DES MOINES, Iowa – Police have released the names of two former officers under investigation for allegedly tampering with evidence.
Senior police officers Joshua Judge and Tyson Teut resigned Monday from the Des Moines Police Department. They are accused of planting evidence in connection with a narcotics case they were involved in last year.
Sgt. Paul Parizek says the investigation began Friday, Dec. 2nd after the Office of Profession Standards received information from a complainant about alleged evidence tampering by Teut and Judge. The investigation is ongoing and could result in criminal charges against the former officers. A thorough review of the officers' previous cases is being undertaken.
“It’s very, very rare that we discuss internal investigations before their completion. We feel that the public’s interest in keeping them informed into what’s happening here is very critical. We need to maintain their trust and part of that is being open about what is going on,” said Sgt. Parizek.
Both officers began working for the Des Moines Police Department in August of 2013.
The names were released at a Tuesday news conference.