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Former Pine Lawn police officer convicted for falsely arresting mayoral candidate

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PINE LAWN (KMOV.com) -

A former Pine Lawn police officer was convicted in federal court for trying to derail the campaign of a candidate for mayor in 2013.

Steven Blakeney, 34, was convicted Wednesday on charges of conspiracy, deprivation of rights and falsification of records.

He organized the arrest of Nakisha Ford by forcing a convenience store owner to make up a story that Ford stole a campaign poster for then mayor Sylvester Caldwell.  Ford lost the election to Caldwell two days later.

Blakeney was forced off the Pine Lawn force in December 2014, over allegations he made an officer drive home two women he met a bar. Blakeney was previously accused of rape.

Blakeney could go to prison for 20 years and pay a fine of $250,000. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 4.

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