Former Armstrong Police Officer Pleads Guilty

by Brian Wilson
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A former Armstrong Police Officer has agreed to plead guilty to a handful of charges, after facing over 30 felony counts in a case dating back to 2016.

Court documents show 32-year-old Benjamin Scheevel was facing 85 charges ranging from unauthorized dissemination of criminal history data, ongoing criminal conduct, perjury, tax evasion, theft, stalking and assault. These charges stem from incidents that occurred between January 2016 and April 2019.

Scheevel, who also spent time as a police officer in Estherville, submitted a petition to plead guilty earlier this month, where he would plead guilty to 7 of the 85 charges. Those 7 charges are all counts of unauthorized access or dissemination of criminal history data, an aggravated misdemeanor. The other charges against him would be dropped as part of the agreement.

The case is being prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s office, who were already prosecuting 5 former Armstrong officials for various misconduct, when Scheevel brought up on charges back in April of 2022.

Scheevel has a sentencing hearing scheduled for Nov. 27th.

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