ANDERSON — Prosecutors filed additional charges Thursday against a former Madison County Drug Court case manager, now alleging official misconduct.

Along with official misconduct, Daniel B. Perkins, 50, Anderson, was also charged with attempted possession of cocaine. Both counts are Class D felonies, punishable by six months to three years behind bars.

Perkins was charged earlier this week with intimidation, a Class A misdemeanor that carries a possible sentence of up to a year in jail. He still remains charged with the misdemeanor count.

“I believe that the filing of the these more serious charges are more appropriate for the alleged conduct,” Prosecutor Thomas J. Broderick Jr. said in a news release. “We cannot expect people to have faith in our justice and judicial system if those in our system abuse their power and position.”

Detective Kevin Earley, with the Madison County Drug Task Force, arrested Perkins around 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Madison County Government Center.

Madison County Court 1 Judge David Hopper, who oversees drug court, said Perkins was fired when the allegations came to light.

Perkins earned about $13 per hour and worked about 30 hours each week as a case manager. Hired in February, his duties included going to drug court staff meetings, completing various paperwork and meeting with those going through drug court, a diversion program for low-level substance abuse offenders.

Perkins couldn’t be reached for comment Friday, and it wasn’t immediately known if he has hired an attorney.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the charge:

Melissa A. Phipps, 39, told Earley she and Perkins tried to buy crack on Sunday, April 20. Perkins gave her $100 to buy the drug, but the crack dealer stole the money.

Perkins threatened to send Phipps, who is on probation for previous convictions of theft and drug possession, to prison if she didn’t pay him back the $100. The day after the botched drug deal, Phipps went to police.

Earley recorded a telephone call between Phipps and Perkins where Perkins threatens the woman, telling her “he is an officer of the court and that is above (the Anderson Police Department) and the DTF,” according to the affidavit written by Earley.

Perkins was arrested in 2002 for possession of cocaine and marijuana, and was a drug court participant from February 2003 through April 2004, successfully completing the program.

Perkins made an initial court appearance in Anderson City Court on Monday, and he has since been released from jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 22.

“While Mr. Perkins is presumed (innocent) of these charges, unless proved guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt, we must also aggressively pursue charges that most appropriately fit the facts presented,” Broderick said in the release. “In my judgment a misdemeanor filing in this type of case is not at appropriate. ...”

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