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Ex-Local Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Taking Pistols From Evidence Room

BYLINE: Paul J. Gately
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Waco, TX

Rob Williams (Jail photo)

WACO (April 20, 2012) -- Former Texas State Technical College police Chief Robert Ashley "Rob" Williams pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of abuse of official capacity.

He was accused of taking pistols from the department’s evidence room and pawning them.

State District Judge Ralph Strother set Williams' sentencing for June 18.

The charge is a state jail felony and his sentence could range up to two years.

Williams was arrested on his 43rd birthday after he was named in a sealed indictment charging abuse of official capacity of $1,500 or more, but less than $20,000.

The indictment accused Williams of pawning several firearms from the department's property room including a 9-mm Glock pistol, two Smith and Wesson .357 magnum pistols, a Rossi .38 Special, and a Remington .45 caliber pistol.

The pawnshop transactions dated back to October 2009 and continued through March 2011, the indictment said.

Williams was fired in March 2011 after an internal investigation into the improper use of items stored in the department's property room.

In April 2011, the Texas Rangers confirmed they were investigating Williams.

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