UPDATE: VSP officer based in Smyth County found guilty of destroying public records

(WCYB Archive)

A Virginia State Trooper suspended earlier this summer following an internal investigation has been found guilty in Smyth County General District Court.

Sergeant Lee Jennings Testerman appeared in court Thursday and the judge suspended all of the officer's six-month sentence, according to court records obtained by WCYB, and was placed on probation.

Testerman was charged with one count of false entry / destroying public records, a misdemeanor, on July 16 for an incident that occurred in December 2017. The charge was related to his disposal of evidence in a drug investigation and the disposal caused a criminal prosecution to be dropped.

Testerman had been suspended from duty following his arrest. VSP spokesperson Corrine Geller told News 5 on Thursday that Testerman remains on administrative leave pending the results of an internal administrative investigation.

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