A Glen Allen man faces as much as a year behind bars after he is accused of slapping a medical worker’s buttocks and rubbing his body against hers.
Roger Lewis Ward, 54 of Henrico County, has been charged with a single misdemeanor count of sexual battery, according to filings in York-Poquoson General District Court.
Around 5:50 p.m. Jan. 8, a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to a Sentara Williamsburg property in Sentara Circle in Williamsburg for a sexual assault, the court documents said. The victim said she was sexually assaulted by Ward.
“The incident did not take place at the hospital,” Sentara spokeswoman Liz Vandendriessche wrote in an email. “Rather, it took place in a nearby medical office building that has a private physician practice within.”
The victim told the deputy that Ward had harassed her with sexually explicit remarks and taken a photograph of her and a video, according to the filings. Then Ward gave the victim a hug and rubbed his body against hers.
He tried to hug the victim again and slapped her on the buttocks, the court documents state. The victim told him he could not do that to her.
The victim told the investigating officer she did not feel threatened, according to the filings.
Ward was charged with sexual battery at 7:58 p.m. and served a summons for the incident at 10:16 a.m. Jan. 11, court documents state.
York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shelley Ward, of no relation to Roger Ward, said she did not have any additional information on the case at this time.
Roger Ward was ordered to appear before the York-Poquoson General District Court on Tuesday, according to online court records.
Online court records also indicate the case was continued until March 13 or March 20, when Ward will need to appear with an attorney.
If convicted, Ward faces as much as one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence call the Avalon Center Crisis Hotline, available 24 hours daily at 757-258-5051, to talk or schedule an appointment at the Avalon Center call 757-258-5022.
Correction 10 a.m. Jan. 23: A previous version of this story misrepresented the location of the incident and the employer of the victim. Comment has been added by a Sentara spokeswoman.
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