Officer interviews in steroid case didn't top half-hour

  By Sandy Hodson Staff Writer  Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015   All of the recorded…

Georgia (Oct 9, 2015)

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All of the recorded interviews by the Georgia Bureau of In­­vestigation of Richmond Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office personnel accused of using steroids lasted 30 minutes or less in an investigation in which the district attorney determined she didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute anyone.


The longest GBI interview of the 15 officers accused who were still with the department when the investigation began was with Depu­ty Phillip Hambrick. It lasted 30 minutes. The shortest, with Deputy David Sward, lasted just more than two minutes.


INTERVIEW AUDIO: Law Enforcement Officers

Interviews with nine former officers Brandon Paquette named as people to whom he provided steroids were conducted by phone and not recorded. This included the interview of former narcotics officer Michael Dodaro, who once shared an apartment with Paquette and introduced him to several of the suspected officers.

INTERVIEW AUDIO: Brandon Paquette

There was no indication in the investigative report that the GBI attempted to interview anyone at gyms where Paquette and several officers worked out, or a friend Paquette said witnessed one exchange of steroids with an officer. …

The results of the investigation didn’t surprise Stan Crowder, a criminal justice professor at Kennesaw State Uni­ver­sity and a retired military and Cobb County law enforcement officer. He pointed to a similar investigation of law enforcement officers and firefighters in Cobb County that turned up no evidence of steroid use even though a firefighter testified under oath that 95 percent
were using, Crowder said.

Crowder said that steroid use is rampant in law enforcement agencies and that generally either the leadership doesn’t know or steroid use is tolerated. …


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