SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Former La Crosse police officer Brian Thomson plead guilty Monday to attempted possession of narcotics, a felony.
Thomson's guilty plea comes as part of a plea agreement. The prosecution agreed to request three years probation, with one year of incarceration. Whether or not Thomson serves time in jail will be argued at sentencing.
"La Crosse County typically uses electronic monitoring in lieu of jail time, he (the prosecutor) will still be requesting some portion of that one year be in the county jail," said defense attorney Keith Belzer in court. "I am free to argue against that."
Thomson was first arrested in August. The criminal complaint states the investigation began after concerns that Thompson was spending time in the department's evidence room, which weren't a part of his normal duties. It also says Thomson asked other officers if they had any leftover pain medications.
The complaint says Assistant Chief Robert Abraham had Captain Jason Melby pack a duffel bag with personal items and a bottle of fake Oxycontin pills.
Chief Abraham then gave the duffel to Thomson and told him to take care of putting it into evidence. The complaint says that video cameras later captured Thomson searching the bag.
When Abraham asked if there was anything in the bag, Thomson replied that there were only clothes in the duffel bag. Later, when Abraham checked, he found the pill bottle, now empty, in the duffel bag.
On August 13, Thomson admitted he took the pills from the bag and ingested them. He also told investigators that on at least three occasions he took methamphetamine from the evidence room and ingested those drugs.
SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A former lieutenant with the La Crosse Police Department charged with stealing drugs out of the evidence room pleads guilty Monday afternoon.
Brian Thomson was charged in October with Attempted Possession of Narcotic Drugs without a Prescription.
A sting set up in August showed Thomson removed planted fake drugs from a duffel bag given to him to place into the department's evidence locker. On August 13, the date of his arrest and subsequent resignation from the force, Thomson admitted he took the pills from the bag and ingested them. He also told investigators that on at least three occasions he took methamphetamine from the evidence room and ingested those drugs.
A special prosecutor from the Wisconsin Attorney General's office is handling the prosecution due to the offices involved the case. A judge from Monroe County is overseeing the proceedings.
During a court appearance at the Monroe County Courthouse Monday afternoon, Thomson pleaded guilty to the attempted possession charge. Court records showed that he was supposed to be sentenced, but that was pushed back to a later date.
WXOW's Kristen Barbaresi is at the courthouse and will have updates here on wxow.com and on Live at Five and the 6pm Report.
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