Former police officer accused of abusing position

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LILBURN — Lilburn resident Donald Bristol, a former DeKalb County police officer, was arraigned Tuesday on federal charges of aiding others to possess and conceal a stolen vehicle, failing to report a federal felony, unlawfully accessing government computer systems and making false statements.

The alleged criminal actions date back to April 2010. Bristol is accused of using his position as a police officer to help two defendants in separate cases hide the fact that they possessed a stolen vehicle, according to a news release. Additionally, Bristol is accused of misusing his access to a sensitive law enforcement database to provide his associates with information about criminal histories and outstanding arrest warrants. Finally, Bristol reportedly made many false statements to federal agents.

Bristol was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 25.