A 15-year-old received a protective order against a Bedford County sheriff’s deputy on Monday — the same day the sheriff said state police are investigating the deputy’s “behavior with a juvenile.”
The type of allegation against the deputy hasn’t been made public, and he has not been charged with any crime.
Cpl. Daniel Clark, a school resource officer at Liberty High School since 2012, is forbidden to have any contact with the teenager, according to a copy of the preliminary order, which requires a court hearing later this week.
The sheriff’s office announced Monday that Clark had been placed on paid administrative leave less than an hour after the office received a complaint on Oct. 11. It did not say how it became aware of the complaint.
A Bedford Circuit Court judge has appointed a special prosecutor to handle the case, according to Wes Nance, Bedford County’s commonwealth’s attorney.
Nance said he learned Oct. 11 that state police were investigating a school resource officer. Since state police are “always involved when you have a potential criminal investigation,” said Nance, he asked the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office to act as special prosecutor.
“It was described to me in the initial call as an inappropriate relationship, and that’s all I know,” Nance said. “I thought it was best to get a special prosecutor involved because we do have such a close relationship with our law enforcement agencies in Bedford.”
Clark did not respond to an email late Monday seeking comment.
Messages left Tuesday with state police and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office were not returned.
A Bedford County Public Schools spokesman said the district would not comment while state police are investigating. By Tuesday, Liberty High School had removed Clark’s name from its website, where he had been listed next to the title “school resource officer.”