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Man accused of holding women against their will for spankings

Updated: June 22, 2011 7:11PM

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia Beach restaurant owner will face charges that he held three young women against their will for spankings they agreed to get in exchange for financial support.

A judge certified five felony abduction and object sexual penetration charges to the grand jury Thursday after hearing emotional testimony from the women. Six other assault and sexual battery charges against 54-year-old Henry Allen Fitzsimmons were dropped because the women who filed the complaints had agreed to the spankings.

Fitzsimmons agreed to provide college tuition and a $200 weekly allowance to the women as part of the so-called Spencer Scholarship Plan. As part of the plan, the women agreed to be spanked if they violated certain rules, such as failing to call Fitzsimmons or drinking alcohol. AP

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