The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 7, 2013

Fayette deputy resigns after admitting to fundraiser theft

By Brandi Underwood
Register-Herald Reporter

— Former Fayette County Deputy Steven Gray resigned from his position last week after admitting to stealing money that he and three other deputies raised as part of an effort with their side business, New River Tactical, which holds gun training workshops and other classes.

According to Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler, Gray and the other deputies of New River Tactical, which has no association to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, had the idea to raise money for a local boy with cancer. Their fundraising efforts raised $1,000 for the boy in the spring.

Last week, questions arose regarding the status of the money as the other deputies realized it was unaccounted for, Kessler said. It was at that time that Gray confessed to Kessler that he had taken the money.

“I appreciated his honesty and candor in coming forward and telling the truth,” Kessler said. “But the bottom line is that you can’t steal and be a police officer. His integrity in the law enforcement community went south. The integrity of the sheriff’s department has to stay in high regard.”

Kessler said that Gray has since paid the money back. No charges have been filed against Gray at this time.