Charges likely dropped against RPD officer accused of exposing himself

Posted at 1:18 PM, Nov 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-25 14:38:50-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va (WTVR) -- The charge against a Richmond police officer accused of exposing himself at Chesterfield Towne Center was amended Monday.

David Ruland, who was worked with RPD since 2008, pleaded no contest in court Monday to trespassing, which was previously filed as indecent exposure charge.

Ruland was charged following an October 7th incident at Chesterfield Towne Center in which a woman said she spotted Ruland sitting in his vehicle with his genitals exposed.

Ruland's defense attorney told the court that his client had pulled over in the parking lot to relieve himself.

Prosecutors said the trespassing charge would be dropped if Ruland goes through mental counseling with RPD and maintains good behavior until his next court appearance.  That hearing is scheduled for February 26th of next year.

Ruland has been on administrative leave with the Richmond Police Department since his arrest last month.  There is no word yet about whether this development changes his status with the force.