CBS Atlanta by Jennifer Banks - February 16, 2012
ATHENS, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 33-year-old Athens-Clarke County Officer Chris Burton was arrested and charged with one count of party to the crime of bribery, and one felony count of violation of oath of office. Burton was arrested after an investigation into bribery allegations. The investigation revealed that Burton had contacted a fellow officer and stated that a friend of Burton's would pay a quantity of money to have his DUI charge dismissed, according to reports. The cooperating officer reported this information to his superior officer which resulted in the request for the investigation. On February 14, 2012, agents monitored an exchange of funds to the cooperating officer from the DUI arrestee with the expectation that a pending DUI charge would be dismissed. Officers expect an additional arrest of a non-Athens-Clarke County employee in this case. Prior to Burton's arrest, Chief Lumpkin had placed Burton on administrative suspension with pay due to conduct unbecoming an officer. Burton has been employed with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department since 2008.