Former prosecutor accused of threatening Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney

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by Brian Farrell

WVEC.com

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 27 at 9:04 AM

NORFOLK -- For a little longer than 9 years, Cliff Hicks was part of the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Now, the Regent University Law School graduate is accused of threatening his former boss, Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Underwood.

Wednesday, comments filled with expletives appeared on Hicks' Facebook page. The posting mentioned "Greg," which police believe refers to Underwood, and "Brent," which is the first name of Underwood's chief deputy, Brent Johnson. The comments suggest the writer wants to harm both and use graphic language in doing so.

Commonwealth's Attorney's Office spokeswoman Amanda Howie said staff became aware of the posting Wednesday afternoon and contacted the Norfolk Police Department.

Thursday, 13News stopped by Hicks home, where he lay on a couch with his head poking out from under a blanket as he watched television. He had no comment about the charge.

His mother, Judy Brooks, explained she read the Facebook comments to Hicks after his arrest.

Defending her son, she said, "That's not Cliff. That's alcohol. He does not remember posting the comments. When he's been drinking, he doesn't remember anything." Of the situation, she added, "We're handling it."

Brooks told 13News her son has not worked full time since he left the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. He has been teaching a few courses at Bryant & Stratton College.

The charge against Hicks is Communicating a Threat in Writing. Brooks said he is supposed to appear in court July 31.

Because Hicks is a former employee of the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, a special prosecutor from Chesterfield County will handle the case.

 

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