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Pierce County sheriff ordered to post $100,000 bail

Sheriff Ed Troyer awaits trial for false reporting related to 2021 confrontation with Black newspaper carrier

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TACOMA — The sheriff of Pierce County has been ordered to post $100,000 bail while he awaits trial on false-reporting charges related to his controversial confrontation last year with a Black newspaper carrier.

Judge Jeffrey Jahns on Friday imposed the bail — 10 times the amount requested by prosecutors — during a hearing in Pierce County District Court in Tacoma, revoking Sheriff Ed Troyer’s earlier release on personal recognizance.

The Seattle Times reports that Jahns initially ordered the sheriff to be taken into custody until he posted the cash or bond, telling him, “Mr. Troyer, you are not free to leave this courtroom,” which drew an angry objection from Troyer’s attorney, John Sheeran.

Jahns relented after Sheeran produced a bail agency representative in the courtroom who said bail would immediately be posted.

Troyer faces criminal gross misdemeanor charges of false reporting and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant over his Jan. 27, 2021, confrontation with Sedrick Altheimer, who was delivering newspapers on his regular route.

In his ruling, Jahns pointed to testimony that Troyer had violated his conditions of pretrial release by repeatedly contacting Altheimer over the past several months. He called Troyer’s testimony about the incidents “not credible.”

The judge found that Troyer represented “a substantial danger to the community, especially Mr. Altheimer.”

Jahns pointed to Troyer’s status as the top law enforcement official in Pierce County, saying Altheimer, as a Black man in his 20s, would have every reason to fear for his safety due to Troyer’s actions.

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