Rape victim files suit against assailant, volunteer rescue squad in Chesterfield

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va., (WRIC) — A $10 million lawsuit has been filed against a Chesterfield County rescue squad after a volunteer pled guilty of sexual battery of a minor. 

While Timothy Wilson pled guilty in the case, the victim says she still doesn’t feel like she’s received the justice she deserves. The victim, who wished to stay off camera, told 8News she is taking Wilson and others back to court. 

“He gained my trust with his power in this building and what he did,” the victim, who 8News has identified as Mary, explained. “And he took advantage of me.” 

In 2017, she had just turned 17-years-old and began volunteering with the Ettrick-Matoaca volunteer rescue squad. 

A release from her lawyers details the incident and the lawsuit that was filed after. According to the Breit Cantor Grana Buckner law firm’s release, the 37-year-old Wilson, who stood 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 300 pounds, asked the victim to help him gather items in a stock room. 

“I would’ve never believed he would’ve raped anybody or hurt anybody,” she said. “I saw him as a father of three, a husband. I saw him as a good person.” 

A civil suit filed in Chesterfield County on March 26, 2017, says Wilson threatened the victim, “such that she feared substantial bodily harm, and through force, words and acts restricted her from leaving the stock room, and attacked, sexually assaulted, and raped,” her.   

Wilson was convicted of sexual battery and is serving a year in jail after Mary says he raped her while they were both inside the rescue squad. 

“I hope that I can get the justice that I deserve,” Mary said. 

The victim feels more needs to be done and that’s why she filed a lawsuit for more than $10 million against Wilson, the rescue squad and Wilson’s parents, who are paid employees of the rescue squad.

The lawsuit, which asks for a jury trial, seeks $10 million in compensatory and $700,000 in punitive damages.  

“I almost blame his parents more than I blame Timothy himself,” she explained. “They were aware that he sexually assaulted girls previous in the rescue squad and it was reported to them and they didn’t bother to do anything about it. If they would’ve dealt with it then I wouldn’t have went through what I did.” 

The lawsuit lists multiple accusations against Wilson, including assault and battery. 

“If other people really see the monster that he is,” Mary said, “and that all these actions really happened it would persuade them to see the whole situation.” 

Her attorney, Stephanie Grana, also spoke to 8News about the lawsuit. 

“It’ll be up to the jurors to decide how much to award in the case, but to be honest, in my opinion, if this was my daughter that numbers too low,” Grana said. 

A Chesterfield County spokeswoman shared a statement regarding the incident: “We feel for the victim and the pain she and her family have experienced.” 

Mary told 8News she just wants to get back to normal.

“I don’t want Timothy to take any more away from me than he already has,” she said. 

Mary still has not been able to go back to school or work since the assault happened but she believes once she gets the closure she’ll be able to start again. 

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