A married 12-year police veteran in Virginia is accused of multiple crimes, including rape and stalking, against a woman with whom he allegedly had an affair, authorities said.
Earlier this year, the Chesapeake Police Ethics and Conduct Unit said they received and followed up on a complaint alleging that Lt. Sean Maddox, 41, had “engaged in criminal activity,” Portsmouth’s WAVY-TV reported.
According to documents, on April 10, a woman Maddox allegedly was seeing decided to end their relationship so she could date other people.
On April 27, the woman claimed, Maddox abducted and raped her. Six days later, on May 3, she allegedly received a text message sent from Maddox’s phone that read: “You have no idea how hard I had to try to control myself and not do bad things.”
When she asked for him to elaborate what “bad things” meant, he allegedly responded: “To. You … a lot of things. Hurt. You … keep your head on a swivel.”
The alleged victim wrote back: “I’m not sure how to take that or how to respond.”
After the exchange, police confiscated Maddox’s iPhone and charged him with threatening bodily harm, according to WAVY-TV. The woman then made further claims against Maddox, including that he was stalking her.
Maddox was arrested June 1 and arraigned the following day. He was booked into jail without bond on charges that include forcible sodomy, abduction with the intent to defile, rape and stalking.
In a statement, Maddox’s attorney, Taite Westendorf, said that “while an accusation should always be taken seriously, the presumption of innocence must be treated with equal respect.”
He added the defendant, who is on leave from his job, “strongly maintains his innocence, and I look forward to fighting for him in the courtroom.”