Former Police Captain Who Admitted Theft Has New Job

By Dave Greber

Former Police Captain Who Admitted Theft Has New Job

December 19, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 3:29 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) (WBNG Binghamton) The former Binghamton Police captain who retired after an arrest for drunk driving and admitting to taking nearly $2,000 from a department fund has a new local job

John Shea is now working as an animal cruelty investigator with the Broome County Humane Society.

The Humane Society's website lists Shea as an investigator, and a call placed to the organization Tuesday afternoon verified his employment.

Shea was arrested in March when he crashed a city vehicle into a tree on Vestal Avenue. He was not on duty at the time.

He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of Driving While Ability Impaired and then retired a short time later.

After he retired, Shea took $1,900 from a locked cabinet in his old office.

He admitted to the theft in November, by pleading guilty to official misconduct.

At the time, he told the judge he didn't know why he stole the money, and that he just "forgot" to pay it back.

Calls and emails to the Humane Society and members of its board of directors Tuesday were not returned.

(This story has been corrected to reflect that Shea was not fired but rather that he retired after pleading guilty to the lesser charge. WBNG regrets the error.)

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