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Rape Charges Against Alexandria Sheriff's Deputy Dismissed, Other Charges Remain

An Alexandria judge is dismissing rape charges against a former sheriff's deputy.

Alexandria General District Court Judge Donald Haddock issued the ruling, dropping the rape charge against former Sheriff's Deputy Bryant Pegues. Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter asked the judge to drop the charge. In an interview with WAMU 88.5, Porter declined to explain why he asked for the charge to be dropped, saying he could not comment on a pending case.

Pegues is still charged with having sex with an inmate, which is a felony — although it does not carry the severe penalties that come along with the charge of rape. In a written statement Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne said even though the rape charge has been dropped, the former deputy still betrayed his duty to the sheriff's office and violated the public trust.

He's scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month.

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