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ONLY ON 59: Lester Police Chief turns self in on felony charges

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59News has confirmed that Dustin Boggs is not just an officer with the Lester Police Department, he is the Police Chief, who was on medical leave.  Zack Honaker is serving as interim chief in the mean time.

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59News has learned a Lester police officer turned himself in on a bribery charge on Thursday, Feb. 21.

 

According to court records, Dustin Boggs is facing one count of felony bribery in official and political matters.  Raleigh County Sheriff's deputies said Boggs turned himself in Thursday afternoon.  Our crews were there for Boggs arraignment in front of Magistrate Richard Jones.

59News contacted the Lester Police Department and they said they had no comment on the subject at this time.

There are few details that are being released about situation leading up to the arrest. But according to West Virginia State code:

§61-5A-3. Bribery in official and political matters.
"A person is guilty of bribery under the provisions of this section if he offers, confers or agrees to confer to or upon another, or solicits, accepts or agrees to accept from another, directly or indirectly:

(1) Any pecuniary benefit as consideration for the recipient's official action as a public servant or party official; or

(2) Any benefit as consideration for the recipient's official action as a public servant in an administrative or judicial proceeding; or

(3) Any benefit as consideration for a violation of a legal duty as a public servant or party official.

A person is also guilty of bribery under the provisions of this section if he agrees to render or not to render official action as a public servant or party official as consideration for a pecuniary benefit being offered or conferred to or upon, or as consideration for a promise that a pecuniary benefit shall be offered or conferred to or upon, another person or a party official or a political party."

A preliminary hearing will be set for Boggs within the next 20 days. Stick with 59News both online and on the air for more information.

To read more about the West Virginia state code, click here.