April 9, 2012
A former reserve deputy with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an alleged rape that occurred last November.
As part of the plea deal reached Monday morning in Albemarle County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Sean Horn admitted to assault and battery of a family member. His entire 12 month jail sentenced was suspended by the judge, so Horn will not spend any more time behind bars.
The former deputy was arrested in January and accused of rape "through the use of the victim's mental incapacity or physical helplessness."
Horn, who served in the reserve division for eight months, was formerly a school resource officer with the Albemarle County Police Department and a member of the University of Virginia Police Department.
In a letter to staff upon his arrest, Sheriff Chip Harding said Horn is "not in a position to continue as a reserve deputy." Horn was decommissioned, but Sheriff Harding did leave his return to the reserve division open pending the outcome of the criminal case.
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