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Former Halifax probation officer pleads guilty to bribery

A 25-year-old South Boston resident and former probation officer in the 10th Judicial Circuit pleaded guilty Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to one count of bribery while acting as a public servant.

Robert Carlton Wazeka III pleaded guilty to one count of bribery after entering into a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

The offense to which Wazeka pleaded guilty occurred on or about Feb. 9, 2010, according to court records.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, the commonwealth moved to nol pros eight additional counts for bribery against the defendant.

The agreement calls for Wazeka to be sentenced to five years in prison, with all suspended conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for five years, and it ordered him placed on probation for two years and to perform 100 hours of community service.

Wazeka was arrested in Feb. 2010 and charged with a felony for allegedly accepting prescription drugs in return for issuing false reports, telling the court that drug tests were negative when they were really positive, according to Special Agent Mark Campbell.

The charge initially stated Wazeka “attempted to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance classified as Schedule I or II not obtained directly from or pursuant to a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while on duty in the course of a professional practice or not authorized by the Drug Control Act.”

At the time of his arrest, Wazeka was employed by Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services as a court services officer, and the information received was specifically targeted to only one individual in that office, according to Campbell, who noted a court services officer is not a law enforcement officer.

Judge James A. Luke (retired) of Emporia heard the case.