Ex-police officer sentenced in theft

Brabo receives 1-year deferred sentence

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Former Craig Police Officer Bob Brabo was sentenced Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to stealing about $500 in drug buy money from the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

Brabo was assigned to ACET when he committed the theft.

He pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to serve 48 hours community service and pay $484.50 in fines.

Brabo also received a one-year deferred sentence.

Although he entered into a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Brabo pleaded to the same crime he originally was charged with and did not receive a reduced charge.

Brabo is the second Craig police officer to face criminal charges in the past three months.

Former detective and ACET member Ken Johnson was arrested in September and charged Oct. 2 with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony; as well as accessory to crime and embezzlement of public property, both Class 5 felonies.

Johnson’s embezzlement charge stems from evidence that he gave Craig resident Tausha Merwin a laptop owned by law enforcement. Johnson and Merwin are suspected of being engaged in a sexual relationship.

Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Snow said Brabo was not charged with embezzlement like Johnson because the facts surrounding the two cases are different.

Snow said Brabo was treated the same as other first-time offenders who steal $500 to $1,000 from their employer.

He did not receive special treatment or punishment because of his former position with the Craig Police Department, Snow added.

“Mr. Brabo had previously made full restitution to the victim, had no prior criminal history and fully cooperated with the investigation in this matter,” Snow wrote in a written statement. “After considering these and the other facts and circumstances in this case, the District Attorney’s Office filed misdemeanor theft charges and entered into a plea consistent with how similar cases in the community have been handled.”

Brabo was appointed to ACET in March to replace Johnson on the task force.

Johnson’s next court appearance is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Moffat County District Court.

Merwin, the woman Johnson is suspected of having an affair with while he was with the police department, also has been charged in the case with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony.

She is scheduled to appear at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in district court.

Man convicted of sex crime leaves area

A man who registered as a sexually violent predator with local law enforcement in November is no longer a Moffat County resident.

Ronald Eugene Noel, 48, was convicted of attempted sexual abuse of a child in Oregon in 2000. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison before his arrival in Craig.

When a sexually violent predator is released in a community, he or she is required to register with local law enforcement and re-register every 90 days.

Law enforcement officials are required to alert the public of registered sexually violent predators through community bulletins.

Noel was recently arrested again in Forsyth, Mont., on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

Comments

norights 5 years ago

wish the rest of us could get off so easy

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craiggirl 5 years ago

norights, how many people do you know who have been sentenced to hard prison time for taking $500? Just curious.

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aPerspective 5 years ago

...And our tax money continues to aid these illegal actions, tactics, and enforcement!

I hope nothing but the worst for these Crooks and anyone who supports their spree of bullPOOP policing in this town!

One mistake would be all together another story......but this year alone, how many front page stories have been about Local Law Enforcements Blunders!

The towns people are pissed a BLACK Democrat is in Office.......Pissed Legal Medical Marijuana is here to stay....

But not willing to do anything about a Corrupt Police Department?

Stay Classy Craig!

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lonelyone 5 years ago

I can't help but wonder what the heck is going on. I know times are hard for many people and maybe our law enforcement people are having a hard time making ends meet too, but something seems to be wrong here.

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ActionTime 5 years ago

AP has picked up this story. look at KDVR.com for 12/3/9 Fox 31 I would like to see a GOOD investigative reporter look at the Moffat County LEO from the top (DA) down!!!!

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srelaford6 5 years ago

It does seem to be trend starting here. Two oficer related incidents in a year, That is a lot. I feel that people are putting these two officers in the same boat when they discuss them. It is a shame this officer took money that wasn't his, I am not sure how to judge this guy because I don't think we got the whole story. Why did he take it? Was there an emergency situation that caused him to panic and make a bad decision? Or was greed involved? I doubt we will ever know. So with that said, I am witholding my judgement until later. The story said restitution had already been made to the victim. Did he make restitution on his own or did he get caught with his hand in the cookie jar? Even as bad as this sounds it's still only a misdemenor offence. The DA's office has rules regarding sentencing. To all of you that say he got off too easy, He only got what could be given to him. Nothing more. The case involving Ken Johnson is nothing even close to this. Unfortunately for the PD. its going to take a long time to shake off the stink from this case. The whole town will be watching every thing that happens down there holding there breath waiting for the next "big thing" to go down. Talk about working under pressure.

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