A former Bowie Police Chief has been officially indicated by a Montague County Grand Jury. Late Monday evening David Lee Scruggs was charged with Abuse of Official Capacity for three separate incidents.
The alleged incidents started just over a year ago in September, 2013. The indictment suggests that David Scruggs provided his son Landon Scruggs with a police department gas pump key. The younger Scruggs is said to have used that key to pump gas into his own personal vehicle.
Aside from the first incident in September, the indictment reads that Landon filled his car two more times in January, on both the 9th and the 18th. The cost of the transactions was said to range between $20 and $500. Normally these incidents would be considered a Class B Misdemeanor handled locally, but because they involved a government figure the Montague County District Attorney has jurisdiction.
Many members of the public felt frustrated that the police department was not more transparent about the allegations prior to Mondays indictment. Others maintained that Scruggs is innocent until proven guilty. Bowie Police did not care to make any comment at this time about the indictment.
According to Montague County District Attorney Paige Williams there will be no trial date set this year. There is another investigation underway that alleges Scruggs harassed another employee.