Friday, January 31, 2014

VA - Former police officer (Christopher Roush) guilty in Newport News exposure case

Christopher Roush
Christopher Roush
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By Peter Dujardin

A former police officer was found guilty on Thursday of 12 misdemeanors in an incident in which he exposed himself and performed an "obscene sexual display" to several people passing by his home.

Christopher Roush, 42, was acquitted of the felony count of taking indecent liberties with a child, for exposure to a 14-year-old passenger in a car that passed by the Harpersville Road home at about 9 a.m. on April 7.

Several people testified they saw Roush standing "completely naked" in his front doorway, in view of the passing traffic. Several witnesses testified that he appeared to be masturbating with one hand, while holding the glass storm door open with the other.

One woman testified she was driving to a yard sale, with her 14-year-old daughter in the passenger seat, when she saw Roush. She said she screamed, then did a U-turn "to try to see the address."

Officer Thomas Gamache Jr., who was dispatched to the home on various complaints, testified that he saw Roush standing naked in the doorway, then closing the door.

Gamache said he was soon let into the home by Roush's roommate, who led him to Roush's bedroom. Roush didn't immediately answer, but soon came outside and began "belligerently" yelling at Gamache to get off his property.

Roush — who lost his job over the incident — testified Thursday he had no recollection of what he did. He testified that he came home from work at 1 a.m. after working the night shift, and "started to drink liquor."

"I woke up the next afternoon," he said, and when his roommate told him what he had done several hours earlier, "I didn't believe him." But hearing the litany of witnesses before him Thursday — including the wife of a trusted police officer friend — convinced him he had done it, Roush said. "I just don't remember it," he said.

Roush said he's in treatment for a severe drinking problem and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of several incidents, including his on-duty shooting of a pit bull 17 days before the April incident. The dog had to be euthanized.

He was also the first officer who responded to the grisly 2011 homicide scene in which a Newport News man stands accused of killing his wife and her three children.

In early 2010, when Roush was known as Christopher Miner, two juries acquitted him on charges that he had sexually assaulted two women in 2009.

Roush's lawyer, Robert W. Lawrence, asked Circuit Judge Ted Markow to throw out the felony charge involving the juvenile. That request was made on the assertion that Roush didn't know he was exposing himself to a minor, and had no "lascivious intent" in doing so.

Lawrence also asked Markow to "withhold a judgment" on the misdemeanors until after the judge had a chance to see psychologists' evaluation to see "what he was going through at the time."

Markow, a retired judge from Richmond sitting in on the case, agreed to strike the felony indecent liberties charge, saying that part of the case wasn't proven.

But the prosecutor, Suffolk Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Wiser, argued against withholding a judgment on the seven counts of indecent exposure and five counts of making an "obscene sexual display."

Wiser said alcohol use doesn't excuse criminal behavior, and the judge needed to enter a factual finding. While the idea of withholding judgment was "appealing," Markow said, "I don't think I have a choice other than to find him guilty."

After the hearing, Roush apologized to Assistant Newport News Police Chief Joe Moore, who attended the hearing, for "embarrassing the police department." "I appreciate the apology," Moore replied.

Roush will be sentenced May 1.


sloan44 said...

Law enforcement officers that comment a sexual offense and are labeled sex offenders/predators are not posted on the registry for the public to see in order to, get this, keep them safe from vigilantes! I guess non law enforcement registrants don't matter!

Soth said...

The man is a disgusting excuse for for a human. I agree what he does for child abuse, child abuse is wrong. Now he has taken it upon himself to harrassing teenage girls. Not only did he walk in to the place of employment but broke an 18 year females nose, which by the way is considered underage in many provinces, because she swatted his phone out of his hand. So this justifies head butting an 18 year old, breaking her nose and now has to have surgery.

This man hides behind an organization, posts videos that shows no evidence, falsely accuses these girls of being drug dealers and that one tried to murder her child. I urge all to petition against this psycho. This man should be stopped for what he is doing to "young adults".

His niece is a pathological liar and has escalated this because her boyfriend dumped her and she accused her friend of cheating with him. Now she is making up lies. Hey John, you talk about one of the girls trying to kill her own daughter, how come your niece doesn't have her two kids?

This man is as delusional and as sick as the pedophiles he goes after, and needs to be stopped.
You can find his Facebook page and everything he is saying is false. Bikers United Against Child Abuse is his groups name. He also posts video, has a radio show, who he pretends to he someone else when you can clearly hear his voice is the same voice as in the videos.

This man is sick and needs to be outed for hiding behind a non profit organization. Just sick.

Sex Offender Issues said...

I see he's deleted the video of his harassment so we will be uploading it and fixing the 2nd video above later this evening.

Soth said...

He also removed the video from Facebook showing him head butting this young woman as well. Just a disgusting scum bag.