A Virginia State Police trooper accused of destroying seized items in a Smyth County drug case has been found guilty of two misdemeanor charges, according to court records.
Trooper Lee J. Testerman, 40, of Chilhowie, on Thursday was found guilty of two counts of false entry and destruction of public record in Smyth County. He was given six months of probation.
A 34-year-old Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, man had been indicted on a possession of methamphetamine charge in Smyth County in 2017. On Jan. 3, 2018, the commonwealth’s attorney’s office learned the evidence in the case had been destroyed, so prosecutor Roy Evans said he moved to drop the charge.
Sgt. Geoffrey Lewis wrote in a criminal complaint that Testerman later admitted to inadvertently disposing of the items. He also admitted to filling out an order and certificate of destruction of controlled/confiscated items, stating that he destroyed the items on Dec. 15, 2017, when they had been destroyed a month earlier, the complaint states.
Testerman also filled out an affidavit and return form stating that he destroyed the items on Dec. 15, 2017, the complaint states.
State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Testerman remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of the department‘s ongoing internal administrative investigation.