Former State College officer charged with stealing evidence

Police officer is facing charges after the department discovered he had allegedly taken evidence for his own personal use.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa.(WTAJ) — A former State College police officer is facing charges after the department discovered he had allegedly taken evidence for his own personal use.

The Investigation from Pennsylvania State Police showed that the officer charged had taken possession of a vape pen for his own use instead of following procedures. Upon learning of this criminal offense, the State College Police Department contacted the Pennsylvania State Police to conduct an independent investigation and notified the Centre County District Attorney's Office. A Pennsylvania State Police investigation resulted in criminal charges being filed.

The State College Police Department also immediately placed the officer on administrative
leave. The department conducted a separate internal investigation and the former
officer resigned in the process.

"The State College Police Department prides itself on our professionalism and integrity and are deeply
saddened by the negative impact this event may have on the public's trust. We hope that the department's actions will help restore credibility in The State College Police Department's commitment to providing the exemplary police services our community expects," the department said in a release.

The ongoing criminal case is being handled by the Centre County District Attorney's office. 

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