No jail time for former Newport News police officer

Posted at 5:43 PM, May 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-03 09:15:58-04

Newport News, Va. - A former Newport News police officer was sentenced to suspended jail time on 12 counts of indecent exposure and obscene sexual behavior charges Thursday.

Several of Christopher Roush's neighbors called police in April 2013 when they saw him fondling himself while naked on his front porch.

Roush's attorney said the judge felt Roush needed mental health and substance abuse treatment and not hard jail time.  His 12 year suspended jail time is contingent on his continuation of mental health and alcohol abuse counseling.

Roush first made headlines in 2009 when he was charged with sexually assaulting two women he dated.  The Newport News Police Department suspended him without pay after his arrest, but they gave him his job back in 2010 when two juries acquitted him of the charges.

He was again fired when he was arrested again in April 2013.

His attorney told NewsChannel 3 Roush is in Maryland with family members and is continuing his treatment there.