Police fingerprint examiner indicted

Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Police Department has suspended a fingerprint examiner without pay after he was indicted on charges of perjury for allegedly padding his credentials.

Mark Halterman allegedly testified in a deposition for an Iowa case last August that he had completed more than 4,000 hours of study and training with a qualified forensic document examiner. Anchorage police investigated and determined that wasn't true.

Anchorage police didn't use Halterman for forensic document examination, only fingerprint analysis. He is an unsworn employee of the department.

The 47-year-old from Eagle River is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. He did not immediately return a call Saturday from The Associated Press.



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