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J.P.D. officer indicted

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A 19 year veteran of the Jackson Police Department finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

Sgt. Tony Davis has been indicted on a charge of receiving stolen property, but he told 3 On Your Side, the charge against him is bogus and he plans to fight it.

"It's not only a job, it's a career. You gotta be dedicated..." That was Sgt. Tony Davis at the graduation of the 2009 JPD recruits.

Davis now finds himself dedicated to fighting a charge of receiving stolen goods.

"There was a computer taken in an auto burglary and we were able to track that item to the home of Sgt. Tony Davis," Assistant Chief Lee Vance said.

Davis turned himself in Tuesday morning.

He was arrested and processed at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond and released in Tuesday afternoon after posting a $5,000 bond.

On the way out, Davis showed us a copy of the indictment stating he had received a stolen truck, a charge he called bogus.

"Never had, never seen or been inside a truck; a Z71 truck," Davis said. "This all I ever received, never talked to nobody about possession of a stolen vehicle."

Davis said he did recently pay $250 for an I-pad computer from a person he referred to as reputable.

"I got a call this morning said some charges was against me for receiving stolen goods," Davis said. "I have no idea about what the charges are. I contact Faye Peterson and we go from there."

Assistant JPD Chief Lee Vance said Davis showed "No signs of anything like this", in his 19-years with the department.

"I'm disappointed. But again, by no means is this a representative of the majority of the way our people conduct themselves," Vance said. "They're honest, hardworking people and we believe in them, but at the same time, Howard, police officers are not immune to prosecution."

Meanwhile, Davis is confident he and his attorney will get to the bottom of the charges and he said someone may face a lawsuit when all is said and done.

Vance says Sgt. Davis is still employed with JPD for now.

Davis is scheduled to appear in Hinds County Court at 9:00am Wednesday morning.

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