An Alexandria dogcatcher has been charged with bribery, accused of soliciting $15 from a woman in exchange for tearing up a citation against her.
Charles H. Jackson, Jr., 28, is also charged with destruction of records by a public official in connection with the alleged incident.
City prosecutors say Jacksn was investigating a stray dog owned by Mary Mooney, who lives on Key Drive in the city, last October when allegedly he told her he would destroy the citation against her if she gave him the $15 collateral.
When the woman mailed $15 to Alexandria City Hall to pay the citation for allowing her dog to run loose, she was told there was no record of the citation, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said they became aware of the alleged incident several months ago when Mooney's dog again was picked up and Mooney refused to sign summons.
Jackson, who transfered to a laborer's job for the city's Department of Transportation said Environmental Services in April, denied any wrong-doing yesterday. "There was no bribery," he said. "That's news to me."
If convicted of bribery, Jackson could be sentenced to as long as 10 years in prison. Destruction of records carries a sentence of up to 12 months in jail plus a $1,000 fine upon conviction.
Jackson also is charged with possession of a small amount of drug preludin in connection with an unrelated incident.