Former Police Chief Accused Of Abducting, Sexually Assaulting Woman During 2 Separate Incidents

Kevin Matthew Buckland was arrested this week for allegedly attacking a woman twice over the summer.

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A former Virginia police chief found himself in handcuffs on Monday after he was accused of raping the same woman twice over the summer.

Kevin Matthew Buckland, 46, was the head of Rich Creek Police Department from 2003 to 2006 until a disagreement with city leaders led to his termination, according to the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. He’s also worked for the Radford Police Department, Narrows Police Department and Giles County Sheriff’s Office in the state.

So he has plenty of experience busting criminals. But now he’s accused of being a criminal himself.

The Virginia State Police accused him of committing “a non-consensual sexual act” against a woman in in June and then abducting and holding the same woman against her will earlier this month, according to the Roanoke Times. No details of those incidents have been released.

Buckland was arraigned on charges of sexual assault intercourse with victim by force, threat or intimidation and kidnapping abduction by force without justification on Tuesday. No bond has been set yet.

Another woman claimed that Buckland raped her in April at his home. No charges have been filed against Buckland for that incident. That woman had text messages allegedly received from Buckland “apologizing for having hurt her and asking her if she was upset,” according to the Richmond-Times Dispatch.

It’s not clear if Buckland has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time. No further court dates have been scheduled.

[Photo: New River Valley Regional Jail]

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