Thursday, October 08, 2009

Former Officer Glenn Coyne Shoots Self

A former Grand Junction police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Jefferson County, authorities said.

The body of Glenn Coyne, 35, was found Tuesday afternoon at the Days Inn Hotel, 15059 W. Colfax Ave., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Coyne, who had recently posted bond in Mesa County after being arrested Oct. 1 on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree burglary, was the lone occupant of the room, the Sheriff's Office said.

Coyne, who had been a Grand Junction officer for two years, was fired after his arrest.

He was accused of assaulting a woman who called him for follow-up help after Coyne and other officers went to her Grand Junction home on an unspecified family matter.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told The Associated Press that the investigation into allegations against Coyne remains active, and an affidavit remains sealed. He said there are no other suspects in the case.

Coyne is survived by his wife and two children.
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Former Officer Jared Rohrig Pleads Not Guilty to Posing As Twin for Sex

A former Connecticut police officer has pleaded not guilty to allegations he posed as his twin brother to have sex with a woman, and then raped her when she realized the ruse and tried to leave.

Twenty-five-year-old Jared Rohrig of Milford appeared in Milford Superior Court on Wednesday. He says he's innocent of first-degree sexual assault and criminal impersonation charges.

The victim told Milford police that she was in a relationship with Rohrig's brother, Joseph, and went to see him at the Rohrigs' home in July.

Police say the woman realized during sex that she was with Jared Rohrig, because he didn't have a tattoo like his brother. She alleges Jared Rohrig continued the sex against her will when she tried to leave.

Jared Rohrig resigned from the Orange police department last month.

Lt Troy Sallee Arrested for Drunk Driving

An officer with the Payette County Sheriff's office has resigned after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Sheriff Chad Huff says Lt. Troy Sallee was arrested late on Oct. 1.

He says Sallee resigned from the force the next day.

Huff says at the time of the arrest Sallee was on administrative leave during an internal investigation into an unrelated matter.

Huff says Sallee was a 12-year veteran of the Payette County Sheriff's office.

Officer Douglas Paulsen Arrested for Enticing Minor

A West Valley police officer assigned to Hunter High School as a school resource officer has been arrested in Layton after investigators there say he arrived for a prearranged sexual rendezvous with someone he believed was a 15-year-old boy.

Douglas L. Paulsen, 41, has been charged in 2nd District Court with six counts of dealing in material harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony, and one count of enticing a minor over the Internet, a class A misdemeanor.

A detective posing as a 15-year-old boy answered an online sex ad in early September that allegedly was posted by Paulsen, said Layton Police Lt. Garrett Atkin. The detective and Paulsen allegedly began exchanging e-mails.

"During their conversations, the adult male sent the undercover detective pornographic images," Atkin said.

Atkin said Paulsen and the "boy" set up a meeting at the Layton Hills Mall with the understanding that they would move to another location to engage in sex. When Paulsen arrived at the mall, he was taken into custody without incident.

Atkin said he could not release additional details about the case, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Paulsen has worked with the West Valley Police Department for several years. His most recent assignment was working as the school resource officer for Hunter High School.

"Based on the allegation our officer is facing, we have placed him on paid administrative leave," said West Valley Police Capt. Anita Schwemmer.

West Valley police had little to say about the investigation Wednesday, referring all questions to Layton police.

As for his duties at the high school, Schwemmer said her department did not believe any student there was victimized.

"He actually has been a school resource officer at Hunter High School for several years," she said. "We've never had any complaints, rumors or information that has caused us any concern or any unethical behavior on his part at the school. We are interviewing individuals at the school to make sure there was no inappropriate behavior there."

Ben Horsley, spokesman for the Granite District, also referred questions about the case to the two police departments. However, he noted, "We don't believe our students have been impacted."

Paulsen was released Wednesday from the Davis County Jail following an initial court appearance.