Who Is Teresa Jo Burchfield? Wife Of Trump Lawyer Arrested

Police in northern Virginia arrested the wife of an ethics lawyer for President Donald Trump's business organization on Tuesday. The arrest occurred after officers investigated a "suspicious" incident in the backseat of a car outside the Adult Detention Center in Fauquier County between Teresa Jo Burchfield and an inmate trustee.

Burchfield, 53, is married to attorney Bobby R. Burchfield, a veteran Republican Party attorney and partner at Washington’s King and Spalding, who was named ethics advisor to the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust when Trump assumed office.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Fauquier County General District Court, Burchfield and a 23-year-old inmate engaged in sexual activity when deputies caught them, Fauquier Times reported Thursday.

The unidentified inmate had "trustee status," which means he was held on "minimal charges" and "authorized to perform work inside and outside of the detention center and sheriff’s office facilities," according to the sheriff’s office. Officials allowed the inmate to work outside of the correction center and he had allegedly been socializing with Burchfield for a month, according to the report. The inmate was in possession of pills, unauthorized cigarettes and clothes allegedly supplied by Burchfield.

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Police arrested Teresa Jo Burchfield Tuesday outside the Adult Detention Center in Fauquier County. She is pictured on Sept. 5, 2017 Photo: Fauquier County Jail

"During the investigation on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 5, 2017, detectives discovered an inmate and a female in the rear seat of a vehicle in a parking lot adjacent to the detention center facility," the sheriff’s office said in a press release. "The inmate was found in possession of suspected vitamin supplement pills and other unauthorized articles alleged to have been obtained from the female."

Officials charged Burchfield with willfully delivering unauthorized articles to a confined prisoner, which is a class 1 misdemeanor. She was released on $5,000 secured bond, the sheriff’s office said. According to state law, Burchfield faces up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine if found guilty.

According to her website, Burchfield worked for ObjectVideo, a firm dedicated to homeland security technology.

"Terri’s background with the internet is noted by her former employment as Vice President at Dimension Data," the website read. "Dimension Data is a leading global technology company that builds and manages the IT infrastructures that enable companies to operate efficiently and collaborate seamlessly."

Bobby Burchfield served as general counsel to former President George H.W. Bush’s re-election campaign. He was assigned to President George W. Bush’s Antitrust Modernization Commission and worked as an attorney for President Bush’s 2000 election recount effort.

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