Former Nacogdoches County chief deputy gets nearly $7K decrease after demotion

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Public records show a deputy with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office is taking an almost $7,000 decrease in his annual salary after getting demoted from chief deputy.

The demotion came after an internal investigation by the sheriff's office into allegations Stephen Godfrey lied on the stand. The investigation came after Godfrey accepted a pre-trial diversion agreement on criminal charges.

Human resource records show Godfrey, who is now over investigations on misdemeanors and conducting civil process, is now getting an annual salary of $45,454.83. His previous salary was $52,240.62.

Godfrey was indicted on the charges in August of 2016. The indictment states Godfrey lied about his college degrees during a suppression hearing on Jan. 15, 2015, and again during a suppression hearing on Dec. 4, 2015. He allegedly stated both times that he had bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and psychology.

"I'm not admitting to any crime," Godfrey told the East Texas News in a previous story. "I haven't pleaded guilty to any any crime because I did not commit a crime. I gave an explanation of what I said, and I'm ready for this to be over."

Godfrey accepted the pre-trial diversion agreement in March and stated that he did not intentionally mean to deceive anyone.

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