The Cost of Sex Scandals

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Two alleged sex scandals in Washington County have caught the public's attention, and now it's dipping into their wallets as well.

One case involves 27-year-old Crystle Phillips, who made allegations of misconduct against a Marietta Firefighter, two Marietta Police Officers and a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy.

The other case includes several allegations against a different deputy. In that case alone, the cost of the investigation, Lt. Mark Hiatt's administrative leave, and to hire an arbitrator could turn into a huge investment.

"Our goal is to make sure that justice is served, and by doing that we have to get all the facts out; and to do that I would anticipate spending around $100,000. That's all taxpayer money," Sheriff Larry Mincks said.

Tax-payers may not be thrilled about their hard-earned money being spent on these investigations, but they also understand the cost of justice.

"There's better things it could be used for, but there's money there for it," Charles Shilling, a Marietta resident, said.

"We have to have fire and police departments that have a good morale and a good work situation so that we can keep well qualified people in those offices," Glen Hale, a Marietta resident, said.

Officials say an arbitrator will need to be hired for two of the city employees and one of the sheriff's deputies.

In the case of those two city employees, they say the cost will be split between the city and the other party.

City officials say it's been so long since they've had to hire an arbitrator, they're really not even sure how much it will cost.

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  • by sleepy little valley Location: marietta on Jun 30, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    Well Mark Hiatt is not the first one from wcso to be fooling around with a fellow officers wife and this also goes on in Belpre and has for a long time. All the heads of these depts need to wake up and follow their officers a little closer and they might be suprised what all these officers are doing. But there again they are usally the ones that get by with it and get paid with our hard earned money to go out and carry on like this.I am sure there are some officers wife out there now that will be wondering if their husband is doing this also, you never know !
  • by Anonymous on Jun 30, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    coruption at its best.What a slap in the face for the city and county. All involved should be held accountable and prosecuted as this was a crime against the tax paying citizens of washington county.If you do not prosecute how do you intend on getting the money back-Oh i forgot the good-ole boys club is alive and well in marietta
  • by wondering Location: parkersburg on Jun 29, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    what did Mark Hiatt from the WCSO do I didnt hear anything about him until now
  • by Michelle Location: Marietta on Jun 29, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    I just hope that if they prove these men are in the wrong they won't hire Hilverding and Brooks back. Maybe they ought to make all of those found guilty have to pay the city and county back. Just like when you go to court you pay fines and court costs. This should be the same make them pay every month and if they don't put them in jail like everyone else. This way some of the taxpayers money come back.
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