Escalante’s police chief, Kevin Worlton, was charged Monday with providing false information in drug arrests made in the small southern Utah town in December.
Worlton, the lone officer serving Escalante, is charged with two counts of making false or inconsistent material statements under oath or affirmation, a second-degree felony, and official misconduct, a class B misdemeanor. Worlton is accused of lying about reading a suspect his Miranda rights during an arrest in mid-December.
Worlton claimed to have read a suspect their Miranda rights and that a woman implicated others. But the state attorney general said a recording showed Worlton may have fabricated parts of those arrest records.
Authorities said it impacted the drug case, resulting in a felony charge instead of a misdemeanor in one case.
Worlton’s conversation with the first suspect and the warrant he subsequently obtained from that conversation led to six arrests in December, the attorney general’s office claims, including at least one associated with a first-degree felony offense.
Worlton was issued a court summons Tuesday. He was not arrested in connection with the charges. No initial court date has been set.