A Criminal Court jury found defendant Terry Butler, 48, guilty of tampering with or fabricating evidence, official misconduct and two counts of official oppression.
Butler was off duty on July 10 last year when he began searching for suspects responsible for a burglary two days earlier his girlfriend’s home in the 700 block of Hale Road in Whitehaven.
He stopped two men in the 4700 block of Elvis Presley when he noticed one carrying a DVD player in a bag and had them arrested as suspects in the burglary.
According to testimony, Butler told the arresting officers that the DVD player was taken in the burglary of his girlfriend’s home. The man carrying the DVD said it belonged to him.
Investigators said Butler called his girlfriend, described the DVD player, gave her the serial number and told her to tell police the item had been omitted from the original burglary report.
The woman told jurors that Butler gave her the information on the DVD and that she reported it to investigators as he told her because Butler had threatened to harm her in the past.
The two men were released without charge.
Butler, who has been terminated, was a police officer for 13 years.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Jessica Banti and Rachel Russell.