A Spokane cop who lost his job because of a relationship with an admitted drug user was sentenced Thursday to 10 days in jail.
Former Patrolman Mark Meehan, 31, was convicted earlier this month of two counts of obstructing other officers.
The obstructions happened a few hours apart on April 9, 1997, when police twice came to the north Spokane home of a woman they were trying to arrest for an alleged assault.
Meehan and two other officers had gone to 30-year-old Laice Adams’ house.
Police later learned that the woman they talked to - who said she was Adams’ younger sister - was really Laice Adams, wanted for attacking a bail bondsman.
Meehan, who had known Adams for more than a year, went along with the deception.
Adams, who has several criminal convictions, testified that she had sex with Meehan several times before the April incident.
She said Meehan threatened to arrest her for smoking crack cocaine “unless I did what he wanted.”
Adams first told police about her relationship with Meehan last summer. During three interviews with investigators, Adams also said she and Meehan twice smoked crack.
Obstructing police is a gross misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail.
But visiting District Court Judge David Frazier of Whitman County said he saw no reason to give Meehan more than 10 days.
“This is an offense that clearly merits some jail time,” Frazier told Meehan. “At the same time, you’ve already been punished by losing a good job and leaving a career you seemed to love.”
Deputy Prosecutor Kathryn Lee sought a 60-day sentence.
She argued that Meehan misused his training and “a message needs to be sent to the community.
“He used his power to abuse Laice Adams, but he also victimized the citizens of Spokane who paid his salary and for the training he received,” Lee said.
Frazier ordered Meehan to serve 160 hours of community service, saying “that will be one way of repaying the city for what it spent to train you.”
He also ordered Meehan to undergo a psychological evaluation.
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