The suspension of a Folly Beach police officer who failed to arrest a man accused of fondling a girl at the beach should be overturned, according to a grievance committee’s recommendation.

The two-member committee released its recommendation on Public Safety Officer Ronald Avallone today after The Post and Courier filed a Freedom of Information request.

Public Safety Director Dennis Brown suspended Avallone for a week without pay after Avallone escorted 67-year-old Fred Rogers off the beach June 23 for causing a disturbance and Rogers was arrested later that day after a woman said he fondled her at a swimming pool.

Avallone told the committee last month that he had no idea Rogers was accused of sexually assaulting a girl at the beach and left to handle another call.

Brown said Avallone should have checked out the complaint more thoroughly, which would have headed off the second complaint.

Overturning the suspension would mean reinstating the lost pay and taking it off his record.

Council is scheduled to consider and then vote on the committee’s recommendation Oct. 9.

Brown said he was not able to comment on the committee’s recommendation because it was a personnel issue.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.