Sheriff upsets deputy by pursuing 2 charges Fleagle was cleared of one accusation

November 19, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A veteran Carroll County sheriff's deputy -- already cleared of one of three charges arising from an internal harassment complaint filed by a female co-worker -- says he can't understand why Sheriff John H. Brown continues to pursue the two other charges against him.

"I've been a policeman for almost 20 years now, and I've worked with female informants, I've gone to Baltimore City to pick up females that needed to be transported to Carroll County for all these years," Cpl. Brett Fleagle said yesterday after his attorney filed a complaint asking a judge to cancel an internal hearing set for Monday.

"I've never heard even a whisper from anyone in all these years until this. This is not me."

e The original charges were the results of complaints filed by Police Communications Officer Karen Jarrell. She alleged that Corporal Fleagle used sexually explicit language in front of her, ordered her to perform menial tasks and on one occasion "pulled up his pants zipper" in her presence.

The alleged harassment occurred between June and December 1992.

At a May hearing, a three-member internal hearing board found Corporal Fleagle not guilty of insubordination. The board did not hear the other two charges, unbecoming conduct and failure to obey all rules.

Yesterday's filing is the deputy's second attempt at preventing the sheriff from going forward on the two charges. In July, he filed for an injunction in Carroll Circuit Court. The case was transferred to Anne Arundel County, where in October a judge denied his request for an injunction, paving the way for Monday's hearing.

According to Corporal Fleagle's request yesterday, the sheriff has twice served him with the two charges, once while the Anne Arundel County judge was considering the deputy's July complaint that sought to bar further proceedings on the charges.

Sheriff Brown could not be reached yesterday for comment, but in the past he has said that the pursuit of the two charges against Corporal Fleagle does not violate his rights.

In yesterday's filing, as in the July filing, Corporal Fleagle maintains that the sheriff is barred from pursuing the charges because the May hearing took care of the entire disciplinary case against him.

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