ARMSTRONG, Iowa (AP) — A former Armstrong police officer has been charged with dozens of crimes, making him the latest in a string of former town officials to face criminal charges in the last 14 months in a wide-reaching corruption case.
Former Armstrong officer Benjamin Scheevel was charged earlier this month with 84 felony and misdemeanor counts — some dating back to 2016, radio station KILR reported. The counts include stalking, involving at least two women, non-felonious misconduct in office, assault and unauthorized dissemination of criminal history data. He also faces counts of obstruction, theft and tax evasion.
Scheevel is being held in the Buena Vista County Jail on a $200,000 bond. An attorney listed for him in online court documents did not immediately return a phone message left Monday by The Associated Press.
The case is being prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, which is also pursuing cases again other former Armstrong officials, including the former mayor, police chief and several town clerks. Those charges were brought following a multi-year investigation that uncovered embezzlement and other abuses, authorities said.
Current Estherville Police Offer Tyler Van Roekel was arrested Tuesday on several charges including ongoing criminal conduct; unauthorized access to or dissemination of criminal intelligence data; unauthorized access to or dissemination of criminal history data and non-felonious misconduct in office. The charges are in connection with incidents that occurred in 2019. Van Roekel was released from jail after posting a $50,000 cash bond and has been placed on administrative leave.
Van Roekel’s Attorney entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty.