A 15-year-old has asked to end a protective order she took out against a Bedford County sheriff’s deputy who was working as a school resource officer.
After a hearing Friday in Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, a petition for the order was dismissed without prejudice, which means an order could be revived.
On Oct. 11, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office placed Cpl. Daniel Clark, a school resource officer at Liberty High School, on paid administrative leave after it says it received allegations of his “behavior with a juvenile.”
On Oct. 23, a minor petitioned the court for a protective order against Clark. In its entirety, the accompanying affidavit reads: “Daniel said this year that he loved me and if I was 10 years older that I would be his girlfriend. By texting and snapchat. He texted me saying that his family was out of town and he wanted me to find a way to go over there and hang out. Daniel is my school resource officer at my high school.”
The teenager was granted a preliminary protective order on Oct. 23 and again on Nov. 5.
Clark’s attorney declined to comment. An attorney for the teenager had not responded Tuesday to voicemail messages.
While the civil order was dissolved last week, a criminal investigation continues, according to a state police spokeswoman. There have been no charges, she said.
Andrew Nester, Henry County commonwealth’s attorney, has been appointed special prosecutor in the case. He said the two matters are separate legally.
“Just because a protective order is not renewed or pursued after its expiration does not have any bearing on our investigation,” he said.
Nester said he couldn’t estimate how long a criminal investigation would take.