Fmr. La Crosse Lieutenant Reaches Plea Deal in Drug Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Tues 11:07 AM, Dec. 10, 2013

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A former La Crosse lieutenant accused of stealing drugs from the police evidence room has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Forty-four-year-old Brian Thomson has pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted possession of narcotic drugs without a prescription. The conviction means Thomson will never be allowed to own a firearm or work as a police officer.

The La Crosse Police Department began investigating Thomson in June when his captain learned he was helping log evidence when he was not authorized to do so. The La Crosse Tribune says Thomson was arrested and resigned from the force Aug. 13.

ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 5:37 PM, Aug. 14, 2013

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A La Crosse police lieutenant has resigned after his arrest on possible drug charges.

Brian Thomson appeared in court Wednesday and is free on a $5,000 signature bond. The La Crosse Tribune reports Thomson was arrested Tuesday and faces possible charges of misconduct and attempted possession of narcotic drugs.

La Crosse police began an investigation into Thomson, and then turned it over to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Police Chief Ron Tischer says the officer's actions are "unsettling and in direct contrast to the principles embraced by our members."

A special prosecutor will be brought in to avoid conflicts.

Thomson has submitted his resignation. He was a 15-year veteran of the La Crosse Police Department. WXOW-TV reports his attorney declined to comment after Wednesday's hearing.

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