EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer Glasgow Officer Accused Of Trading Drugs For Sex
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron, Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 30, 2013 2:36 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 30, 2013 10:59 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A former Glasgow police officer is now on the other side of the law, arrested and charged in a crime involving drugs and sex.
James Koch was an officer for the Glasgow Police Department until just a few days ago.
But Friday, his own department arrested him and charged him with delivery of a controlled substance.
According to court documents, Koch was seen with a woman in a parked car.
The witness said she saw Koch give the woman prescription pills in return for oral sex.
“To be able to talk to witnesses, get physical statements, you know, it's something different," Glasgow Police Chief J.L. Stevens said.
According to Stevens, the drug trade happened while Koch was on the clock and still employed with the department.
The alleged incident occurred Aug. 5. Koch was fired the 27th.
But Glasgow Mayor Charles Armstrong said Koch was fired for different reasons before these allegations even came to light.
Armstrong said Koch didn't meet the physical requirements to go to the police academy.
“If he could have passed the test, he could have gone to the academy," Armstrong said.
Armstrong said the police department puts its potential officers through their own test before sending them to the state police academy for certification.
According to Armstrong, Koch could not run a mile in the required time frame, and that is why he was not sent.
“I don't have anything against him, personally,” Armstrong said. “I wish he had been able to get certified."
But Koch's wife said he was fired because of his age, and they aren't going down without a fight.
“My husband has a lawyer to sue the city of Glasgow for age discrimination," Roeaster Koch said.
And, now, another legal battle, as Koch is facing drug charges that have a community and those who worked alongside him in shock.
A former Glasgow police officer was arrested after he was accused of trading drugs for sex while he was in his cruiser.
James Leonard Koch Jr., 54, of Dixie is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
The complaint said a witness said she saw Koch and a woman in his cruiser on Aug. 5 and that he gave her narcotics in exchange for oral sex.
Glasgow Police Chief J.L. Stevens said Koch was dismissed earlier this week from the department, but his firing was for other reasons and was not connected to the alleged cruiser incident. Roeaster Koch, the wife of the former officer, claims he was fired due to age discrimination. She said the woman who her husband is accused of having sex with and the witness both signed a petition that supported having Koch retained by the city as an officer and allowing him to attend the State Police Academy.
Koch was arraigned on the charges and bond was set at $50,000 or 10 percent cash. He was being transported to South Central Regional Jail.
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