Friday, February 19, 2010

McIntosh County Sheriff Joe Hogan under investigation

McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office under investigation
Tulsa World
By RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer

EUFAULA - The embattled McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office is under investigation again. McIntosh County District Attorney Tom Guilioli has asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations of official misconduct in the sheriff’s department, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Friday.

Sheriff Joe Hogan, who took office in June, is a former OSBI agent.

“We are going to investigate him like we do anybody else,” Brown said.

The news comes just months after the county sheriff and undersheriff were imprisoned on state and federal charges.

Former Sheriff Terry Alan Jones and ex-undersheriff Mykol Travis Brookshire pleaded guilty in state court to embezzlement and conspiraracy for taking money from a motorist. Jones and Brookshire were sentenced in November to 14 and 13 years in prison, respectively.

Both confessed to splitting $5,000 taken from a motorist during a traffic stop.

Their state prison terms are running concurrently to their 27-month federal sentences, which are related to the same crime and were handed down in September. In June, they pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Muskogee to conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce under color of law.

Neither Guilioli nor Hogan could immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Hogan, 60, was an agent/deputy inspector with the OSBI from 1981-2007 and was a chemist-toxicologist with the Texas Department of Public Safety from 1972-81. At the time of his hiring as sheriff, he had been working since 2008 as a security guard manager at the Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester.