More Corrupt Public Officials in WV…

This is another one of those “only in West Virginia” news items…

From the Charleston Daily Mail today:

Nicholas County emergency services director, Alfonso J. Derito, Jr., of Richwood, was charged with using county money to pay for hotel rooms for sexual liaisons with a female coworker, and apparently car repairs in order to more efficiently provide transportation to and from said hotel, as well as male sexual performance products, also to assist with said liaisons.

There is an affirmative defense though: The job-description did not adequately define “emergency services,” and Mr. Derito was, in his mind, providing an emergency service to his co-worker. Furthermore, the county provided him a county credit card to assist with all matters involving his rendering of emergency services, including enhancing job performance, providing more efficient transportation, and providing a more comfortable work environment.

According to the article, “Both admitted to going to the hotel on at least three occasions to sit and talk.” What more can I say?

You can read the full article here.

– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Attorney.

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