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Charge dropped against Westmoreland sheriff captain, but investigation continues

October 3, 2018

Travis Day, 23, of Jeannette was appointed captain in the Westmoreland County SheriffÕs Department.

A criminal harassment offense filed in Centre County against Westmoreland County Sheriff Capt. Travis Day was withdrawn late last month but a police official said Tuesday that he is still under investigation and additional charges could be filed.

A criminal harassment offense filed in Centre County against Westmoreland County Sheriff Capt. Travis Day has been withdrawn, but a police official said Tuesday that the investigation continues and additional charges could be coming.

Day, 23, of Jeannette, was cited with a summary offense in connection with an incident at the Penn State University student center on Aug. 10. School police said Day intended to harass, annoy or alarm another person when he followed an alleged victim, went through that person’s belongings and did not allow her walk past him going up a flight of stairs.

Day was scheduled to appear for an Oct. 9 summary trial before a district judge in State College. Court records show the single charge against Day was dismissed without explanation on Sept. 28.

“The matter is not resolved. The investigation is still ongoing,” Penn State University police Sgt. Jason Salm said Tuesday.

The alleged incident occurred as Day attended a 19-week statewide training course for new sheriff department hires. Day had no law enforcement experience before Sheriff Jonathan Held hired him in February to serve as the third-in-command of the Westmoreland department. Day is required to complete the course operated by the Justice and Safety Institute and funded by the Pennsylvania Crime and Delinquency Commission before he is allowed to continue as a deputy sheriff.

He was discharged from the training program in August for what officials said was an alleged code of conduct violation. As a result, Day was suspended with pay by Held. His status was changed in late August to unpaid suspension.

Held said Tuesday he was unaware that the criminal charge against Day had been dropped.

“He will remain suspended because he was withdrawn from the (training) program. He’s appealing the dismissal,” Held said.

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