Woman charged with perjury after lodging complaint against cops
Police chief says internal inquiry cleared officers

Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug. 7, 2004 -- One Sulphur Springs woman learned the hard way Friday morning that filing a report against officers that was false, according to an internal investigation and witness statements, results in arrest.

"We take complaints very seriously, and we encourage the public to make reports when something occurs. However, if you make a false report against an officer, give a false statement under oath, realize that there is consequence for you," Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk said Friday.

The 31-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was picked up at 10:25 a.m. Friday by deputy Tony Crouse, warrants officer for Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, at a Van Sickle Street residence on a Class A misdemeanor perjury charge.

The woman was alleged to have filed a report in April, a few days after a man, known as her fiance or common-law spouse, was arrested at their Carter Street residence, alleging the officers not only failed to identify themselves as police officers but that they behaved in an unprofessional manner.

"She came up several days later to launch a formal complaint against the officers accusing them of failure to ID as police officers and unprofessional conduct, use of profane language," Bayuk said. "I had the commander for the task force conduct an internal investigation. It was his finding, after talking to witnesses, that it never happened. The officers did not use profane language and they did identify themselves as officers, contrary to the charge. At that point, I made the decision to file perjury charges."

She was arraigned by 5 p.m. Friday, and was released after Williams Bail Bonding posted the $2,000 bail, according to jail officials.

"Our officers are out there doing their jobs," Bayuk said. "We're human beings and make mistakes just like anyone else. But if somebody just gets mad and decides to make something up, and that's found during an investigation to be false, there will be consequences for making a false statement under oath."

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