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US Marshals search for Warrenton man wanted on sex abuse charges

Thursday, Jul. 24 | By Julie Taylor
Justin Richard Britton of Warrenton
Justin Richard Britton--who is charged with multiple counts of object sexual penetration of a child and indecent liberties with a child--did not appear at his court date, and is now considered a fugitive.

His bond was set by Judge Jeffrey W. Parker, and Lt. James Hartman of the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office stresses that the sheriff's office does not have any influence on who they detain.

"There's not a whole lot I can say because it's a pending case," said Abby Owens assistant commonwealth's attorney.

"He was initially charged with three counts of indecent liberty, and one count of object sexual penetration which carries a mandatory life charge. For that reason we did object to bond being set," said Owens.

"[Britton] failed to appear in court to be served with the indictments," according to Hartman.

When he failed to appear, the court issued a capias, or a writ ordering his arrest.

"He was then scheduled for trial on Monday for the original three charges, and failed to appear for trial so the court issued a second capias for fail to appear," said Hartman.

The sheriff's office is now working with the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force to find Britton and bring him to trial.

"He used a bondsman to make bond and then fled," said Hartman. "The issue of bond in this matter is a judicial issue not a law enforcement issue.”

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