Police Seek Out Dumler to Investigate Incident & Death Threats
Update: On Wednesday, Chris Dumler met with investigators to officially file a police report concerning an incident and a death threat.
After more than two weeks of waiting, Albemarle police will finally meet with Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler concerning a recent undisclosed incident and death threats. The same department that led the criminal charge against him now has to help him.
Chris Dumler will talk to police Tuesday night or Wednesday about two issues - an undisclosed incident that happened more than two weeks ago, and alleged death threats.
Police won't say specifically what the undisclosed incident was, but say they had to search him out to get the story. Investigators say they learned about the incident through the grapevine and reached out to Dumler.
Dumler canceled an appearance at a Charlottesville-Albemarle Democratic Breakfast last weekend, citing an alleged death threat as the reason. When asked last Friday about the potential death threat, Dumler stated, "I can't comment about an ongoing investigation." We're told police learned about the death threats against Dumler through the media.
Albemarle County Police Spokesperson Carter Johnson states, "At this point, we haven't had a chance to sit down and talk with Mr. Dumler so we really don't know about the allegations and that's why we need to have this conversation and begin an investigation."
Johnson says they won't speculate as to whether the incidents are related to the supervisor's recent legal issues. Last month, Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. His guilty plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors to drop a felony forcible sodomy charge and not pursue charges for two additional alleged victims.
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency and the Jefferson Area Tea Party have all publicly urged Dumler to step down from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Dumler has refused, saying his personal life has not affected his job as a supervisor.
Dumler contacted police shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday to begin the process of filing a report about the two incidents. Dumler did not return messages concerning the incidents, leaving us to question why police had to contact him about the issues.
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