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Culpeper town police captain on administrative leave

It was confirmed on Monday to Culpeper Times what has been speculation for several weeks that Capt. Chris Settle of the Culpeper Town Police Department is on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation by the Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A source close to the situation who did not want to be identified said that Settle is being investigated for allegedly tipping off drug dealers prior to a raid.

Settle, a 14-year veteran with the Culpeper Town Police, was elevated to the rank of captain in Feb. 2011. He replaced Chris Jenkins who was named police chief in 2010. Settle is a graduate of Culpeper County High School and Radford University. He is president of the Culpeper Football Association.

Culpeper Town Council has held two closed sessions during the last several weeks to discuss personnel issues.

According to sources, town manager Kim Alexander was under scrutiny for wanting to bring in an outside agency to look into the matter.

Alexander, who reportedly informed Chief of Police Chris Jenkins and members of town council about Settle's involvement was told to hand over all evidence to the Virginia State Police.

Sgt. Frederick L. 'Les” Tyler is the public information officer for the Virginia State Police. He would neither confirm or deny that Settle was under investigation and replied “no comment” to those inquiries on Monday afternoon.

Chief of Police Chris Jenkins could not be reached for comment.

The Culpeper Times will continue to investigate the story.
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