Former Roodhouse police officer avoids jail time

By Gary Scott on April 23, 2015 at 12:48pm

A former acting police chief in Roodhouse arrested for official misconduct last year has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Steve Settles pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in Greene County Court on Wednesday. The official misconduct charge, as well as unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, both felonies, were both dropped.

Settles was sentenced to 24 months probation, was fined over $2,100 and was ordered to serve 30 hours of community service.

Settles, a police sergeant when he was arrested last June, was accused of delivering prescription drugs while in his official capacity as an officer between January and March of last year.

Two dispatchers faced theft and drug charges in connection with the arrest of Settles after an investigation from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department revealed prescription medication was stolen from a storage area at the White Hall Police Department; one of them has reached a plea deal.

A separate investigation involved a Roodhouse police officer involved in illegal drug transactions with a dispatcher at Roodhouse.

Greene County State’s Attorney Caleb Briscoe didn’t return our phone calls this morning, but in a press release, he said, “The most important concern here…was to ensure that Mr. Settles not be allowed to be a peace officer, not only here in Greene County, but in any other police department going forward.”

Briscoe also noted Settles had no prior criminal history, and that there were not sufficient factors in the case to overcome the recommendation of probation.