Thursday, January 19, 2006

Officer Matthew Thompson - Manistee PD

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Former Manistee police officer Matthew Thompson charged with sexual assault of relatives between 1987 - 1994 [April 17, 2012]

Former Manistee Officer found guilty of violence
Mon. May 01, 2006
By: Chuck Randall

A former Manistee City Police Officer is found guilty of domestic violence following a trial with a special prosecutor with the Michigan State Police.

34-year old Matt Thompson was a 9-year veteran with the City Police Department before he got into an altercation with his fiancée outside of their home at about 4am on January 19th.

During a night of drinking, according to authorities, Thompson, who no longer works for the Manistee City Police, was sentenced to one year probation, including anger concealing and alternative to violence classes.

Former cop guilty in domestic violence case
Ludington Daily News
Kevin Braciszeski - Daily News Staff Writer
Friday, April 28, 2006

MANISTEE - A jury found former Manistee Police Sgt. Matthew Thompson guilty of domestic violence Thursday and sentenced him to a year of probation.

The trial in Manistee County’s 85th District Court followed Thompson’s arrest on the charge in January. The incident occurred at his home while he was off duty.

Thompson had been on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest, and Manistee Police Chief Dave Bachman said this morning that Thompson resigned a few weeks ago and is no longer a member of the department.

In addition to probation, Thompson was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $820. He was also ordered to receive anger management counseling and treatment for alcohol abuse, as required by his probation officer.

The Michigan State Police investigated the incident.

Special judge brought to Manistee on Domestic case
Thu. Feb. 09 2006
By: Chuck Randall

A special Judge and Prosecutor will be used in connection with the domestic violence case of a Manistee City Police officer.

10-year Police veteran 34-year old Matt Thompson was not on duty when the incident occurred during the early morning hours of January 19th when he and his fiancée got into an altercation at Thompson’s Manistee home.

Police say that both parties were under the influence of alcohol during the incident.

Thompson is currently on administrative leave awaiting the next proceedings scheduled for March 10th.

Cop faces domestic violence charges
10-year veteran was arrested on January 19
Record-Eagle staff writer
January 28, 2006

MANISTEE - A special prosecutor plans to file misdemeanor domestic violence charges against a Manistee Police sergeant accused of assaulting his fiancee while off-duty.

Wexford County Prosecutor William Fagerman said he likely would file the charges in Manistee County on Monday or Tuesday.

State police arrested Matthew Thompson, 34, of Manistee on Jan. 19 after they found him at his home allegedly engaged in a physical fight with his fiancee.

Police said both Thompson and his fiancee had been drinking and no weapons were involved.

Fagerman said he received an order from the Michigan Attorney General Friday appointing him to weigh charges against Thompson after Manistee County Prosecutor Ford Stone removed himself from the case.

Stone said since Thompson is a police supervisor, he has frequent contact with him. He said he needed to refuse the case to avoid an appearance of impropriety.

Thompson, a 10-year veteran, is on unpaid leave.

Stone didn't know whether Thompson would lose his job if he was convicted, but he said someone convicted of domestic violence would no longer be able to possess a firearm.

Officer put on leave after alleged fight
January 24, 2006

MANISTEE - A Manistee police sergeant arrested for domestic violence after an alleged alcohol-related altercation with his fiancee is on unpaid leave pending criminal and internal investigations.

Matthew Thompson, 34, of Manistee, was arrested Jan. 19 just before 4 a.m. at his home on Kosciusko Street by troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Manistee.

Manistee police Chief David Bachman said the alleged incident involving Thompson and his fiancee occurred while Thompson, a 10-year veteran of the city force, was off-duty.

State police Sgt. Mark Miller said both Thompson and his fiancee had been drinking alcohol when the alleged physical altercation started.

No weapons were involved, Miller said.

"It was a physical altercation and they both received some injuries, but nothing serious," he said. "They were both involved in the physical confrontation, but when the troopers evaluated the situation they determined the best course of action was to arrest him at the time."

Miller said Thompson was lodged in the Manistee County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

"The city police initially went to the home, but because it was one of their officers, they requested that we handle the complaint," he said.

Bachman said Thompson later posted a cash bond and was released from custody.

Thompson is on administrative leave without pay pending criminal and internal investigations.

The internal investigation could take a few weeks, Bachman said.

Miller said the police report has been forwarded to Manistee County Prosecutor Ford Stone to determine whether Thompson or his fiancee could face charges in the scuffle.

Manistee officer on leave after domestic violence arrest
Managing Editor: Steve Begnoche
Posted: 1-23-2006

Sgt. Matthew Thompson of the Manistee Police Department was arrested for domestic violence by the Michigan State Police in the early morning hours of last Thursday, according to a report from the Manistee Police Department.

Thompson was lodged in Manistee County Jail for the incident that occurred at his home while he was off duty. He was later released after posting a cash bond. He was placed on administrative leave without pay pending the investigation into the incident, according to the release.

The Manistee Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into the incident.

Sgt. Mark Miller of the Michigan State Police, Manistee post, said the Manistee police requested troopers lead the investigation of the incident.

“They asked us to take over and we determined there was enough probable cause that domestic violence did occur,” Miller said.

Miller said asking another law enforcement agency to investigate the incident when members of the same agency are involved is a common practice to avoid the appearance of favoritism in the case.

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