Hearing ends for fired Abilene officer accused of taking marijuana
ABILENE, Texas - The appeal hearing for a former Abilene police officer accused of stealing marijuana from the department's evidence room ended Thursday afternoon at Abilene City Hall.
Arthur Jefferson worked for the department for 12 years before he was terminated in March. Jefferson worked as the instructor at the police academy.
He is accused of tampering with evidence and violating department policy.
During the hearing, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said the allegations came about when he had a meeting with the mother of Jefferson's child, Alexa Torrez, on March 2.
Standridge told the arbitrator that Torrez initially claimed Jefferson was harassing her. Torrez and Jefferson had recently ended a custody battle over the child.
When Standridge asked her to produce evidence, Torrez then said she had photos in her phone taken in 2013 of marijuana at Jefferson's home.
That day, officers searched Jefferson's home but did not find any drugs. He also took a drug test and passed.
Jefferson did admit to taking marijuana from the evidence room but claims it was used in his instruction, showing the drugs to a cadet who had not seen or smelled the substance. He also stated that he never took the marijuana home and returned it to the evidence room.
In a separate incident, Jefferson is also accused of improperly running the license plate of number of one of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriends.
The ruling from the hearing is set to come down in August.
Standridge said this incident could bring criminal charges for Jefferson down the line.