Controversy in race for sheriff

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EL RENO, Okla. -- There is controversy in one Oklahoma County's race for Sheriff.

The past could come back to haunt one of the candidates running for Canadian County Sheriff.

Several years ago in a federal drug case, candidate David Beaty admitted under oath to misconduct and tampering with evidence when he was a narcotics detective at the El Reno Police Department more than a decade ago. 

He told the court he had a sexual relationship with a female informant in one of his drug cases.

While recording a phone conversation with suspects in that drug case, Beaty and the informant were having an intimate conversation that also got recorded.

Beaty admitted he omitted that conversation from the recording.

That recording was turned over as evidence which is considered tampering with evidence and is a crime.     

Beaty was never charged in any of those cases.

News Channel 4 talked to him Friday afternoon when he said he had made mistakes and has put them behind him.

As for why he decided to run for sheriff, he said he doesn't agree with what's going on in office and believes he can do a better job.

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