Barbour Commission Denies Sheriff Suit Allegations
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 31, 2013 @ 5:15PM
Created on July 30, 2013 @ 12:31PM
PHIIPPI, W.Va. (AP) - Barbour County Commission president Jedd Schola says the commission hasn't found any evidence to support a lawsuit's allegations that the sheriff sexually assaulted a woman.
Schola says in a statement that the commission plans to deny the allegations. He says the commission won't discuss the lawsuit further.
The Inter-Mountain reports that Schola read the statement Monday during a County Commission meeting.
The lawsuit was filed July 18 in U.S. District Court in Elkins. It alleges that Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins sexually assaulted the woman during a job interview when she was 17 and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Hawkins issued a statement last week denying the allegations. He called the lawsuit a ploy to obtain money.
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