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Hearing held for Springdale Borough policeman accused of having sex on duty

| Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 1:46 a.m.

A Springdale Borough police officer had a hearing Monday on his suspension stemming from allegations he had sex in a police car while on duty.

Several juveniles said they saw Officer David E. Walton with a woman in his unmarked borough police car on Sherosky Way off Butler Street and near the Allegheny River. Walton was the only officer on duty at the time.

The hearing, which was not open to the public, was conducted by Craig Alexander, the borough's labor attorney, said Councilman John Molnar. Molnar said he did not attend the proceeding, known as a “Loudermill hearing.”

A Loudermill hearing is part of the “due process” requirement for a government employee prior to possible disciplinary action or removal.

At the hearing, the charges and evidence against Walton were spelled out, and Walton was given the opportunity to speak to them and defend himself, Molnar said.

Reached later, Walton's wife declined comment on the couple's behalf.

Molnar said council can act on Walton's employment at its next regular meeting on Nov. 20.

Walton is suspended without pay, Molnar said.

Previously a part-time officer, Walton was hired full-time in January. His pay is $21.50 per hour.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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