A Virginia deputy who is also a pastor was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday.
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Virginia deputy, chaplain accused of sex crimes, police say

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Matthew Eli Mellerson, 29, is a deputy with the Richmond City Sheriff's Office and also the chaplain at the Richmond Justice Center. He was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on six counts of carnal knowledge of an inmate and two counts of sexual abusing an inmate.

The alleged incidents occurred between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23, 2017, according to court documents.

Officials said Mellerson is on leave pending the outcome of the allegations, WTVR reported.

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