Two days later, he revoked his guilty plea and requested reinstatement as a Moorefield police officer, according to court documents.
On Jan. 14, 2008, Circuit Judge Donald Cookman officially revoked Reel's guilty plea, calling it "blatantly dishonest." He sent Reel to the regional jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
In the spring of 2008 Reel was acquitted of the charges. He was then fired by Moorefield's City Council for having sex while on duty and gross conduct unbecoming an officer.
However, a few months later, after a civil service hearing, he was reinstated as a Moorefield police officer. He continued to work as a police officer until he resigned on Aug. 4.
A female police officer also testified in a deposition in the Groves case that she had been sexually assaulted by Reel while he was on duty.
There is also a question as to whether Reel may have tampered with the jury in the Groves case, Harrah said.
Former Moorefield Police Chief Frank Vetter said in a deposition by Harrah that Reel investigated the jury.
Reel was hired by Petersburg this week, Sadler said.
"I think the people of Petersburg, whoever is making the decisions there, are needlessly endangering their constituents," Harrah said.
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