Albemarle County Supervisor, Dennis Rooker, has refused to meet with a Scottsville woman to discuss her concerns over Chris Dumler’s sexual battery conviction and Rooker’s defense of Dumler’s actions as a “youthful mistake.”
In a series of emails obtained by The Schilling Show through a Freedom of Information Act request, Rooker denies the woman’s request to meet with him, citing impropriety of subject matter.
While Chris Dumler’s admission of sexual battery obviously has been detrimental to his own ability to perform as a Supervisor, now, the Dumler situation appears to be affecting Dennis Rooker’s supervisorial duties, as well.
Read the entire email exchange with Dennis Rooker (woman’s name redacted to protect her identity):
Female citizen’s initial meeting request:
On 2/5/13 8:26AM, “xxxxxxxxx” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I request a chance to speak with you as a County resident. As fair warning, I am very close to the victim in the Dumler case and am also one of the three women he sexually manipulated and hurt over the three week period during which he raped the victim. One of the other women was 19. She screamed. He recklessly endangered our health by not wearing condoms when asked. He also has a girlfriend.
You are making public comments in defense of a man you know nothing about, in a case you know nothing about.
I would like insight into why you think it’s appropriate to defend someone like this. Such an out-of-control private life cannot be separated from one’s public life.
Whatever happened to integrity?
Dennis Rooker’s response:
On Feb 5, 2013, at 2:08PM, Dennis Rooker <email@example.com> wrote:
Thank you for your email. I do not think it is appropriate to discuss this with you.
Dennis S. Rooker
1421 Sachem Place, Suite 3
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
Phone (434) 977-7424, Fax 974-7600
Female citizen’s final response to Dennis Rooker:
On 2/5/13 2:41 PM,”xxxxxxxxx” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
You already do by making a public statement. You chose to discuss it with the whole county.
If you are not comfortable being confronted with the details of what happened, that is further evidence that you have no business making public comments in defense of Mr. Dumler.
No one should just move on from this. The women whose health and minds were affected by Mr. Dumler’s habitual actions will not be able to do so for some time.
Sorry this is so short. I’m typing on a tiny keypad.
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