A former Winston-Salem police officer faces charges of larceny and possession of a pain medication without a prescription.
Mark D. Cottone, age 36, joined the department after completion of training on November 14, 2008, and worked as a patrol officer.
After receiving certain information relating to Cottone on Oct. 9, 2009, the Police Department moved quickly to carry out a criminal investigation. As a result of that investigation, the Police Department immediately separated Cottone from employment on October 15, 2009, and presented the case to the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office. That office today charged Cottone with one count of felony larceny from the person; one count of felony exploitation of a disabled adult; and two misdemeanor counts of possession of controlled substances to wit: Percocet and Methodone.
Police Chief Scott Cunningham has directed that Cottone’s badge be destroyed and the number changed on his patrol car. "We absolutely will not tolerate a breach of the public trust by our personnel," Cunningham said. "We take the integrity of our department very seriously, and we want our citizens to know this."