HAMPTON ROADS, VA.
A former sergeant in the Newport News Sheriff's department has been charged with carnal knowledge of an inmate following a police investigation of reports that he had sexual relations with a jail trustee.
Bruce A. Trader, 44, of the 300 block of 53rd Street was arrested at police headquarters Thursday, police spokeswoman Holly Hileman said. Under the Code of Virginia, a correctional officer who uses his or her authority to engage in sexual relations with an inmate is guilty of a Class 6 felony. The charge also applies to a probation and parole officer, work-release supervisor or community-corrections employee who monitors offenders. A conviction carries a maximum five-year sentence.