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Veteran RPD officer arraigned for child sex crimes

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Charles Church (SOURCE: Richmond Police Department)

Charles Church (SOURCE: Richmond Police Department)

RICHMOND, Va. — The longtime Richmond police officer arrested in November on child sex charges was arraigned Thursday.

Charles Church, 39, was indicted on two felony counts of sodomy of a juvenile as well as a felony count having sexual intercourse of rape of a juvenile for an alleged incident in November.

Investigators said Church sexually assaulted a juvenile female under the age of 13 on Nov. 2. During a previous hearing, prosecutors said the victim immediately reported what happened to the next adult she saw and that the child is “greatly scared” by what happened to her.

If convicted, Church faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and would be placed on the sex offender registry.  Church is officially charged with two felony counts of sodomy of a juvenile.

Church has been on the force for 12 years and was most recently ssigned to the Third Precinct.

Church, who is on administrative leave without pay, is being held at the Richmond City Jail.