STEUBENVILLE - Greg Moray, a city police patrolman for 19 years, has been fired after a May 31 incident in Wintersville surrounding an underage drinking party involving his son.
Acting City Manager Domenick Mucci informed Moray in a letter Wednesday of his termination for four violations of the rules of conduct for police officers. A pretermination hearing was held July 22.
"At that time, I listened to your side of the story concerning the various charges brought against you," Mucci said in the letter. "I have formed the opinion that you have violated each and every count that has been specified in my letter to you dated July 17, 2013. Therefore, please be advised that you are hereby terminated from your position as a Steubenville police officer today (Wednesday)."
Wintersville police were called about an underage drinking party in a field off Ohio 43. When police arrived some of the juveniles ran into the woods, while others stayed there, he said. Some of the juveniles were brought to the police station.
A Wintersville police report states Moray later arrived at the Wintersville police station and asked if his son was going to be charged. A Wintersville officer said all of the teens who tested positive for alcohol consumption would be charged.
According to the report, Moray became angry and said, "I can't believe your charging my kid," and allegedly asserted that an officer doesn't arrest another officer's kid. The report states Moray then said the Wintersville officers had started a war.
"OK, I see. I will remember when you (and another officer) drive through Steubenville. I will remember," he allegedly said.
Allegations have surfaced that Moray was at the underage drinking party earlier that night. Moray did not confirm to the Wintersville officer that he was at the party that night.
Mucci, in his termination letter to Moray, said Moray's charges included:
- Being aware of and attending a party hosted by his son on family-owned land where alcohol was being served to juveniles. A charge of conduct unbecoming an officer.
- Charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and misuse of official position by Moray's actions and conduct at the Wintersville Police Department on May 31.
- A charge of insubordination for contacting a Wintersville officer on June 8 after Moray had been given a written order not to have contact with any of the witnesses in the matter.
- A charge of violating laws and ordinances by attending the underage drinking party.
Moray can appeal the firing.
Police Chief William McCafferty had no comment on Moray's termination.
Moray was suspended as an officer in September 2009 after an incident at a Steubenville High School football game at Massillon High School. Moray and another man were charged with disorderly conduct, but the charges eventually were dismissed in Massillon Municipal Court.
No telephone number for Moray was available. Jim Marquis, a representative of the Fraternal Order of Police, said he had no comment on the matter.