Canadian County sheriff candidate admits to misconduct in 2000

David Beaty, a former El Reno detective running for Canadian County sheriff admitted to tampering with evidence and sexual misconduct in 2000.
by Andrew Knittle Published: June 5, 2012

A former El Reno police detective running for Canadian County sheriff admitted to tampering with evidence and sexual misconduct back in 2000.

David Beaty, who worked for the El Reno Police Department for several years before resigning in 2000, acknowledged the misconduct during a phone interview with The Oklahoman.

“I was wrong,” he said. “There's not really much else to say about it 12 years later.”

Beaty said he had an affair with a confidential source while he was part of a multiagency investigation of Faisal Mohammad and Jamil Mohammad, brothers accused of illegally distributing pseudoephedrine.

The Mohammads owned convenience stores and sold huge quantities of the drug during the time, which drew the attention of authorities. One of the stores was in El Reno, court records show.

Beaty, 44, said he tampered with surveillance equipment when he realized he and the confidential source had been recorded during a conversation.

“I tried to hide it, I did,” he said. “I had an affair. Again, I was wrong.”

Beaty said he was never charged with a crime for tampering with the recording equipment — or for having an affair with the confidential source.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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