Former Harris County Sheriff's Deputy George Wesley Ellington entered a guilty plea today to an extortion charge that arose out of his helping an Ecstasy operation with information and armed security.
Ellington, 38, faces up to five years in prison.
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"At today's hearing," the U.S. Attorney's office said, "Ellington acknowledged that were this case to go to trial, the United States could prove that in April 2010 he accepted $500 for using his position as a then Harris County Deputy Sheriff to access confidential information from secured law enforcement databases and for providing security/protection in his official capacity to a person he believed was illegally possessing and transporting 3, 4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly called Ecstasy. "
Ellington had also been charged with carrying a weapon to escort the Ecstasy deliveryman.
His wife, Katrise Tania Ellington, 31, has been charged with aiding and abetting the enterprise.
Ellington will remain free on bond pending a June 30 sentencing hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison.