Judge Finds Former Belpre Police Officer Not Guilty

By: Phillip Hickman Email
By: Phillip Hickman Email

A Washington County judge has found former Belpre police officer David Garvey not guilty on all charges.

The judge issued the ruling at the request of Garvey's attorney just after Thursday's lunch break.

Garvey was facing four felony charges.

Those charges include obstructing justice, theft in office, tampering with evidence and bribery.

The other charges were related to a traffic stop and a bottle of confiscated pills.


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  • by George Location: Belpre on Jul 22, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    If any officer "bends" the law just a little they are in the wrong and should be held accountable. I don't know how many times I have witnessed an officer speeding with no lights or sirens, talking on their cell phones when they should be looking for criminals, using their police cars for personal errands, not stopping at stop signs, ect ect. This is our tax dollar being wasted. I bet most of the supporters on this post for Fields are his family and friends.
  • by Tom Location: Parkersburg on Sep 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    I think that it's terrible that Detective Garvey was aquitted of all charges just because he was a police officer. They are not above the law and any ordinary citizen would have been locked up for a very long time. It's no wonder that we have no justice system in the mid ohio valley. Local law enforcement needs to stop showing favortism toward their own kind and uphold the law. I personally have no use for local law enforcement.
  • by AL Location: BELPRE on Aug 29, 2008 at 11:11 AM
    PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW WHATS GOING ON IN THE POLICE DEPT. THE CHIEF IS OUT FOR HIMSELF ONLY, HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE MEN AND HAS PROBABLY TIED THIER HANDS. ITS TIME TIME FOR WALKER TO GO. WHETHER YOU LIKE GARVEY OR NOT, FIELDS IS THE WORST. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME HE GOT SOMEONE IN TROUBLE TO GET PROMOTED, JUST ASK RANDY KING. IF THE OFFICERS COULD TALK WITHOUT GETTING IN TROUBLE, WALKER WOULD BE GONE ALONG WITH FIELDS. THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD OFFICERS ON THE DEPARTMENT. WHO ARE THEY GOING AFTER NEXT. BELPRE IS STILL A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE.
  • by unknown Location: belpre on Aug 29, 2008 at 07:52 AM
    people people I realize that there are people out there that believe that Officer Fields did nothing wrong, well you believe what you want and you better pray he does not do to you what he did to Garvey and other people. This Officer is not a nice person and he has a corrupt side to him and he has broken the law himself and Chief Walker has looked the other way and always makes excuses for him and nothing is done. I hope the Mayor is reading these and does a lot of thinking as he needs to somehow talk to people that have dealt with Officer Fields but are worried about coming forward as they have to live in this town also and that is not easy when you know he is head hunting you.... Belpre needs a clean up and also the officers need to be taught how to do a investigation.
  • by confused on Aug 29, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    ok people there is a lot more going on in Belpre that the paper and news does not know... I think things in Belpre have been wrong for a while and maybe we need someone new running the Police Dept... I vote that Garvey go back and take the Chief's job and put the Chief as a road officer again and see how that works....
  • by SR Location: California on Aug 28, 2008 at 10:28 PM
    garvey...man was that judge wrong! we ALL know this man is always up to no good, and never should have been let go. oh well..what goes around, comes around..he'll get his one day..or so we can hope!
  • by unknown Location: mineral wells on Aug 28, 2008 at 09:59 PM
    i find it to be very sad that "just because "he is a"police officer"the charges were dropped.if he were just a "normal citizen"he would be in jail were he belongs!!!is justice decided by what we have done or by who we are?it is aterrible shame the message is sending to our community !!!!
  • by more of belpre Location: belpre on Aug 28, 2008 at 08:26 PM
    justice prevails? where the sun don't shine! Belpre has always been a corrupt little Payton Place where if you have money you can buy your way out of anything if you have the right name to go with it. Since when tho has it been illegal to possess cash and legal for the cops to intimidate a young lady working hard for that cash? I have lived here for years and am familiar with most of them, Garvey, Smeeks, Fields, Davis, Williams and the Chief Walker are all good cops but also will show favoritism and be your friend to your face then stab you in the back when you turn around they are no different than any other humans, they all put their pants on the same way we do and I'm sure they have all made mistakes just as every one else, no one can be perfect all the time! They are suppose to be working together to solve crime not against each other.To be complete fair this trial should have been taken out of jurisdiction where no one know any of them thus no favoritism shown to any party
  • by Susan on Aug 28, 2008 at 07:41 PM
    It saddens me that police corruption has become a way of life and applauded by the public. Dave Garvey being found not guilty is itself an obstruction of justice. The motto "to serve and protect" is an oxymoron when used in reference to Garvey. Sgt. Fields does not deserve the barrage of insults being thrown at him. Fields is the epitome of decency representing the police force as well as being a regular citizen. The Belpre Police Department should re-evaluate some of the other officers on staff and learn from the integrity that Sgt Fields displays everyday and consider itself fortunate to have him!
  • by not surprised Location: ohio on Aug 28, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    This man and this county are as corupt as they come. Evan attorneys as far away as columbus know our judges and police are corupt. Not all ,but way too many! This is just another perfect example. He has a drug problem and so does Lane.
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