(11/10/2001)
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 employee.

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 resolved.

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.


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