CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Police have started a criminal investigation -- in addition to the ongoing internal investigation -- into allegations of sexual harassment by a member of the department's Professional Standards Division, said Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster.
Capt. M.L. White is accused of harassing a woman and illegally checking license plate numbers of people associated with her, sources with knowledge of the investigation have said.
White's criminal investigation is being handled by Charleston Police Sgt. Eric Hodges. The investigation is independent and parallel to the internal investigation, Webster said.
Hodges said he's looking at the case like he would any other investigation. He said there would be no special treatment given to White even though he is a fellow officer.
"It's along the same lines of investigation we did into the alleged double-dipping. That was done by our department, too," Hodges said, referring to an investigation where several officers faced criminal charges after working private jobs while on the clock at the Police Department.
This is the first time Hodges has personally investigated another officer, "but it's not uncommon," he said.
Hodges said that criminal investigations into other officers are routine and professional.
"If it occurs in city limits, we can do it," he said.