Ex-Iowa police officer charged in evidence-planting case

Published: Aug. 22, 2017 at 5:06 PM CDT
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A former Des Moines police officer who quit last year after being accused of planting drug evidence has been has been criminally charged in the case.

The Des Moines Register reported Tuesday that 30-year-old Tyson Teut has been charged with felonious misconduct in office and perjury.

Teut resigned in December amid the allegations. Polk County Attorney John Sarcone says Teut turned himself in and was booked into Polk County Jail on Tuesday morning.

Teut and another officer resigned in December, accused of planting evidence on New Year's Day 2015 to implicate a then-21-year-old man in a drug case. The man was charged and convicted of possessing methamphetamine, but was later exonerated.

Authorities have not said how they learned that case was tainted.

Teut's case could not be found in online court records Tuesday, and a working phone number for him also could not be found.