By Steve Pickett

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DALLAS (CBS11) – The former Chief Investigator for the Dallas Co. District Attorney’s office has admitted taking a bribe to drop a criminal case.

Anthony Robinson pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy Tuesday. Robinson spent 20 years in the DA’s office as an investigator.

He became the Investigative Chief under former District Attorney Craig Watkins.

Federal prosecutors said Robinson personally escorted a wanted suspect from Las Vegas back to Dallas in September 2012. Prosecutors identify the suspect as W.S.

He is an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.

Authorities say Robinson “solicited, demanded, and accepted a bribe” disguised as an investment of approximately $200,000.

In exchange for the money, prosecutors say Robinson persuaded an Assistant District Attorney to dismiss the criminal charge against W.S.

“Why would the Chief Investigator pick up a suspect?” former Dallas County prosecutor Toby Shook questioned.

Shook worked with Robinson in the 1990’s. He said Chief Investigators typically oversee 50 employees, and wouldn’t be involved in picking up suspects.

“It doesn’t make sense to me. It’s out of the course of normal business for him (Robinson) to go personally. Someone has to know he’s going,” Shook said.

A spokesman with the U.S Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the case. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office also declined.

Robinson is scheduled for sentencing in October.

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