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Fired officer helped man get jail release

August 30, 2004

Albany-- APD Officer Teresa Bentley was fired Friday, and now there is a criminal investigation into her role in the release of a man from jail. The man was arrested for driving with a suspended license in July. He was booked into the Dougherty County jail under the name Steven Hurst. But investigators have an audio tape of his phone call to officer Teresa Bentley on which he told her he had given a false name at the jail and needed for her to get him out. We are told she helped bond him out through Nation Wide Bonding, which is now also looking for the man. Officer Bentley was fired Friday and we were told a warrant for her arrest had been signed. But it hasn't been. The chief is apparently deciding whether to pursue criminal charges against yet another officer in his troubled department. Five officers have been arrested in the last five months and the chief is under an investigation of his own, into whether he violated hiring practices in hiring at least one of the arrested officers. Incidentally, officer Teresa Bentley was previously arrested in March after she sped away when Dougherty County Police stopped her for speeding.

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