Former Craig detective to change plea

Hearing set for April 13 in Ken Johnson case

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Ken Johnson

Former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson is scheduled to appear April 13 in Moffat County District Court to plead guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony, according to court records.

Johnson’s attorney, Larry Combs, of Steam­boat Springs, filed paperwork Wed­nes­day to appear before Judge Shelley Hill for a plea hearing.

Jeremy Snow, chief deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said he could neither confirm nor deny a plea agreement for Johnson exists.

According to court records, the change of plea is “pursuant to stipulations between the parties.”

Johnson, a former member of the All Crimes Enforcement Team, is charged with three felonies.

In addition to attempting to influence a public servant, he is also charged with accessory to crime and embezzlement of public property, Class 5 felonies.

Johnson resigned from the Craig Police Department in September 2009, was arrested later that month and charged.

The charges stem from John­son’s alleged relationship with Craig resident Tausha Merwin, who has past convictions for drug distribution and possession.

Johnson allegedly provided Mer­win with information about ongoing law enforcement investigations and helped her violate probation during his time as a police officer and member of the ACET drug task force.

He also allegedly gave her a laptop computer and other equipment used by ACET.

Judge Hill originally set the case for a jury trial beginning May 24.

In February, Johnson filed motions to sever all charges in hopes that each felony count would be prosecuted at a separate trial.

The court denied his request.

Chedsey sentenced to 8 years for child abuse

Brent Chedsey, 37, was sentenced Feb. 25 in Moffat County District Court to serve eight years at a community corrections facility for negligently caused child abuse, a Class 4 felony, and attempted sexual assault of a child, a Class 5 felony.

Chedsey originally pleaded guilty to charges March 19, 2009.

He was ordered to pay $5,152 in fines.

Judge Sandra Gardner ordered Chedsey to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment during his sentence in community corrections.

Three other Class 3 felony charges against Chedsey were dismissed by the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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