UPDATE: Woman Making Sexual Allegations Arrested in Connection with Drugs

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Updated 6/10/09 @ 6:19 pm

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says the woman making allegations of sexual misconduct against a deputy, two police officers and a firefighter is now behind bars.

Sheriff Mincks said Sergeant Robert Eddy resigned after 27-year-old Crystle Phillips made allegations of sexual misconduct. But Sgt. Eddy isn't the only one included in these allegations.

"She is the lady making allegations against our officer, the two officers in the Marietta Police Department and also the city fireman," Sheriff Mincks said.

Those allegations are currently under investigation, but no other details are being released.

"It would be premature to release any information which may or may not be accurate, and so we withhold on making comment until we have an understanding of the facts," Chad Presley, Marietta Safety Service Director, said.

The two police officers and the firefighter are on administrative leave during the investigation.

Sheriff Mincks says Phillips has since been arrested on three counts of trafficking drugs.

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A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy has resigned, and three city employees are on paid administrative leave in connection with sexual allegations.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says Sergeant Robert Eddy has resigned after being questioned on the matter.

Cpt. Jeff Waite with the Marietta Police Department says two officers are on paid administrative leave while the allegations are being investigated.

Marietta Fire Department Chief Tom Dempsey says one firefighter is also on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

They say this is routine procedure when an employee is accused of something, and disciplinary hearings will be set where the employees will have the opportunity to tell their side.

Marietta City Safety-Service Director Chad Presley is not releasing at this time whether or not these allegations are connected, and is not yet releasing the names of the employees under investigation.

Stay tuned to WTAP and wtap.com for more details on the case.


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  • by sara Location: ohio on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    if eddy is not guilty of any wrongdoing why did he resign.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    paid leave while under investigation. i bet they drag this out for a while. nothing like a paid vacation without anyone to answer to. keep up the good work and if anyone wants to pay me for six months or a year, i think i could get a lawyer to keep any accusations tied up in court that long if it ever would go to court. i think that official charges should be filed and they should be put on unpaid leave until the charges are either proven or not and if no charges are filed then drop it and make them work for the money they receive. this paid leave that everyone gets is unfair for all involved. only government workers... it seems to me that they get good pay good benefits and are almost invincible for firing. How do you get one of these jobs? i have worked hard my whole life and they would fire me tomorrow if they thought i did something that would put the company in a negative light. why is the city or government playing by different rules????
  • by Concerned Location: Marietta on Jun 11, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    I think the public ought to know what is going on. And like someone earlier said if we don't know who they are how do we know they aren't still working. I know cops flirt they are just like any other man but we need to know what the sexual misconduct consists of. They a pretty broad subject. What were they supposed to have done to her. Was it a wink,or an offer for a date,or did they touch her? The News needs to be more specific.
  • by Michelle Location: Marietta on Jun 11, 2009 at 03:25 PM
    I agree with Mark if I were breaking the law at work I would be fired. The difference is the taxpayers aren't paying my salary. Since we pay their wages I think we deserve to know their names and what they are accused of. If anyone else were arrested or being investagated our names would be released. And it would be way before the cops proved we were guilty or not. People are put on the news being accused of stuff everyday why not them. They aren't any better than the rest of us. That badge doesn't make them immortal at the end of the day they are still just men. The SGT. did make it look bad when he resigned before the investagation was finished.
  • by Mark Scheinder Location: Newport on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    What people do on there on time should be there on business. But, If it was done on work time it means the taxpayers was paying for them to do it. They should get fired no questions asked. I'm sure there probably not the only ones. They need to investigate more if you ask me.I think tax payers need to pay more attention to things cops do on are time.
  • by mynamehere Location: Parkersburg on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    Perhaps the others arent listed because they still work for a government facility? One quit, and one is a civilian, that should make it public record. And also noone is guilty of anything, these are allegations not fact, sounds to me like the civilian is in a state of retaliation from her drug charges, even if she made the allegations prior to her arrest, everyone always pokes the city officials first before getting facts on anything, Im even guilty of it. This is an opinion page I know, but some peoples opinion just isnt worth typing.
  • by atwork on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    How convenient that soon after she files a complaint which forces one officer to resign, two placed on leave, and one fireman on leave, she is arrested on drug charges. What a coincidence!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Ohio on Jun 11, 2009 at 12:55 AM
    It's about time that they start upholding the law. Police officers and Firefighters are not above the law they should get the same punishment we would get. Why didn't they get there picture posted all over the news,normal citizens due. Stop showing favoritism just because someone is an officer of the law or a Fireman. See how they like it when they get locked up.
  • by leave MOV on Jun 10, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    Funny how often when officers are faced with trouble they spend our money trying to tail and trump up evidence against the accuser. How many man hours did we pay for till they got her on something to use to get her to drop the charges on them. I've lived all over the country and tell that this area needs to straighten up.
  • by Vicki Location: belpre on Jun 10, 2009 at 08:40 PM
    I know of a similiar situation when a female drug addict turned in someone actually she had been abusing for yrs along with her father, and the true victim was the one who was victimized again. She would sell her own mother up the river for safety, and no one can make her take a lie detector test or come in for questioning or the father because there was no physical evidence-even though everyone knows.
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