TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Late Friday afternoon, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed formal criminal charges against Shawnee County sheriff’s detective Erin Thompson.
“Obviously, this is a sad day for the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Herman Jones said during a press conference Tuesday night.
Schmidt filed three counts of perjury against Thompson in Shawnee County District Court.
Those charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Jones learned there may be an issue with some of Thompson’s reports in September of last year. On Sept. 15, 2015, Thompson was placed on administrative leave. At that time, Jones asked the KBI to take over the investigation.
The charges are related to alleged crimes that occurred between August 2014 and May 2015.
The four page court document points to three separate dates where the alleged perjury may have occurred: Aug. 4, 2014, Oct. 10, 2014 and May 29th, 2015.
“Detective Thompson, I might note, detective Thompson is innocent until proven otherwise,” Jones said.
Now that these charges have been filed, Jones is looking to address ways to prevent something like this from happening in the future. At the press conference, he looked to reassure residents that his office is striving for excellence.
“Our agency is one of integrity,” he said. “Obviously, it shows when one of our own internal members noticed the inconsistency and reported it. So I want people to know that we do have people that are dedicated to doing things that are right.”
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case against Thompson at the request of the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office.
Thompson will remain on administrative leave until the case is resolved.