Deputy Kayla Stevenson (seated) with defense attorney Steve Colafella / photo by John Paul

A Beaver County Jury has found a former Sheriff’s Deputy guilty of obstructing the administration of law for hiding the location of her fugitive brother from fellow Deputies who were searching for him.

Kayla Stevenson, age 23 of Beaver Falls, was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police in August of last year, after Deputy Corporal Joseph Osche of the Sheriff’s Warrants Division contacted the agency seeking their assistance. Osche had been part of a team who spent several months searching for Taurean Potter — Stevenson’s half-brother — who was wanted on drug charges. Then-Deputy Stevenson had told fellow members of the Sheriff’s Office she did not know the location of Potter, when in fact she had been regularly communicating with him and meeting with him in person.

Kayla Stevenson was fired in January of this year by incoming Sheriff Tony Guy.

During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Nick Francalancia presented evidence against Stevenson that included pages of text messages she had sent back-and-forth with Potter which were discovered on his phone at the time of his arrest, along with photos of the two at family gatherings which had been posted to Facebook.

Jurors deliberated for approximately four hours before returning the guilty verdict.

Stevenson had also originally been facing a felony count of hindering apprehension or prosecution, but that count was dismissed prior to trial on March 2nd by Judge Dale Fouse, who found that prosecutors had failed to meet their burden to bring the charge to court (the so-called “prima facie” case).

State Police Trooper Joshua Thomas investigated the case against Stevenson with the assistance of Corporal Joseph Olayer. The trial for Kayla Stevenson was the first jury trial presided over by Judge Dale Fouse since taking the bench in January.

Following Taurean Potter’s arrest, the man pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to between 6 months and 23 months 15 days in county jail, according to court dockets.

Kayla Stevenson’s misdemeanor conviction will preclude her from ever serving as a law enforcement officer in any capacity.

Stevenson was represented in the case by defense attorney Stephen Colafella.

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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Nobama
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Nobama

Soooo…….She gets the equivalent of a traffic ticket. Only in Beaver County. Now…..WTF ABOUT JOHN-JOE???!!!

Mungo Jerry
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Mungo Jerry

Mungo wonders…..Is this what the hood rats mean when they say ” bros before hoes “??

Jimmyjam
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Jimmyjam

Dang it, I hate seeing a cutie Sheriff deputy get caught up in a misdemeanor and lose her job for not turning in her brother. But you have to obey the law honey, especially when you are in law enforcement and leadership positions. Now lets see some more serious crimes and corruption in our county get a taste of this same kind of justice like cutie pie Keyla had to experience. I wonder how the county investigations are going.?? I cant wait for some good back porch summer reading material coming up. And don’t forget the federal trial of Beaver Counties own Nick Trombetta has been postponed until September 19, get your popcorn ready.

Chelsea Vacich
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Chelsea Vacich

So they attempted to ruin her reputation and livelihood for what ? For her brother to do barely 6 months in jail ? Wow! Great police work. They shouldn’t have asked her a damn thing about her brother in the first place. It’s a conflict of interest! As if half of her former peers weren’t up to much worse ? Millions of dollars in drugs running through these streets, neglected children, rapes, murders, corruption in the government and THIS is the best y’all could do ? Pathetic. — Praying for you to overcome this dark cloud Kayla! Stand strong.

Silence_Dogood
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Silence_Dogood

THEY didn’t ruin her reputation. THEY didn’t force her to hide her fugitive brother. Regardless of what the charges were against him, he was wanted, SHE knew that, and SHE knew where he was, and SHE lied about that. Not only was it her duty as a citizen to turn him in, but it was her duty as a law-enforcement officer. There is no such thing as a “Conflict of interest” in this capacity. They asked, lawfully I might add, if she knew where her brother was, a man who was wanted, just as they could ask any other citizen on the street that has a connection to someone that is wanted. She lied and said no, hindering an investigation. You can sit and cry foul all you want, but at the end of the day, she has no one to blame but herself.

Honestly, I’m glad she got this conviction. Another dirty cop off the streets. If she’s willing to lie about this, what else is she willing to lie about? People keep saying, myself included, that in order to fix the distrust between the communities and law-enforcement, we need to start promoting the good cops and weeding out the bad ones. Well, strike down another bad cop. And hopefully, the pins keep falling.

At the end of the day, if you don’t want to do the time, don’t do the crime.

Max
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Max

So, not your brother but let’s say good ole mom. If she was wanted you would turn your own mother in . Your nuts my man. She should have told him to stay far away from me or I will get jammed up because of my LOVE of my family

Silence_Dogood
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Silence_Dogood

@Max: Absolutely I would turn “my good ole mom” in. She taught me right from wrong. She taught me to obey the law. And most importantly, she taught me to take responsibility for my actions and to accept the consequences of those actions. As such, I would be doing a disservice to her and dishonoring her teachings if I didn’t hold her to the same set of standards that she expected of me. My mom knows right from wrong, and if she showed up at my doorstep fleeing from justice, I would turn her in. We must ALL be held accountable for our actions and accept that our actions may have consequences.

Silence_Dogood
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Silence_Dogood

Your post here is typical for the people in this generation. “It’s not MY fault that I did something wrong. It’s THEIR fault. Don’t look at my faults. They’re doing bad stuff, too, so my bad stuff is okay because it’s offset by THEIR bad stuff.”

All people want to do is placate blame anymore. No one can take responsibility for their own actions. It’s always someone else that’s to blame for their actions, or lack thereof. Regardless of the severity of the situation, what she did was a crime. Plain and simple. A crime that she was charged with, and found guilty of by a jury of her peers.

Don't get railroaded
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Don't get railroaded

Are you that simple minded? “The problem with the world is that everyone does not have a brain, but everyone does have a tongue.” Translation: Shut the hell up stupid ass

George Davies
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George Davies

I would lose my job for my brother.family always comes first

Tianda Rose Tavares
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Tianda Rose Tavares

Dam right!!!!

Kathleen Brantner
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Kathleen Brantner

Then don’t take an oath in law enforcement ……

Tianda Rose Tavares
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Tianda Rose Tavares

Kathleen Brantner palease!!!!!!! Are you perfect???

Kathleen Brantner
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Kathleen Brantner

No I’m not perfect at all but this girl made a really bad choice and she will pay for her actions the rest of her life. Was it worth it Tianda????? This office needed cleaned up

George Davies
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George Davies

Some of the people who work at the courthouse abuse their power they are worse crooks than the people they put in jail.me and a lot of other people I know have lost all trust in these people.

Kathleen Brantner
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Kathleen Brantner

They are trying to clean it up. This went on for years and years Give them a chance