McBride defamation case to go forward
Appeals court reverses DeWeese decision to dismiss case against Parker
Richland County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff McBride defamation suit against Randy Parker.
McBride, who spent 21 years working with Children Services investigating crimes against children, was removed from that post in March 2011. He raised claims of defamation and interference with contract against Parker, the executive director of Children Services who recently was placed on paid administrative leave by the agency’s board.
McBride claimed that Parker made statements about him that were false, hurt his reputation and adversely affected his career.
In December, Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese dismissed McBride’s suit, saying the sergeant did not have a valid case. The appeals court disagreed.
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