Chesapeake sheriff’s lieutenant on leave amid indictments

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A Chesapeake sheriff’s lieutenant was indicted this week on multiple financial-related crimes.

Joshua Sawyer spent 18 years a deputy in Chesapeake.  He now is awaiting his trial date.

Court records show a grand jury indicted Sawyer on 23 total charges, including several counts of obtaining money by false pretense and issuing bad checks.

The sheriff’s office confirmed Sawyer turned himself in on Nov. 8, and was released on a $2,500 secured bond. 

According to court records the offenses happened between May 17 and May 24th. The indictments indicate that almost everyday that week, Sawyer went to a Bay Point Credit Union and passed a bogus check.

A spokeswoman for the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office said Sawyer was already on paid administrative leave at the time the indictments were handed down. He’s out on a $2,500 bond.

“There is another side to this story,” Sawyer told our Jason Marks.

Sawyer went on to say he’s not yet ready to tell his side of the story.

Southampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke has been brought in as a special prosecutor.  He didn’t return 10 On Your Side’s call. 

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