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Jail officer faces child porn counts

South Boston News
Vesper / February 13, 2013
An officer at the Meherrin River Regional Jail, Christopher James Vesper, 32, was arrested at his home near Bracey last week and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

He is being held in the Pamunkey Regional Jail under no bond. His next court date is March 5.

Vesper was hired as a jail officer with the Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta approximately three months ago, after retiring from the U.S. Army with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Jail Superintendent Chrystal Willett said that before he was hired, Vesper was thoroughly vetted and his record was clean.

Virginia State Police began investigating Vesper in December after they were contacted by New Jersey law enforcement.

Vesper was arrested by Special Agent M.A. Clark of the Virginia State Police High Tech Crimes Division. However, the case remains under investigation.

Willett said to date, no one from either the Virginia State Police or New Jersey law enforcement has contacted her about Vesper. On the day he was arrested, Monday, Feb. 4, he reported to work but left early, she said. Willett said later that day, she received a phone call notifying her that Vesper was being transported to her facility for lockup. “Since he was a jail officer, we could not have him at this site, and I had him transported instead to Pamunkey.”

He has remained there since his arrest, according to Pamunkey officials. Vesper resigned his position with the Meherrin River Regional Jail on February 8.

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