"We couldn't prove forcible compulsion. That's the sticking point in all these cases," he said.
In December 2008, another former State Police trooper, Derek S. Snavely, resigned after a Charleston woman accused him of rape.
Kanawha County prosecutors declined to bring charges against Snavely after reviewing the evidence, assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Dan Holstein said previously. Two assistant prosecutors independently reviewed the case and agreed that there was no prosecutable offense, Holstein said.
Civil lawsuits are still open in both the Snavely and Mooney cases.
Neither is now an officer with the State Police, said State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous. Snavely is now police chief in Hinton.
Plants said he doesn't believe that police officers should be investigating other officers from their own department.
"That just makes sense," he said. "There shouldn't be any investigations of police officers by the same agency."
Plants said that anyone who has had what they believe is an improper conversation with a law enforcement officer needs to report it to either his office or to the head of the police agency.
"Being a police officer, you have a special authority and you have a lot of power over the citizens of this country," Plants said. "And if you abuse that power, you need to be prosecuted and fired."
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