Ford v. Commonwealth

In Ford v. Commonwealth, 10 Va. App. 224, 226, 391 S.E.2d 603, 604 (1990), two female students from Randolph-Macon College were waiting at the drive-through at a McDonald's restaurant. Ford, 10 Va. App. at 225, 391 S.E.2d at 603-04. Ford, a McDonald's employee, walked toward their car. Id. at 225, 391 S.E.2d at 604. He leaned against the driver's side of the car and asked the women if they attended Randolph-Macon. Id. They answered affirmatively and resumed their conversation. Id. Then, Ford mumbled something. Id. One of the women asked Ford what he wanted. Id. Ford stated he wanted sex and said, "'I want to lick your pussy.'" Id. The women rolled up their windows until a woman returned with their food. Id. They asked the woman at the drive-through window for Ford's name. Id. at 226, 391 S.E.2d at 604. Ford volunteered his name, and the women drove to the front of McDonald's, went inside and spoke with the manager. Id. This Court reversed Ford's conviction, finding that Ford's statements were nothing but an expression of his desire and did not constitute a command, entreaty or attempt to persuade either woman to engage in oral sodomy. Id. at 228, 391 S.E.2d at 605. The Court wrote, "During both of the exchanges between Ford and the women, Ford made no movement toward the car after initially walking up to it, nor did he offer the women money or ask them to get out of the car." Id. at 226, 391 S.E.2d at 604.