PORT ARTHUR - A lengthy arbitration case involving a former Port Arthur Police Department detective’s termination is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Officer Mickey Sterling appealed his case after he was terminated in June, he was placed on administrative leave along with several other officers in February.
Back in February, Port Arthur detective Elie Van Horn signed an affidavit that singled out five of his coworkers including Sterling.
Our news partners at the Beaumont Enterprise requested the seven page document. In the documents Elie Van Horn accuses Sterling and other officers of committing acts that “violated department policies and are possible criminal violations.”
Van Horn also accused Mickey Sterling, Former Deputy Chief Raymond Clark, Former Sergeant Scott Gaspard, Shift Commander John Owens and Former Sergeant Kris Boneau of violating the Texas Penal Code Sections on obstruction or retaliation, failure to report a felony, misuse of official information and official oppression.
Tom Barbee with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas said Sterling appealed his case after he was fired from the police department.
He explains during arbitration the City of Port Arthur and Sterling will both have lawyers representing them.
The arbitrator will act as a judge who can decrease the amount of punishment against the officer and possibly allow him to go back to work.
Barbee said the reason Sterling was fired was for "untruthfulness." He explained the lawyer will try to prove those charges against him are not legitimate.
The arbitration hearing will take place on the 5th floor of city hall at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. The hearing is expected to last three days.
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