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Elkins Middle School principal’s charge headed to bench trial

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Hinzman Eric Lucas speaks during a Randolph County Magistrate Court hearing.

ELKINS — A misdemeanor battery charge against the Elkins Middle School principal will go to a bench trial, it was decided this week.

Eric Lucas, 52, is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after an alleged altercation with former EMS math teacher Dana Losh at Elkins Fordland on Nov. 11. Lucas is currently free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond set by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon.

A hearing on the charge against Lucas took place in Randolph County Magistrate Court this week.

“I don’t have a problem with this guy. Apparently he had a problem with me,” Lucas stated at the hearing. “I was his supervisor, and apparently he didn’t like something.”

According to the initial criminal complaint filed by Sgt. B.A. Talkington of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Losh saw Lucas at the Fordland dealership and asked him to come outside and talk. The complaint states that Losh “pulled out of the bay in his Explorer,” and called Lucas “the lowest piece of s— on Earth” when he approached the vehicle’s window.

The report states that Losh claimed Lucas was “unprovoked” and hit him in the face twice.

According to the complaint, Lucas told police that he and Losh were arguing when Losh “made a quick motion with his hands” and that his reaction “was to block what he thought was aggression and in doing so he struck (Losh’s) face.”

At this week’s hearing, Lucas was offered a plea agreement by the state but instead elected for a bench trial, which is now set for Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. in Randolph County Magistrate Court, before Randolph County Magistrate Mike Dyer.

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