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Hanover instructor arrested for sex crimes against child

Posted at 3:08 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 23:22:28-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Walter R. Summerfield, a 45-year-old instructor with the Patrick Henry High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), has been charged with four counts of Indecent Liberties by a Custodian, school officials confirmed.

Crime Insider sources say the victim was once a student at Patrick Henry High.

Summerfield was arrested Wednesday on the Class 6 felony, a Hanover County Sheriff's spokesman said.

The arrest came after an "extensive investigation," according to the sheriff's office.

Walter R. Summerfield (PHOTO: Hanover Sheriff's Office)

Crime Insider sources say the alleged inappropriate sexual relationship started on spring break.

Summerfield was jailed at Pamunkey Regional Jail with no bond.

Summerfield joined the Patrick Henry NJROTC in 2016, according to the school's website. He is currently on unpaid leave, the school's spokesperson said.

He previously served 26 years in the Navy.

Anyone with additional information was asked to call the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 804-365-6140 or Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. Witnesses or students can send news tips here.