The investigation continues in a secret recording case at the Glenville State College
Library. Library Director Ed Messenger abruptly resigned after at least one
recording device was discovered hidden above a ceiling tile by a library
Messenger's administrative assistant Eileen Dixon has filed a grievance with the
college over the issue, although no statement has been given why the recordings
were made. President Powell reportedly said Dixon's grievance has been
Gilmer County Prosecutor Gerry Hough has suggested Judge Richard Facemire
appoint a special prosecutor to continue with the investigation. "This case needs to
be investigated immediately," he said. Hough cites a conflict of interest since he
teaches at the institution and is on the school's Board of Governors.
Messenger is described as a community-spirited person, actively involved with the
Gilmer County Ambulance Authority and the Office of Emergency Services.
College President Thomas Powell says Messenger decided to leave on his own, and
was not asked to resign. Powell said last week the situation was serious, after
meeting with library staff.
GSC campus security has been investigating the incident. Director of Security Phil
Huff told The Hur Herald the case, if it merits, could be turned over to the State Police
for a Grand Jury.
The offense, under West Virginia law, is a felony and a person can be sentenced to no
more than five years in a state prison and fined up to $10,000, or both.