05/12/2010

Despite acquittal, W.Va. cop may lose his credentials

Officer Galen Reel has not been convicted of a jailable offense, the committee's stated threshold for investigating whether an officer should be decertified

By Gary A. Harki
Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette

A Moorefield police officer who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman, then later said that plea was a lie, might lose his certification as a police officer if it is revoked by a state committee.

The officer, Galen Reel, has not been convicted of a jailable offense, the committee's stated threshold for investigating whether an officer should be decertified. However, Sgt. Curtis Tilley of the West Virginia State Police said the committee is asking its legal counsel to review the case to see whether the panel should consider revoking Reel's accreditation.

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