Deputy dismissed in sex case

March 04, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Deputy dismissed in sex case

Nearly one year after admitting he had sex with an informant he met through his work with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, Todd Robert McCall has been dismissed from his job.

"A Jan. 16 administrative hearing was held and on Feb. 16, McCall was informed that he was terminated," Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades said Tuesday.

The 30-day procedure follows the guidelines of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, which is state law, Mades said.

He wouldn't comment further, citing the closed nature of the administrative hearing.

Efforts to reach McCall were unsuccessful.

In early 1997, McCall, 34, was suspended with pay after he was brought up on charges.

On March 18, 1997, McCall pleaded guilty in Allegany County District Court to a misdemeanor count of misconduct in office.

Allegany County District Judge Timothy Finan sentenced McCall to a one-year suspended jail sentence, fined him $500 and placed him on unsupervised probation for three years.


Two weeks later, McCall was back on the job, doing security work at the Washington County Courthouse. Later he was reassigned to the detention center.

"I'm not going to let him sit at home when he can be handling some duties," Mades said at the time.

That reinstatement caused some concern, both from the prosecutor and the judge in the criminal case.

Allegany County State's Attorney Lawrence Kelly said in court last March that he wanted the conviction to assure that McCall would no longer work in law enforcement.

Finan said during the hearing that the guilty verdict should preclude McCall from ever again working as a police officer.

With his guilty plea, McCall admitted he had sex with a drug informant in her Allegany County home on a number of occasions between November 1996 and January 1997, according to authorities.

He used his unmarked Narcotics Task Force car on those occasions, Kelly said.

The woman's name did not appear in court documents because she is an informant.

A deputy in Washington County since 1992, McCall previously had been a police officer in Mercersburg, Pa., and Washington Township, Pa.

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