Cleveland Police Officer Faces Charges for Extortion
Melvin Sparks, 46, of Cleveland, has been arrested and charged with one count of Extortion by a public official.
Sparks turned himself in to the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office yesterday following an indictment by a Bolivar County Grand Jury. The indictment alleges that Sparks, while on duty, accepted money from a citizen on the pretense of “fixing” a ticket.
Sparks was released late Wednesday on a $10,000 bond. If convicted, Sparks faces up to five years behind bars, removal from office and a $5,000 fine. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by Jerry Spell and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.