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February 16, 2011
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AG STRANGE ANNOUNCES ARREST OF SECOND FORMER
STATE TROOPER ON FELONY THEFT AND ETHICS CHARGES
(MONTGOMERY)–Attorney General Luther Strange announced the arrest today
of another former state trooper for felony theft and ethics charges. Jonathan Dees, 49, of
Spanish Fort, surrendered today at the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. His arrest
comes the day after another former state trooper and former custodian, both formerly of
the Tuscaloosa State Trooper Post, also were arrested on felony theft and ethics charges.
Dees had been assigned to the Mobile office of the Department of Public Safety.
Attorney General Strange’s Office presented evidence to a Baldwin County
grand jury on February 3, 2012, resulting in the indictment of Dees. Specifically, the
indictment charges Dees with:
- Second-degree theft of gasoline valued at more than $500, occurring and continuing between
the approximate dates of July 2009 and January 2011;
- Intentional use of his official public position as an Alabama State Trooper for unlawful personal
gain to himself or a family member, the gain being gasoline; and
- Intentional use of equipment facilities, time, materials, labor, or other public property under his
discretion and control, being his State vehicle and gas, which had a material effect to his own
No further information about the investigation or about the Dees’ alleged crimes
other than that stated in the indictment may be released at this time.
Second-degree theft is a class C felony, punishable by one year and a day, to 10
years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000. Use of official position for personal
gain, a violation of the state ethics law, is a class B felony, with each count punishable
by two to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $30,000.
Attorney General Strange commended those involved in the cases, noting the
Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Deputy Attorney General Mike Duffy and Assistant
Attorney General Pete Smyczek of the Attorney General’s Public Corruption and White
Collar Crime Division.
*An indictment is merely an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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