Judge Denies Bond For Sex Offender
HARRISONBURG — A Rockingham County judge denied bond Wednesday to an Elkton man convicted last month of soliciting sex from an undercover police officer posing as an underage girl on the Internet.
Derek Hulvey, 32, is facing new charges after a Rockingham County grand jury indicted him April 21 on two felony counts of soliciting a child by computer.
During a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court on Wednesday Judge Bruce Albertson said he wasn’t comfortable releasing Hulvey from Rockingham County Jail.
“I don’t know of any set of terms that can ensure the safety of the commonwealth,” Albertson said.
On April 14, Hulvey pleaded guilty in circuit court to one felony count of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of committing a sexual offense with a minor by computer.
The most recent charges stem from the same case, which began Dec. 19, when Hulvey was arrested following an online investigation. Police say he had solicited sex from an officer posing as a 14-year-old girl.
In addition to arranging a meeting with the “girl,” Hulvey also agreed to a price for sexual acts to be performed, according to police statements and court testimony.
Police have said that Hulvey, who showed up to meet the “girl” at an undisclosed Harrisonburg location with his three young children in tow, was instead met by a member of a task force that fights Internet-based crimes against children. The task force, which covers Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, includes officers from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, Harrisonburg Police Department and Virginia State Police.
Hulvey faces new charges, prosecutors say, because state sentencing guidelines do not recommend mandatory jail time for the offense to which he previously pleaded guilty. If convicted on the new charges, he would be required to serve time behind bars.
During the bond hearing, his wife, Crystal Hulvey, testified that it would be a burden to her and her three children because she can’t work if her husband is incarcerated. She said she can’t find a baby sitter.
She also testified that she can’t do things around the house because she is pregnant and needs his help.
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