Former probation officer arrested, charged with forgery
by David Atchison
Mar 24, 2012 | 2942 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PELL CITY — A former juvenile probation officer was arrested for allegedly falsifying drug screening test reports.

According to court documents, former St. Clair County Juvenile Probation Officer Daniel “Scott” Kearley, 44, of Pell City was arrested Thursday for second-degree forgery involving falsified drug screening test reports.

Kearley was released from the St. Clair County Jail shortly after his arrest on a $2,500 bond.

His arrest came after a five-month investigation by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

Kearley resigned from his position as a juvenile probation officer shortly after Attorney General’s Office investigators executed a search warrant of the offices of the St. Clair County Juvenile Probation Office inside the county courthouse in Pell City. Authorities seized a folder containing 13 pre-prepared false drug screening test reports from Kearley’s office.

According to court documents, authorities allege that Kearley submitted 18 false drug test reports to the Circuit Court of Baldwin County for a friend from Feb. 5, 2010-Oct. 10, 2011.

The pre-prepared false drug screening test reports allegedly seized from Kearley’s office desk were all signed by Kearley and a friend, who was placed on probation for 20 years after being convicted of attempted unlawful possession of a controlled substance in Baldwin County.

Court documents also indicate Kearley’s friend had another drug related conviction in 1999, and a 1989 murder conviction in Calhoun County.

An affidavit to support Kearley’s arrest warrant alleged the two men were childhood friends and both had fathers who played for the late University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant during the 1960s.

The two men also attended Talladega High School together and were later fraternity brothers at Jacksonville State University.

Second-degree forgery is a Class C felony and carries a sentence of a year and a day to 10 years in prison.

Kearley is expected to make his initial court appearance May 2.

Kearley’s attorney was not available for immediate comment Friday.

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