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Police officer released on bail, state sex charges possible

Adam Jensen

South Lake Tahoe police officer Johnny Poland, who was arrested last week and charged with federal witness and evidence tampering, has been released on a $100,000 bond, according to court documents filed online Monday.

El Dorado County prosecutors are also looking into the possibility of filing sex charges against the former South Tahoe High School resource officer.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court last week accuses Poland of encouraging female companions to destroy evidence related to a grand jury investigation into the police officer.

The federal court document also alleges Poland engaged in sexual activity with two 17-year-old girls while he was a school resource officer, but does not charge him with crimes related to the sexual conduct.

An email sent to Poland while in he was in custody in Sacramento County Jail last week did not receive a reply. A voicemail left on a phone number previously used to contact Poland was not immediately returned Tuesday night. Court documents have yet to list an attorney for Poland.

El Dorado County prosecutors have not yet received information from the FBI regarding its investigation into Poland, but expect to receive the information soon, Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said.

He said county prosecutors will be looking into possible sex charges against the police officer. Prosecutors may face issues related to the statutes of limitations related to the alleged underage sexual activity, Uthe said. The federal complaint alleges the activity happened between 2003 and 2006.

Changes to state laws have made the statute of limitations laws for prosecutors pursuing sex charges “complex, but better,” Uthe said. He did not immediately have the statue of limitations for crimes such as statutory rape available Tuesday afternoon.

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