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AG office seeks to declare McKenney sexually violent predator

The office of the Virginia Attorney General has filed a petition in Mathews County Circuit Court requesting that convicted sex offender Leroy McKenney, 77, formerly of Cobbs Creek, remain in custody under a civil commitment order as a sexually violent predator.

The petition was dated June 13, and the court has 90 days to hold a hearing to determine if there is probable cause to believe that McKenney is a sexually violent predator. If the court believes that such probable cause exists, it will then have 120 days to hold a trial and make a final determination.

According to the petition, if McKenney is found to be a sexually violent predator, the court must decide whether he should be committed to a Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services facility for confinement or released conditionally.

McKenney was adjudged to be incompetent to stand trial in December 2018 during a competency hearing before Judge Cressondra Conyers in Mathews Juvenile and Domestic Relati...

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