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Tensions escalate for Culpeper prosecutor

Megan Frederick has been under fire since winning a close election last fall as Culpeper County commonwealth’s attorney. She was seen by some local attorneys as an outsider who displaced a long-serving local prosecutor.

She reported security breaches in her office, including a menacing note taped to a door. She began carrying a handgun on her hip.

One local lawyer accused Frederick of lying about her residency when she registered to vote in Culpeper County. A special prosecutor appointed to investigate found the charge unfounded.

In the latest dustup, a probation officer reportedly accused Frederick of getting rough with her in an incident last week in the county Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, according to The Free Lance-Star.

No charge has been filed. Frederick denied the accusation and accused the county sheriff of a pattern of harassment and obstruction in disclosing the matter.

Now, the clerk of the J&DR court has entered the fray. Clerk Bethany Tharpe McClanahan has reportedly barred Frederick from the J&DR clerk’s office. The Free Lance-Star says McClanahan reportedly sent a letter to Frederick saying her privileges in the office have been suspended, although other prosecutors were not affected.

Note: This item was changed May 15 to correct the description of the alleged elections law violation.

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  1. Actually, the question about residency was about the voter registration application forms she and her husband completed in order to vote in Culpeper. One is supposed to have both residency and domicle and the question was raised whether they had given up their Richmond domicle when they claimed her grandmother’s address as their residence.

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