The Chesterfield County Police Department won't investigate the campus computer files of former Virginia Commonwealth University Police Chief Willie Fuller.
After Fuller's arrest Jan. 28 on charges of soliciting sex with an officer posing as a 14-year-old girl, Style reported that the university conducted an internal review of Fuller after receiving complaints about him in 2005. As part of that review, these sources say, the university uncovered a sexually explicit e-mail exchange between Fuller and a girl who claimed to be 17. University officials declined to confirm or discuss the internal review, or the alleged e-mail exchange.
Fuller, 50, was arrested at his home in Henrico County as part of an Internet sting conducted by the Chesterfield police. Last week, Fuller waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Chesterfield County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The charges — one count of attempted indecent liberties with a minor and two counts of soliciting sex with a minor “using an electronic device” — were certified to the grand jury for a hearing May 18.
As part of that investigation, VCU officials quarantined Fuller's campus computer files “and other electronic documents,” says Pamela D. Lepley, director of communications at the university. Lepley told Style last month that the Chesterfield Commonwealth's Attorney's Office was reviewing the files.
David Rigler, the deputy commonwealth's attorney prosecuting Fuller, says the university files are out of his jurisdiction, and didn't foresee the files being relevant to the current charges against Fuller.
“I don't have any authority over any crime in the city of Richmond,” he says, adding that the files may only be of use during pre-sentencing, and that's if Fuller is found guilty of the charges. After Fuller's court appearance April 2, Rigler said he had yet to review the computer files quarantined by the university.
The Chesterfield County Police Department also confirms that Fuller's university computer files aren't part of its investigation. “There is nothing in his VCU files that would relate to this investigation,” Capt. Robert Skowron says.