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Assault charge against Washington Co. Sheriff's Department lieutenant is dropped

August 07, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Prosecutors dropped charges Wednesday against a Washington County Sheriff's Department lieutenant who had been charged with assaulting a child.

Lt. Arthur Overcash was charged in June with second-degree assault.

Overcash, who oversees the sex offender registry and the department's records division, had been assigned to perform administrative duties while the criminal matter was pending.

On Wednesday, Overcash was reassigned to full duty, effective immediately, Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said Wednesday afternoon.

According to Washington County District Court records, Rodney C. Knable of Big Pool wrote in an application for charges on June 22 that Overcash was having dinner with Knable's wife, Sheila, and her three children June 21 at Ledo's Pizza in Hagerstown. 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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Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Viki Pauler on Wednesday submitted to the court a letter from the State's Attorney for Frederick County office, which performed an investigation into the charges due to the relationship between Overcash and investigating authorities in Washington County.

In the letter, Assistant State's Attorney for Frederick County Colleen Swanson requested that the charges be dropped.

"Our office has conducted a thorough investigation of the allegations in the Statement of Charges, including contacting the complainant and interviewing those who were present for the alleged incident." Based upon that investigation, her office declined to prosecute the case, Swanson wrote.

Sheila Knable said previously that Overcash grabbed her son by the shirt to keep him from running into the kitchen area. Sheila Knable also has said she was separated from her husband and dating Overcash at the time of the incident.

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