Chesapeake police lieutenant charged with abduction, rape, stalking


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A Chesapeake police lieutenant has been arrested and charged with several offenses, including rape and stalking, in connection with a complaint filed earlier this year.

Sean Maddox, 41, is charged with abduction with the intent to defile, rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, two counts of threatening bodily harm, and two counts of stalking.

The Chesapeake Police Ethics and Conduct Unit received a complaint earlier this year alleging Maddox had “engaged in criminal activity,” the department said in a news release Tuesday.

After an investigation, the Criminal Investigations Section determined there was probable cause to charge Maddox in connection with the complaint.

Maddox was arrested Tuesday and arraigned on Wednesday. He’s being held in jail without bond.

The alleged incidents happened during an apparent affair, court documents show. The woman ended a relationship with Maddox and said she wanted to date other people on April 10, according to the documents.

Then on April 27, the woman alleged Maddox abducted her, raped her, and committed two counts forcible sodomy.

Six days later on May 3, the victim received text messages from Maddox’s phone that said “you have no idea how hard I had to try to control myself and not do bad things.” When the victim asked for clarity on what he meant by “bad things,” Maddox responded “To. You … a lot of things. Hurt. You … keep your head on a swivel.”

However, according to the court documents, at the time of that text, the abduction, rape and forcible sodomy had already allegedly occurred a week earlier. 

The woman replied to his message: “I’m not sure how to take that or how to respond.”

Police took Maddox’s iPhone used in the text messaging and charged him with threatening bodily harm.

Eight days after those texts took place, the woman accused Maddox of another incident of threatening bodily harm and one count of stalking. Then the next day, she accused him of another count of stalking.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Maddox has been employed by Chesapeake police since February 2009, and is now on leave. He worked out of the headquarters building on Albemarle Drive. Maddox’s wife also works with Chesapeake police, friends and neighbors told WAVY’s Andy Fox. Maddox lived with his wife and two children.

Maddox’s attorney released a statement via email Wednesday.

“I will wait to present evidence and argument in court rather than through the media. However, in the age of social media, people rush to judgment. While an accusation should always be taken seriously, the presumption of innocence must be treated with equal respect. Mr. Maddox strongly maintains his innocence, and I look forward to fighting for him in the courtroom,” said attorney Taite Westendorf.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip online.

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