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Retired sheriff’s sgt. surrenders: Child porn charges filed

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From page A1 | July 12, 2013 | 14 Comments

Wilson William

WILLIAM WILSON

A retired El Dorado County sheriff’s sergeant turned himself in July 9 after charges of possession of child pornography were filed against him.

In January, sheriff’s detectives launched an investigation on Sgt. William Wilson after information was discovered that he might have been involved in inappropriate activity, a press release stated. The investigation was launched as a result of “suspicious behavior,” said Sgt. Phil Chovenec. Wilson retired while the investigation was still running, but the investigation continued.

The investigation led to information indicating Wilson had committed criminal acts. “We discovered information that led us to believe inappropriate activity was taking place,” Chovenec said. The findings were submitted to the District Attorney’s Office. Misdemeanor charges were then filed against Wilson.

Wilson turned himself in on July 9 for booking and release as per orders from the DA’s Office. Wilson is scheduled to be arraigned on July 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 7.

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  • 1036-FrankJuly 11, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    He wasn't fired because? They knew since Jan.? He was allowed to retire? He was booked and released? Wasn't charged with a felony? This looks like the GOB cover-up of the year at this point and is a failure from the top. This was a left over GOB and it shows not much changed since the last election. What else was swept under this rug?

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  • Spanish ESLJuly 12, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    hi hola mis opiniones seran en español, si me lo permiten opinar prometo no insultar u ofender a persona alguna que siempre y cuando me respete por tener un diferente lenguaje y modo de pensar.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 12, 2013 - 11:06 pm

    ¡seguro!

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  • James E.July 12, 2013 - 11:10 pm

    Si

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  • James E.July 12, 2013 - 11:12 pm

    Ok, delete that. It's obvious that my only language is English.

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  • Shaun the SheepJuly 12, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    ¡ Que lástima!

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  • Bob A.July 14, 2013 - 4:46 am

    Here is the thing with EDSO. The only time things are really put out there is when someone is finally caught. The real issue is the private/personal moral turpitude of some of the officers that work there. This is just bypassed and a head is turned as long as it does NOT affect their working lives. Let's face it if you are morally corrupt in your personal life how far can you be from your working life? It all goes hand and hand. Go back and ask about certain sergeants and recent promotional lieutenants and a few others. Check into how many divorces or problem marriages there have been and that should tell you a lot. This is a systemic problem. This thing should be nipped in the bud by the sheriff. Law Enforcement is one of those professions that is put at a higher esteem. How can you expect the public to respect them when their behavior lacks respect and they aren't held accountable for it?

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  • Oh BrotherJuly 14, 2013 - 7:26 am

    @Bob A. - Amen to that! Had to deal with this officer from a case of ours and am so disappointed that all the times we filed complaints about his behavior during the course of the case, we were shunned and further harrased. No wonder people have no faith in the judicial system. I wish I could say that he was only one bad apple but unfortunately that is not how it is.

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  • Snaggletooth SlimJuly 14, 2013 - 8:59 am

    The P-Ville office is full of bad apples! I don't trust any of them. Inflated retirements, wink and nod promotions, I saw it first hand. This should be called Corruption County. Hopefully we see more and more of them "having their day in court".

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  • 1036-FrankJuly 14, 2013 - 8:51 am

    This GOB was a classic, he was given every pretend work assignment they could invent for him, from K9 to OHV SGT. He was an example of many of the former Gob's still there and still the same old trouble, there was a really good chance to clean these bad apples out last election, when the "campaign talk" was the clean up was coming, the names were well known of who needed to go. The choice was not to rock the boat let them retire at will, and further promote some and the result has been seen, there are some really messed up people still around. This is a failure of leadership at the top to use termination when criminal actions are discovered and proven, it is a pattern, and the second Sgt. arrested in the last couple of years. How many more arrests are coming?

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  • MikeJuly 14, 2013 - 10:17 pm

    10-36 FRANK and just think you worked there for years and just as big as apart of the problem.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 15, 2013 - 6:05 am

    Good morning, Frank http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iTCOUgVYG3o#t=43s

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  • Walking TallJuly 22, 2013 - 4:53 am

    Funny how the Administration allows the GOB's the option to retire prior to any action taken on their part, as the pattern is showing "look the other wat and hope it goes away. Here we have the very leaders commiting the crimes for which no one is held accountable, what happened to the Sheriff's boast "I will clean house the first hour of my watch". Oh yeah that was just another broken promise of many to come. Well at least the DA took action and will hold this now retired scum bag to answer these discusting charges. We can only hope that the house of cards will come tumbling down around the GOB's.

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  • lost_hopeAugust 08, 2013 - 10:55 am

    Wow, he was our D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer in 6th grade...kinda creepy

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