RPD officer indicted on sexual battery charges

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond Police officer has been indicted on sexual assault charges after a ‘thorough investigation,’ the department said Wednesday. 

Officer Michael Bryson, who has been with the department since July of 2008, is currently on leave without pay. 

On March 16, the department received a complaint about alleged misconduct involving an officer. Internal Affairs was asked to investigate. 

The investigation revealed that Bryson was indicted on one count of misdemeanor sexual battery after the case was presented to a grand jury. 

“Professional conduct and accountability are the basis of community trust of the Richmond Police Department.  I am disappointed in the alleged actions of Officer Bryson, should they be found true during trial,” Interim Chief William Smith said in a statement. “I appreciate the work of the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney’s office in reviewing the investigation and pursuing the indictment.” 

In an email to 8News, Smith said he is “very disappointed by the allegations,” and that he will hold “personnel accountable for their actions through internal discipline and/or prosecution as appropriate for each situation.” 

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