Former Stafford Police officer acquitted of charges
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Paul Kevin Germany was a police officer for the Stafford police department for 19 years. His problems began when he had a mishap on the firing range in July of 2010. At the time of the mishap Germany was assigned to Crime Scene investigation, evidence processing and property room storage and management.
During Germany’s recovery another officer had to step into that job and it was determined that some property was unaccounted for in the property room. Reportedly in excess of $14,000 worth of cash and property was missing from that evidence room spanning from 2005 to 2010 although Germany had been in charge of said property room since 1994.
During the investigation it was revealed that more than one person in the Stafford Police department had either possession of or access to the keys to that secured area. Even before trial there were tenuous admissions that the property room had been mismanaged, for years.
While off recuperating in 2010, Germany was terminated. That termination was followed by an indictment for theft by a public servant and abuse of office. Last week, in early April of 2012, Paul Kevin Germany faced a jury of his peers in the 434th District Court under the direction of Judge James Shoemake. Germany was acquitted of all charges.
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