Subject of manhunt sentenced to 10 years in prison

Bruce Lynch after his 2019 arrest.

A Bumpass man who pleaded guilty to four counts each of indecent liberties and carnal knowledge of a minor was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The sentence issued to Bruce Lynch, 34, in Louisa Circuit Court on Sept. 21 is for 40 years, but most of that time is suspended. Lynch could be subject to all or a portion of the remaining 30 years if he violates the terms of his probation after he is released.

Lynch was the subject of a 10-day manhunt last October after the child he was with disappeared from her Bumpass home. 

As many as 100 police officers and FBI agents were involved in the search for Lynch and the child from Oct. 21, 2019 until they were stopped in Caroline County on Oct. 30. Most of the manhunt took place in a small area of Hanover County near Montpelier.

The girl's family reported on Oct. 21 that she was missing from her home. She had gone to bed around 8 p.m. the night before; when a family member went to wake her in the morning, they found pillows under her blankets in the shape of a person.

Lynch and the child were caught after authorities received a tip from a citizen in Caroline County.

Lynch, 34, was initially charged with abduction in Louisa Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The charge was later dropped. Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire filed a direct indictment against Lynch in circuit court in November on the charges of indecent liberties and carnal knowledge of a minor. The offenses took place on Sept. 21, 2019 and Oct. 21, 2019.

On each of the eight counts, Judge Timothy Sanner sentenced Lynch to one year and three months of time behind bars.



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