Smithfield police officer resigns after being charged with sex crimes with minor

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Karl Washington

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. - A former Smithfield Police officer has been charged with sex crimes with a minor.

Virginia State Police will not comment on when the alleged crime occurred but a News 3 investigation has discovered Karl Washington, a former Smithfield police officer, was arrested and charged with one count of sexual battery and one count of indecent liberties with a child by a custodian.

According to the arrest warrant an incident in Isle of Wight County on October 8, 2017 prompted an investigation and landed Washington behind bars after months of a multiple-agency effort.

Washington turned himself in over the weekend and was denied bond in a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Monday. He is currently incarcerated at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

Smithfield Police Deputy Chief Rogers released this statement to News 3 :

"At this point, the investigation is still pending with Virginia State Police and Karl Washington has resigned from the Smithfield Police Department.  Unfortunately, I am unable to provide more information. Please contact Virginia State Police."

News 3 is working to obtain more information about the alleged crime. Stay with us for all updates.

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