- [CA] Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Mathis was NOT ARRESTED for domestic assault - ...Prosecutors said an arraignment date will be SENT TO HIS RESIDENCE...
- [CA] Deputy Mathis back on (modified) duty after FIFTH accusation of violence - His most recent victim was his wife. - A Merced County sheriff's deputy [Johnny Mathis] who faces domestic abuse charges for allegedly shoving his wife against a wall [amid other public safety personnel] inside the main jail while on duty has cost the county more than $400,000 in settlements from civil lawsuits alleging excessive force... Lawyers for Ferreira and Mathis told them not to answer questions about steroid use...
- [CA] Deputy Mathis fired but since he was never arrested for attacking wife in front of cops - is this just a strategy? - Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Mathis attacked his wife, was never arrested, and after a brief bit of time off was back on duty. This "alleged" attack happened in the presence of other officers. I suspect that his firing is actually protecting him from a completed internal investigation. If there's no report and the blue wall of silence kicks in, there will be nothing to keep him from coming back or being hired at another law enforcement agency...
Thursday, March 24, 2011
[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"...
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
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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