WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A Wyoming Crime Lab technician was placed on leave and later resigned after lying about continuing his education and his qualifications.
Details about the tech came out late Wednesday afternoon during the sentencing of convicted killer Shawn Jarrett for the rape of an elderly Grandville woman last year.
Wyoming Department of Public Safety Director James Carmody told 24 Hour News 8 Anthony Dilley claimed he had completed online courses he needed for his job, but he hadn’t.
“He also during an internal investigation at the Wyoming Police Department indicated that he falsified data logs, saying that he had done certain tasks when he had not, and that he did not follow proper procedures when conducting drug results,” Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker told the court during Jarrett’s sentencing proceedings.
Additionally, 24 Hour News 8 found that on his LinkedIn page, Dilley called himself the manager of the Wyoming Crime Lab. Police say that isn’t true, either.
Dilley was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 9 and resigned at the beginning of March.
24 Hour News 8 was told Dilley’s work did not impact Jarrett’s trial. Additionally, Carmody said that there are safeguards in place and that all the work Dilley did was double-checked, so he is not believed to have negatively impacted the integrity of any evidence.
Carmody also said that prosecutors have reviewed his department’s investigation into Dilley and determined that criminal charges are not appropriate.
Western Michigan University – Cooley Law Professor Curt Benson said crime scene technicians — so-called ‘experts’ — are under scrutiny nationwide after being caught lying about their credentials.
“Or just coming up with conclusions that are just made up,” Benson added. “It’s a huge scandal and many lives are destroyed as a result of it. And again, we haven’t had that around here, mercifully.”
There is not a governing body that sets standards for crime labs.
“It’s just who believes (a crime lab technician). If a jury believes he seems like he knows what he’s talking about, sometimes that’s all it takes,” Benson said.
There is a movement to get the FBI or another government standard imposed for forensic laboratories.
Wyoming started its own crime lab last year to speed up evidence processing.