Erin Thompson, detective facing perjury charges, no longer employed by Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office

Former Shawnee County sheriff’s detective Erin Thompson faces felony perjury charges tied to accusations she falsified affidavits. She was booked into jail in May 2016. (2016 file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

Erin Thompson no longer works for the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, following nearly two years of paid administrative leave and allegations that she lied on affidavits.

 

The former detective’s last day of employment there was Aug. 30, said Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer. She was scheduled to appear in court a day later for a status hearing in her criminal case, but the hearing was delayed until Sept. 6.

Court documents show the defendant is preparing for a resolution to her case.

Thompson was charged in May 2016 with three counts of felony perjury. At a preliminary hearing in January, witnesses testified they never heard from Thompson, who reported in sworn statements they wouldn’t talk to her.

A district court judge found probable cause to go to trial for two of the counts.

Thompson was placed on administrative leave Sept. 15, 2015, following inconsistencies discovered within the sheriff’s office. The Topeka Capital-Journal first reported on the allegation of falsified information in March 2016.

Her employment began Oct. 15, 2001, and Kansas law enforcement officers with 15 years of experience are eligible for Tier II retirement benefits through the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.

The district attorney’s office has connected Thompson to more than 600 cases, including 305 felonies and high-profile homicides. If Thompson is convicted, attorneys could argue for new trials in some of those cases.

Stallbaumer said Tuesday the sheriff’s office has determined Thompson “followed all protocols” when investigating a boy’s death at a Montara day care in 2013. Charges weren’t filed in the death, but a jury awarded $250,000 to the mother, Misty Durham, in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Durham expressed concerns about Thompson’s investigation of the death.

“An internal investigation was conducted by our professional standards unit,” Stallbaumer said. “The internal investigation was completed in June of 2016, and it was determined that Erin Thompson followed all protocols in the investigation.”

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TIMELINE

Aug. 4, 2014: Affidavit on battery case signed by Thompson, who wrote she attempted to speak with suspect.

Oct. 10, 2014: Charging affidavit signed on burglary and theft case. Affidavit states defendant refused to speak to law enforcement.

March 2015: Thompson assists in sexual abuse investigation.

May 27-28, 2015: Report indicates Thompson left messages and spoke with two people associated with abuse case.

Aug. and Oct. 15, 2015: Two people associated with abuse case deny receiving calls or speaking with Thompson.

Sept. 10, 2015: Sheriff Herman Jones notified of inconsistencies in Thompson’s reports.

Sept. 14, 2015: Sheriff’s office requests assistance from KBI on allegations against Thompson.

Sept. 15, 2015: Thompson placed on administrative leave.

Feb. 28, 2016: Battery defendant denies Thompson attempted to speak with him.

March 1, 2016: The Topeka Capital-Journal first reports Thompson is on paid leave, accused of falsifying information.

March 17, 2016: Burglary and theft suspect says he never spoke with Thompson.

April 20, 2016: Jury awards $250,000 to Misty Durham in wrongful death lawsuit. Charges weren’t filed in her son’s death, which was investigated by Thompson. Sheriff’s office announces an internal review.

May 24, 2016: Thompson charged with three counts of perjury.

June 14, 2016: The Capital-Journal obtains a list of 612 cases investigated by Thompson through a Kansas Open Records Act request with the district attorney’s office.

Jan. 20, 2017: Thompson bound over for trial on two counts of perjury as witnesses testify they never heard from her.

Sept. 6, 2017: Status conference scheduled for Thompson case.

 

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