A Harahan police officer resigned this week after allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a witness to a 2013 burglary were forwarded to the defense attorneys on the case, an official with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Detective William Sandino resigned Wednesday, although he did not mention the allegations in his resignation letter, Harahan Police Chief Tim Walker said.
Sandino, who had been with the department since December 2011, allegedly had a relationship with a witness in a 2013 case involving burglaries in Harahan and unincorporated Jefferson Parish.
Tim McElroy, the chief of felony trials for the District Attorney’s Office, said the allegations had been sent to his office by an attorney for the woman who was involved in the alleged relationship.
The District Attorney’s Office has not determined whether that claim is true, but it forwarded the information to defense attorneys working on the case as part of required disclosure, McElroy said.
“We advised the defense counsel that we had been advised by the counsel for a witness that there had been a relationship,” he said. “When that relationship began or whether it existed, we have not confirmed or denied that.”
The witness was involved in a case against Raymond Kimble, of St. Rose, his mother, Petrina Kimble, and his grandmother, Yvonne Guraggi. The three were arrested and accused of stealing jewelry from two houses in Harahan and two more in the unincorporated areas of the parish, according to reports at the time.
McElroy said he could not discuss the specifics of pending cases and could not comment on whether any charges could be brought against Sandino.
“We do not know the truth of it and we’re still investigating, and that’s why we cannot comment on it,” he said.
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