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Former police pleads guilty to official misconduct

The Daily Post-Athenian,

Athens, TN

A former Athens police detective has been sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay the city $11,600 for taking money from a police evidence room. Former Capt. Bill Matthews pleaded guilty to felony official misconduct on Thursday.

An investigation began in October 2007, after $46,000 in cash, a pistol, prescription drugs and cocaine vanished from police custody. Matthews was one of two people with a key to the evidence room. He resigned in January 2008 and gave a written confession to taking $8,900.

Matthews also is required to undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and to follow any recommendations for treatment identified in the screening.

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