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6 years later, police still seek man accused of sexually assaulting 6-year-old girl

(Courtesy James City County Police)

James City County Police are renewing a public request for help finding a man accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl nearly six years ago.

Larry Earl Batts, 55, is accused of assaulting the girl while at the house of an acquaintance, according to police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Batts’ last known address is on Diascund Road in Lanexa, has several outstanding warrants since 2008.  They include contributing to the delinquency of a minor, felony sexual battery, animate object sexual penetration, according to a James City County police most wanted list.

“We have featured Batts on social media multiple times and he is also on our website,” Williams said. “We often receive tips but so far none have led to his arrest. We appreciate the continued assistance from the public as we attempt to locate him.”

Police believe on March 3, 2012, Batts was at the residence of a male acquaintance living in the Lanexa area, near the New Kent County border, at the same time the 6-year-old and her mother were visiting the acquaintance.

Sometime that evening, Batts came in contact with the child and performed sex acts on her while she slept in a bed within the home, police have said.

The child later reported the encounter to her mother, who alerted police on March 4, 2012.

Batts has been known to stay at various locations throughout the county on Centerville Road, Diascund Road, Brady Drive and Brian Street.

He also has ties to Berryville, Va., which is just east of Winchester near the West Virginia line.

Police are asking anyone with information that could help police locate Batts to please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Callers may remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest.

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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