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Bel Air police chief Charles Moore to remain on paid leave until all investigations conclude, town says

Bel Air’s Chief of Police Charles A. Moore will remain on paid administrative leave until investigations related to the temporary protective order he was served conclude, the town of Bel Air announced Thursday.

In a closed, emergency meeting, the town’s board of commissioners discussed Moore’s future following a Tuesday hearing for a final protective order filed by his wife.

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The protective order was dismissed as a provision of an in-court agreement between Moore and his wife. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert N. Dugan, who was overseeing the case, sealed the agreed-upon consent order. Moore’s attorney said he could not comment on the order’s contents.

Bel Air Town Administrator Jesse Bane and the commissioners agreed Thursday that Moore would remain on paid leave until “all investigations, both internal and external, resulting from the Temporary Protective Order have been concluded or until the Town of Bel Air feels enough information has been gathered to make an informed decision," according to a statement from the town.

Michael Krantz, the town’s director of administration and human resources, would not say what information would be sufficient to inform the town’s decision or if an internal investigation into Moore had been opened.

“Given that this is a personnel matter, the Town of Bel Air and the Bel Air Police Department have no further comment at this time,” the statement says.

Bane had previously told The Aegis that the town would not be conducting its own investigation because the alleged incident occurred outside its jurisdiction. That decision came under scrutiny from the Bel Air Police Association.

The union posted a statement on its Facebook page Feb. 1 calling for “an independent investigation into the allegations against Chief Moore. ... This will help ensure the continued trust and faith of the citizens we serve.”

A temporary protective order was served on Moore Jan. 28 in connection to allegations of laying hands on his wife and 17-year-old son. According to a complaint filed in Harford County Circuit Court, the teenager punched Moore, who attempted to choke him during an altercation Dec. 13 at his wife’s house in Jarrettsville.

The order also outlined other alleged incidents involving Moore, his wife and their son dating back to 2009. Moore and his wife do not live together and have been separated since 2016.

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On Jan. 29, the town announced the police chief was being placed on paid administrative leave; Moore’s annual salary is $115,662.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office referred a criminal investigation into the allegations against Moore to Baltimore County’s police department and state’s attorney’s office.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the neighboring jurisdiction because Moore sits on the board of the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, which investigates child abuse across the whole county.

Deputy Chief of Police Richard J. Peschek will remain acting Chief of Police in Moore’s absence.

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