Saturday, January 26, 2008

TX - Deputy Charged Over Alleged Discipline

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CONROE -- A Montgomery County sheriff's deputy lost his job and is facing criminal charges, accused of forcefully disciplining a teenage boy, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday.

The former deputy was working a second job at a private school in Conroe when the Montgomery County District Attorney said the deputy tried to scare the boy into better behavior.

The district attorney's office said Monte Morast, 51, was indicted on charges of official oppression and unlawful restraint.

KPRC learned that Morast has a program at Conroe's Excel Academy, where he works with students with discipline problems.

Investigators are looking into allegations that after being called to the school, Morast threw a teenage boy to the ground and handcuffed him.

Investigators said that Morast took the boy to the Montgomery County jail and allowed inmates to order the boy to strip naked and applied Vaseline to his backside.

KPRC Local 2 tried to speak with Morast.

"I knew you guys would come looking. No comment," he said.

According to the district attorney's office, an official with the boy's private boarding school was also there.

A school official told KPRC Local 2 that no one could speak with the station because they didn't have an appointment.

WV - Cop Faces Sexual Abuse Charges

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A police officer from Moorefield, West Virginia faces five felony counts of sexual abuse.

Galen Reel was originally indicted in June 2007. The indictment says he forced a woman into sexual contact with him in December of 2006.

He pleaded not guilty earlier this month, and was to stand trial this week.

He withdrew that first plea to take a plea deal for lesser misdemeanor charges.

However, due to a miscommunication with his first lawyer, Reel went back to his not guilty plea for the felony charges Tuesday.

At this time, he is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond. Trial is set to begin April 28.