A Johnson County constable resigns after pleading guilty to drug charges.
Terry Eugene Ward pleaded guilty to four counts of doctor shopping and was sentenced Friday.
Ward received a plea deal and agreed to a probated sentence and will serve 90 days in rehab.
He is also ineligible to hold public office now.
Johnson County Constable Terry Eugene Ward admitted he is a drug addict.
In April, officials with the Attorney General's office arrested him on four counts of doctor shopping, claiming he illegally obtained HydroCodone from a local emergency room while being sworn to uphold the law.
“He's obviously embarrassed he's indicted for drug offenses as a constable, but the truth is, the doctor shopping is because he's an addict,” Ned Pillersdorf said.
Ward pleaded guilty to four counts of doctor shopping and accepted a plea deal.
The judge gave him a three year probated sentence and the choice of 90 days in jail or rehab. Ward chose rehab and is already undergoing treatment.
“He's an addict and clearly the court system should treat them differently than people who do it for money and I think this was a fair resolution,” Pillersdorf said.
“It does not please me at any time to prosecute a member of law enforcement. I do not choose to treat them, but I did. At the same point in time, I do not treat a drug addict any harsher because they have a badge. if he's an addict, he's an addict,” Tony Skeans said.
As part of the deal, Ward is now ineligible to hold public office. His attorney says he has resigned as constable.
Ward was running for re-election. He won his primary race in may and was supposed to be on the ballot in November.
The Johnson County Clerk says she has asked the secretary of state's office on what they should do for the ballot in November.
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