VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA – A deputy with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office has been arrested on a felony rape charge, according to officials.
Maj. D.A. Hackworth with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office told WAVY.com Michael Southerland was arrested in Virginia Beach Friday for felony rape, however, Hackworth did not know if the victim was a juvenile or an adult.
Virginia Beach Police spokeswoman Grazia Moyers said the alleged incident occurred on May 26 and the victim, who claimed to have known Southerland, reported she was assaulted at the oceanfront, after leaving a bar.
Southerland has been employed at the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office for the past four and a half years, currently assigned to the Civil Enforcement Section, Hackworth said.
He has been placed on administrative suspension and is currently out of jail on bond.
Southerland’s neighbors said he was well-liked and the allegations against him don’t sound like the man they know.