A former Virginia State Police special agent has been convicted of bribery, obstruction of justice, and making a false statement to a federal agent.
A jury convicted Shade Carlton Workman of those charges on Friday following a five-day trial.
As a VSP special agent, Workman was commander of the Tazewell County High Intensity Drug Task Force.
Investigators say Workman solicited and received sexual favors from female confidential informants and in exchange agreed to assist them with pending criminal charges. They say he also threatened lengthy prison terms for those who were reluctant to have sex with him.
Workman was charged with obstruction of justice and making a false statement after he allegedly denied having sex with informants and deleted incriminating text messages on his VSP-issued phone.
The FBI was able to recover many of those text messages, investigators say.
The jury acquitted Workman on an additional charge of obstruction of justice and one count of using a facility of interstate commerce to commit a federal crime.