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Updated: Former CPD Officer Seymore Remaining in Custody

Posted: Updated: Dec 02, 2016 04:16 PM
Christopher Alan Seymore Christopher Alan Seymore
Charlottesville Police Department and General District Court Charlottesville Police Department and General District Court
Charlottesville Police Deputy Chief Major Gary Pleasants Charlottesville Police Deputy Chief Major Gary Pleasants
CPD Deputy Chief Major Gary Pleasants taking questions from the media CPD Deputy Chief Major Gary Pleasants taking questions from the media
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A former city police officer charged with an alleged sexual assault made his first appearance in Charlottesville General District Court Friday.

Christopher Alan Seymore, 35, is currently being held without bond. He appeared via video Friday morning, telling the judge that he's not sure whether he'll be able to hire an attorney.

A court-appointed lawyer will be provided for the time being. The judge won't make a further ruling on bond until Seymore has an attorney.

Seymore is facing two counts of forcible sodomy. Investigators haven't released many details about the alleged incident involving Seymore - such as when and where the alleged attacks occurred.

“We found out about this incident Tuesday, and by Thursday we had concluded the investigation - other than wrapping up a few small things. And then we told everyone what we did. We told everyone what happened, to the extent that we can,"said Charlottesville Police Deputy Chief Major Gary Pleasants.

During a news conference Friday afternoon, Pleasants confirmed that Seymore was on a call for service when he met the alleged victim. The police major did not disclose the victim's name, but made clear that she was not connected to the call that Seymore had responded to.

Describing the reported sexual assaults, Pleasants explained, “The first incident did occur when he [Seymore] was on duty. The second, several hours later when he was off duty. But she [the victim] was not under arrest, nor was she a victim of any crime prior to their interaction.”

Authorities say Seymore had been with the Charlottesville Police Department for 18 months, and that he was fired upon his arrest.

“The fact that we arrested him for criminal charges was all we needed to do to then terminate him at the very moment. There was no reason whatsoever for us to keep him on our books either paid or unpaid when we just charged him with a crime,” said Pleasants.

Seymore has a wife and two children.

The judge set a date for a preliminary hearing for February 2. The prosecution will likely present some evidence during that hearing, and the judge will determine whether the case proceeds to a grand jury. Seymore may appear in court before then to request bond.

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