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Police: York County probation officer had sex with client
A former York County probation officer accused of having sex with one of the probationary clients he'd been supervising has been denied entrance into a diversionary program that would allow him to avoid possible conviction.
The York County District Attorney's Office on Thursday denied an application by Kevin James Webb seeking entrance to the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. The program allows first-time, nonviolent offenders to avoid conviction by instead completing court-ordered requirements.
Webb was denied ARD because his alleged offense is a violation of public trust and because his alleged victim opposed Webb being allowed in the program, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the DA's Office.
Webb, 42, of Spring Garden Township, is charged with obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.
He remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail, meaning he did not have to post any money to make bail but could forfeit that amount if he misses court proceedings. Charges were filed by the York County detectives office on Aug. 30, court records state.
The allegations: Court documents state York County Chief Probation Officer April Billet-Barclay reported the alleged improper conduct on Oct. 27, 2015.
Billet-Barclay reported that it was another probationary client who first complained about the relationship, documents state.
York County Detective Paul Pelaia investigated and spoke with the woman whose probation Webb was supervising.
The woman confirmed she and Webb had a sexual relationship, with sexual encounters happening at the Motel 6, 323 Arsenal Road in Manchester Township, and also at a private home in the east York area, according to documents.
"(She) also did advise that she did want to end her relationship with Webb but felt intimidated, not knowing what Webb would do regarding the status of her probation," documents state.
Fired: Webb was terminated from his job on Oct. 27, 2015, according to York County spokesman Mark Walters. That's the same day Billet-Barclay reported the allegations.
Webb was employed by the county for seven years, Walters said.
The 27-year-old woman with whom Webb allegedly had sex has had several criminal cases in York County Court between 2009 and 2015 for charges including driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. She has also pleaded guilty to simple assault, records state.
A woman answering the door at Webb's home on Tuesday identified herself as his wife.
She said the allegations are untrue and that Webb will fight the charges.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.