Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Officer Phillip Bal - Terminated - Iron Mountain PD

Also See:

Officer Phillip Bal - April 2004 home invasion and CSC charges

Officer Phillip Bal - April 2005 CSC charges

Officer Phillip Bal - April 2006 CSC charges

Officer Phillip Bal - 1995 CSC allegation

Officer Phillip Bal - Sentenced, July 18, 2007 [April 2004 charges]

Officer Phillip Bal - Charges dismissed [Aurora WI. April 2005 charges]
Briefs from the Upper Peninsula
Associated Press
Duluth News Tribune, MN
Jul. 12, 2006

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) - A city police officer charged with criminal sexual conduct and other charges has been fired.

City Manager John Marquart announced Tuesday that Phillip Bal had lost his job.

Bal, 32, of Iron Mountain, is charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of assault and battery and one county of being drunk and disorderly. He has been with the local police department for six years.

"Officer Phillip Bal vehemently denies the accusations against him," said his attorney, Frank Stupak. "Bal is surprised the city of Iron Mountain would terminate him in advance of proof of the accusations which come from a barroom while Bal was off duty."

A preliminary examination and a pretrial hearing are scheduled for Monday on the charges.

They involve an incident alleged to have taken place at Wally's Bar on April 21.


Iron Mountain Officer Fired
Iron Mountain
July 11, 2006

Iron Mountain city officials have fired police officer Phillip Bal over allegations arising from an off-duty bar fight. He was dismissed Tuesday following an internal investigation that lasted nearly three months.

Bal was arraigned last week on charges of criminal sexual conduct, assault, and drunken and disorderly conduct

City Manager John Marquart said the city had no other option except to terminate Bal.

"We did an investigation and this is what the results showed," he said. "We feel that for the best interest of the city, this is the correct step to follow."

Bal and his attorney Frank Stupak disagree. "Officer Bal is surprised that the presumption of 'innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt' apparently carries no weight with the police administration," Stupak told TV6.

Bal makes another court appearance on Monday for a pre-trial hearing.

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