Former Trooper, Police Investigator Convicted Of Theft
November 3, 2012
Jonathan Dees, 48, pleaded guilty in Baldwin County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 60 months in jail, That sentence was suspended and he was ordered to serve a term of six months supervised probation, to pay court costs, and a fine of $100 to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Fund.
Dees provided a current address in the 7000 block of Highway 97 in Walnut Hill at the time of his arrest on February 16, 2012, according to Baldwin County Jail records.
Dees had been assigned to the Mobile office of the Department of Public Safety and was later hired as a police investigator by the City of Atmore. He resigned his position with the Atmore Police Department on the day of his arrest.
The state presented Dees’ confession; video evidence showing him purchasing the gasoline; and documentation that, on his days off, he used his trooper vehicle and bought gas for his personal use with the state credit card. Prior to pleading guilty, Dees repaid $2,204.09 for purchases between the approximate dates of July 2009 and January 2011.
“This case is a sad example of someone who has betrayed not only the trust of taxpayers and the law that he was sworn to uphold, but also his fellow law enforcement officers who have earned our trust and respect,” said Alabama Attorney General Strange. “Our message to all is that public corruption must be fought so that Alabama citizens may have confidence on those who serve the public.”