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|Former GPD Officer Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges
|A Galesburg Police officer who resigned after he allegedly stole drugs from an evidence locker has admitted to the crime.
49-year old former Lieutenant David Hendricks pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Knox County Circuit Court to charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Official Misconduct as part of what was called a partially-negotiated plea. Knox County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bordner says he will reserve judgement on whether or not to allow a charge of Possession of Cocaine to be dropped until after a pre-sentence investigation has been completed.
Galesburg Police Chief David Christensen -- who had just been promoted to the job when the investigation first happened -- tells WGIL for his part, he's glad the whole situation is almost completely behind him and the department. "Certainly we're, yes, pleased and happy there's a resolution in the case, finally," Christensen said. "It's been over two years since the case first broke, September 19th of 2006. It's been a long process. But, again, we're pleased that it's come to some resolution, finally."
Hendricks was arrested in early 2007 after allegedly being caught taking cocaine and methamphetamine from an evidence locker on several occasions in 2006, claiming the drugs were being used for training purposes.
A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered, and a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for November sixth.
Hendricks' attorney Gerald Brady has previously said that his client is eligible for the TASC program, which is a drug treatment program for non-violent offenders.
|10 02 08 by Newsroom
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