| The WV State Police filed charges against Roane County Sheriff Matthew W. "Bo" Williams Tuesday before Calhoun Magistrate Rick Postalwait in Grantsville, at which time Williams reportedly made bond.|
The charges were for grand larceny for allegedly stealing meth from the evidence locker of the Spencer Police Department.
Williams was sworn-in as sheriff last week, following several weeks of speculation regarding his status.
Court documents say a Spencer Police Officer found opened bags of meth from four cases that had gone missing in a police cruiser Williams frequently used.
Melissa O'Brien, president of the Roane County Commission, said, "He was arrested. The commission has done everything within our power in starting the removal process. His arrest is part of the criminal aspect of this situation and will be handled through that process."
Williams will remain as the Roane County Sheriff until he steps down or the removal process is complete.
"I think it is important for our tax paying citizens to have a sheriff that is upstanding, moral, and ethic and he admitted to being a meth addict, so I think it's important for us to start this process. After this it's up to a panel of judges to decide if that's appropriate or not," O'Brien said.
STATE POLICE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST SHERIFF WILLIAMS:
On Friday, November 25, 2016, Sgt. R.E. Richardson was contacted by 1st Sgt O.S. Starsick II of the WVSP. 1st Sgt. O.S. Starsick informed the undersigned officer that there was an incident involving missing evidence at the Spencer Police Department. The undersigned officer was advised to contact Sgt F.L. Hammack of the WVSP Spencer Detachment and contact Roane Co. Prosecutor Joshua Downey; and to investigate this matter.
On 11-28-16 the undersigned officer traveled to the Spencer Police Department and met with Spencer PD Chief G.J. Nichols, and Mr. Downey.
Mr. Downey did confirm that he requested this matter TO be investigated. After speaking with Mr. Downey, the undersigned officer then spoke with Chief Nichols and was informed that multiple items of evidence was missing, mainly methamphetamine, with a value exceeding $1000 Chief Nichols advised the undersigned officer that the evidence involved multiple Case No.'s.
Chief Nichols advised that between approximately 10-07-16 and 11-24-16 evidence was stolen from both the evidence locker, and evidence room. According to Chief Nichols there was several incidents of missing evidence, and as a result he contacted the Spencer Mayor Terry Williams, Mr. Downey, and Sgt Hammack for assistance.
Chief Nichols advised that on 11-25-16, himself, Mr. Downey, Sgt.
Hammack, and Sergeant Matthew W. Williams met at the Spencer Police Department in an attempt to locate the evidence.
During this time, Matthew W. Williams, was a Sergeant with the Spencer Police Department, and commonly goes by the name "Bo". Chief Nichols advised that prior to this meeting, methamphetamine evidence, and evidence bags were located in the desk and patrol car assigned to Sergeant Williams.
There were numerous evidence bags bearing case numbers that coincided with the evidence that was missing. Chief Nichols advised that while meeting at the Spencer Police Department on 11-25-16. Sergeant Williams initially denied any knowledge of the missing evidence, but later stated that he took the evidence, and had been using methamphetamine for over one (1) year.
According to Chief Nichols, on or about 10-07-16 Sergeant Williams obtained access to his [Chief Nichols] evidence keys. Through the course of this investigation, it is discovered that more that $1000 in evidence has been taken.
Through the course of this investigation the undersigned officer was assisted by Corporal C.A. Blevins WVSP, and through his experience and investigations, it is known to him that methamphetamine has a value ranging from $100.00 to $175.00 per gram.
This investigation indicates that Sergeant Williams has stolen evidence in excess of over S1000.00 from the Spencer Police Department. The Spencer Police Department is located at 116 Court Street Spencer. WV 25276. These incidents occurred in Roane Co. WV.
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