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[CA] Fired Deputy Mathis' wife says domestic violence never happened & case will be dropped if he completes classes

...Kathy Mathis, the defendant's wife, said her husband [fired Merced County sheriff's deputy Johnny Mathis] never abused her. She works as a correctional officer at the department... "They basically said that I lied and that I didn't want him to get in any trouble," she said. "There was never any type of domestic violence, nothing like that, between the two of us. And that's been from day one"...

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MERCED COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY JOHNNY MATHIS: Charges against Merced ex-deputy may be dropped
Accused of pushing his wife, he'll have to complete counseling to settle case
Merced Sun-Star
By Victor A. Patton
Mar. 24, 2011
[Excerpts] A misdemeanor spousal abuse case against a former Merced County sheriff's deputy will be dismissed, pending his completion of counseling sessions. Johnny Mathis, 38, was accused of pushing his wife, an on-duty dispatcher with the department, while he was in uniform and on duty May 26 of last year at the sheriff's main office, according to the sheriff's report. Not long after the alleged incident, Mathis was fired by the department. Mathis' case was scheduled to go to trial this week. But on Tuesday, his attorney, John Garcia, reached an agreement with the Merced County District Attorney's Office. Under terms of the agreement, the misdemeanor spousal abuse count will be dropped if Mathis completes 12 counseling sessions... Deputy District Attorney Nicole Silveira, the prosecutor, said she reviewed every dimension of the case, but no particular issue stood out in the decision to settle. "After looking at the evidence in the case, we feel this is the appropriate resolution," she said... [Garcia] said his client's wife even denied the allegations of violence. Garcia added that Mathis' wife had stood by him throughout his legal ordeal. Kathy Mathis, the defendant's wife, said her husband never abused her. She works as a correctional officer at the department... "They basically said that I lied and that I didn't want him to get in any trouble," she said. "There was never any type of domestic violence, nothing like that, between the two of us. And that's been from day one." According to sheriff's reports, the alleged pushing incident happened during an argument between Mathis and his wife in front of and inside the sheriff's main office. He allegedly entered the jail and asked to talk to her while she was working. During the argument, he reportedly threw his cell phone on the ground and pushed her. A witness said she was holding her arm and crying after the incident. Mathis, who was in uniform when the incident happened, wasn't arrested... Garcia said his client hopes to resume his law enforcement career... On the flip side, civil lawsuits involving Mathis as a defendant cost the county more than $400,000, after allegations of excessive force... [Full article here]
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  1. Former deputy hired as Dos Palos police officer
    Merced-Sun Star
    By Rob Parsons rparsons@mercedsunstar.com
    January 8, 2014

    A former Merced County sheriff’s deputy has been hired as an officer for the Dos Palos Police Department.

    John Mathis, who resigned from the Sheriff’s Department in April 2012 after nearly 16 years, was sworn in as a patrolman on Tuesday and is starting his field training with the eight-officer department, Chief Barry Mann confirmed.

    “I feel he will be a good fit in my program here,” Mann said.

    Mathis was hired by the Sheriff’s Department in March 1996, county spokesman Mike North confirmed. Now 41, Mathis was investigated in 2010 for an on-duty allegation of domestic violence, eventually charged with a misdemeanor and removed from his job. He was accused of pushing his wife, a dispatcher with the Sheriff’s Department, on May 26, 2010. Both Mathis and his wife denied the allegation, authorities said.

    The Merced County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the misdemeanor charge against Mathis on April 13, 2011, and Mathis attended counseling classes, according to Merced County Superior Court records. Mathis appealed his dismissal from the Sheriff’s Department and was reinstated on Sept. 1, 2011. He resigned eight months later.

    During his tenure at the department, which included stints with the SWAT and STAR teams and with the K-9 unit, Mathis was named as a defendant in numerous civil suits alleging excessive force that cost Merced County more than $400,000.

    Mann said he does not believe any of those issues will affect Mathis’ time at the Dos Palos Police Department.

    “I reviewed those situations and had numerous meetings and conversations,” Mann said. “I believe that under my leadership he will serve the Dos Palos community very well.”

    Mathis was also decorated by the Sheriff’s Department in 2009 and awarded the Medal of Valor, according to Merced Sun-Star archives.

    Staff writer Rob Parsons can be reached at rparsons@mercedsunstar.com or (209) 385-2482.

    http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2014/01/08/3430827/former-deputy-hired-as-dos-palos.html

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  2. So the 2011 article said Merced County sheriff's deputy Johnny Mathis was FIRED, then this more recent one says he had "resigned". Did he get his job back after he was fired - like arbitrated by the police union - and then was allowed to resign - or is the the paper covering up his firing? I'm shakin' my head either way.

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