BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7)-- A Bedford County school resource officer was scheduled for a court hearing Friday afternoon regarding a protective order.
The hearing comes just days after the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office announced Corporal Daniel Clark was under investigation for a complaint surrounding his behavior with a juvenile. A preliminary protective order has been in place since Oct. 23rd.
On Oct. 11th, the sheriff’s office received the complaint containing accusations against Clark, a school resource officer at Liberty High School.
According to an affidavit filed in the Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations court, the teen writes, "Daniel said this year that he loved me and if I was 10 years older, that I would be his girlfriend."
The complaint goes on to allege, "he texted me saying that his family was out of town and he wanted me to find a way to go over there and hang out."
According to the sheriff's office, Clark was placed on administrative leave with pay within an hour of receiving the complaint. The Virginia State Police was contacted with a request to investigate the accusations.
Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney, Wes Nance, was told about the case on Oct. 11th. He immediately made the decision to recuse his office from any further discussion surrounding the case because of their close relationship with the sheriff's office.
A judge appointed Henry County Commonwealth's Attorney, Andrew Nester, as special prosecutor.
"There's often a give and take between investigators and prosecutors before charges are placed,” said Nance. “That's why I felt it important to get a special prosecutor involved at these very early stages, even if they never get to a charging decision or charges being placed against the individual."
Friday’s hearing was a closed hearing for a protective order. It was scheduled at the same time that the clerk’s office closes, so the file was not able to be reviewed after the hearing.
The judge, clerk and attorneys for both parties declined to comment or tell WDBJ the outcome of the hearing. The court opens again on Tuesday and that is when the file will be made public.
According to Virginia State Police, no charges or arrests have been made in the case and they will continue to investigate.