Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ex-Dumfries police officer convicted in more sexual assaults

new mugshot Joseph Ruhren

A jury has recommended four life sentences plus 30 years in prison for former Dumfries police officer Joseph Ruhren, convicted this week of 10 more felony charges for sexually assaulting a young boy.

Ruhren faced trial this week on six counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor and four counts of forcible sodomy. He was found guilty on all charges. The jury recommended four life terms in prison on the forcible sodomy charges and five years each on the indecent liberties charges.

The trial is Ruhren’s second on sexual assault charges involving underage boys. In August, a jury convicted Ruhren of four counts of carnal knowledge of a minor, two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor and one count each of aggravated sexual battery and forcible sodomy. The jury recommended he serve 74 years in prison on those charges. Sentencing is set for Nov. 5.
Ruhren is set to stand trial three more times, on Nov. 12, Dec. 16 and Jan. 6. Each of his trials involves a different victim.

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