Says she was wrongfully accused, terminated
GEORGETOWN, Texas - Former Georgetown Police Officer Stephanie Brown said her ex-boyfriend, former Round Rock Officer Eric Poteet, made up accusations against her after she broke up with him.
Brown said those accusations cost her her job as a patrol officer. She has now filed a lawsuit against the city and the police chief.
"All I want is my job back," she said.
According to public records, one of Poteet's accusations was that Brown drank cactus juice, a drink that contains the illegal drug mescaline.
"He alleges it was a drug, ma'am," Brown told KXAN. "There's no substance to test. He came back six months later and said that's what it was. There was no documentation of what it was. It was what he said it was."
The Georgetown police would not make a a statement to KXAN, saying the case is still in litigation.
Brown said Poteet told her it was an herbal cleanse.
After the breakup and Poteet's accusations, Brown was suspended and then fired. The case went to arbitration.
"I've told the truth from the beginning," Brown said.
But after all the "he said - she said" was sorted out and the arbitrator ruled in Brown's favor. That could have been grounds for her to be reinstated. Instead, Brown's her attorney said the Georgetown police chief made some questionable moves.
"He goes to the county attorney and the DAs office to tell them he thinks she's untruthful," said attorney Randy Doubrava. :"Poteet was not a credible witness. He was biased and it's admitted he wanted to get back at her and it's admitted he lied numerous times during the investigation."
Poteet was a Round Rock officer, but has since moved out of state and could not be reached.
"I think it's wrong. I think the city knows it's wrong and they're doing it anyway," said Doubrava.