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Former Tallassee asst. chief accused of evidence tampering, intimidation

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Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rogers speaks with WSFA 12 News reporter Jennifer Oravet regarding his former employee. Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rogers speaks with WSFA 12 News reporter Jennifer Oravet regarding his former employee.
Former Tallassee Asst. Police Chief Chris Miles Former Tallassee Asst. Police Chief Chris Miles
TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) -

He's accused of tainting evidence, coercing witnesses and intimidating fellow officer and the case against a former Tallassee police officer is expanding.

On Tuesday, 100 counts against a notorious sex abuse suspect were dismissed all because of the actions of Tallassee's now former assistant police chief. Chris Miles is said to have coerced the suspect's confession, which means it's not admissible in court.

And now, Miles is accused of intimidating and threatening other officers who witnessed the ordeal.   Now, Miles' boss, Tallassee Chief of Police Jimmy Rogers, is speaking candidly about his former employee.

As Stephen Conrad's alleged child sex case came to light, Chief Rogers added additional checks and balances to protect the investigation, extra officers in every interview. He also assigned his best man to the case.

"You're not talking about someone fresh out of the academy, you're talking about who has more than 15 years law enforcement experience, who has performed administrative responsibilities," Chief Rogers said.

What felt like dotting every "I" in this case not only hurt the department, but cost the victims their day in court.

"Do I believe that the other kids were physically assaulted? Yes. I do believe that. The problem we've got is proving that," the chief says.

But there is proof Chris Miles physically forced suspects to confess and intimidated officers who witnessed it. "It probably happened in the chair you're sitting in," Chief Rogers said during our interview.

It's a fatal blow to the case, and it happened just six steps from the chief's office door.

Now, 10 to 12 other cases are under investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation because Miles was either involved or managed evidence.

Chief Rogers won't confirm or deny that Miles took narcotics or firearms logged as evidence and put them back on the streets, but he says new standards are in place.

"Chris had a reputation that, I think that he was in the process of trying to fight through," Chief Rogers said.

Chief Rogers admits that he witnessed a gradual degradation in Miles' emotional state during his last weeks on the force. Miles is now the second consecutive assistant chief of the Tallassee Police Department under criminal investigation.

The Tallassee Police Department is trying to rebuild respect, all while attempting to right a wrong for some 5 to 8 children with no closure in sight.   

The child sex abuse suspect whose case started all this is expected to enter a plea to the five remaining counts against him Friday.

If Stephen Conrad pleads not guilty, it's likely a judge will dismiss the case and the ABI will pursue a new investigation and file more charges against him.

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