Saturday, November 15, 2008
Former Sandy officer charged with ID theft, misconduct
From the Oregonian, November 13 2008
A former Sandy police officer turned himself in to authorities today after he was charged with identity theft, first-degree official misconduct and misuse of a license.
William Jacob Bergin, 27, surrendered at the Clackamas County Jail after he was indicted by a grand jury. The indictment did not provide details of the accusations against Bergin.
He was released on his own recognizance, pending his Dec. 11 arraignment in Clackamas County Circuit Court.
In a written statement, the Sandy Police Department said, "Whenever someone in the law enforcement community, past or present, is accused of wrongdoing, law enforcement officers are hurt by it. We are saddened and embarrassed by this."
Sandy police declined further comment.
Bergin remains a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court after Bergin and sheriff's Deputy David Willard shot and killed a naked unarmed Portland man on a rural highway in 2005. The family of Fouad Kaady, 27, has hired high-profile, flamboyant defense attorney Gerry Spence of Wyoming to argue the lawsuit.
The suit names the city of Sandy, Clackamas County and the two officers and seeks monetary damages to be determined at trial for alleged civil rights violations, excessive force, unconstitutional arrest and wrongful death.
Bergin joined the Sandy Police Department in May 2005.