West Virginia man charged with federal civil rights violations for sexual assault on two victims | Takeover bid

A former West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole officer was arrested today after being charged in federal court with civil rights violations, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators.

Anthony DeMetro, 44, was charged today in a seven-count indictment, with five counts of acting under the guise of the law to deprive individuals of their rights civilians, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of misrepresentation to federal investigators. The indictment alleges that while DeMetro was acting in his official capacity as a parole officer, he sexually assaulted two victims a total of five times. The indictment further alleges that DeMetro lied to a state investigator and federal investigators about his sexual misconduct.

If convicted, DeMetro faces maximum sentences of life in prison for three of the civil rights counts, 20 years for obstruction of justice, five years for misrepresentation and one year for each of the other counts. civil rights charge.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney William S. Thompson for the Southern District of West Virginia, and Special Agent in Charge Michael D. Nordwall of the Field Division of the FBI Pittsburgh made the announcement.

The Pittsburgh FBI Field Division investigated the matter. Trial Attorneys Kathryn E. Gilbert and Nikhil Ramnaney of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica Coleman for the Southern District of West Virginia are pursuing the case.

Anyone with information about Anthony DeMetro should contact the FBI Resident Agency in Charleston at 304-346-2300.

An indictment is only an allegation and the accused is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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