Nanny Enters Plea Deal on Assault Charges

A 31-year-old James City County woman who worked as a nanny received a suspended sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to assaulting a man and a police officer in January.

Ashley Denningham, who has been held at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail since her arrest Jan. 30, is barred from the home of a 54-year-old man whom she assaulted several times throughout the night, authorities said.

She also kicked and pinched James City County Police officers when they tried to arrest her, police said.

Denningham pleaded guilty in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court to two misdemeanor assault charges, one of which was amended to assault and battery from a felony assault on a police officer charge.

She had been facing a second charge for assaulting a police officer, but that was dropped.

Denningham received a six-month jail sentence on each of the misdemeanors, with all time suspended.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Gaten said Denningham, who worked as a nanny in the victim’s home, kicked, slapped and punched the victim repeatedly throughout the night and pulled his hair, leading him to call police several times throughout the night.

When officers arrived at the  home in the 100 block of Plantation Drive the fourth time at 3:45 a.m., they found Denningham had barricaded herself in a room, authorities said.

She allowed the officers to enter, and when they tried to place her under arrest, she kicked one of them in the ankle and pinched the other, causing the skin to break, authorities said.

Gaten said Denningham showed signs of intoxication when officers arrested her.

The victim was granted a permanent protective order against Denningham that prevents her from having any contact with him or his family members.