Smith Township to hold private hearing for suspended officer

March 5, 2013

Smith Township supervisors will hold a private hearing Thursday on the fate of police Officer Derek Dayoub.

At the board’s meeting Feb. 11, supervisors voted to suspend the part-time officer for undisclosed reasons. Supervisor Tom Schilinski said the township was still investigating the matter and Dayoub had the option of choosing a private or public hearing. Last week, the township received correspondence informing officials that Dayoub was requesting a private hearing in front of supervisors and police Chief Bernie LaRoue.

In 2009, Dayoub was suspended without pay after being charged with assaulting two men while on duty. Those charges were dropped two years later at the request of former Washington County District Attorney Steve Topriani.

In January, Dayoub filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming his arrest was part of a conspiracy among Topriani, former county chief detective Michael Aaron, former Burgettstown police Chief George Roberts and McDonald police Officer William Nimal. Washington County and the borough of Burgettstown also were named in the suit.

Schilinski said the pending matter under discussion is not related to Dayoub’s past investigations or the civil lawsuits. Supervisors will release the outcome of the hearing at the next board meeting Monday.



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