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Feds Charge Appling Co Deputy
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
February 22--  Deputy Sheriff Richard W. Crosby, 35, of the Appling County Sheriff’s Department was charged in a criminal complaint in federal court with being an accessory after the fact to a drug crime. 

     An affidavit in support of the complaint alleged that Crosby knowingly disclosed to the target of a drug investigation the fact that a search warrant was to be executed at the target’s residence on January 20, 2011.  This disclosure was allegedly made in order to hinder the apprehension of the target.  Crosby’s initial appearance on the criminal complaint was held today in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Graham.

        United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated, “at this time indications are that Crosby was motivated by a desire to sabotage another agency’s investigation and not monetary gain.  Whether motivated by greed or petty interagency rivalry, actions that jeopardize ongoing investigations and breech of the public’s trust in law enforcement will not be tolerated and offenders will be prosecuted.”       

        The charge against Crosby resulted from a joint investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.  The maximum penalty for the offense is 30 months in prison and a fine of up to $125,000.  United States Attorney Edward Tarver emphasized that a complaint is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The burden in any criminal case is on the Government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 
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