ASHLAND, VA (WWBT)- An employee of the Ashland Police department has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of soliciting a minor.
Joseph Perkins was arrested in Albemarle County, late Saturday night, according to police sources. Perkins was allegedly trying to meet a minor he'd been communicating with online.
According to Ashland Police, Perkins had worked for their department for several years, most recently as a community support civilian, but wasn't a sworn officer. Perkins organized community events, like neighborhood watches.
"We are stunned and deeply saddened by this incident," the Ashland Police Department said in a statement. "Even though Mr. Perkins was not at work at the time of this incident, the Ashland Police Department has already taken every measure necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of our agency."
Perkins has been suspended from duty at this time. He's due in court June 27.