Hampton officer accused of sex crimes before joining force

Michael A. Anderson

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A former Hampton police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile years before his employment with the division.

Michael A. Anderson, 51, was arrested Friday after an investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a juvenile in York County back in 1982.

The Hampton Police Division was made aware of the allegations on Thursday and notified the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.

“A lot of people want to know ‘why’s it take somebody 30 some years to report?’ Well that’s not uncommon,” said Lt. Dennis Ivey, with the Sheriff’s Office. “We can’t put ourselves in the minds of the victims, these victims have been traumatized. It takes years for them to come forward sometimes.”

Investigators said the alleged sexual assault happened on multiple occasions at an undisclosed address in York County. The victim was known to Anderson. Anderson was 18 at the time. He joined the Hampton Police Division years later, in March 1990.

Anderson was charged with five counts of forcible sodomy – a felony charge, for which, there is no statute of limitations in Virginia, according to Ivey.

Ivey said that no other victims have come forward, and there is no indication that Anderson committed any crimes while in law enforcement.

Anderson resigned from his position with the division after his arrest on Friday. He was a corporal.

“Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. This man will get his day in court,” Ivey said. “And our victim… we want people to realize that we’re proud of our victims when they come forward. No matter how long it takes.”

Anderson is in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, held without bond.

A spokesman for the Hampton Police Division had no further comment. Hampton Mayor George Wallace also had no comment when contacted by 10 On Your Side.

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