UPDATE: Deputy Resigns after Tasing Incident; Name Released

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/5/13 @ 5:45 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Putnam County Sheriff's deputy accused of hazing and tasing is now facing the consequences.

Cpl. Dave Bailey had been a deputy for 10 and a half years, but last Thursday he had to resign.

Bailey is a pastor at Lett Creek Community Baptist Church. It was at a church camp in mid-July when Sheriff Steve Deweese says Bailey was involved with at least eight tasing incidents.

One involved an adult woman, but the others included two teenage boys.

Bailey is accused of using a non-department issued Taser on the teens and even allowed them to tase each other.

People in Poca say Bailey is well respected, and that it appears he just made a bad decision.

"He would never hurt anybody,” Jim McCallister said. “I know him better than that. I believe he gave them a little sample (tase), but he made a bad choice in doing that."

The criminal investigation has wrapped up.

It's now up to the prosecutor's office to decide if Bailey will face charges.

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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy has resigned after a hazing incident involving two teenagers.

Putnam County Sheriff, Steve Deweese tells WSAZ.com, the deputy allowed the two teens to use a taser on each other and did nothing to stop it. Deweese says the deputy also participated in using the taser on the teens.

The incident happened at a church camp in Red House in the middle of July.

The taser was a personal one and not issued by the department.

Deweese says the deputy resigned and took early retirement late last week.

He had 10 years of service with the department.

The deputy's name is not being released at this time.

The West Virginia State Police has conducted a criminal investigation into the incident.

All of the evidence has been turned over to Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney, Mark Sorsia who will recommend if charges should be filed in the case.

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