Ex-cop accused of tipping woman to probation visit
September 30, 2009
CRAIG – Prosecutors say a former Craig police detective had an affair with a woman convicted of drug charges and warned her when probation officers planned to visit her.
Ken Johnson, 42, is also accused of telling the woman, 29-year-old Tausha Merwin, the names of drug informants and giving her a police laptop to use.
Johnson was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempting to influence a public servant, accessory to crime and embezzlement. He was released on bond.
Merwin was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempting to influence a public servant and was freed on bond.
Johnson had an unlisted phone number, and no listing could be found for Merwin. It wasn’t known whether either had an attorney.
Johnson, a nine-year veteran of the police force, resigned on Sept. 8.
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Arrest warrant affidavits indicate other officers began to suspect he was having an affair with Merwin in mid-2008, but it’s not clear when the formal investigation began.
Authorities say Merwin was under the jurisdiction of a drug court because she pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance in 2008 and had a previous conviction for possession of a controlled substance.
The affidavits claim Johnson knew Merwin was drinking alcohol in violation of her probation and warned her in advance of visits by probation officers.
The affidavits say Johnson worked with a drug enforcement task force, and that he and Merwin hat at least one sexual encounter in the task force office. It was unclear when the alleged encounter took place or whether Merwin was in custody at the time.
Police Cmdr. Jerry DeLong declined to comment on the case but said the department is cooperating with prosecutors.
Information from: Craig Daily Press, http://www.craigdailypress.com