YPSO: Hampton Police Officer Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Minor in 1982

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Michael Anderson (Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Michael Anderson (Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A former Hampton Police Division officer is accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile more than 30 years ago.

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Michael A. Anderson, a 51-year-old Poquoson resident, in connection with the sexual assault of a juvenile victim on multiple occasions at an undisclosed location in York County in 1982.

The gender and age of the victim at the time of the assaults will not be disclosed, said Lt. Dennis Ivey, a YPSO spokesperson.

Anderson, who resigned from the Hampton Police Division after his arrest, is charged with five counts of forcible sodomy.

He joined the department in 1990, eight years after the sexual assaults are reported to have occurred. Hampton Police became aware of the allegations on Thursday.

“It’s not uncommon for victims to wait a long time to report sexual assault,” Ivey said.

The Hampton Police Division has initiated an internal investigation and is working with YPSO to investigate the allegations, according to a joint news release from both HPD and YPSO.

The investigation is ongoing.