Fairfax Co. sheriff’s deputy charged with sexually assaulting inmate

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy with a history of involvement in fatal incidents has been charged with sexually assaulting an inmate in his custody.

Fairfax City Police say 45-year-old Patrick D. McPartlin of Warrenton was arrested Tuesday and charged with object sexual penetration.

Police say McPartlin was taking a female inmate from the Fairfax County jail to the Loudoun County jail when the assault occurred in the county-owned vehicle issued to McPartlin.

Online court records do not list an attorney for McPartlin, who is being held without bond.

McPartlin has worked at the sheriff’s office for more than 20 years. In 2016, he fatally shot a hospital patient who was having a mental episode and wielding a metal sign post outside Inova Fairfax Hospital.

He was also part of a team of deputies in 2015 that used multiple shots from a stun gun to restrain another mentally ill inmate. Natasha McKenna died after receiving four Taser shots during a 15-minute struggle.

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment, referring questions to Fairfax City Police.

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