In 2004, Thomas Koucky was arrested for molesting a boy numerous times near his Occoquan home.
When the molested child attempted suicide, he was admitted to a psychiatric ward, where he told
police of the assault.
The assailant had previously been convicted of molesting boys in Maryland. After his arrest in
Virginia, Koucky admitted to molesting over 300 boys. Koucky told the court that he could not control
his impulses. Nonetheless, the Magistrate set minimal bail and Koucky fled the country.
As a parent myself, I was outraged. In response to this travesty, I successfully passed House Bill 1542
which closed the loophole that allowed Koucky to post bail and flee. I believe it is important that predators
like Mr. Koucky not be released to prey on our communities again.
As a career prosecutor, I understand that justice requires fair trials and appropriate punishments. I have the
experience necessary to make positive changes to keep our communities safe.
As a JAG officer, I was appointed Chief of the Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon. In that role, I supervised
a world-wide judicial system. As a member of the Courts of Justice Committee in the House of Delegates, I worked
for stiff punishments for violent criminals and to keep our communities safe from the growing gang problem in
Virginia. I believe that addressing gang activity should be a priority. Gangs endanger public safety by introducing
drugs and violence to peaceful neighborhoods. As senator, I will take stern measures to suppress gang activities in
our community. I am committed to keeping our communities safe.