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ABC Agent Involved in Recent Raid Has Troubled Record

Posted: Updated: 7/13/2013 5:38:40 PM
ABC agent John Taylor faces allegations of bullying and mistreatment. ABC agent John Taylor faces allegations of bullying and mistreatment.

New documents show a troubled record for one of the Alcoholic Beverage Control agents involved in a raid that led to a University of Virginia student's arrest when agents mistook water for beer.

The performance of ABC special agent John Taylor - who identified himself on the 911 call at the scene - is part of a lawsuit pending in Staunton Circuit Court. Documents allege the ABC received complaints from employees and the community about Taylor and that those complaints allege bullying and mistreatment.

Taylor's supervisor said in a memo and under oath in a hearing that he transferred Taylor to the Staunton region because of problems with interpersonal relations and an alleged altercation at Taylor's prior post. The decision behind the transfer is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by another ABC agent - Stephen Jones.

Jones wants the job Taylor got - special agent in charge of the Staunton region - and filed an administrative complaint with the state bureau. That complaint has been denied and is now on appeal and pending in Staunton Circuit Court. Jones alleges numerous problems under Taylor's leadership...and that Taylor's conduct triggered complaints of bullying and mistreatment.

The new allegations suggest the April raid on a UVA student may not be the only instance of problems within the agency. In that raid ABC agents - including Taylor - engaged in a series of actions that escalated to stopping the vehicle, pounding on windows, and drawing a gun. One of the young women spent a night in jail and was charged with three felonies. Charlottesville prosecutors have since dropped the charges.

The allegations of inappropriate bullish behavior by Jones could trigger greater scrutiny into the actions of the ABC and put the state at greater risk of a viable lawsuit by the UVA student. The government is usually immune from lawsuits.

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