October 20, 2017: George N. Ball, Former Police Chief for Trappe, Maryland, Pleads Guilty to Misconduct in Office
For Immediate Release
GEORGE N. BALL, FORMER POLICE CHIEF FOR TRAPPE, MARYLAND, PLEADS GUILTY TO MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that George N. Ball, former Police Chief for Trappe, Maryland, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Talbot County to one count of misconduct in office. The Honorable Paul M. Bowman sentenced Ball to a two-year sentence, all of which was suspended and placed him on two years of supervised probation. He also ordered Ball to perform 150 hours of community service.
From a statement of facts presented during the plea, the court learned that former Chief Ball deliberately mishandled two criminal matters: one involving a theft of jewelry and one involving the recovery of a handgun that was reported stolen, for the benefit of a personal acquaintance. (See attached statement of facts.)
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Police officers take an oath to uphold the law without partiality or prejudice. Nobody is above the law and any violation of that oath is a betrayal of the public trust and cannot be tolerated.”
The State Prosecutor thanked the Maryland State Police for their investigative work in this matter.