NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Sheriff Bob McCabe "unequivocally" denied he engaged "in any corrupt quid pro quo of any kind," after The Virginian-Pilot reported a developer told federal investigators he bribed McCabe.

The newspaper cited two unnamed sources familiar with an interview that Ronnie Boone, Sr. supposedly had with investigators.

Boone is a prosecution witness in the federal corruption trial of Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot who is accused of accepting bribes while serving on Norfolk City Council.

Boone pleaded guilty in September to bank fraud and bribery charges, saying he bribed Burfoot.

No charges have been filed against McCabe.

A spokeswoman for the Norfolk Sheriff's Office provided 13News Now with the statement McCabe sent to the newspaper:

I think it is highly inappropriate for the Virginian Pilot to run a story based on rumor and innuendo.

To be asked to comment on a Virginian Pilot story that has not been written or even shown to me, would be asking me to speculate on something I do not know about.

I have always tried to carry myself in a manner above reproach.

I have not been contacted by state or federal authorities in relation to any rumored allegations.

I unequivocally deny engaging in any corrupt quid pro quo of any kind.