Former Officer With Alvarado, Texas, Police Department Admits Leaking Law Enforcement Sensitive Information In Anabolic Steroid Investigation
DALLAS — Brent Dickey, 42, a former officer with the Alvarado, Texas, Police Department, appeared in federal court today and pleaded guilty to an Information charging one count of misprision of a felony. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Dickey, a resident of Burleson, Texas, will remain on bond pending sentencing, which is set for January 8, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, in February 2010, Dickey was assigned to the Stop The Offender Program – Special Crimes Unit (STOP-SCU), a Johnson County law enforcement task force that investigated drug crimes occurring in the county. Dickey knew that a particular individual, Person A, was unlawfully distributing anabolic steroids, and he failed to make this felony known to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, such as a federal grand jury or an FBI agent.
On February 5, 2010, another STOP-SCU task force officer received information that Person A was unlawfully distributing anabolic steroids. This task force officer told Dickey that he planned to make a case against, and arrest, Person A. Unbeknownst to this task force officer, Person A had been supplying Dickey with anabolic steroids.
Two days later, Dickey went to Person A’s home and leaked this law enforcement sensitive information to Person A so that Person A would avoid getting caught, arrested or prosecuted for this felony drug offense.
The FBI and the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating. Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay and Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Mark Penley are in charge of the prosecution.