LLANO, Texas (KXAN) — Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff has been convicted by a Burnet County jury on two misdemeanor counts of official oppression and one count of tampering with a government record.
The investigation into the offense began with a complaint to the District Attorney’s Office in December 2017. Authorities say Ratliff omitted facts related to a May 2, 2017 arrest of a man for public intoxication.
The offense reported indicated the man was arrested outside his home, but in actuality, he was arrested inside his home and officers had no legal basis to enter his home to make the arrest
According to prosecutors, Ratliff “approved and presented” the offense report that had omissions and “misrepresented” the man’s arrest.
Ratliff was indicted with two of his officers and was suspended on Jan. 12 as part of the ongoing investigation.
During the investigation Llano City Manager Scott Edmonson appointed Ofc. Kenneth Poe as interim police chief.
Ratliff’s trial started on Monday, July 16, and the jury deliberated for approximately six hours before reaching a guilty verdict at around 5 p.m. Thursday. While the jury convicted him on the misdemeanor offense, two jurors told the court while they voted for this verdict, they “felt the conviction should be for the higher offense of felony tampering.”