SLTFD Capt. Wygant resigns following city investigation
February 9, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Former South Lake Tahoe Department Capt. Mark McLeod Wygant resigned Wednesday following a city investigation into alleged misconduct involving possession of child pornography.
Wygant had been placed administrative leave following his arrest on Thursday on a federal charge of receiving child pornography.
Following his arrest, the city had opened an investigation to determine Wygant's employment status. FBI special agent Glenn G. Norling alleged in an affidavit that Wygant received, possessed and produced child pornography. The alleged child pornography material included as many as 5,000 images and 500 video files.
The city, according to a memo by city attorney Thomas Watson, was obligated to respect firefighter rights established in the Firefighter's Procedural Bill of Rights Act, and decided to place Wygant under administrative leave while it conducted its independent investigation into the alleged misconduct.
According to a press release issued by the city, Wygant's attorney was notified that the city's internal investigation was completed Tuesday. Wygant resigned following further conversations with the city, terminating his paid administrative leave status.
Wygant's resignation did not involve any financial settlement from the city, the press release stated.
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At close of business Wednesday, Wygant was no longer a city employee and was no longer on city payroll, the press release stated.
Wygant remains in federal custody and is scheduled to appear in federal court Feb. 13.