Norfolk Jail Official Quits Amid Sex Crime Charge

March 28, 2012

The Norfolk City Jail's director of inmate programs has resigned amid allegations that he inappropriately touched a prisoner.

The Norfolk Sheriff's Office tells media outlets that 70-year-old James L. Rivers is charged with misdemeanor sexual battery of an inmate by a jail employee. He's scheduled to appear in Norfolk District Court on April 2.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Paula Miller says an inmate alleged on March 14 that Rivers inappropriately touched him. Rivers resigned on March 20.

He had served as inmate programs director since 2007.

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