(Memphis) A Memphis police officer has been indicted on charges of tampering with or fabricating evidence.
Prosecutors say officer Terry Butler allegedly told his girlfriend to, “falsely list a DVD player as being among items taken in a burglary of her home in July.”
Butler also was indicted on two counts each of official misconduct and official oppression in the case which resulted in the arrest of two men who were later cleared in the burglary.
According to investigators, “Investigators said Butler was off duty on July 10 when he began searching for suspects responsible for the burglary two days earlier of his girlfriend’s home in the 700 block of Hale Road in Whitehaven.”
Butler reportedly stopped two men in the 4700 block of Elvis Presley Blvd. when he noticed one carrying a DVD player in a bag and had them arrested as suspects in the burglary.
Butler, “told the arresting officers that the DVD player was taken in the burglary of his girlfriend’s home, though the man carrying it insisted it belonged to him.”
Investigators said Butler called his girlfriend, described the DVD player, gave her the serial number and told her to tell police she had forgotten to report the player missing.
The girlfriend later admitted Butler gave her the information on the DVD player and threatened to harm her in the past.
The two men arrested in the burglary were released without charge.
Butler, 47, who has been a police officer for 13 years, has been placed on non-enforcement status and has been released on $10,000 bond.