Parkersburg Police Officer Charged

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A Parkersburg police officer accused of hitting a suspect has been charged with battery.

Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton says that a special grand jury indicted Sgt. Josh Vensel on Monday.

Vensel is charged with hitting Jerry Seabolt at the Wood County Holding Facility earlier this month.

Seabolt was being booked into the facility following his arrest on charges of obstruction, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Vensel remains on administrative leave.