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Specifics on cop's evidence tampering arrest still unclear

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Sylvester Police Chief Robert Jennings Sylvester Police Chief Robert Jennings
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A Sylvester police officer facing multiple felony charges for his actions while on duty three years ago, is out on bond Wednesday, but additional charges could lie ahead.  

The Worth Co. District Attorney requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate Lt. George Hall, after the Sylvester Police Department arrested him Tuesday afternoon.  

Sylvester Police Chief Robert Jennings said the department received a complaint on April 7th, stemming from an Incident on April 21, 2011.  The chief declined to comment on specifics of the case, but said Hall was taken into custody after the department conducted an investigation. 

He was charged with tampering with evidence, false statements and violation of oath of office.   "When you find evidence, there's a certain way it's supposed to be handled," said Chief Jennings. "And if it's not handled that way then it's called tampering with evidence. So there was a mishandling of evidence the way he did it, and the purpose for which he handled the evidence."  

Jennings said Hall's actions likely won't compromise previous cases he was involved with as an officer. He said his department is committed to serve and protect the public.  

"We have good officers here," he said. "And anytime we get a complaint on an officer, it's fully investigated."  

"Since the GBI Is gonna do a follow up investigation on some of the stuff we did uncover, then at this time we don't want to say anything else," said SPD Chief Robert Jennings.  Hall is currently suspended with pay.

Hall was taken to the Worth County Jail, but was released after posting $15,000 bond Tuesday. The Worth County Clerk's Office was awaiting copies of warrants from the Worth County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, before moving forward with arraignment papers.  

Jennings said Hall could face further charges following another investigation by the GBI, but declined to comment further.

Assistant GBI Agent Mark Pro confirmed his offices were contacted after Hall was arrested, but declined to comment on the extent of the investigation.


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