Trooper returning with Deputy Stevenson's duty belt (left) submitted photo / Deputy Kayla Stevenson (right) photo via Facebook
Trooper returning with Deputy Stevenson's duty belt (left) submitted photo / Deputy Kayla Stevenson (right) photo via Facebook
Trooper returning with Deputy Stevenson’s duty belt (left) submitted photo / Deputy Kayla Stevenson (right) photo via Facebook

A Beaver County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police today for allegedly helping a fugitive avoid apprehension.

Deputy Kayla Danielle Stevenson is facing felony charges of hindering apprehension and misdemeanor charges of obstructing the administration of law for allegedly helping her half-brother evade arrest.

The Beaver Countian obtained a copy of an affidavit filed in the case from Magisterial District Judge Dale Nicholson’s office. According to the report by Corporal Joseph Olayer and Trooper Joshua Thomas, the investigation into Deputy Stevenson started back in April when a member of the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office warrants team approached the Pennsylvania State Police about a problem in their department.

Deputies on the warrants team were attempting to find and arrest fugitive Taurean Potter, who is the half-brother of Deputy Kayla Stevenson. Potter was wanted on drug charges. Stevenson told her fellow deputies that she did not have any information about his whereabouts and had not had any contact with him. During the course of their investigation into Potter, several individuals told the Sheriff’s Office warrant team that Deputy Stevenson was in fact having contact with Potter. According to the affidavit, there were several photos of Potter found on Deputy Stevenson’s Facebook page from her daughter’s birthday party.

The Pennsylvania State Police and Deputies with the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office eventually found Taurean Potter at the end of April in a residence in Lawrence County. State Police say the man was located along with cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Potter’s cellphone was also seized as evidence.

According to the report, information obtained from Potter’s cellphone indicated he was having frequent contact with Deputy Kayla Stevenson, even making plans to take their children to play together.

Kayla Stevenson was taken into custody today while still in uniform by members of the Pennsylvania State Police. She was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Dale Nicholson, who released her on an unsecured bond. Stevenson returned to the Beaver County Courthouse following her arrest, where she was seen by sources in tears.

Stevenson is one of several political hires made by Sheriff George David in recent years who had no prior law enforcement experience or training before joining the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office.

Just last month another of Sheriff David’s political hires, Deputy Erica Bacon, was arrested on allegations that she helped to return a pair of brass knuckles to a criminal defendant who was in the courthouse for a hearing. That arrest came as the result of an investigative report by the Beaver Countian that first detailed allegations of improprieties involving the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Sheriff’s Office.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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cracker
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cracker

The buck stops here, never said by George David

Mungo Jerry
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Mungo Jerry

Mungo simply wants to know why the Trooper in the picture is carrying a duty belt with an obvious firearm in it’s holster pointed out at traffic? Is that weapon clear? Is that any way to safely, properly transport a potentially loaded weapon? Please Mr.Trooper in the future display a little more professionalism in safe firearm handling. End rant!

Mungo Jerry
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Mungo Jerry

Of course if Sheriff David trained her then there were obviously no bullets in the weapon! Haha sorry couldn’t resist!

Joe
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Joe

Check the slide.. it’s open. Obviously it is unloaded. Very observant Mr. Obvious. Also.. it is in a holster.. no threat to any passing motorists.

mungo Jerry
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mungo Jerry

Joe ….check the slide? Don’t know how many megapixels you’re dealing
With, but Mungo is limited, and Mungo is indeed observant, and that mode of transportation for a sam brown outfitted with a service weapon is UNacceptable….rememberJoe….the average sheeple citizen is quite deficient with regard to safe firearm handling…so lets call a spade a spade?

Jason Kish
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Jason Kish

The BCSO employs seedy individuals?? You are shitting me raw?!?!

Mole hole
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Mole hole

Sounds like this is coming from a disgruntled, seedy former deputy? There are many shady ones in the S/O, starting at the top.

Don't get railroaded
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Don't get railroaded

They employed you, didn’t they

Chelsea Vacich
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Chelsea Vacich

Boooooooooooooo. Get this shit outta here!

Kathleen Brantner
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Kathleen Brantner

This is a disgrace and she needs charged with aiding a felon. I don’t give a crap who it was this shit has to stop in this office. So many decent honest hard working people who would love these jobs. Bet rid of these losers !!!

Eric Dunmyer
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Eric Dunmyer

You must be so perfect

Kathleen Brantner
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Kathleen Brantner

No not at all perfect but I don’t like felons or people who help them. She took an oath to abide by the law she broke it and will lose her job, be prosecuted herself and never work in law enforcement.

Jess
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Jess

She abused that badge a lot. I know her well.

Joc
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Joc

So u don’t like felons? & what reason is that? Look around u Kathleen! There are so many felons out there from all walks of life! People make mistakes. Big effing deal! I agree with the person who said that you think you’re perfect! I also think that you think that you’re better than everyone. Guess what, you’re not! People like you make me sick!

Joc
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Joc

Kathleen, you’re an idiot! You don’t like felons? Ha! For what reason? Do you know felons come from all walks of life & you may even have a friend or 2 that’s one! Surprise bitch! People like you, make me sick! You continue to think that you are perfect & that you’re better than everyone!

Destinee Jean Monroe
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Destinee Jean Monroe

Shame on you.

Kathleen Brantner
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Kathleen Brantner

Eric I hope your not in law enforcement. Your supposed to catch the bad guys not look the other way. Smh

Kathleen Brantner
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Kathleen Brantner

Shame on who Destinee Jean Monroe???

Tinia Walker
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Tinia Walker

there is ALOT of corruption going on in beaver county!!!!!!! Especially in the courthouse

Ashley
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Ashley

Despite whats going on, Kayla is a wonderful person… Would you protect your family at all costs? I don’t think she should be penalized as much as they intend on doing because it’s not like he’s a murderer or she was harboring him.. That IS her brother.

mister c
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mister c

you have GOT to be kidding me ! she is suppose to enforce the law, not break it. she deserves what she gets.

cracker
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cracker

Everyone is equal in the eyes of the law, except some is more equal than others, right?

gen
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gen

Doesn’t matter. Law is the law. She shouldn’t of taken the oath to uphold it, only to ignore it when it comes to family, but hey, cocaine doesn’t destroy lives, communities, have children traded for the drugs..no that shit NEVER happens..

Don't get Railroaded
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Don't get Railroaded

Really? Ashley are you that fucking stupid? I would think that as an employee of the Sheriff’s office warrants unit this would upset you. Then again you are a political hire yourself and a dumb ass to boot. This guy is your flavor for sure. It really bothers me that people who take an oath feel its fine to abuse it for their benefit. Ashley, take your dumb ass and disgusting. I hope your dumb ass gets canned in January and daddy is right behind you.

jaacee
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jaacee

He IS a felon. You’re as dumb as that moron who thinks it’s OK to steal from Wal Mart. If she really wanted to help him, she would get him off dope and dope selling.