NEW INFO: Commission Upholds Decision to Fire Mason County Sheriff's Deputy

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UPDATE 4/11/11 @ 6 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Mason County Deputy who was a high school resource officer will not return to work.

School District Administrators say complaints from Hannan High against Robert Glenn alleged the deputy engaged in inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment.

Glenn said he was wrongfully terminated by Sheriff David \Anthony.

At a civil service hearing today, the commission listened behind closed doors to students and parents.

The commission upheld the Sheriff's termination -- finding just cause to fire Glenn after an internal investigation.



UPDATE 3/25/11 @ 8:10 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A school resource officer has been fired from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department after some serious allegations.

Deputy Robert Glenn was fired Friday.

Earlier in the week, Glenn was suspended after a number of complaints started coming from students at Hannan Junior and High Schools. That’s where he was working.

The complaints include that Glenn used inappropriate verbal comments, including sexual harassment to male and female students.

The sheriff’s department says complaints are still coming in and ask that you come forward if you have a complaint.



ORIGINAL STORY
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sheriff’s deputies assigned to schools are supposed to provide security and a positive presence -- not create more problems.

But students and parents at one West Virginia school are accusing their assigned deputy of inappropriate behavior. WSAZ.com has the latest on a suspension and investigation.

It all started late last week in Mason County -- at rural Hannan Senior and Junior High School. That’s where administrators say several complaints, including some sexual allegations, were leveled against a fill-in prevention resource officer.

That deputy is now off the job and under an internal investigation microscope.

School district administrators say the complaints against Robert Glenn allege the deputy used inappropriate verbal comments, including accusations of sexual harassment -- against both male and female Hannan High students.

Mason County Superintendent Suzanne Dickens says, after learning of the complaints last Friday, she contacted Sheriff David Anthony, who provides the districts resource officers, and had Glenn removed from the school.

The sheriff says he suspended Glenn and began an investigation into the complaints of inappropriate conduct.

Since last October, Glenn has worked at Hannan as a non-certified resource officer, meaning he did not have the proper training to do the complete job, including some teaching. Basically, Deputy Glenn was a security guard who interacted with students, including a class with behavioral problems.

Anthony says Glenn has been a deputy three or four years. He says Glenn is suspended with pay for now, but then told us soon to be without.

Hannan High is offering counseling to students and parents involved in the complaints.

The superintendent says certified school resource officers make a major positive difference, teaching classes on things like bullying and hunting safety.

There are no formal court complaints against Glenn that have been filed yet. The sheriff hopes to have the investigation finished by the end of this week.