Harris County Deputy Sheriff Indicted for Alleged Bribery

A sealed indictment charging a Harris County Deputy Sheriff for allegedly accepting bribes to access confidential law enforcement databases and provide protection for a purported ecstasy dealer has been unsealed, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today along with FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Harris County Deputy Sheriff George Wesley Ellington was arrested yesterday by FBI agents with the assistance of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The two-count indictment charging Ellington, 38, of Houston, was unsealed today following his initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith. Ellington has been ordered temporarily detained pending a decision of the court on the issue of bond to be decided tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

The indictment and Ellington’s arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. The indictment alleges that in February 2010 and again in April 2010, Ellington received $500 for using his position as a Harris County Deputy Sheriff to access confidential information from secured law enforcement databases and for providing security/protection in his capacity as a Harris County Deputy Sheriff to a person he believed was illegally possessing and transporting 3, 4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly called Ecstasy.

Each of the two charges against Ellington carries a maximum penalty, upon conviction, of 20 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. Further, the fact that Ellington is a public official will also weigh into his ultimate sentence.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Rodriguez.

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