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Pearson police officer charged with extortion

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 8, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Pearson Police officer is arrested, charged with extorting money from drivers.

28 year-old Robert Bennett is charged with two counts bribery and two counts theft by extortion.

The GBI and Atkinson County Sheriff's Office say they arrested Bennett while he was on duty Friday.

He's accuse of pulling over Hispanic drivers and not ticketing them in exchange for money.

The Pearson's police department wasn't immediately available for comment.

They say they'll release more details Thursday.

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