A former probation officer with the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation was arrested today after he was charged in federal court with civil rights violations, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators.
Anthony DeMetro, 44, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with seven counts, five counts of acting under color of the law to deprive individuals of their civil rights, one count of obstructing justice and one count of making false statements to investigators of the federal government. The indictment alleges that while acting in his official capacity as a probation officer, DeMetro sexually assaulted two victims a total of five times. The indictment also alleges that DeMetro lied to a state and federal investigator about his sexual misconduct.
If convicted, DeMetro faces a maximum sentence of life in prison in three of the civil rights cases, 20 years for obstruction of justice, five years for false testimony, and one year each in the remaining civil rights cases.
The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, US Attorney William S. Thompson for the Southern District of West Virginia and Special Agent in Charge Michael D. Nordwall of the FBI’s Pittsburgh branch.
The FBI Pittsburgh Field Division investigated this case. Trial Attorneys Kathryn E. Gilbert and Nikhil Ramnaney of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant US Attorney Monica Coleman for the Southern District of West Virginia are prosecuting this case.
Anyone with information on Anthony DeMetro should contact the FBI’s Charleston Resident Agency at 304-346-2300.
An accusation is merely an allegation and the accused is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.