Former detective’s case continued to Dec. 8

Ken Johnson’s charges stem from reported misconduct

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Ken Johnson

The case against former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson was continued Friday until 11 a.m. Dec. 8 in Moffat County District Court.

Johnson is charged 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.

His attorney, Larry Combs, of Steamboat Springs, said that since the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has not offered to reduce Johnson’s charges to misdemeanors, he would be all right with continuing the case in district court.

Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Snow said he could neither confirm nor deny whether his office has entered or will enter into plea negotiations with Johnson.

All of Johnson’s charges stem from reported misconduct during his time as a police officer and member of the All Crimes Enforcement Team task force, and an alleged sexual relationship he had with Craig resident Tausha Merwin.

Johnson reportedly lied to police during the internal investigation about the relationship, aided Merwin in violating her probation for drug charges, provided her with information about ongoing law enforcement investigations and gave her a laptop computer and other equipment used by ACET.

Merwin, who was in court Friday for Johnson’s appearance, has been charged in the case with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony.

Prosecutors allege she also lied to police about her relationship with Johnson during the department’s internal investigation.

Merwin is scheduled to appear at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in Moffat County Court for a status conference.

She is represented by Steam­boat Springs attorney Ron Smith, who took the case as alternate defense counsel after the Public Defender’s Office cited a conflict of interest.

Comments

gilbertjaramillo 5 years, 1 month ago

The District Attorneys Office did not offer to reduce any of my charges to misdemeanors, why should they offer to reduce his? Because he is an EX-Craig Police Officer. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time! It would not surprize me if they let him off with a slap on the hand just so as not to bring out the whole truth.

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westslopeguy 5 years, 1 month ago

So far, as has been reported at least, The District Attorney of the 14th JD is the ONLY party acting in what appears to be the best interest of the citizenry and in accord with the law in regard to this case. The fact that they have NOT offered a plea agreement is further indication that they believe there is enough evidence to achieve a successful prosecution when this case goes to trial. Not one you'll hear from me often, but kudos to the DA and her office! My 2cents, paul

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ranchmama 5 years, 1 month ago

I hope the DA has the sense to NEVER offer Ken a deal. Lock him up and throw away the key! I wish the Daily Press could run a different pic of him that arrogant smirk makes me sick.

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