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Jeff Rolen

Jeff Rolen has pleaded guilty to seven counts of taking indecent liberties with a juvenile.

Wise County Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp announced the plea shortly before 4 p.m. today.

Rolen, 66, was scheduled to go to trail in December. He pleaded guilty in circuit court with no plea agreement, so a judge will determine his sentence after hearing testimony from witnesses for the prosecution and for Rolen, Slemp’s release noted.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 11, 2019. Rolen faces a potential maximum sentence of 35 years in prison.

Rolen faced 10 charges alleging that he took indecent liberties with a child younger than 18 between fall 1986 and April 1988. Rolen was charged with doing so while “maintaining a supervisory or custodial relationship and standing in local parentis.”

Rolen was the director of Camp Bethel at the time, a position he has held since 1976.

He was arrested in late March 2018. At that time, Virginia State Police stated that an investigation “uncovered Rolen’s alleged sexual involvement with a female teenager who was working at his place of employment in the mid to late 1980s.”