A San Marcos police officer’s disciplinary hearing is pending after he surrendered himself for fraudulently obtaining controlled substances.
Investigations into charges against Officer David Amerson of the San Marcos Police Department have been completed. The hearing has been postponed since Amerson has not been available for the last 30 days, citing personal reasons.
Amerson was arrested at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center around 6 a.m. July 17 after warrants for his arrest were issued for intent to obtain hydrocodone, a third degree felony, and intent to obtain OxyContin, a second degree felony. Amerson was released on a $10,000 bond around 8 a.m. the same day, according to county records.
Amerson will remain on SMPD’s payroll on administrative leave until he is able to “complete the process and have his disciplinary hearing,” said Chief Howard Williams.
Records were found of Amerson filling a prescription for 90 tablets of hydrocodone May 15 and 90 tablets of OxyContin April 18, according to the warrant for his arrest. According to the arrest warrants, Amerson filled the prescriptions in “a suspicious and frequent manner” from pharmacies in Austin, San Antonio and San Marcos.
Williams said Amerson had been obtaining drugs since October, which is the earliest date SMPD is aware of his obtaining the controlled substances. Williams would not discuss the specific pharmacies where Amerson obtained the drugs.
John Curtis is Amerson’s lawyer from the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas office in Austin.
Curtis said he does not know if a decision has been made to indefinitely suspend Amerson at this time. He said if Amerson is indefinitely suspended he “assumes (Amerson) would appeal” the decisions, but they have not yet “reached that juncture.”