False complaints?Published 11:58am Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Following allegations of misconduct of personnel of the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department, Eric Ray Roberts, 46, and his wife, Stacey Baker Roberts, 41, of Tallassee have been charged with false reporting to law enforcement authorities and have been placed in the Macon County Jail in Tuskegee.
False reporting to law enforcement authorities is a Class A misdemeanor.
On July 13, Eric Roberts was charged with third-degree burglary, theft of property and possession of burglary tools. Stacey Roberts was charged with third-degree burglary and theft of property. Both were transported to the Tallapoosa County Jail and later were released on bond.
In August, both Eric and Stacey Roberts made complaints alleging misconduct on department personnel while in custody in Tallapoosa County Jail.
Upon receiving the complaint, The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department requested that the Alabama Bureau of Investigation conduct an independent investigation into the complaint of misconduct.
As a result of this investigation, the Alabama Bureau of Investigations reported to the department that Eric Roberts and Stacey Roberts had falsely reported their complaint and that no misconduct had occurred by department personnel of the Tallapoosa County Jail while they were in custody.
“The department is committed to investigating alleged complaints against our personnel very seriously and insuring our personnel follow our established policy and procedures,” Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said in a press release. “In this investigation it was proven that the above individuals made false reports regarding the misconduct. The department appreciates the efforts of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation for its timely and thorough investigation.”