Former sheriff pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Robert McCabe will step down as sheriff on Feb. 1, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Norfolk Sheriff’s Department)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former sheriff in Virginia has pleaded not guilty to public corruption charges.

News outlets report former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe entered the plea Tuesday in federal court. He and codefendant Gerard Boyle are accused of engaging in a quid pro quo relationship for 12 years. Boyle also pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

An indictment says Boyle gave McCabe cash, gifts and campaign contributions. Federal prosecutors say McCabe favored Boyle’s company, which provides medical services at the city jail.

The indictment also alleges that McCabe had a similar agreement with the CEO of a Louisiana-based company that provided food.

McCabe’s attorney James Broccoletti says his client will vigorously defend the charges and looks forward to trial. Neither Boyle nor his attorney commented.

The trial is scheduled to begin May 27th, 2020.

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