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Pearson officer suspended

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 9, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Pearson's police officer of the year is now suspended.

28-year-old Robert Bennett has been suspended without pay following his arrest last week.

He was taken into custody while on duty Friday, charged with two counts bribery and two counts theft by extortion.

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

Pearson Police Chief Kevin Sparrow says the arrest caught the whole department completely off guard.