Police Officer Ordered to Trial on Bribery Charge | News
A police officer charged with bribery is headed to trial in Columbia County. He is accused of taking hundreds of dollars from a migrant worker during a traffic stop.
Christopher Brock of Orangeville faces up to nine charges including bribery.
Investigators said Brock is accused of pullling over two mirgrant farm workers in Benton last summer, and taking nearly $700 from one of them. A judge said Thursdaythere was enough evidence against him, and now Brock's case will be headed to Columbia County court.
"We do know we have proof to support the allegations. It's a disappointing thing. We have someone vested with the public's trust being on the take. But we have to grant him his due process and see where the charges end up," said Columbia County District Attorney Gary Norton.
According to court papers, Brock pulled the two men over at a gas station. He asked them if they had any money. The driver took out his wallet and gave him everything inside. Brock gave him a warning then they drove off.
Investigators said Brock worked at a state prison and was a part-time police officer in Benton for about 10 years.
People who live in the area had mixed reactions about the charges Brock faces.
"They should check backgrounds better before they hire an officer because you never know who you are going to get today," said Arlington Roberts of Benton.
"We all make mistakes and yes, he made a mistake. Live on, you know what I mean. He has to pay the consequences," said Harry Baker of Benton.
The Columbia district attorney said Brock has been suspended from both of his jobs.