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Thursday, December 17, 2009

[WI] Accused of boasting like a batterer, lying, etc, Officer Bogdonas gets nonconsecutive suspended days & job security


 ...[Beloit police officer Michael] Bogdonas allegedly talked about his personal life during a response to a domestic incident. He also allegedly told an accused batterer he would have done the same thing, talked about internal matters at the police department and the town, and told a family member that if he wasn’t “a cop,” he’d probably punch his mother-in-law in the head... The suspension days will not be entirely consecutive and will not affect Bogdonas’ vacation days... no other disciplinary action will be taken...

TOWN OFFICER SUSPENDED
Beloit Daily News
By John Ranallo
December 17, 2009
[Excerpts] Town of Beloit police officer Michael Bogdonas has been suspended after reaching an agreement with attorneys for the Town of Beloit. Bogdonas had been brought up on charges of lying during an internal investigation and misconduct. According to the settlement, dated Nov. 24, Bogdonas will be suspended for 38 work days, as scheduled by Town of Beloit Police Chief John Wilson... The suspension days will not be entirely consecutive and will not affect Bogdonas’ vacation days in 2009. According to the second clause of the settlement, “no other disciplinary action will be taken against Michael Bogdonas as a result of these disciplinary charges”... Town Administrator Robert Museus said Bogdonas will still serve as a full-time officer for the department and that he will not receive pay for the days he is suspended. Museus said Bogdonas will have completed his suspension by the end of January. Bogdonas was scheduled to stand before the Town of Beloit Police and Fire Disciplinary Review Committee to face allegations of being disloyal to the police department, lying during an internal investigation and acting in way unbecoming of an officer... The settlement agreement was signed by Bogdonas, a representative of the Town of Beloit and a representative of Teamster’s Local No. 695 which handles the police department’s union affairs. [Full article here]

ARTICLES FROM LAST MONTH:

TOWN OF BELOIT POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF MISCONDUCT
Janesville Gazette
By Ann Marie Ames
Monday, Nov. 23, 2009
[Excerpts] BELOIT TOWNSHIP — Town of Beloit Police Chief John Wilson has filed charges against one of his officers and requests the officer be suspended for up to 90 days. A recently appointed disciplinary committee will hold a hearing and could act on the matter Tuesday. Wilson on Sept. 22 filed a document listing five charges against officer Mike Bogdonas. The charges were a result of a complaint filed by a resident after Bogdonas responded to a July 12 domestic incident... According to the complaint: During the July 12 incident, Bogdonas told a family member involved in the July 12 incident that if Bogdonas wasn’t “a cop, I’d probably go over and punch” his own mother-in-law in the head... Bogdonas told an accused batterer he would have done the same thing... He made false and misrepresentative statements... [Full article here]

SUSPENSION OF OFFICER SOUGHT
Beloit Daily News
By John Ranall
November 23, 2009
[Excerpts] ...Town Administrator Robert Museus said Bogdonas serves as a steward for the police union for the Town of Beloit. Monday’s workshop agenda for the Town of Beloit indicates that a closed session may be conducted in regards to the “collective bargaining agreement for Teamsters Union Local No. 695, the police department.” Museus said the union talks and disciplinary hearing are unrelated. Town attorney William Henderson said the disciplinary committee will be made up of three members, who will serve as the judge for the hearing. Both sides will have the opportunity to present evidence. The committee could take up to three days to make a decision, Henderson said. Museus said the committee will provide the final say on what happens regarding the allegations. The decision cannot be reviewed by the town board. Museus said he did not have a copy of the charges facing Bogdonas on hand and did not want to comment any further. “I can’t comment on any of that stuff,” he said. [Full article here]

TOWN OF BELOIT, OFFICER REACH SETTLEMENT
WCLO
November 25, 2009
[Excerpts] Attorneys for the town of Beloit and police officer Mike Bogdonas have reached a settlement... Details of the settlement will not be released to The Janesville Gazette until it files an open records request, Museus said. The Gazette will file such a request, Editor Scott Angus said... Town of Beloit Police Chief John Wilson filed the charges after a resident filed a complaint July 12. According to the complaint, Bogdonas allegedly talked about his personal life during a response to a domestic incident. He also allegedly told an accused batterer he would have done the same thing, talked about internal matters at the police department and the town, and told a family member that if he wasn’t “a cop,” he’d probably punch his mother-in-law in the head. [Full article here]
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6 comments:

  1. http://www.beloitdailynews.com/articles/2010/01/30/news/local_news/news013005.txt#comment

    6'5" Abegglen seems to think it's ok to harass and intimidate a 5'1" woman.

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  2. TOWN COP MAY FACE DISCIPLINE
    Beloit Daily News
    Published: Saturday,
    By John Ranallo
    January 30, 2010 3:37 AM CST
    [Excerpts] Sgt. Willis Abegglen with the Town of Beloit Police Department has been suspended with pay, and could be terminated pending the results of the Town’s Police and Fire Disciplinary Review Committee. A disciplinary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at Beloit Town Hall, 2871 South Afton Road. Police Chief John Wilson filed a formal complaint against Abegglen charging him with with a violation of the Town and Department’s anti-harrassment policies. The formal complaint also accuses Abegglen of “untruthfulness and insubordination during investigation of this matter”... He served as Deputy Chief from 2004 until April of 2009, when his position was eliminated. After that Abegglen was named a sergeant... In February 2009, Melissa Corum was hired as Administrative Assistant to Chief Wilson. The department was reorganized, which affected the employment of Abegglen’s wife, who was also an employee of the town. On Aug. 13, Abegglen was suspended for three days without pay for harassing Corum... Corum generally kept her office door locked when he was in the building. The complaint states that after returning from his August suspension Abegglen continued to harass Corum and retaliated against her because of her earlier complaint... The complaint states that Corum used a digital voice recorder to record Abegglen’s comments. Prior to hearing the recording Abegglen denied the allegations. “While the audio quality of that recording is not ideal, as it was taken through her office door, it is clear enough to confirm that Ms. Corum’s allegations are truthful, and verifies Mr. Abeggle lied under oath in direct violation of orders given to him by the Chief,” the complaint said... The review committee is made up of three members who will serve as the judge for the hearing. Both parties will have the chance to present evidence, and a decision will be reached directly or several days after the trial... Abegglen will remained suspended until the hearing on Feb. 22, Museus said. [Full article here]

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  3. Officer Bogdonas resigned yesterday.

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  4. Sgt.Willis Abegglen has retired.

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  5. http://beloitdailynews.com/articles/2010/02/23/news/top_news/news2303.txt

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