For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: September 6, 2005

Former Preston Police Chief Admits to Two Felonies

(Boise) – Former Preston Police Chief C. Scott Shaw pleaded guilty today to two felony crimes, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Shaw pleaded guilty to misuse of public money and perjury. The maximum penalty for misuse of public money is 10 years in prison. The maximum penalty for perjury is 14 years in prison. Shaw entered his pleas during a hearing before District Judge N. Randy Smith in Sixth District Court in Pocatello. Judge Smith set a sentencing hearing for October 28.

On December 6, 2004, the Attorney General’s Office filed a criminal complaint charging Shaw with seven felonies. Today, Shaw admitted to Counts Six and Seven.

Count Six charged Shaw with misuse of public money by accepting and depositing into his own account a City of Preston check in the amount of $882. According to the complaint, the money was for tuition and per diem to attend the FBI Command College, and Shaw did not attend or attempt to attend the training.

Count Seven accused Shaw of perjury during a deposition in a civil lawsuit Shaw brought against the City of Preston. According to the complaint, Shaw falsely stated under oath that he had kept the $882 in his desk to be used as “buy” money.

As part of a plea agreement, the Attorney General’s Office dismissed the remaining five counts. Those counts alleged unlawful activity by Shaw in obtaining, serving and processing a search warrant at the Preston residence of Bart Pitcher. Pitcher was convicted and sentenced to prison as a result of the unlawful search.

In a separate court proceeding, in which the Attorney General’s Office was not involved, Sixth District Judge Don L. Harding set aside Pitcher’s conviction on August 1, 2005, and ordered Pitcher’s release from prison. In his order, Judge Harding found that Shaw made false and/or misleading statements to the magistrate in obtaining the search warrants. He also ordered that the forfeiture of Pitcher’s property be set aside and that the Pitcher family be reimbursed for their losses.

The Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit investigated and prosecuted the case at the request of former Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Jay McKenzie.

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