POQUOSON, Va. (WAVY) — A Poquoson police officer is heading back to work after charges against him were withdrawn.
Sergeant Earl McNair was placed on administrative leave after he was charged with assault back in June. Those charges were dropped in October.
McNair, a 10-year veteran of the Poquoson Police Department, had two children with Theresa Curry. She lived with the children in a Newport News home after their relationship became strained. Court documents say McNair went to the home on June 18 to reconcile their differences, but Curry told McNair she didn’t want to get back together. The documents say McNair then allegedly jumped on her, choked her and took her phone when she reached for it.
On September 5, medics were called to Curry’s home and found her dead inside. Investigators said there was no sign of foul play or forced entry. The Norfolk medical examiner said her cause of death was an apparent overdose.
McNair had been charged with abduction, assault and strangulation in connection to the alleged altercation in June. However, prosecutors withdrew the charges against him because the only witness against him, Curry, had died.
The Poquoson police chief tells 10 On Your Side that following an internal investigation, McNair will return to work Friday.