Talladega man arrested for allegedly helping falsify reports
by David Atchison
Mar 29, 2012 | 2424 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Talladega man serving 20 years on probation was arrested in connection with a juvenile probation officer who allegedly helped falsify drug reports.

William Earl Wesley Jr., 47, of Talladega was arrested late last week on eight counts of forgery second-degree.

Wesley was released shortly after his arrest March 22, posting $2,500 bonds for each count of forgery.

According to court documents, Wesley and former St. Clair County Juvenile Probation Officer Daniel “Scott” Kearley, 44, of Pell City, were close long-time friends and the two men allegedly conspired together to submit false drug screening test reports to Baldwin County, where Wesley was convicted of attempted unlawful possession of controlled substances.

An affidavit to support an arrest warrant states, Wesley was placed on 20 years probation, five years of which was supervised probation. The sentencing order required Wesley to undergo periodic and random drug testing.

The affidavit alleges that at Wesley’s request, Kearley agreed to submit false drug screening tests reports for his friend. The affidavit for a warrant alleges that at the time Wesley had problems getting off from work to have the tests conducted.

Wesley worked construction along the Alabama Gulf Coast and Mississippi.

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

Kearley’s office at the St. Clair County Courthouse in Pell City was searched by investigators with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. Investigators found a folder with 13 pre-prepared false drug screening test reports.

The pre-prepared false drug screening test reports allegedly seized from Kearley’s desk were signed by both men.

Kearley resigned as a juvenile probation officer shortly after the search warrant of the St. Clair County Juvenile Probation Office was executed.

Court documents also indicated Wesley had another drug related conviction in 1999, and a 1989 murder conviction in Calhoun County.

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

The two are scheduled to make their initial court appearance before St. Clair County District Court Judge Alan Furr on May 2.

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

According to court documents, Wesley denied to authorities he ever presented anything wrong in connection with his drug screening tests.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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