Bryan Canty, executive director of the Etowah Valley Humane Society, was taken into custody just after noon on a simple battery charge, according to a release from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.
The 26-year-old victim told police on Feb. 14 that Canty had approached her from behind the day prior, “grabbed her pants and pulled them down below her knees,” the incident report stated. The woman, who was serving community service at the shelter through the Drug Court program, said she pulled her pants up on her way to restroom, telling Canty she was not wearing undergarments.
According to the report, Canty followed the woman to the restroom but did not enter, allegedly making an inappropriate comment about her state of undress. The woman added that it was possible witnesses overheard Canty’s comment.
The woman said she avoided Canty, working in the kennel for about an hour until he left. At that time, the woman said she went back to the front and began folding newspapers. Canty allegedly returned, standing very close to the woman without touching her. She said she told Canty to leave her along at which time he moved away.
According to the report, the woman said Canty had not touched her in an inappropriate manner in the past, other than placing his hands on her shoulders, but she alleged he had made lewd comments about a photo on her cellphone.
BCSO Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said the delay in Canty’s arrest came from an investigation that included witness interviews.
Outside Canty’s role with EVHS, he holds positions in various agencies. Canty is a contracted reporter and co-host of a morning sports talk show on WBHF 1450 AM. He also serves on the Bartow County Planning Commission, is past president of New Frontier of Bartow County, has served on the Cartersville-Bartow County Library Board, and currently is slated to be the 2015 chairman of the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joe Frank Harris Jr. said the board of directors is aware of the matter, but do not have a comment at this time.
Calls to the EVHS were not returned at press time.