Trigger Warning: Child Sexual Abuse
Norfolk Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Child He Babysat in 2021
NORFOLK, Va. – Today, 52-year-old Kelvin D. Mapp pleaded guilty in Norfolk Circuit Court to felony charges of forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, and taking indecent liberties with a child. Mr. Mapp had been abusing a 5-year-old whom he regularly babysat at his home throughout the year 2021.
The child told her parents in January 2022 that Mr. Mapp had convinced her to perform oral sex on him in exchange for snacks while she stayed at Mr. Mapp’s home, and the child’s parents reported Mr. Mapp to Norfolk Police. During a forensic interview, the child disclosed that Mr. Mapp had awakened her in an upstairs bedroom, coaxed her to come with him downstairs to the kitchen, told her to put his “ding dong” in her mouth in exchange for treats, and shushed her during the act. According to the child, different variations of that incident happened on other occasions as well. Additionally, the child disclosed an incident in which Mr. Mapp anally raped her in the living room of the home.
Mr. Mapp was arrested on Jan. 21, 2022, and, after waiving his Miranda rights, he admitted to investigators that he sodomized and molested the child during the incidents she had previously disclosed.
Mr. Mapp pleaded guilty on Monday to the three felony charges, and Judge Joseph C. Lindsey accepted his plea. Mr. Mapp is docketed for sentencing on Oct. 13, 2023.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, and we will hold accountable the people who abuse them,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Ramin Fatehi. “I commend the brave girl who came forward and her parents who made a prompt report to the police and followed through with this prosecution.”
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony J. Comento is prosecuting Mr. Mapp’s case on behalf of the Commonwealth.
If you have or someone you love has fallen victim to crime, including but not limited to child or sexual abuse, resources are available at the Norfolk Family Justice Center. For more information, please visit norfolkfjc.org, call 757-330-0376 or stop by the NFJC inside the Park Place Multi-Services Center at 606 W. 29th St., between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. If you are in crisis, call the 24/7 hotline by dialing 757-251-0144. In an emergency, please call 911.