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Former Talbot Co. officer pleads guilty to extortion charges

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TALBOT COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

A former Talbot County law enforcement officer pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to extortion charges.

Charlie Stephens pleaded guilty to one count of Public Corruption by a Law Enforcement Officer in Judge Clay Land's courtroom. 

Stephens was arrested this summer along with two other Talbot County law enforcement officers - Jeff Sivell and Alvin Malone.

The charges came after a 2009 drug trafficking investigation revealed the trio was allegedly abusing power.

The investigation was conducted by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

"An undercover operation in this case conducted by federal agents revealed that these defendants were extorting money from individuals by wrongful use of acts with threat in force, violence, and fear under color of official right," said Michael Moore the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Stephens will be sentenced on April 5th.   The former officers could serve a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and face a $200,000 fine.  

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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