Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Affidavit: Erin Thompson Repeatedly Claimed to Talk to People She Never Contacted

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Affidavit: Erin Thompson Repeatedly Claimed to Talk to People She Never Contacted

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A heavily redacted affidavit obtained Wednesday accuses a Shawnee County Sheriff's Office detective of repeatedly reporting she talked to people she never contacted.

Erin Thompson, 40, faces felony perjury charges in three cases in which she signed reports and charging affidavits that later were called into question by individuals who said they never heard from her.

Although the affidavit shields names of witnesses and defendants, the document provides details that match cases on which Thompson is known to have worked. The crimes include sexual abuse, burglary and battery.

The Topeka Capital-Journal obtained the affidavit following a judicial review of the newspaper's request for the document.

Sheriff Herman Jones asked the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for assistance on Sept. 14, 2015, after allegations of falsified reports surfaced. Thompson was placed on paid administrative leave the next day and remains on that status pending the outcome of her legal battle.

The KBI reviewed "a number of cases," the affidavit said. The Kansas Attorney General's office charged Thompson on May 24.

One incident stems from a report dated May 28, 2015, in which Thompson said she attempted to call two people in connection with a sexual abuse case. She reported leaving messages for one of them. Thompson said she introduced herself as a detective to the second individual, who wasn't interested in speaking to law enforcement.

Thompson signed a charging affidavit saying she made "phone contact." Above the signature block, the affidavit states, "I verify under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct."

Both individuals deny ever receiving a call from Thompson. One of them told KBI investigators on Oct. 15, 2015, he "never talked with law enforcement about the Shawnee County case, and never had a conversation with anyone where he declined to talk about the case."

The suspect lived in Tennessee, the affidavit said, where Zebulin Barron was arrested in December following a standoff with authorities. Barron was named as a witness in the criminal complaint against Thompson. …

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