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Saturday, December 24, 2005

[CO] Trooper Oreolt resigns after Rep. Buescher takes notice

December 2005
Demoted Colorado State Trooper John Oreolts resigned this month, a day before taking the desk job he had been reassigned to after coming under the public scutiny of state Rep. Bernie Buescher: "A mere demotion of State Patrol officer John Oreolt sends the wrong message to women in Mesa County and the state of Colorado, but I’m concerned that state personnel rules protect employees that violate rules of acceptable behavior... I’m calling on the State Patrol to do the right thing." Oreolt is in the news now because he propositioned a woman he pulled over, but also has domestic violence and false reporting in his history with the state police. He had been jailed after his wife reported he hit her in the face with his fist a couple of days after he slammed a cabinet door into her shin. The domestic-violence charge was dismissed 3 months later "IN THE BEST INTEREST OF JUSTICE." In the false reporting incident he failed to mention that the accident happened when a trooper pulled a U-turn in front of someone, didn't turn in witness statements, and categorized it as a 1-car accident.

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