Barry W. Wallace, who initially pled not guilty at his first court appearance in December, later changed the plea to guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 23.
Our office takes a serious view when law enforcement of-ficials dont fulfill their commitment of public trust, said Assistant U.S. District Attorney Kim Dammers. And the integrity of police evidence is very important.
According to the indictment and information presented in court, Wallace knowingly received, possessed, concealed, stored and disposed of seven firearms that he knew were stolen over a four-year period from 2003 to 2007.
He engaged in the activities while he was in charge of the evidence room at the Polk County Police Department.
Wallace was demoted from captain to sergeant and he re-signed from the department approximately six months ago.
Last week, former Polk County Police Chief Billy Wills pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements to federal investigators regarding guns stolen from the depart-ments evidence room.
As part of his plea agreement, Wallace was ordered to for-feit 20 firearms in his possession.