South Lake Tahoe police officer Johnny Poland arrested on federal charges
According to court documents, the violations include two counts for corruptly persuading a person to alter, destroy or conceal an object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so, and three counts for corruptly persuading another person with the intent to influence the testimony of any person in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so. Poland’s alleged actions took place on and off duty.
Poland is alleged to have tried to dissuade witnesses from providing information and material, impeding a criminal investigation.
Allegations of misconduct include: provision of law enforcement sensitive information to gang affiliates and sexual contact with minors. Poland’s alleged misconduct occurred over a period of several years, including during his time as a School Resource Officer at South Tahoe High School.
South Lake Tahoe police officer Johnny Poland was arrested on five federal felony counts Wednesday morning related to witness tampering and disposing of evidence, according to Police Chief Brian Uhler.
Poland was arrested about 10 a.m. at the police department. He was at the department to pick up paperwork, Uhler said.
A criminal complaint has been filed in federal court in Sacramento.
Poland has been on paid administrative leave since November 2011 following the start of a criminal investigation. He will be on unpaid administrative leave starting Thursday, Uhler said.
The police department has also launched an administrative investigation into Poland, Uhler said. It is unclear how long the department's investigation will take.
Wednesday's arrest was done in conjunction with the FBI and the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team, Uhler said.
See the COMPLAINT here: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/assets/pdf/TD66960123.PDF
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