Eastern Idaho Sheriff Accused of Threatening Group of Youth | Idaho News
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) – A sheriff in eastern Idaho was charged with two felonies after state investigators charged him with threatening a group of church youth with a gun fire.
The Idaho attorney general’s office charged Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland with aggravated bodily harm, aggravated assault and the misdemeanor of displaying a gun on Tuesday, EastIdahoNews reported. com. Rowland agreed to take leave shortly after the allegations arose in November, although he still retains his elected position as sheriff.
Rowland declined to comment on Wednesday after EastIdahoNews.com asked him about the charges and his account of the events.
In court documents, investigators from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office wrote that a group of youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were participating in an activity on November 9 in which they attended provided thank you notes to members of the congregation. The girls, aged 12 to 16, pasted the notes on the doors of worshipers, then rang their doorbell, running away before being seen.
According to court documents, seven of the youth group and an adult leader traveled to the Rowland neighborhood to leave a note for the sheriff and his wife. In separate interviews with investigators, members of the youth group and Rowland both reportedly said that after the group left the note Rowland prevented their car from leaving, pulled the adult driver from the vehicle by the hair and pointed his handgun at his head. , shouting insults at him.
Eventually Rowland returned home and the group was able to leave, according to court documents.
Investigators said Rowland told them threats had been made against him and his wife in recent months and that he was concerned about people coming to the house.
“I have been doing this job for 36 years,” Rowland said in a statement in which he also disparaged residents of a nearby Indian reservation, calling them “not good people” and saying their closeness was the reason for his actions.
Rowland is scheduled to appear for the first time in this case on December 22. He has not yet had the opportunity to plead.
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