The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 20, 2012

Suspect in sexual assault case tries to flee from court

SUNBURY - A Milton man expected to plead guilty to sexual assault charges said he hated his attorney so much he couldn’t be in the same room with him — so he tried to leave.

The problem was Virgil Carson was wearing a Northumberland County Prison  jumpsuit and President Judge Robert Sacavage ordered him back to jail until he was able to sentence him via video link later in the afternoon Monday.

Carson, 37, was accused of raping a woman in Milton in March 2011, two years after being released from state supervision on a prior aggravated assault conviction. Carson was facing 16 charges, including five felonies for rape, sexual assault and burglary, for allegedly assaulting a 30-year-old store clerk in Milton and stealing a package of cigars last year. Police said the 10-minute assault was captured on a store surveillance camera.

Carson asked for a jury trial in August, but then decided to plead guilty to other charges when the trial was set to begin.

On Monday, Carson became irate when he found out he would be spending time in prison and began verbally abusing his attorney Michael Seward.

Sacavage offered Carson another chance at returning to the courtroom and asked if Carson would remain calm.

“Probably not,” Carson told the judge.

Sacavage decided to continue the sentencing because additional court paper work was needed, he said.


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