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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 8, 2008

PEARSON, GA (WALB) - Last year's Pearson Police Officer of the Year is a disgraced officer tonight, charged with extorting money from drivers.

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

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

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

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