Jail officer arrested

Published 10:48 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2013

An officer at Western Tidewater Regional Jail was arrested Tuesday following allegations of sexual battery by a female inmate, the Suffolk Police Department said.



Randall Hatfield, 53, is being held without bond on charges of abduction, aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery and object penetration.

The alleged incidents occurred on July 23 as the woman was cleaning at the facility, according to a news release from city spokeswoman Diana Klink.


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Lt. Tanya Scott of Western Tidewater Regional Jail said Hatfield was a correctional officer at the facility and was hired in February 2009. His employment has been terminated, she said.

Scott said Hatfield is being held at Hampton Roads Regional Jail.

Detective R. Cain is the lead investigator. The investigation is ongoing.