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Man who sexually abused 6-year-old in Henry County arrested in North Carolina

Updated: Dec 30, 2022

Lucas John Donley, 36, who sexually abused 6-year-old in Henry County, was arrested in North Carolina on Thursday.

On Thursday evening, investigators received information that Donley may have been in Kernersville, NC. 

Investigators say they worked with the Kernersville, NC Police Department to follow up on those leads. 


Kernersville, NC officers found Donley and when they approached him, he fled in a vehicle, according to authorities. 

Donley then led law enforcement on a lengthy high-speed pursuit across multiple North Carolina jurisdictions. 

Donley eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed in Davie County, NC.


He was taken into custody and transported to a North Carolina medical facility to receive treatment for his injuries, investigators said. 

Donley will be extradited back to Henry County to be served with the following six felony charges:

  • Felony elude law enforcement

  • Aggravated sexual battery

  • Forcible sodomy

  • 3 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship

He will also face multiple charges in North Carolina related to the pursuit.



HENRY COUNTY, VA – A manhunt is continuing Thursday for a 36-year-old man who fled from law enforcement after sexually abusing a child, sheriff’s officials said.

On Wednesday around 6 pm, the Henry County Sheriff's Office was called to Raceway Inn, located at 1044 Memorial Boulevard, for a child who had been sexually assaulted.

Deputies responded and said they discovered that a 6-year-old child had briefly been left in the care of Lucas John Donley of 1632 Carroll Avenue in Roanoke.

After returning to the motel and learning about the sexual assault of their child, the parents called 9-1-1.

According to the sheriff's office, Donley, who was wearing a gray hoodie shirt and jeans at the time, then fled the scene in his blue 2014 Kia Forte with Virginia Registration VWM-5364.

Deputies later found Donley on Barrows Mill Road and tried to conduct a traffic stop, but he fled at a high rate of speed.

Deputies said they chased Donley east on Route 57 towards Pittsylvania County at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

During the pursuit, Donley hit another vehicle, drove into the oncoming lane, almost striking several other vehicles, and turned his headlights off while driving at high speeds, according to authorities.

The sheriff's office said due to the number of vehicles on the road and the increasing risk to the citizens, deputies determined it was necessary to stop pursuing the vehicle.

Investigators have issued arrest six warrants on Donley for the following:

  • Felony elude law enforcement

  • Aggravated sexual battery

  • Forcible sodomy

  • 3 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship

He is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches, 270 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Donley was already a registered sex offender on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry and state police is helping with the manhunt.

If you know where Lucas John Donley is, you are urged to call sheriff's office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 276-632-7463.

The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

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