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Chesapeake man sentenced 31 years for sexually abusing child on Portsmouth naval facility

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Posted at 11:19 PM, Oct 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-11 23:19:47-04

NORFOLK, Va. – A Chesapeake man was sentenced Friday to 31 years in prison for sexually abusing a child.

“Child sexual abuse is heinous and causes incalculable and unknowable harm to survivors,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Sadly, this horrendous crime is likely to have personal and public reverberations for years to come. I want to thank and applaud our law enforcement partners and prosecutors for ensuring that this defendant will now be in a place where he cannot sexually abuse minors.”

According to court documents, in July or August of 2017, Jacob Earl Gilmore, 38, sexually abused a minor girl at St. Julian’s Creek Annex, a controlled Naval Facility and Gillmore’s place of work.

Officials say Gillmore snuck the child onto the naval installation in the trunk of his car. Once on the installation, brought the child to his office and sexually abused her multiple times.

During their investigation, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) learned that Gillmore had been escorting the girl on to St. Julian’s Creek Annex for years.

“This sentencing should serve as a warning that child sexual predators will always be exposed and rooted out,” said Gregory Scovel, NCIS Special Agent in Charge of the Norfolk Field Office. “NCIS remains committed to fully investigating all criminal threats to communities where our Department of the Navy family live and work.”