Former Moab police officer pleads guilty in theft case
by Danny Chandler, staff writer
May 21, 2010 | 2666 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former Moab city police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to the 2009 theft of police department money.

Edward Arvel Guerrero, 43, reversed his not-guilty plea of March 9, accepting a plea bargain offered by prosecutors, said prosecutor W. Brent Langston.

Guerrero was arrested in January and charged with class A misdemeanor theft and third-degree felony burglary, according to court documents.

The theft occurred on August 15, 2009, according to court documents.

On Tuesday, May 18, Guerrero pleaded guilty in 7th District Court to the misdemeanor theft, which carries a punishment of up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. He is scheduled for sentencing in 7th District Court on June 22.

As part of the plea bargain, the state will not pursue a felony charge, Langston said.

“The bargain was offered from the very beginning,” he said.

The state also agreed to reduce the charge to a class B misdemeanor if Guerrero successfully completes all the terms of his probation, according to officials.

In his guilty plea, Guerrero admitted to illegally removing $800 from another Moab City police officer’s office, according to court documents.

“It’s really unfortunate any time you have a police officer involved in this kind of activity,” Langston said.

“I really hate to see it,” he said.

Judge Lyle Anderson will decide the former officer’s punishment at a June 22 sentencing hearing.

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