NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The first time Newport News Police Officer Christopher Miner,37, appeared on WAVY News 10 nearly four years ago, he had beengiven the "Award of Valor."
Officer Miner is in the news again, but this time he's beenarrested and charged with abducting a woman.
According to court documents, the woman says she was having a"social evening" with the officer at his house in Newport News.
She claims she laid down in his bed and then he tied her to hisheadboard using leather restraints and took pictures of her. Thewoman says the officer threatened to post the pictures on theinternet if she did not spend the night.
She went on to allege Miner blocked the door and would not lether leave. Finally, she says, he let her go and that's when shecalled the police.
Newport News Police Chief James Fox sat down for an exclusiveinterview with WAVY.com.
"It hurts. We talk about the badge and tarnishing the badge,"said Chief Fox. "We teach ethical behavior. We teach character andthat's what the public expects from us."
Chief Fox said he must wait for the completion of theinvestigation and judicial process, but he understands, this casehas already hurt the public's trust in the department.
"Officer Miner might have made a mistake. He'll have to dealwith the mistake. We will deal with the mistake and we will moveon," said Fox.
Officer Miner's attorney told WAVY.com, "Once the evidence isthoroughly investigated by the police department and reviewed bythe commonwealth's attorney Chris Miner will be completelyexonerated."
Officer Miner is the second Newport News officer in the last twoweeks to be arrested.
Lt. Ronald Hendrickson was arrested on Christmas night forallegedly sexually assaulting a woman.
"You worry about your image and you know that the last couple ofweeks have not been good weeks for our image," said Fox.
Image is not the Chief's only worry right now. He says cityleaders have instructed him to start preparing for budget cuts andthe possibility of laying off police officers.
"That's a possibility, depending on how deep the budget cuts go.We are prepared to have to deal with that."
The chief says despite the looming budget woes and the recentarrests of two of his officers, he has a good department, withdedicated officers.
"We will continue to serve with our heads up. We've got greatpeople here and they are truly committed to making the city safe,"said Chief Fox.
Both Officer Miner and Lt. Hendrickson are on administrativeleave.
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