Lexington police chief accused of misusing official information

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LEXINGTON, Texas (KXAN) – A small town police chief is accused of using his position with the city to access video evidence for personal use, according to an indictment filed earlier this month. 

Lexington Police Chief Ted Walton was indicted June 20 on a third-degree felony charge of misuse of official information. He also was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of official oppression.

The charges stem from two different incidents early this year.

On Jan. 5, 2018, Walton intentionally subjected a person to “seizure or dispossession that the defendant knew was unlawful, and the defendant was then and there acting under the color of his employment as a public servant, namely, Chief of Police for the City of Lexington,” according to the indictment, filed last Wednesday.

The second indictment, also filed June 20, alleges Walton accessed video evidence from a particular Lexington PD case “with intent to obtain a benefit or harm or defraud another,” and disclose the information to non-law enforcement employees “for nongovernmental purpose.” It goes on to say he had access to the video evidence due to his position as chief.

Walton’s total bond for both charges was set at $11,000. 

An official with the city of Lexington declined to comment on the case.

The recent incident isn’t the first time a Lexington police chief has faced accusations related to his duties.

In 2011, then-chief Randy Davenport resigned after a KXAN investigation into allegations of harassment. He denied the accusations, but went on to surrender all licenses and certificates from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Surrendering his badge ultimately banned Davenport from ever serving as a police officer again.

In a response to the indictments, Walton’s attorney, Ken Ervin, sent the following statement:

Chief Walton has served the City of Lexington with distinction and integrity for four and a half years, including nearly two years as Chief of Police. Regrettably, the indictments issued against him last week are too vague to provide any specific comments at this time. I am nevertheless confident that after conducting further investigation into these matters, the facts will show Chief Walton has not only committed no wrongdoing, but that the accusations made against him are a form of political retaliation.

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