Former Director of Safety Town Cannot Be Located; Court Seeks to Serve Defendant in Molestation Complaint

Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports
Former Director of Safety Town Cannot Be Located; Court Seeks to Serve Defendant in Molestation Complaint

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) –  The former director of Safety Town and a former member of the Huntington Police Department has been named a defendant in a civil suit alleging he molested three elementary school students. Filed June 15, 2011, a legal advertisement indicates that Harvey Maynard cannot be located. Under the Order of Publication, Maynard (or his attorney) have until Nov. 22, 2011 to serve an answer to the complaint upon the attorney for the three sets of parents seeking compensation on behalf of their children and themselves. Otherwise, a default judgment will be entered.

The current complaint alleges that the three girls had been inappropriately touched by the defendant during field trips to Safety Town in 2009 and 2010. The miniature city is located at 1308 Memorial Park Drive.

Co-defendants include the Cabell County Board of Education and the City of Huntington (of which Safety Town is a division).

 

Jedd Flowers, spokesperson for the Cabell County Board of Education, responded in June 2011 that We’ve reviewed the case and we’re confident the Board of Education followed all proper procedures,” he said. “When the allegations were presented, Child Protective Services officials were notified. They conducted an investigation and the allegations were not substantiated by them.”


During the 2000 financial crisis  Safety Town had been closed by the City of Huntington.  Cpl. Maynard was among  the officers laid off by then Mayor David Fellinton.

 

After the crisis Safety Town was reopened and Maynard reinstated as its director. In 2008, Maynard was one of 17 individuals and companies recognized for their work on behalf of the governor's highway safety program. 

 

(Editor's Note: A civil complaint outlines grievance(s) against one or more defendants. The litigation process seeks to determine both the law and facts as applied to the complaint. If a settlement is not reached or if one or all defendants are not dismissed on legal precedent regarding holdings of higher courts, then, the case goes to a jury for determination of liability and amount of damages.)

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