Leniency letters for child molester prompt Marysville PD investigation

Jun 16, 2015 1:54 PM by News Staff

The Marysville Police Department has hired an independent investigator to look into possible employee misconduct after an Action News Now report revealed employees lobbied for leniency in the sentencing of a convicted child molester.

Jared Tomlinson, a former reserve officer with the Marysville Police Department, and former reserve officer with the Sutter County Sheriff's Department was convicted in February on three felony counts, including Sodomy, Attempted Sodomy, and Oral Copulation.

Last Thursday, June 11, Tomlinson was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

During Tomlinson's sentencing hearing it was revealed that men from two local law enforcement agencies used official police letterhead to appeal to the judge for leniency in the sentence. Specifically, the Marysville Police Department says Detective Sergeant Chris Miller broke department policy with his letter to the judge.

In a press release sent out Tuesday morning, Marysville Chief of Police Aaron Easton said "In the interest of both public trust and employee fairness, the Marysville Police Department has retained the services of an independent, outside investigation firm to investigate any conduct which may have been outside of established departmental and city policy."

Easton also said one employee is Miller has been placed on paid administrative leave.

In addition to the letter issued by Miller, Lake Shastina Director of Public Safety Mike Wilson sent a similar letter to the judge. Wilson did not return our call for comment.

Butte County Deputy District Attorney Stacy Edwards prosecuted the case and told Action News Now she is disgusted that men from regional law enforcement agencies would use official police letterhead to appeal to Judge Robert Glusman for leniency.


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