As of Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Two deputies in Asotin County knew about the abuse of a minor and did not take proper action. Neither of them are public officers any longer. Good. Luckily the sheriff there did not follow our Sheriff Doug Giddings example.
Idaho County’s Undersheriff knew about the 2012 abuse of a minor by a deputy. He did not involve the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
He did not charge the deputy, criminally. He did not relieve the deputy of his badge and gun. His inaction violated the Idaho Peace Officer’s Standards & Trainings (POST) Code of Ethics. The code requires the appropriate enforcement of law without favor. There is a convincing argument the undersheriff violated Idaho Code.
One month later, other deputies learned of the situation through another county and took appropriate action. The deputy was relieved of duty, arrested, charged and pled guilty to sexual battery of a minor.
Kootenai County Investigators looked into the actions of the undersheriff as a courtesy to Sheriff Giddings, to avoid further conflict of interest. However, when the investigation broadened in nature, Giddings asked them to wrap it up and go home.
What facts came out in that investigation? We will never know. Sheriff Giddings declared it a personnel matter as opposed to a criminal matter.
Therefore, the facts are not open to the public. When the victim and the family sued, Sheriff Giddings and his Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP) lawyers spent much of their effort to keep the investigation sealed.
Don’t take my word for it. The court documents are available online.
Go to the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). Giddings is hiding something and I trust him a little less than I do Hillary!
ref. www.icrmp.org; www.pacer.gov; www.post.idaho.gov
Glen Scott Swearingen