Alleged corrupted Cherryville officer released on bond

Alleged corrupted Cherryville officer released on bond

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 6:02 PM

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. -- The last of the Cherryville officers accused in a corruption scheme went before a Federal Magistrate Monday morning.

Prosecutors say that Casey Crawford was one of the alleged leaders of a protection scheme in which officers took money to guard stolen merchandise being transported through Gaston County.

"Mr. Crawford has cooperated from day one in this investigation. We’re continuing to cooperate with the United States and we’re looking forward to getting to a resolution in this matter," said Defense Attorney Rick Winiker.

Crawford had a large crowd of supporters in court, including his mother, father and several siblings.

His attorney also presented 36 letters of support from family and friends as a part of his effort to get him released on bond.

Prosecutors argued that he be detained, especially since they found 20 guns in his house.

But Magistrate David Cayer determined he was not a threat and let him out on $50,000 unsecured bond.

"I think it speaks volumes as to Casey's character.  There are a lot of people—friends, family, people who love him and looking forward to seeing him come out," said his attorney.

Because of Crawford’s cooperation prosecutors say they know he recruited another officer and a civilian to join the scheme.

As a part of his release his parents had to co-sign the bond.  He will be under house arrest and the judge ordered that he live with his brother in Dallas because his Cherryville residence is close to a co-defendant.

 

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