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Washington County sheriff's employee accused of assaulting boy

July 17, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Washington County Sheriff's Department lieutenant has been reassigned to administrative duties after he was charged with assaulting a boy at a pizzeria last month, according to court documents and Sheriff Douglas Mullendore.

Lt. Arthur Overcash, who oversees the sex offender registry and the department's records division, will perform only administrative duties until the matter has been resolved, Mullendore said.

Mullendore said such a change in duties is routine when charges have been filed.

Rodney C. Knable of Big Pool, wrote in an application for charges June 22 that Overcash was having dinner with Knable's wife, Sheila, and her three children June 21 at Ledo's Pizza. After dinner, Sheila took one of her children to the bathroom and asked Overcash to take her 4-year-old son to the car, according to court documents. The 4-year-old did not want to go with Overcash and started kicking and screaming, and Overcash grabbed the boy by the collar of his shirt and "dragged him out the door, across the parking lot to the vehicle," Rodney Knable alleged in his application for charges.

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Overcash was charged with second-degree assault, according to Washington County District Court records.

Sheila Knable said by phone Tuesday that Overcash grabbed her son by the shirt to keep him from running into the kitchen area.

"He did not assault him in any way," she said. "He was merely protecting him from harming himself."

Sheila Knable said she is separated from her husband and dating Overcash, and she said her husband filed for the charge after his stepdaughter gave him an exaggerated account of the incident.

Rodney Knable's petition for a peace order to keep Overcash from his 4-year-old son was denied July 7 after Washington County District Judge W. Milnor Roberts found there was no reasonable grounds to believe an assault took place, court records show.

Due to Overcash's relationship with investigating authorities, prosecution of the second-degree assault case will be handled by a special prosecutor from Frederick County, court records show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. in Washington County District Court.

Should Overcash be found guilty of the charge, the department would conduct an internal investigation and take appropriate action, Mullendore said.

Overcash did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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