Garcia

Leonardo Mareno Garcia

Suspended Paris Police Department officer Leonardo Garcia, 35, of Honey Grove, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor criminal mischief offense before Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris and received a two-year probated sentence in exchange for the dismissal of three other misdemeanor cases and a felony case involving a false report to Child Protective Service, Lamar County District Attorney Gary Young said.

Garcia, who had been with the Paris Police Department since 2010, also surrendered his police officer’s license, agreed to release the police department from any potential litigation and agreed to reimburse the victim in full. Police Chief Richard Salter had suspended Garcia from the department in May without pay after he turned himself into police May 10 on several arrest warrants.

“The Paris Police Department serves the citizens of Paris, and as public servants we must hold ourselves to higher standards of integrity and moral character,” Salter said. “Ethics and character in law enforcement are essential because one bad officer impacts all officers when the public trust is tarnished.”

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at mary.madewell@theparisnews.com.

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