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    Default Pierce County Sheriff out on bail. Serve snd Protect.

    Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer was ordered to post $100,000 bail while he awaits trial on false-reporting charges related to his controversial confrontation last year with a Black newspaper carrier.
    Judge Jeffrey Jahns on Friday imposed the bail — 10 times the amount requested by prosecutors — during a dramatic hearing in Pierce County District Court in Tacoma, revoking Troyer’s earlier release on personal recognizance.
    Jahns initially ordered the sheriff be taken into custody until he posted the cash or bond — telling him, “Mr. Troyer, you are not free to leave this courtroom” — drawing an angry objection from Troyer’s attorney, John Sheeran.
    “What you are looking to do is a perp walk!” Sheeran said, accusing Jahns of seeking to humiliate the sheriff.
    Jahns relented only after Troyer’s attorney produced a bail agency representative in the courtroom, who said bail would immediately be posted.
    In his scathing ruling from the bench, Jahns pointed to testimony that Troyer had willfully violated his conditions of pretrial release by repeatedly contacting Sedrick Altheimer, the newspaper carrier, over the past several months, and ripped Troyer’s testimony about the incidents as “not credible” and “false or misleading.”


    Jahns found that Troyer represented “a substantial danger to the community, especially Mr. Altheimer,” and said there was a likelihood that Troyer would “seek to intimidate witnesses and otherwise seek to interfere with the administration of justice.”
    Jahns pointed to Troyer’s status as the top law enforcement official in Pierce County, saying Altheimer, as a Black man in his 20s, would have every reason to fear for his safety due to Troyer’s actions.
    “Mr. Altheimer is not a powerful man,” Jahns said. “Mr. Troyer is one of the most powerful men in Pierce County.”
    In an emailed statement Friday evening, Sheeran criticized the bail decision.
    “Sheriff Troyer did nothing to warrant the court imposing bail today and when compared to a number of heinous crimes charged in Pierce County this week the amount was clearly excessive,” Sheeran said. He pointed, for example, to a man charged Thursday with second-degree rape whose bail was set at $50,000.
    Troyer, wearing a gray suit, did not speak during the 2½-hour hearing, at times looking stunned or pained as Jahns called him out as deceitful and dangerous.


    At one point, Jahns talked about possibly ordering Troyer to turn over his guns, saying he believed the sheriff might harm Altheimer. He pointed to sordid chapters of Pierce County law enforcement history, such as Tacoma police Chief David Brame, who in 2003 used his service weapon to kill his wife and then himself in front of their children.
    “Violence by the head of a law enforcement agency has occurred in Pierce County in the past. It’s not an academic discussion,” Jahns said.
    Troyer faces criminal gross misdemeanor charges of false reporting and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant over his Jan. 27, 2021, confrontation with Altheimer, who was delivering newspapers on his regular route.




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    Default Re: Pierce County Sheriff out on bail. Serve snd Protect.

    We have a county sheriff here who has pleaded innocent to 2 felony sexual assault charges & is still working. Very strange.
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    Default Re: Pierce County Sheriff out on bail. Serve snd Protect.

    Elected officials I presume? Crazy situation.

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