Former Lawrence police officer charged with official misconduct
photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Updated at 3:33 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24:
A former Lawrence police officer was charged Thursday in Douglas County District Court with official misconduct, according to court records.
David Shane Williams, 32, of De Soto, reported to the Douglas County Jail to be processed Friday morning. He was released on a $1,000 own-recognizance bond, according to jail records.
The complaint in Williams’ case alleges that between March 28 and April 26, 2019, he used confidential information acquired in the course of his employment “for the private benefit or gain of the officer … or to intentionally cause harm to another.” The document was signed by Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson on Dec. 11, 2019. Listed witnesses include Lawrence and Olathe law enforcement, as well as an IT employee of LPD.
Williams appeared in court on a summons Thursday and entered a plea of not guilty, according to online district court records. The charge is a class A misdemeanor.
City payroll and claims records indicate that Williams had been employed with the Lawrence Police Department since fall of 2015. According to court documents filed in a separate civil case, Williams last received a paycheck from his job with the Lawrence Police Department in December 2019.
Media contacts with LPD did not immediately respond to an email Saturday seeking to confirm Williams’ employment status and whether or when his employment came to an end.
Lawrence attorney Michael Riling is representing Williams, court records show. He has also represented former LPD officers Frank McClelland and Brindley Blood, according to previous Journal-World coverage. Riling could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday.
Williams’ next court appearance is set for next month.
The Journal-World on Monday requested and received Williams’ booking photo from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
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