City police officer given probation for misconduct

October 02, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore police officer accused of not turning over $500 he confiscated while working undercover pleaded guilty yesterday to misconduct in office and was placed on three years' supervised probation, prosecutors said.

As part of his probation, Officer Myron A. Thornes, 32, is required to resign from the Police Department, prosecutors said.

Thornes, who joined the force in 1996 and worked in the organized crime division, also received a six-month suspended sentence. The theft charge against Thornes was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors said. He faced up to 15 years in prison.

Police have said that during a Feb. 12 sting operation, Thornes confiscated $500 from an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer. According to police, Thornes did not give the confiscated money to the agency's evidence control unit.

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