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October 13, 2013

Convicted police officers keep certification for years



Area former officers and CLEET status:

Rodney Richards: Marlow City Police Department

• Convicted but still holds certification according to CLEET.

• Grand Jury investigation, pleaded nolo contendre (no contest) to 1 count of perjury, convicted in August 2011. Was terminated from his role as police officer by Marlow Police Department in February 2010. Richards was ordered by the court to permanently surrender his CLEET certification within 30 days and not pursue other law enforcement careers, and pay a fine of $500 along with court costs. He was sentenced to serve a 3-year suspended sentence.

Address is in Ardmore.

Randy Johnson: Marlow City Police Department

• Action: Voluntary surrender

• Date of Action: 10/5/2010

• Reason: Didn’t recertify. Johnson was Richards partner at MPD and was also investigated by the grand jury on the same case as above.

James B. Hall: Duncan

• Action: Reinstatement

• Date of Action: 5/15/2012

• Crime: Pleaded guilty to DUI, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, in 2010, and received a deferred sentence.

• CLEET did not provide the name of the agency Hall works for, but his mailing address was Duncan.

Michael William Bowden: Duncan Police

• Action: Revocation

• Date of Action: 2/6/12

• Crime: Charged Nov. 2004 with three counts of sexual battery in Stephens County; found guilty in April 2005. Received a six-month suspended sentence, and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Jeffrey Scott Davis: Stephens County Sheriff

• Action: Suspension

• Date of Action: 10/1/2010

• Crime: Officer under investigation for child abuse; threatened dispatcher after seeking information about investigation.

Brandon W. Balthrop: Stephens County Sheriff

• Action: Voluntary surrender

• Date of Action: 8/20/2012

• Crime: Charged with mutliple sex crimes in Stephens County in Aug. 2010. Found not guilty on all charges.

James Nix: Comanche Police Department

• Action: Revocation

• Date of Action: 9/6/2012

• Crime: Pleaded guilty in Dec. 2005 to embezzlement.

Jeremy Ray Wilson: Ringling Police Department

• Action: Voluntary surrender

• Date of Action: 3/9/2010

• Crime: Embezzlement conviction in Jefferson County in Dec. 2009. Charges dismissed in exchange for surrendering his certification.

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