Rape charge dropped against Bryant Pegues

A former Alexandria sheriff’s deputy is no longer charged with raping an inmate at the city jail. But Bryant Pegues will still face prosecution on the felony charge of carnal knowledge of an inmate.

Pegues, 52, of Oxon Hill was arrested last Tuesday and discharged from the sheriff’s office, where he had worked since 2007.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter and defense attorney Ryan Campbell agreed that the charge of rape by force or threat would be dropped, according to an order filed in Alexandria District Court. The order does not give any reason for the decision. Porter had previously said in court that Pegues used a pen to threaten the victim and raped her early on the morning of his arrest.

The sheriff’s office said it learned of the alleged assault after the victim provided information to another deputy. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne has since ordered an external review of jail policies and procedures.

“I agree with the decision of the Commonwealth’s Attorney to drop this charge,” Lawhorne said in a statement. “The fact remains that he betrayed his duty to this Office and violated the public trust.” 

The charge Pegues currently faces is a lesser one and does not carry mandatory prison time.

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Rachel Weiner covers cops and courts in Arlington and Alexandria.
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