Former detective’s case continued to Dec. 8 |

Former detective’s case continued to Dec. 8

Ken Johnson’s charges stem from reported misconduct

Collin Smith

Ken Johnson

The case against former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson was continued Friday until 11 a.m. Dec. 8 in Moffat County District Court.

Johnson is charged with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony; as well as accessory to crime and embezzlement of public property, both Class 5 felonies.

His attorney, Larry Combs, of Steamboat Springs, said that since the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has not offered to reduce Johnson's charges to misdemeanors, he would be all right with continuing the case in district court.

Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Snow said he could neither confirm nor deny whether his office has entered or will enter into plea negotiations with Johnson.

All of Johnson's charges stem from reported misconduct during his time as a police officer and member of the All Crimes Enforcement Team task force, and an alleged sexual relationship he had with Craig resident Tausha Merwin.

Johnson reportedly lied to police during the internal investigation about the relationship, aided Merwin in violating her probation for drug charges, provided her with information about ongoing law enforcement investigations and gave her a laptop computer and other equipment used by ACET.

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Merwin, who was in court Friday for Johnson's appearance, has been charged in the case with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony.

Prosecutors allege she also lied to police about her relationship with Johnson during the department's internal investigation.

Merwin is scheduled to appear at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in Moffat County Court for a status conference.

She is represented by Steam­boat Springs attorney Ron Smith, who took the case as alternate defense counsel after the Public Defender's Office cited a conflict of interest.

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