EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSEX ABUSE ARREST
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Man Who Sparked Clay Schools Lock Down Arrested For Sex Crimes, More Details Released
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan/Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Also Contributing: Kallie Cart, Mamie Buoy
Reported: Feb. 8, 2013 10:36 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 9, 2013 4:17 PM EST
Clay , Clay County , West Virginia
Eyewitness News is learning more about the man who prompted a county wide lock down of the schools in Clay County Friday.
According to the criminal complaint, police were alerted to 39-year-old Derek Robert Glasser by Clay County Elementary School. They say he had registered a child there with a Mexican birth certificate, and they feared she might have been kidnapped.
Police interviewed the little girl and she stated that she lived with Glasser in an old school bus and they slept in the same bed, but she was not kidnapped.
West Virginia State Police arrested Glasser without incident at his home on Ark Mountain in Hartland Friday night. He faces four sexual abuse charges.
Troopers instructed the county school superintendent to put all the schools on lockdown while they searched for Glasser.
A state police sex crimes investigation sparked a countywide lock down of schools across Clay on Friday.
Police arrested Derrick Glasser, 39, originally of Florida, on four sexual abuse charges. The victim is said to be a 6-year-old girl.
"I don't even know what the allegations are," Glasser said as he was being taken into the Clay detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
He denied any wrong-doing when asked by reporter Leslie Rubin if he would have ever hurt the alleged victim.
"Absolutely not, never would," he said with his head down.
Glasser is the man that sparked the lock down of all Clay County schools on Friday. Superintendent Kenneth Tanner says state police called him around 10:00 a.m. and advised him that all six schools in the county needed to be on lock down while they searched for the suspect in an investigation, and they believed he had specific ties to Clay Elementary.
"Rumors spread quickly and we had a run on parents coming in to sign out kids," said Tanner.
State police asked Tanner to not allow any students to be signed out. This was something that angered many parents. Tanner says parents weren't notified by the school of the lock down because had specifically asked them not to. They said it was a matter of public safety, and would perhaps hinder the investigation.
"During this whole planning process, and investigation process, the safety of the public at large was of the utmost important to us," explained Captain D.L. Lemon.
Troopers said they considered Glasser dangerous but he was taken into custody without incident. They said he was arrested at a community along Beechy Ridge Road in the Hartland area of Clay County. Eyewitness News is told the community is commonly referred to as "Ark Mountain."
"The community where Mr. Glasser was residing has been very cooperative with investigators," said Lemon.
Troopers are not releasing many details surrounding Glasser's charges, except that they were presented with information that made them question the overall living conditions the child stayed in.
He will be taken to the Central Regional Jail, pending an arraignment before a magistrate judge.
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