Provo UT cop sentenced to probation in plea to possession charges after caught on camera stealing drugs on calls

(Jim Dalrymple)   A former Provo police officer pleaded guilty to drug charges Wednesday and was sentenced to probation.

Troy Brewer, 32, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor, as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors. In return for the plea, a misdemeanor theft charge was dismissed. Brewer was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $623 fine. His probation includes an order to undergo inpatient treatment for substance abuse, but prosecutor Ryan McBride said Brewer already has completed that treatment.

During Brewer’s hearing Wednesday, McBride told the court that the charges originated from incidents that happened in February 2010. McBride said that while Brewer was still a Provo police officer, he went to a home to investigate a report of a runaway child. While in the home Brewer found and took Lortab pills, McBride said. Brewer reportedly stole pills on multiple occasions and was video recorded committing the thefts.

The case was investigated by the Utah County Sheriffs Department, who reported that Brewer resigned from his position as a police officer shortly after being charged.

Defense attorney Douglas Baxter told the court Wednesday that Brewer has not been charged with any other crimes before or after the thefts, and has not had other substance abuse problems. He also said that Brewer began misusing prescription drugs after hurting himself during police training.

“This has cost him just about everything and he’s starting over,” Baxter added.

McBride said after the hearing that prosecutors’ primary concern was ensuring that Brewer didn’t re-offend, and that he completed substance abuse treatment. McBride said Brewer appears to be making progress.

“It looks like he’s on track,” McBride said.

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