Former Fort Worth officer gets 4 years in gambling case

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Former Fort Worth police officer Edward Adcock was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for warning eight-liner operators about raids and giving them advice on circumventing the law.

Adcock, 52, who was a vice officer specializing in gambling cases, pleaded guilty in March to providing the information to Dallas-based Aces Wired, which ran gambling rooms statewide. Law enforcement officials raided Aces Wired locations statewide on May 21, 2008.

Judge Louis Sturns handed down the sentence after two days of testimony.

Adcock’s sentence was stiffer than those given to Aces Wired executives, who cut deals with prosecutors and received deferred-adjudication probation. Other Aces Wired employees had their cases dismissed.

“What bothers me about your situation is those of us that work in this line of work — prosecutors, judges, officers — we have a duty that is different than that of the general population,” Sturns said.

“It would be just as bad if a judge would tip off someone that he had signed a search warrant. That would cause the whole system to collapse as well as endanger the officers serving the warrant.”

Sturns also said he assumed that Adcock got involved with Aces Wired because he was about to retire and wanted some extra money.

“That concerns me,” Sturns said before reading the sentence. “That’s what makes your conduct so reprehensible. I have no doubt that you were a good officer at one point. But in 2007 and 2008, you took action that nullified all the good things you did during your entire career.”

‘A pariah among

law enforcement’

Adcock’s attorney, Michael Heiskell, called Adcock’s involvement with Aces Wired a lapse in judgment and said he has already been punished.

“He is a pariah among law enforcement,” Heiskell said. “He has sought a career and has proven he can be a productive member of society. He has achieved a degree while under supervision. He’s worthy, in our opinion, of no more than two years’ deferred adjudication for what he’s done in the past five years.”

Prosecutors said Adcock received up to $6,750 from an attorney for Aces Wired each month in exchange for his services — a total of more than $70,000.

In a Star-Telegram article on Jan. 22, 2008, Adcock said he had visited Aces Wired game rooms in Fort Worth and shared his findings with Tarrant County prosecutors.

“A quick investigation has found no glaring illegalities,” he said.

Adcock was a police officer from February 1981 until he retired in February 2008. He remained a reserve officer until resigning that fall.

Prosecutor Lloyd Whelchel argued that Adcock was a full-time police officer when he started working with Aces Wired as an independent contractor for its attorney, John Stephen Fenoglio.

Fenoglio, who was indicted on bribery charges, is awaiting trial.

Raids rescheduled

Kathy Aiken, special agent with the FBI, testified that Adcock may have been working with Fenoglio as early as 2006.

According to Aiken’s testimony, Adcock initially denied being the source of the information that tipped Aces Wired to the raids. After she pressed him about inconsistencies in his written statement, she said, he admitted that he was the leak.

The raids were scheduled and then rescheduled four times during the investigation, Aiken told the court.

Adcock warned officials about the raids each time they were rescheduled and unexpectedly showed up at one of the staging areas when the simultaneous raids took place May 21, an undercover officer whose identity is being withheld said Thursday.

During closing arguments, prosecutor Jack Strickland argued that Adcock’s actions had several victims.

“This man was trusted with special powers, special trust, and the people of Texas were the first victims,” Strickland said.

“His colleagues are also victims. They regarded him as a colleague, and he betrayed that trust.

“The third victims are his friends who came up here and testified in his behalf. They believe in Ed Adcock and continue to believe in Ed Adcock. He betrayed them and continues to betray them.

“The last victim is his very own daughter. He betrayed her love for him.”

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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