AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Manor Independent School District Chief of Police has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of falsifying employee timesheets and improperly donating used cellphones to a local domestic violence shelter.
The defense attorney representing Chief Shane Sexton and three other officers in the force, said credible evidence has been submitted to the district to show that all timesheets have been accurate.
Sexton’s attorney Brad Heilman said Verizon Wireless donated the cellphones to the department, came at no cost to the district and were no longer being used.
“The chief has a responsibility to the community and he’s fulfilling that responsibility by donating these phones that didn’t cost the district anything. They were donated. They weren’t being used, the officers had new phones,” Heilman said. “It’s troubling if that’s what is really going on here. He is being accused of criminal violations or even administrative violations for having a good heart.”
The Manor Independent School District, Superintendent Dr. Andre Spencer and Board of Trustees President Monique Celedon refused to comment on the matter.
Heilman said that while Sexton has not reported to work for two weeks, he has yet to be served a formal complaint from the district. Fellow officers are scheduled to be interviewed on Thursday regarding the matter.
The Manor Independent School District Police Department was formalized in 2020. Sexton was sworn in as Chief on June 15, 2020.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information comes in.