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J&D Court clerk bars Frederick from office

Culpeper Commonwealth Attorney Megan Frederick has been barred from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court office. Several officials, including Sheriff Scott Jenkins, confirmed the action late Tuesday.

Frederick will still be allowed to try cases in court but will have no access to the J&D office, sources close to the situation said. Her staff members still have access.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk Bethany Tharpe McClanahan reportedly sent Frederick a letter Tuesday stating that her privileges have been suspended. McClanahan’s action stems from an altercation that occurred outside the J&D office last week.

Following a court proceeding, Frederick allegedly grabbed probation officer Rhonda Ford by the arm and, according to Jenkins, “spun her around” while attempting to discuss an issue. Ford reported that incident to the Sheriff’s Office and it remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed.

Frederick refuted those accusations Friday in a lengthy press release that stated, in part: “The absurdity of these accusations—and the public promulgation of them by the personnel of the sheriff’s office—is yet another example of things having spun out of control in the justice system in Culpeper.”

Frederick added, “The actions of the sheriff’s office responding to Ms. Ford’s complaint constitute an abuse of power,” she wrote. “That he has done so on this occasion, smearing a sitting commonwealth’s attorney he views as opposing his continued service, is part of a pattern of harassment and obstruction by the sheriff.”

Frederick could not be reached for comment last night.

 

Donnie Johnston:

djohnston@freelancestar.com

 

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