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.
He said the Mohammad brothers still were served justice, despite defense attorneys' efforts to discredit the investigation after news of his affair with the confidential source.
“They served time in federal prison,” he said. “I'm not sure how long, but they were in prison.”
As for his integrity, Beaty said he's hopeful people can look past his past transgressions. He's continued to work in private security and law enforcement since he resigned from the El Reno Police Department in 2000.
“It's amazing ... this never came up until this election. Nobody's ever questioned my integrity,” Beaty said. “But I'm OK with it. I did it, so now I've got to deal with the repercussions.”
Beaty is running against incumbent Sheriff Randall Edwards, also a Republican.
The winner of the June 26 primary between Beaty and Edwards will face an independent candidate, Josh Moore, in the November general election.