Waynesboro business owner charged with aggravated sexual battery of a minor

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) — A Waynesboro man is facing five charges of aggravated sexual battery from a series of incidents five years ago.

According to the Waynesboro Police Department, 45-year-old Leighton Hughes Justice, of Waynesboro, was arrested on Sunday for five counts of aggravated sexual battery of a juvenile between 13 and 17.

He was taken to Middle River Regional Jail, but has since been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

According to Sgt. F.W. Smith, speaking on behalf of Waynesboro police, the charges stem from incidents in 2014. Smith says the victim was much younger at the time and finally found their voice recently to report the incidents to police.

"Many times, these types of cases take the victim time to summon the strength and support to come forward," Smith said.

Articles from 2017 by The News Leader list Justice as one of the co-owners of 'The Fishin' Pig' restaurant in Waynesboro, which was opening at that time.

"We are aware and monitoring the situation," Perry Fridley, a partner of the Fishin’ Pig Waynesboro, said in an e-mailed statement. "The individual in question has taken an indefinite leave of absence. We have no further comment at this time."

Aggravated sexual battery is a felony punishable by anywhere from one to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, according to Virginia law.

If you have been a victim of sexual assault and do not who you can come forward to, or if you can come forward, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) offers a 24/7 sexual assault hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or online at http://online.rainn.org/. Their website lists additional resources as well.