Newly-Elected Central Texas Sheriff And Training Officer Arrested

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

FAIRFIELD (March 28, 2013)-Freestone County Sheriff Thomas Anderson and his training officer, Deputy Captain Travis Robertson, were arrested Wednesday on warrants stemming from an indictment handed up Monday in Travis County.

The indictment against Anderson lists 20 counts that revolve around the false reporting of training standards to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standard and Education, or TCLEOSE, which is based in Austin.

The indictment against Robertson lists three counts of the same charge.

TCLEOSE is the state agency that monitors and verifies law enforcement officer training.

According to a news release issued Thursday morning by TCLEOSE, the indictments resulted from a criminal investigation by the Enforcement Division TCLEOSE into false claims that deputies received law enforcement training when they actually had not attended the training.

"It is alleged that several deputies were subsequently given TCLEOSE credit for training they did not complete", the release states.

The investigation into the irregularities began after a report to TCLEOSE that certain training issues were mishandled by the sheriff's office.

The 20-count indictment against Anderson says the investigation was begun after a false report was made to TCLEOSE in December 2011 and continued until December 2012.

The three-count indictment against Robertson states that investigation was started after a false report made to TCLEOSE in June, 2012 and continued until December 2012.

The publisher of the Fairfield Recorder newspaper said Robertson was handcuffed and ushered out of the sheriff's office on Wednesday.

Anderson turned himself in at the Travis County Sheriff''s Office on Thursday.

Each man was released from custody after posting $20,000 bond.

Anderson became sheriff in January after he was elected to replace retiring Sheriff Ralph Billings.

Prior to his election, Anderson was the department's training coordinator responsible for the administration of all training at the Freestone County Sheriff's Office and Robertson was the primary instructor for most of the training by the Freestone County Sheriff's Office.

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