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Harrison County deputy charged with evidence tampering

Harrison Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted at 3:08 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 16:08:42-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One Harrison County deputy is accused of destroying evidence between April 2019 and March 2020, according to court documents 41 Action News obtained.

Kevin D. Lawson, 44, is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of tampering with a public record.

Cpl. Adam McAtee with the Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control began investigating allegations against the Harrison County Sheriff's Office last June.

The allegations claimed the office, through Lawson, "mishandled evidence, destroyed Sheriffs Department official documents, misused confidential informants, and abused their authority."

In an interview, Lawson admitted to disposing of two pages of evidence logs.

Lawson purchased a controlled substance on two occasions through a confidential informant according to court documents.

However, Lawson did not list the seizures as having been entered as evidence or secured in the evidence.

Lawson was responsible for the evidence log from 2016 to 2019. He is due back in court on Feb. 3.

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