VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A Virginia Beach Police officer took a plea agreement in court Friday.
Prosecutors amended Norman Teague's original felony charges to misdemeanors.
Back on Labor Day weekend, Officer Teague was on routine patrol working for the Virginia Beach Police Department when he attempted to serve two summonses at two separate locations, according to court documents.
During both attempts, he knowingly and intentionally served the summonses on a family member of each person named on the summons and let them sign for the documents, falsifying two documents.
Teague's lawyer said he takes full responsibility for what he did and says he was simply overwhelmed by his administrative duties.
Defense Attorney Lisa Woodward said, "It certainly has been difficult. Certainly stress on the job, certainly stress at home... he has an example in early record with the police department, [an] exemplary record with the military and he’s really taking this to heart."
Teague was sentenced to 12 months suspended time for each account. He was ordered pay about $500 in fines.
Teague said he is looking forward to getting back to his job and to put this behind him.