Deputy Ryan Salisbury [Grand Traverse SD]: December 12, 2012 domestic violence assault:
UPDATE: Grand Traverse County Deputy to Serve Probation
Posted: Feb 07, 2013 2:59 PM CST
Updated: Feb 07, 2013 2:59 PM CST
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A Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Deputy will spend a year on probation for disturbing the peace.
As part of a plea deal last month, the domestic violence charge against Ryan Salisbury was dropped.
He was accused of assaulting his Girlfriend near a bar in downtown Traverse City back in December.
Deputy Salisbury has been on unpaid suspension since January 2nd.
Grand Traverse deputy takes plea bargain
Domestic violence charge dropped as part of the deal
BY ART BUKOWSKI
The Record Eagle
Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:14 AM EST
TRAVERSE CITY — A Grand Traverse sheriff's deputy had a domestic violence charge dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Sheriff's officials have yet to determine what, if any, discipline they'll hand out to Ryan Scott Salisbury, 35.
Salisbury pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace for his role in a Dec. 6 incident at Union Street Station in Traverse City. He initially was charged with disturbing the peace and a misdemeanor count of domestic violence.
Salisbury will receive a delayed sentence as part of the deal. If he completes a series of court-ordered terms during the next year, the disturbing the peace conviction will be vacated. He also won't be charged with any other crimes tied to the bar incident.
Antrim County Prosecutor Charlie Koop handled the case as a special prosecutor. He said Salisbury didn't receive special treatment. The type of plea deal Salisbury received is commonly offered in domestic violence cases, Koop said.
"It's the same offer that would have been offered to any other defendant in his situation," he said.
Authorities previously said Salisbury assaulted his girlfriend by striking her with an elbow to the neck, and he also made contact with a man sitting near Salisbury's girlfriend. Koop said it appears Salisbury shoved his girlfriend aside as he confronted a man who sent her texts over a period of time.
"The girlfriend was really not the target of his actions," Koop said. "(She) happened to be standing between where the deputy came in and this guy."
Koop said there were some problems with the case. Some witnesses changed their stories, he said, and the two alleged victims claim they aren't victims at all.
"We've got witnesses who don't want to testify, we've got both victims claiming they were never touched, and we have a 30-second incident in a bar," he said.
Witnesses initially told Traverse City Police Salisbury yelled profanities at his girlfriend and appeared to make a punching motion toward her after elbowing the woman in the neck, according to a police report. He also made contact with the man nearby, witnesses said.
The male victim initially told police he was reluctant to talk about the incident because he was intimidated by Salisbury, a report shows.
Salisbury's girlfriend denied being injured and repeatedly asked the court to lift a no-contact order in the case. On Wednesday, she told a judge she didn't feel threatened by Salisbury and the bar situation "had nothing to do" with her.
Sheriff Tom Bensley said his office's review of the situation continues. He wouldn't say what disciplinary action could or will be taken, and he wouldn't comment on Salisbury's disciplinary history — or lack thereof — at the department.
"When we've completed our internal investigation as quickly as possible, we'll take the appropriate action," he said.
Salisbury has worked for the department for about 10 years. He is currently a K-9 handler. He was on paid suspension for a few weeks but has been on unpaid suspension since Jan. 2, Bensley said.
Salisbury's attorney, Dena Horvath, said Salisbury wants to keep his job. He pleaded guilty against the advice of his attorneys, Horvath said. She believed Salisbury would be acquitted of all charges had he gone to trial.
In late 2011, Leelanau County assistant prosecutor Doug Donaldson declined to issue a domestic violence charge against Salisbury for an alleged assault on a different woman in Grand Traverse County. That woman, Salisbury's then-wife, asked Donaldson not to charge.
Koop said Salisbury's history is problematic considering his profession.
"I have a snapshot of his behavior in two situations involving a wife and a live-in girlfriend," he said. "That snapshot says to me that this officer has a behavioral issue that needs to be addressed."
Grand Traverse deputy pleads guilty
By Jeff Broddle
January 09, 2013
TRAVERSE CITY — A Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
According to the Grand Traverse Sheriff's office, Deputy Ryan Salisbury has pleaded guilty in 86th District Court to a count of disturbing the peace, which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.
According to Lt. Chris Clark, Salisbury has been on unpaid suspension since Jan. 9. He will remain on unpaid suspension until an investigation is concluded.
The sheriff's office said no other information regarding the charges was available.
Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty to Disturbing The Peace
POSTED January 9, 2013 BY Eric Wotila
MI News 26
A local Deputy pled guilty to a Misdemeanor earlier today.
Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Salisbury pled guilty to one count of Disturbing the Peace in the 86th District Court earlier this morning. Disturbing the Peace is a Misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 90 days; Salisbury has been on unpaid suspension since January 2 and will remain suspended until the Sheriff’s Office concludes their investigation.
Deputy accepts plea deal
By Art Bukowski
Wed Jan 09, 2013, 12:03 PM EST
TRAVERSE CITY -- A Grand Traverse sheriff’s deputy charged with domestic violence had the charge dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Ryan Scott Salisbury pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace for his role in a Dec. 6 incident at Union Street Station in downtown Traverse City. He initially was charged with disturbing the peace and a misdemeanor count of domestic violence.
For more, see Friday’s Record-Eagle.
Sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to misdemeanor
Posted: 01.09.2013 at 11:40 AM
Up North Live
GRAND TRAVERSE CO. -- Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Salisbury has pled guilty to one count of Disturbing the Peace stemming from a bar fight in downtown Traverse City.
The Sheriff's Office says Salisbury has been on an unpaid suspension since January 2, and will remain on unpaid suspension until they conclude their internal investigation. They say they hope to wrap up the investigation as quickly as possible.
Salisbury was charged after a fight at Union Street Station in Traverse City.
UPDATE: Grand Traverse Deputy Plead Guilty to Disturbing the Peace
Posted: Jan 09, 2013 10:28 AM CST
Updated: Jan 16, 2013 10:28 AM CST
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Today, a Grand Traverse County Deputy plead guilty to disturbing the peace.
Deputy Ryan Salisbury was arrested near Union Street Station Bar in December accused of assaulting his girlfriend and disturbing the peace.
He was released on bond from the Grand Traverse County Jail.
If convicted, he could face up to 90 days in jail for one count of disturbing the peace.
He's been on unpaid leave from the sheriff's department since January 2nd, while the incident is under investigation.