"I'm embarrassed and ashamed of it," he said on the witness stand.
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 with back pay because neither Moorefield Police Chief Frank Vetter nor Mayor Gary Stalnaker authorized his firing.
Stalnaker did not return phone calls for this report. Vetter, who has since been fired, would not comment.
Town Recorder Phyllis Sherman said the police accreditation committee investigating Reel was "looking at the wrong policeman. Gale is a fine officer."
When asked why Moorefield city officials hadn't fired Reel after the council's attempt to fire him, Sherman said she had no comment.
"He was afforded a hearing, and the hearing board put him back to work," she later said.
Groves has settled her lawsuit with the city for $50,000. The judge awarded Groves an additional $5,000 because the town didn't respond to discovery requests properly.
"The town engaged in delay tactics," said Harrah, Groves' lawyer. Moorefield city officials also destroyed information concerning officers' whereabouts that night, he said.
"We sent numerous letters to town officials, requesting they preserve any documents related to my client's allegations," Harrah said. "After we filed the case, we learned that the duty logs for the officers that night were destroyed."
At least two other women have made similar allegations against Reel.
In March 2007, the State Police investigated Reel after a woman said the officer implied that he wouldn't arrest her for DUI if she would have sex with him.
According to a State Police interview with the woman, Reel pulled her over and arrested her at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2006.
The woman said that, as Reel took her to jail, she thought he was trying to get her to come on to him.
"He said, 'I bet you would like for me to pull over here right now, turn around and go back like nothing ever happened,'" she told the State Police interviewer. "But I didn't offer anything."
Reel left her car in a parking lot and searched it without her consent the next day, according to the State Police interview. When he found a pipe used for smoking marijuana, he allegedly tried three times to get the woman to meet him to get a ticket after she got off work late at night.
"I was uncomfortable about it, he saw me plenty of times during the daytime hours, and he could have stopped me at any time to give me a citation or give me one while he saw me at work," she said.
Reel later had another officer arrest the woman for the incident while she was at work.
She said she asked why there was a warrant, and the other officer told her, "I think Officer Reel got [angry] because someone complained that he was harassing you."
In a video deposition provided by Harrah, Vetter, the ex-police chief, tells of a female police officer in another town who told him that Reel sexually assaulted her.
Vetter said he'd heard the rumor and asked the woman what happened. She said, in spring 2004, Reel convinced her to do a ride-along at night in his cruiser. After driving around for about an hour, they went back to Reel's office.
As she sat watching TV, the woman told Vetter she felt Reel massaging her back. She says she told him to stop and Reel took her hand and put it on his penis. Vetter said the woman told him Reel's "pants were down around his ankles [and] his gun belt was off."
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