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Former prosecutor arrested, charged with destroying record

Former Lancaster County Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Jeffers Schmidt Jr. is accused of destroying a public record last year as he ran unsuccessfully for re-election.

Schmidt faces a misdemeanor charge in the case. Court records indicate he was arrested Nov. 6 and the Northern Neck News reports he was arraigned Wednesday in Lancaster County General District Court.

It’s the second time the destruction of records issue has come before a court. Newly-elected Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Cunningham complained last December that Schmidt was destroying files and planned to erase computer data. Circuit Judge Joseph Ellis ordered Schmidt to turn over records of his office and pending cases to Cunningham, who had defeated Schmidt in the 2011 election.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Schmidt’s attorney, Craig Cooley, declined to comment on the new criminal charge.

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