Sheriff Anderson, Captain Robertson Arrested
For Allegedly Falsifying Training Records
Freestone County Sheriff Don Anderson and FCSO Captain Travis Robertson were both arrested last week after a Travis County Grand Jury indicted them on numerous felony charges of allegedly tampering with government records.
Sheriff Anderson?s indictment alleges 20 counts of Tampering with a Governmental record while Captain Robertson?s indictment alleges three counts of the same offense. Captain Robertson was arrested by TCLEOSE investigators in Freestone County on Wednesday, March 27th and Sheriff Anderson turned himself in at the Travis County Jail on Thursday, March 28th. Both officers were released after each posting a $20,000 bond in Travis County.
The indictments against the two officers resulted from a criminal investigation by the Enforcement Division of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), into allegations that Sheriff Anderson and Captain Robertson routinely submitted falsified documents to TCLEOSE claiming that Deputies received law enforcement training when they actually had not attended the training. It is alleged that several deputies were subsequently given TCLEOSE credit for training they did not complete. The dates alleged in the indictments range from to September 13th, 2011 to December 13th, 2012.
Sheriff Anderson released a statement on March 28th stating, ?I have not committed any criminal offenses at any time either as a Freestone County Deputy Sheriff or as the elected Sheriff of Freestone County. I have no intentions of resigning my position as the Sheriff of Freestone County. I look forward to being cleared of any and all criminal wrongdoing in court. Any further questions should be directed to my attorney, Robert McCabe.?
Sheriff Anderson was elected in the 2012 general election and took office in January of 2013, after three term Sheriff Ralph Billings retired. At the time of the offenses alleged in the indictments, Sheriff Anderson was the department?s Training Coordinator responsible for the administration of all training at the Freestone County Sheriff?s Office and Travis Robertson was the primary instructor for most of the training given by the Freestone County Sheriff?s Office.
Freestone County Attorney Chris Martin reports that Anderson cannot be removed from office under Section 87 of the Local Government Code for an act he may or may not have committed before being elected to office. If Anderson is found guilty of any of the alleged offenses against him, the Freestone County Commissioner?s Court could take action to have him removed from office and appoint an acting Sheriff until the next general election is held.
Martin said that he has been informed by TCLEOSE that all Deputies in the FCSO are currently certified peace officers. Should additional indictments be handed down against additional deputies, some licenses could be in question.
Martin added that there are many good men and women in the FCSO that have not done anything wrong who continue to serve the public. ?The law enforcement in Freestone County will continue to run and move forward while protecting the citizens of our county,? concluded Martin.
TCLEOSE establishes and maintains minimum standards relating to the education and training for the licensing of law enforcement officers. In the State of Texas under the Texas Occupation Code, peace officers are required to attend at least 40 hours of training every two years to maintain an active license.