Former Appling County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard W. Crosby, 36, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court for the offense of being an accessory after the fact to a drug crime. Appearing before Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood in Brunswick, Crosby was sentenced to two months in prison, to be followed by a one-year term of supervised release. He was also fined $1,500.
Evidence presented during the guilty plea and sentencing hearings showed that Crosby warned an alleged drug dealer that a search warrant was to be executed at the drug suspect’s Appling County residence. Crosby learned of the search warrant during a briefing given by a drug task force agent at the Sheriff’s Office. Crosby then relayed this information to a third party with instructions to warn the resident about the pending execution of the warrant. This disclosure was made in order to hinder the apprehension of the alleged drug dealer. United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “Mr. Crosby was a sworn law enforcement officer at the time of his offense and his actions betrayed the trust the public had placed in him. Actions that jeopardize ongoing investigations and potentially endanger law enforcement personnel will not be tolerated and offenders will be vigorously prosecuted.”
The charge against Crosby resulted from a joint investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Karl Knoche prosecuted the case for the United States.