POLICE STATE

Was A WV Deputy the Victim of A Homophobic Conspiracy Or Just An Over-Horny Player?

Jason Jones was a Sheriff’s deputy in Marion County, West Virginia, until he was swept up in a rather suspicious case of “he said, he said” earlier this year.

A former member of the military, Jones says he stayed in the closet after being hired as deputy because he was afraid of homophobia in the region, which sports a population of less than 57,000 people. (We don’t know anyone from Marion County, but we’re inclined to understand his concern.)

After a rather drunken St. Patrick’s Day celebration in March, Jones wound up going home with a 21-year-old male 911 dispatcher who had been flirting with him throughout the night. According to Jones, the men got into the dispatcher’s bed and started performing frisking each other. Things started to heat up until the 21-year-old panicked, said he had a girlfriend, and ran outside for a cigarette. The younger man then called a mutual friend, a female 911 dispatcher, who told Jones the 21-year-old was “freaking out” and came to pick Jones up.

The next day, when Jones went into work, his boss, Sheriff Joseph N. Carpenter, said the male 911 dispatcher had made allegations of “battery and inappropriate touching in a provoking nature.” Jones says he was basically forced to resign without being able to tell his side of the story because Carpenter “does not like gay people.” Jones claims that “nothing objectionable or forcible took place between the two men,” according to the Charleston Gazette.

But Carpenter insists Jones resigned of his own volition and was trying to ignore the fact that he had been inappropriate by playing the gay card. He says Jones’ sexuality isn’t an issue with him—he has gay friends!—but that Jones is a fibber who can’t get his story straight.

Thus it seems like Jones, Carpenter and a pair of 911 dispatchers are in the eye of a maelstrom of finger-pointing which, even months after the alleged incident, they are still trying to hash out.