Grayson deputy charged with sex crime involving minor

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE ee* A Grayson County deputy has been charged with sexual intercourse with a minor under 13 and is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail with no bond.

According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, former Sgt. Shane Allan Widner, 33, of Independence, was arrested and charged last Wednesday after a Virginia State Police Investigation.

The Grayson County Department of Social Services received the initial complaint from an unknown person about alleged sexual misconduct against a member of the sheriff's department.

Vaughan said the allegations surfaced last Monday, at which time Widner was suspended, pending the investigation.

A joint investigation between the Virginia State Police and Child Protective Services led to Widner being charged on Wednesday, at which time Vaughan said he was terminated from the department.

"The offense allegedly took place while Widner was off duty and had nothing to do with his official duties at the sheriff's office," Vaughan told The Gazette. "However, the allegations are both shocking and disheartening. This is not a reflection of the other professional men and women of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office that continue to serve the citizens of Grayson County."

According to a press release issued by the Virginia State Police, Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Brad Finch has been appointed as special prosecutor.

Widner was hired by the sheriff's department in January 2007.

He is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin pending arraignment in Grayson County General District Court.