LAWRENCE COUNTY - MAY 12 - A former Lawrence County Police Department Detective Chris Roberts 47, Heltonville, pled guilty to a lesser charge of conversion in a hearing that was conducted Tuesday in Lawrence County Superior Court 1.
In the plea agreement between Special Prosecutor David Thomas and Robert's defense Attorney Michelle Woodward; Roberts pled guilty to a Class A Misdemeanor.
Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III accepted the plea agreement.
Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer
Judge Plummer sentenced Roberts to 180 days to the Lawrence County Jail which all 180 days was suspended to supervised probation and to pay court costs.
Special Prosecutor Thomas recommended formal charges to be filed against Roberts after he made more than $20,000 in unauthorized purchases from the Spring Mill Fraternal Order of Police while acting as the organization's treasurer.
The Spring Mill FOP records showed Roberts made unauthorized purchases which included credit card payments, car washes, restraunt charges, veterinarian services, and other personal charges.
There was a written financial disclosure between Roberts and the FOP to repay the money. Prior to exit of the Spring Mill FOP Roberts made two payments of $18,069.18 and $3,500
Roberts retired from the Lawrence County Police Department in March 2020.
Roberts was summoned to appear in Lawrence County following the charges of Level-6 felony charges in November 2021.
Lawrence County Prosecutor Samuel Arp II requested an investigation in March 2020.