Sheriff's Deputy on Administrative Leave

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A deputy with the Washington County Sheriff's Department is on administrative leave in connection with allegations of inappropriate conduct while on duty.

Sheriff Larry Mincks says Lieutenant Mark Hiatt is on paid leave during the investigation.

Sheriff Mincks says the allegations were made by a woman, and any alleged criminal and/or civil activity is being investigated.

The sheriff's department is requesting assistance from a special investigator with the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association.


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  • by joenews Location: washington county on Jun 28, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    Why haven't you guys followed up on this? The alleged facts in this case are much more serious than the Crystle Phillips scandal. Mincks has talked to the newspapers. People deserve to know the truth and you owe it to your viewers to follow up on your reports!
  • by Mindy Location: Belpre on Jun 12, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    I've known Bob Eddy for many years in a close friendship. He can be a cut up, but has very specific boundaries. If anything, he was always the first to become embarrassed over ornery comments or jokes. I liked to embarrass him just to see him turn red. I've seen very good looking women "come on" to him, and not once did I see anything inappropriate out of him. As far as resigning, he has witnessed many unfair practices of the judicial system. As a recent victim, I have to say, that only in Washington County, can a psychopath, beat a female, then walk in to our magistrates office with pure, 100% lies, and get a exparte protection order against the victim. After months of stress and 2 thousand dollars, the court dismissed the allegations after hearing the evidence. No consequences for the accuser, nor was I awarded restitution. How can this be a fair judicial system? Is it worth the fight? Probably not. There should be consequences for the liars!
  • by Charles Location: Marietta on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    1. The allegations come from the attorney of the woman that was arrested for selling drugs, more than once, over a several month period. - - 2. The allegations are not that the 'inappropriate conduct' was anything mean, hurtful, or using power over anyone. - - 3. Washing your personal car, going to the grocery store, or stopping off for a snack, while on duty- is considered innappropriate conduct. - - Quit thinking the worst about our finest. - - It's all fun and games until someone gets arrested....
  • by anonymous on Jun 12, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    Why is everyone blaming the cops? Should this girl take any blame for this to?
  • by denise Location: belpre on Jun 12, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    If they don't want it discussed in open forum then they should not do things that they could caught for that is wrong. They are no different than regular people. I do feel for the families, but if guilty, these men should have thought about that.
  • by Brian Location: Marietta on Jun 12, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    Some of the time a person will make these accusations in order to get attention, get out of some kind of trouble that they are in or many other reasons. But if a cop is doing things to other people because they have power over them, they should be punished, or even fired. The public should feel safe and it is the polices duty to make them feel safe. With the power that they have, they could get by with anything if we let them. We need to show them that there is no room for this kind of behavior in our police force.
  • by Christy Location: Marietta on Jun 12, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    This post is about Mr. Hiatt I know but since all these allegations have come to light concerning the police and fire. Think about this..these people are teaching our children and Bob Eddy or Deputy Bob as we call him I believed was as upstanding as you can get..great guy and to think our kids/adults respected him for teaching the DARE program to our kids. This is kinda scary to me knowing these allegations have come forward but its even scarier to know that he resigned his position. Now doesn't that make you wonder if he was really guilty. I believe he wouldn't have resigned if he wasn't. You fight for what you believe is right. I might believe in Mark Hiatt's situation that this is someone trying to get back at him. I have known his family for a while now and not sure I believe this but it could be true. Who knows! A lapse in judgement is clearly understated because as an official of the law there is no lapse in judgement regardless. Who pays for it then.
  • by Kim Location: Pburg on Jun 12, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    Uh, these people are humans just like the rest of us. Let those who are without sin cast the first stone. These guys have never claimed to be perfect and neither are any of you.
  • by Paul Location: parkersburg on Jun 12, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    midshipman -- if they did this to your daughter/sister/or someone in your family.. I am sure that you would be thinking otherwise.
  • by female Location: parkersburg on Jun 12, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    If one us that does not wear a uniform done something of this nature. they arrest us then ask questions. they still get pay what would we get no pay jail time. why are they better A Uniform. I think not.
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