Authorities in Virginia say a former police chief was arrested on suspicion of abduction and rape in connection with two separate incidents involving the same alleged victim.
According to Fox News, 46-year-old Kevin Matthew Buckland had been appointed the head of the Rich Creek Police Department in 2003. Three years later, he was fired following a disagreement with city leaders.
In addition to that position, his law enforcement career included position in the Radford Police Department, Narrows Police Department and Giles County Sheriff’s Office.
The first of the two alleged crimes occurred in June and the second was earlier this month, according to police reports.
Buckland is accused of engaging in a “non-consensual sex act” with the woman in the first encounter, according to the Roanoke Times.
In a statement from the Virginia State Police, investigators indicated that he attacked her weeks later, holding her against her will.
As of the latest reports available, he had been arraigned on charges related to both incidents. Court records did not specify any further court details.
Though he has not faced charges, Buckland has also been accused of another sexual assault. Police reports dating back to May indicate a search warrant was conducted related to allegations in April from another woman.
According to investigators in that case, the victim kept text messages in which the suspect apologized “for having hurt her” and asked “if she was upset.”
[Featured image: Kevin Matthew Buckland, New River Valley Regional Jail]