A Richmond police officer was found not guilty Thursday of a misdemeanor count of sexual battery, court records show.

Officer Michael Bryson was indicted in May for an incident that occurred in February. Police did not describe the incident in any further details or provide any more information.

Bryson, who has been with the department since 2008, had been on leave without pay, but Chief William C. Smith has approved placing him on paid, administrative leave while the department’s Internal Affairs Division conducts a separate investigation into the incident, according to a statement from the department on Friday.

A report will be submitted to Smith, who will determine Bryson’s future standing with the department.

— Ali Rockett

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