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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Two Cops Plea Guilty to Tampering with Evidence

Beaumont officers on paid leave following guilty plea
KYTX - December 22, 2010

Two Beaumont Police Officers accused of tampering with evidence are on paid administrative leave after they pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to tampering with government documents. Officers Brad Beaulieu and Eric Heilman each entered their plea before Jefferson County Court at Law #2 Judge G.R. "Lupe" Flores. The plea does not necessarily end their law enforcement career. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor and stems from a probable cause affidavit and supplemental report filed by the officers in a 2008 drug case. Beaulieu and Heilman will have to serve 100 hours of community service. and have been given 1-year probation. Defense attorney James Makin says the length of the officers probation could be cut in half. "If they do everything they're supposed to after six months we can petition the courts and the special prosecutor would not oppose them getting off early," said Makin. Makin went on to say the officers are expected to resign the Beaumont Police Department early in January. Beaumont Police Public Relations Officer Carol Riley told 12NewsNow.Com the news came as a bit of a shock this morning. "It is disheartening when these things happen. We will still continue to do our job and make sure the citizens of Beaumont are safe this holiday season," said Officer Riley. Both men could become peace officers again if charges are dropped at the end of their probation and reinstatement of their peace officers licence is approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These two low life's don't deserve to be in a position such as law enforcement. They are a disgrace. Guaranteed there are plenty more out there like them that have not yet been caught. Bmt, Port Arthur, orange , lumberton and so forth, need to do some thorough internal investigating. But then again cops cover for cops.