It took just a few seconds for Whaley to enter his not guilty plea in front of Judge Robin Free in a West Baton Rouge Parish courtroom. He walked into the courthouse alone around 8:30 a.m. and had nothing to say to the media.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for October 30. Whaley was arrested in June on the charges. It was his second arrest.
Whaley pleaded guilty on April 17, 2014 to one count of malfeasance in office. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
Whaley turned himself in to police on Jan. 23, 2014 after a joint investigation by the FBI and Louisiana Inspector General revealed he allegedly had been using his department issued gas card for personal use.
According to the IG's investigation, Whaley filled up his personal vehicle and boat on 29 separate occasions between Jan. 2, 2013 and Jan. 3, 2014. The purchases totaled $1,122.75.
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