Three Deputies Fired

Posted: April 24, 2013 at 5 a.m.

McReynolds, Shipley and Scott

Three Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were fired after being accused of sexual harassment, according to Sheriff Tim Helder.

At A Glance

Harassment Policy

All employees have the right to work in an environment free of all forms of harassment. This agency does not condone, and will not tolerate, any harassment. Therefore, this agency shall take direct and immediate action to prevent such behavior; and to remedy all reported instances of harassment, sexual or otherwise.

Source: Washington County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Policy Manual

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Could someone explain how the QC committee can force the Sheriff to reinstate the deputies?

Posted by: MANofFEWwords

April 24, 2013 at 7:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

They can't "force" the sheriff to reinstate the deputies, but they can recommend it.

Posted by: Anonymous29

April 24, 2013 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Isn't Washington county the same place the two cops started a fight in a pool hall and then pulled there guns and threatened everyone. But were not arrested nor were any charges filed .

Yet three female officers are fired over a conversation.

Very interesting.

Posted by: new423a

April 24, 2013 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "But were not arrested nor were any charges filed "
From "Police Send Case To Prosecutor" elsewhere in the paper:

"FAYETTEVILLE — The Police Department completed its investigation of two oft -duty offcers involved in a fight at a pool hall and forwarded it to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

"Authorities last week suspended Little Rock patrol officer Jeffrey Harris and Prairie Grove detective Rex Frederick for their involvement in a fight at Billy’s Pool Hall on Razorback Road.

"Matt Durrett, chief deputy prosecutor, said the prosecutor’s off ice won’t be able to review the case because of its 'close working relationship' with Harris Frederick. He said the case will be reviewed by a conflict lawyer in Little Rock."

Of course the Washington County Sherriff's Office has nothing to do with the Little Rock and Prairie Grove police departments. More germane, and more interesting, is the previous lawsuit involving sexual harrassment at the WCSO.

Posted by: AlphaCat

April 24, 2013 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Morals are funny things.

Posted by: jeffieboy

April 24, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Show me the victim."

Posted by: CaptainQuint

April 24, 2013 at 1:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

It would be helpful to know the details.
To be harassment, the sexual conversation would have to be directed toward someone or delberately carried on in front of someone in order to embarrass them.
Why were the women immediately fired instead of suspended or disciplined in ways that might give them a second chance?

Posted by: Coralie

April 24, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "But were not arrested nor were any charges filed "
Probably because the WCSO is a little gun-shy:

"The three deputies aren’t the first to be the subject of a sexual harassment investigation at the Sheriff ’s Office.

"In 2011, Washington County settled a sexual harassment lawsuit fi led by two former Sheriff ’s Oft ce employees for $395,000. The money, which came from a risk management fund, was split between the plaintiff s, former Cpl. Stephanie Guenther and former Sgt. Lori Schmidt. The women sued in November 2009 claiming Sheriff Tim Helder and subordinates tolerated male employees talking openly about sexual practices and watching strip searches of female prisoners."

Not to say that they did the right thing in this case, of course.

Posted by: AlphaCat

April 24, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ya have to wonder, just wonder, if they were teasing some the males about the size of mr magic.

Posted by: cdawg

April 24, 2013 at 4:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )