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Lansing Detention Officer Charged With A Felony

A conspiracy charge for a member of the Lansing Police Department.

Back in early June, Lansing police got a tip that a detention officer at the jail may have altered some documents.

The Michigan State Police checked it out and now that officer faces a felony charge.

Beth Rios has worked as a detention officer with the Lansing Police Department for 20 years and her boss says she's never had a problem, until now.

Teresa Szymanski, Lansing Police Chief: "Its a huge deal I mean it violates public trust."

Szymanski says an MSP investigation claims Rios lied on the paperwork, dealing with a friend's breathalyzer test.

She now faces a felony conspiracy charge.

Szymanski: "'I'm always concerned, integrity is the most important thing but again, we need to let the investigation work itself out and we'll see what that reveals."

One thing it's already revealed is that her friend is Joel Bedell who's now facing the same felony charge.

Szymanski: "Its very disheartening, its very disturbing but its out duty, our task to make sure that we police our own also."

LPD is now conducting its own internal investigation to figure out if any policies have been violated and what actions it should take.

Szymanski: "Discipline could result in anything from a written reprimand to termination."

But as they work through all the information, Chief Szymanski says the accusations are something she takes very seriously.

Szymanski: "Certainly we are in the eye of the public 24/7 and public trust is of the utmost importance so we cannot have employees violating public trust."

We have very high standards and we expect those to be held by our employees."

Something they're not sure Rios has done.

Both Rios and Bedell are out on bond tonight; both are due back in court on August 7th.

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