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Title: "Vampire" Tells Judge He's Sorry For His Actions

Source: The Virginian-Pilot, 10/31/96

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                             THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
              Copyright (c) 1996, Landmark Communications, Inc.

DATE: Thursday, October 31, 1996            TAG: 9610310315
SECTION: LOCAL                   PAGE: B3   EDITION: FINAL
DATELINE: CHESAPEAKE                        LENGTH:   50 lines



Self-proclaimed vampire Jon Bush on Wednesday told a judge he was sorry for taking sexual liberties with three teen-age girls and for the damage his actions caused.

``I've thought about it a lot,'' said Bush, who had pleaded guilty earlier to three charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He then explained that he got caught up in a vampire role-playing game for about six months.

``Right before I got arrested, I was in the process of getting out of the game,'' he said. ``But all the parties were willing participants.''

Juvenile Court Judge Eileen Olds then sentenced Bush to 12 months in jail for each of the three counts. The offenses, involving three Chesapeake girls, occurred in November and December 1995.

Bush, 27, awaits sentencing in Virginia Beach on Nov. 26 for 22 felonies and eight misdemeanors connected with his ``vampire'' activities. Those convictions include nine counts of having carnal knowledge of the juveniles, two counts of attempted carnal knowledge, nine counts of crimes against nature, two counts of taking indecent liberties and eight counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He faces up to 180 years in prison.

In the Virginia Beach case, involving eight girls, there was testimony that Bush tricked them into sex by convincing them to join his ``family'' with a variety of stories about a vampire role-playing game.

In the Chesapeake cases, Bush apparently told the girls that to be initiated they must allow him to kiss them under their breasts and that they kiss him in places he specified.

One of the Chesapeake girls was 15 and the other two were 16.

``It's true the girls were willing participants in a game, but they were not willing participants in the things the game led to,'' said Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Willis.

Bush was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1992 for a personality disorder.

Attorney Denny Dobbins, who represents Bush, an air-conditioning technician, on the Chesapeake charges, said he has ``met'' three other personalities Bush has exhibited. He said Bush provided the names. They include Murbius, the vampire personality; Glandis, a powerful, sometimes violent personality; and Aladius, a personality centered around partying and sex.
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