UPDATE: Former Talbot Co. Police Chief guilty on misconduct charges

TRAPPE, Md. - A former Police Chief pleaded guilty to misconduct charges, in Talbot County.

The Office of the State Prosecutor for Maryland says on Friday, George Ball, the former Police Chief for the Town of Trappe, has pleaded guilty to one charge of misconduct in office, in Talbot County. The charges stem from incidents where Ball deliberately mishandled two criminal matters. One apparently involves a jewelry theft, and another involves the illegal possession of a handgun that was reported stolen, for the benefit of a personal acquaintance.

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt says, "Police officers take an oath to uphold the law without prejudice or partiality. Nobody is above the law and any violation of that oath is a betrayal of the public trust and cannot be tolerated."

Ball was sentenced to a two-year sentence, all of which was suspended. Ball was placed on two years of supervised probation and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

The State Prosecutor thanked the Maryland State Police for their investigative work on this case.

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