Former West Columbia Police Chief, Charged with Swiping Pills, Now Investigated for Child Porn and Sexual Assault
Five months after former West Columbia Police Chief Michael Palmer was charged with a third-degree felony for both drug possession and tampering with evidence, investigators are looking into additional allegations of child sexual assault and child pornography.
As first reported on The Facts, Brazoria County issued a search warrant for Palmer's house on Monday, based on evidence discovered during the initial search in February.
According to warrant, the evidence obtained led the affiant, "a licensed peace officer under the laws of Texas," to state that Palmer committed offenses of "aggravated sexual assault of a child" and "possession [of] child pornography," among other offenses. The officer, according to the document, is in possession of a "signed sworn statement from [redacted], in which he states when he was 8 years old in Lake Jackson...Michael Palmer pulled down [redacted] pants and Michael Palmer performed oral sex on him...." The affiant also says she watched a video of Palmer directing at least two children "interacting in a sexual nature." Photography on Palmer's office computer additionally showed a nude Palmer "with another male's left hand holding a metal penis ring on Palmer's penis."
The document details assorted additional instances of Palmer interacting sexually with the children in question. Monday's search recovered assorted sexual toys and devices, including penis rings, a black mask and a "possible mouth gag."
An earlier investigation claimed that Palmer swiped 33 oxymorphone pills, causing a separate investigation to be dismissed for lack of evidence. A video later emerged that showed Palmer, according to documents obtained from Brazoria County, "appear[ing] on camera to go to the dumpster outside and appear[ing] to [rip] up the packaging." Palmer's next hearing is set for Aug. 12.
The West Columbia Police Department told the Press that Palmer resigned from his position on February 27. Paul Oden is the current West Columbia police chief.