NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A Poquoson police officer is facing a bribery charge stemming from his time working at the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, according to Poquoson Police Chief Clifford Bowen.
Dearyl Anderson, 56, was arrested Monday in Newport News by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya.
“This is still an active ongoing criminal investigation and I cannot discuss further details of the case without hindering the prosecution,” Anaya said in a statement.
Derek Davis, commonwealth’s attorney in Surry County, says Anderson took a bride from a suspect charged with drug distribution “in exchange for impeding prosecution.”
Anderson was hired by the Poquoson Police Department in May 2017 from the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office. He worked for the Surry County Sheriff’s Office from January 2003 until December 2015.
Surry County Sheriff Carlos Turner says when he took office Jan. 1, 2016, Anderson was one of four employees not reappointed to their post. At the time, Turner says Anderson was a sergeant overseeing the Investigations Unit.
“I was going to run an office of professionalism, integrity and transparency and I did not feel like Mr. Anderson could stand up to those practices,” said Turner. “I don’t think law enforcement has any place for officers who don’t do the right thing.”
Anderson did not answer questions for comment at his home on Monday. His daughter, who wished to remain anonymous, told 10 On Your Side’s Joe Fisher, “It’s not fair. He doesn’t deserve what is happening to him.”
Bowen says Anderson has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation in Poquoson.