Police: City Man Broke Into Neighbor’s Home, Tried to Sexually Assault Her

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David Paul Gallant (Photo courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
David Paul Gallant (Photo courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

Update 2/6/15: David Paul Gallant was found not guilty by reason of insanity on a charge of burglary with intent to rape and and a charge of abduction on May 30 and was acquitted.

After about eight months of Gallant undergoing mental health evaluations, a judge determined on Feb. 6 Gallant was not to be released to the community at this time and was to remain in the custody of a state mental health facility to continue treatment, according to his lawyer Leigh Major.

Gallant will remain in the care of the state facility until Feb. 4, 2016, when a judge will determine whether to allow Gallant to be on conditional release, which would permit him to be released from the state’s custody into the community while remaining under supervision.

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02/25/14: A 58-year-old Williamsburg man is in custody after he allegedly forced his way into his neighbor’s home and tried to sexually assault her at about 2 p.m. Monday.

Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department said officers responded to the residence on the 300 block of Merrimac Trail after receiving a report of an assault. The victim told police a man had knocked on her door, and when she answered, he forced his way inside and attempted to sexually assault her. She said she screamed, which attracted the attention of some people nearby and also encouraged her attacker to flee.

Police identified David Paul Gallant, her neighbor, as the suspect. They went and spoke with him and then took him into custody. He was taken to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. The victim, who was home alone, is OK.

Riley said the two knew each other as neighbors but was unaware if their relationship was anything more than that. The house was not damaged during the incident.

Gallant has been charged with abduction and breaking and entering, both felonies, as well as sexual battery and assault.

He will appear in Williamsburg-James City County District Court at 8 a.m. March 27.