Jurors Hearing Testimony in Case Against Former Charlottesville Police Officer

Posted: Updated: Mar 05, 2018 11:23 PM

The jury trial for a former police officer is underway in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

Thirty-six-year old Christopher Alan Seymore is charged with two counts of forcible sodomy.

Seymore was responding to a hit and run on Shamrock Road on November 18, 2016, which he is where he met Ronna Gary.

Both sides say there is no denying there were two sexual encounters between them, but the argument is whether or not they were consensual.

The court began selecting jurors Monday, March 5. A 12-person jury with one alternate - seven men and six women - was seated around 1:30 p.m.

During opening arguments, jurors heard from Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Joseph Platania that Seymore took a witness statement from Gary. The commonwealth says Seymore entered Gary’s home, where she performed oral sex on him. Platania also argued that Gary was scared, and Seymore pushed her down on her knees.

Seymore returned to Gary’s home the next morning, when he was off duty, and she again performed oral sex on him.

Defense attorney Elizabeth Murtagh claims both sexual encounters were consensual, and that Gary invited Seymore back to her home afterwards.

Seymore had removed his police-issued body camera.

Gary took the stand Monday. She told the court that Seymore was very forward with her, and that she felt afraid and trapped with him in her own home.

Gary testified that Seymore came back to her home the next day, claiming he had an update on the case. That is when the second sexual encounter happened.

The alleged victim had previously testified that Seymore forced her to perform sex acts, and that she obliged because he was a police officer.

Seymore was arrested and fired from CPD after Gary filed a complaint: "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," stated the police department in a media release from December 2016.

Authorities told NBC29 that Seymore was with the Charlottesville Police Department for about 18 months.

Platania is expected to call a total of 6 witnesses, while Murtagh said she will be asking 14 people to testify.

Testimony will continue on Tuesday, March 6.