Doctor shopping charges dismissed against ex-San Marcos cop

David Amerson, former San Marcos Police officer, had his law enforcement license permanently surrendered by TCOLE on June 23, 2016.
David Amerson, former San Marcos Police officer, had his law enforcement license permanently surrendered by TCOLE on June 23, 2016.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Three years after a San Marcos police officer was charged with felony prescription fraud, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) addressed the permanent suspension of his law enforcement license, Thursday.

Police said they caught David Amerson engaging in a practice commonly called doctor shopping in 2013. He allegedly visited multiple doctors seeking similar narcotic medication, including oxycontin and hydrocodone, according to an arrest warrant.

According to Amerson’s TCOLE record, he voluntarily and permanently surrendered his law enforcement license on April 11, 2016. Hays County District Clerk records show each of Amerson’s six felony prescription fraud charges were dismissed three days later on April 14, 2016.

Amerson was placed on administrative leave May 23, 2013, during an internal investigation. San Marcos police indefinitely suspended Amerson on Sept. 13, 2013, which ended his paid status, a spokesperson told KXAN.

“San Marcos Police Department believes strongly in values-based leadership and as a result collectively holds itself and its members to a higher standard of behavior,” a spokesperson said in a prepared statement. “In most cases, allegations are generally found to be without merit. In this case, the investigation showed that the allegations were true, and the department took swift and appropriate action.”

Amerson will never be able to hold a Texas law enforcement license again, after the permanent surrender proceeding.

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