McBride must register as a sex offender and she cannot have contact with any minor children other than her own, unless the court further orders in another proceeding. She must have good behavior for 36 years as well as supervised probation upon her release from prison. McBride must also undergo sex offender treatment and cannot have contact with the victims or their families.

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