Shawnee County sheriff’s detective may have falsified information

TOPEKA (KSNT) — UPDATE: The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office has placed Detective Erin Thompson on administrative leave “due to matters of concern discovered internally,” a press release from the office said.

The sheriff’s office asked KBI to conduct an investigation into the matter as an independent agency. The office’s policy is to place personnel on administrative leave during an investigation.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Shawnee County sheriff’s detective may have falsified information in charging affidavits.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Shawnee County district attorney’s office sent a notice to defense attorneys. The notice says the detective stated she had spoken with people with whom she hadn’t actually talked and that the information was used in a charging affidavit. It wasn’t immediately clear which case was tied to the allegation of misconduct.

Prosecutors are required to notify defense lawyers about witnesses, including law enforcement officers, whose credibility may be in question because of misconduct.

Sheriff Herman Jones said only that “an individual” has been placed on paid administrative leave, and his office is investigating. A Kansas Bureau of Investigation spokesman says the agency is looking into a matter in Jones’ office.



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