Marysville City Attorney sought lenient sentence for child molester

Jun 19, 2015 2:22 PM by News Staff

Days after the Marysville Police Department launched an investigation into eight employees who wrote letters seeking a more lenient sentence for convicted sex offender Jared Tomlinson, it has been revealed that the Marysville City Attorney was also lobbying on his behalf.

Documents obtained by Action News Now reveal that Marysville City Attorney Brant Bordsen used his position to influence Judge Robert Glusman when asking for leniency in the sentencing of convicted child molester Jared Tomlinson.

Since Tomlinson's sentencing one week ago in Butte County Superior Court, many have expressed shock that so many North State law enforcement officers have come forward in support of the former reserve officer.

Tomlinson joined Marysville police as an officer in 2007. He was arrested in 2013 for sexually molesting a child in the mid-2000s.

A common thread in all of the letters notes Tomlinson's trustworthiness, despite the fact that was convicted on three felony counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16.

Following public outcry after Action News Now revealed a Marysville detective sergeant used official agency letterhead when soliciting the court for leniency, Police Chief Aaron Easton placed that man, Chris Miller on administrative leave.

Miller also used to work as a recruit training officer with the Yuba College Police Academy, but in the fall of last year his contract was not renewed. The academy did not provide a reason, but said there was no official documentation reprimanding Miller. Chief Easton was a Marysville Police Lt. on the faculty of Yuba College at the time.

Brant Brasnson's letter to Judge Glusman was written on his firm's letterhead, but it did reference his affiliation with the city o=f Marysville. He has declined comment on the letter he wrote, but Mayor Ricky Samayoa released the following statement:

It was recently reported that Brant Bordsen, an attorney in private practice in Marysville and the contract city attorney of Marysville, directed a private communication to the judge of the Superior Court in Butte County relating to the pending sentencing of a long-time acquaintance.

A reading of that communication cannot lead to any conclusion other than that Mr. Bordsen was serving as a character witness from his own, personal experience with that individual, and in no way invoking a position taken by the city government.

I would have preferred that he had not referenced his affiliation with the city in that communication, but the views he expressed are his own, based on several decades of knowing the man in various contexts, and are not a violation of his professional services contract with the city.


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