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Newport News cop jailed on allegations of juvenile rape

Robert Jones (WYDaily/Courtesy of Newport News Police Department)
Robert Jones (WYDaily/Courtesy of Newport News Police Department)

NEWPORT NEWS — A police officer here was arrested Friday on serious allegations of raping a juvenile.

Robert Jones, 46, is charged with two counts of rape, four counts of taking indecent liberties and one count each of carnal knowledge, forcible sodomy and criminal solicitation, authorities said, adding the “suspect and the victim were known to each other.”

Newport News Police officials said Jones was placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of his criminal case and an internal investigation.

Jones, who has been with NNPD since 2007, was assigned to the North Precinct.

The investigation began shortly after police received a complaint in June 2018.

“We take these allegations seriously and are working closely with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office regarding the criminal charges,” police Chief Steve Drew said in a prepared statement.

A jail mugshot of Jones was not made immediately available.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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