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Former Greenville patrol officer arrested

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Greenville Police Department arrested and charged a former patrol officer Tuesday following the investigation of a case he was working this year. 

Police say 40-year-old Heriberto Calles of Winterville destroyed photographic evidence and obstructed justice to minimize a domestic disturbance case he responded to.

Greenville Police say Calles responded to a domestic call for service on February 17th, 2014.  On the following day, the man involved in the domestic call for service came to the Greenville Police Department to give officers more information about the incident. At that time officers found that his report and Calles’ report did not match.

On February 24th an internal investigation into the case was launched. After the investigation the Greenville Police Department presented the facts of the case to the State Bureau of Investigation in early March. Due to the criminal nature of the case, the Greenville Police Department requested that the SBI be a third party investigator.

Calles was hired in January 2010. On March 3rd, Calles’ police powers were taken away and he was suspended with pay. Calles resigned from his position on March 7th.

On April 16th Calles was arrested and charged with Common Law Obstruction of Justice, Altering, Destroying or Stealing Evidence of Criminal Conduct, and Willfully Failing to Discharge Duties.

Chief of Police Hassan Aden says in a statement: "The arrest of Officer Calles serves as reminder that the law enforcement community in our City is not above the law and that the investigative process is intact and unbiased."

"I want to reaffirm that maintaining the public's trust is a top priority of my administration.  I want to thank the State Bureau of Investigation and the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office for assisting us in the proactive pursuit of justice-even when the offender is a law enforcement officer,” said Chief Aden.

Heriberto Calles was given a $10,000 unsecured bond.

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