- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) - A Welch police officer faces charges of stalking and harassing a woman.

Media outlets report that the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office arrested 52-year-old Patrick Sherman McKinney of Welch on Wednesday.

McKinney is accused of using his position of a police officer to follow and harass the woman and her family. The alleged harassment included pulling over the woman’s vehicle and asking her for sex.

McKinney remains free on $1,000 bond following an arraignment in magistrate court.

He tells media outlets that his employer and attorney have advised him to not comment on the charges.

Welch Mayor Reba Honaker says McKinney has been placed on administrative leave.

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