by Lisa Tome
A Rising Sun police officer is on administrative leave and facing six misdemeanor charges.
PFC Daniel Stickney, who has worked for the town for five years, has been charged with the following with three counts of perjury on December 20, 2012, April 30, 2013, and July 8, 2013, and three counts of misconduct in office on the same dates.
Cecil County State's Attorney Ellis Rollins said "we never talk about pending cases." But he also said his office did not indict Stickney.
Rollins said that Lance Richardson from the Queen Anne's County Office of the State's Attorney presented Stickney's case to the grand jury. Richardson is also prosecuting the case.
Stickney was suspended from duty about two weeks ago. He is working doing administrative duties at the department.
The charges have left Police Chief Chip Peterson with more questions than answers.
Peterson said that the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights dictates how such matters be handled. He said Stickney's case hasn't been handled according to the guidelines set forth in LEOBR. He said Stickney was charged by through the Office of the State's Attorney which hasn't provided the chief with any information.
"LEOBR spells out how charges against officers are supposed to occur. That did not happen. I have yet to be contacted by his (State's Attorney's) office," said Peterson. "The town has made several attempts to contact him."
Stickney was charged with assault in 2012 and acquitted. When it comes to his officer and this situation Peterson said he is frustrated. He is also standing behind Stickney unless given reason not to do so.
"I haven't seen any dishonesty," said the chief.