Des Moines Police Officer Charged in Planted Evidence Case

Tyson Teut, 30,

A former Des Moines police officer has been criminally charged in relation to allegations that he planted evidence in a narcotics case in 2015.

Tyson Teut, 30, was charged with felonious misconduct in office and perjury, Polk County Attorney John Sarcone confirmed Tuesday.

Teut, who resigned in December amid the allegations of planting evidence, turned himself in and was booked into Polk County Jail on Tuesday morning, Sarcone said.

A second officer, Joshua Judge, who was also accused in this case, has not been charged, Sarcone said.

Sarcone declined to comment on the status of the allegations against Judge.

Teut and Judge both resigned from the Des Moines Police Department in December. Both were senior police officers assigned to patrol.

At that time, police department officials said they believed that the two officers planted drug evidence in a single January 2015 case. But the department planned to internally investigate all of both officers’ work, going back to August 2013, when they both joined the department. This included hundreds of cases.

The allegations against Teut and Judge led to exoneration of Kyle Jacob Weldon, 23, as the officers were suspected of planting methamphetamine on Weldon while arresting him on Jan. 1, 2015. At the time, Weldon was already being sought for arrest on two separate warrants out of Marion and Monroe counties for theft and a probation violation, according to court records.

Following that arrest, Weldon was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Teut wrote a now-discredited criminal complaint supporting that charge. The complaint alleged that Weldon had a container of meth in his front pants pocket.

The charge was dismissed in January.

No other officers have been accused of wrongdoing amid the allegations against Teut and Judge.

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