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Charlottesville Police Officer Arrested, Charged With Forcible Sodomy

Posted: Updated: Dec 13, 2016 06:30 PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A Charlottesville police officer has been arrested and charged with two counts of forcible sodomy. Christopher Alan Seymore, 35, is currently being held at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail pending a bond hearing.

It all stemmed from a November 29 complaint of misconduct and an immediate investigation. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that there was sufficient evidence to charge Seymore in relation to the complaint.

Seymore was notified of his termination from the Charlottesville Police Department at the time of his arrest. He had been with the Charlottesville Police Department for about 18 months.

In a written statement, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas writes, “There is nothing more important to the members of the Charlottesville Police Department than the trust of the citizens we serve. To have that trust violated by one of our own deeply affects all members of this agency as well as the community.”

NBC29 reached out to several Charlottesville City Council members for their reaction, but they had not heard about the arrest and were not comfortable commenting until they knew more.

City Manager Maurice Jones told NBC29 that Thomas is likely to make a statement Friday.

Charlottesville Police Department Press Release:

On November 29, 2016 the Charlottesville Police Department received a complaint of misconduct against Charlottesville Police Officer C.A. Seymore. The allegations were of a serious nature and an investigation immediately ensued. During the course of the investigation it was determined there was sufficient evidence to charge the officer in relation to the complaint.

The Charlottesville Police Department charged Christopher Alan Seymore, age 35, with two counts of Forcible Sodomy. Mr. Seymore was notified of his termination from the Charlottesville Police Department at the time of his arrest. Mr. Seymore had been with the department approximately 18 months. He is currently being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail pending a bond hearing.

“There is nothing more important to the members of the Charlottesville Police Department than the trust of the citizens we serve,” said Chief Al Thomas. “To have that trust violated by one of our own deeply affects all members of this agency as well as the community. We will not tolerate misconduct by our officers and citizen complaints will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate action taken.”

At this time, the Charlottesville Police Department has no additional comment.

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