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FBI arrests Tahoe cop

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From page A1 | January 25, 2013 | 4 Comments

A South Lake Tahoe police officer has been arrested on charges related to witness tampering, with other allegations of sexual contact with minors and providing gang affiliates with law enforcement-sensitive information.

John “Johnny” Gerald Poland, 44, was taken into custody Tuesday morning without incident after a three-year investigation, the FBI announced.

The charges against Poland include two counts “for corruptly persuading a person to alter, destroy or conceal an object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so and three counts for corruptly persuading another person with the intent to influence the testimony of any person in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so.” He allegedly committed the acts both on and off duty.

It is alleged that Poland tried to “dissuade witnesses from providing information and material, impeding a criminal investigation.” Other allegations of misconduct include providing gang affiliates with law enforcement-sensitive information and sexual contact with minors. The charges cover a several year period, including time while he was a School Resource Officer at South Tahoe High School.

The arrest is the result of an extensive investigation by the FBI, SLTPD and the California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement SLEDNET Task Force.

Poland is currently being held in the Sacramento County Jail with no bail.

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Discussion | 4 comments

  • Retired 832January 25, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Hey Johnny, Bah-bye you dirtbag!!

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  • 1036-FrankJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:08 pm

    This is an example of how an investigation is conducted into an allegation of corruption and appropriate action taken. The "Good Ol' Boys" here in the Sheriff's Office were allowed to retire instead of facing the music and are still laughing all the way to the bank. The allegations against this officer pale in comparison to the retired Sheriff's Gob's who got away but are not forgotten.

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  • Walking TallJanuary 26, 2013 - 10:31 am

    10-36 Frank, you should see the complaint posted on this;several years of investigation and the people involved. You are right the way it should be gone, but not here because they all benefit from the money they get. But then the Sheriff said he was too busy to see what was going on and he avoided any mirrors near him.

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  • 1036-FrankJanuary 27, 2013 - 10:10 am

    It is interesting that in this case the feds at the FBI got involved and there was not the political decision and deal making process that prevented the Gob's here from facing crimminal charges. The investigative branch of local Govt. failed miserably with the Gob's locally and it was a situation where only an outside agency could of been brought in as was suggested numerous times. What did happen was a sudden retirement-exodus of the gang that made up most of the Gob's. Only the federal lawsuit that covers a small percentage of their actions remains.

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