A Hopewell police officer was arrested yesterday and charged with a felony sex crime.
Police say Mark D. Baggett, 34, of the 500 block of MacArthur Avenue, Colonial Heights, turned himself in around 3:30 p.m. and also resigned.
The arrest comes after the Hopewell Police Department requested that the Virginia State Police investigate a sexual assault allegation involving Baggett. Police say the sexual assault occurred Oct. 13, in the 4000 block of Old Iron Court in Hopewell, involving a 38-year-old female.
"The Hopewell Police Department immediately responded and conducted a preliminary investigation into this criminal allegation involving one of its officers," said Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane. "This is a very serious crime and will not be tolerated in our department as such actions degrade the public's trust of its officers who are sworn to uphold the law."
Baggett was charged with one felony count of forcible sodomy. He is currently held without bail pending his arraignment in Hopewell General District Court on Tuesday.
Baggett has been employed with the Hopewell Police Department since 2008.