Judge orders Pierce County Sheriff to avoid newspaper carrier

A Pierce County judge ordered Sheriff Ed Troyer to stay 1,000 feet from the black newspaper carrier he ran into in January 2021 starting Monday for a year following reports Troyer continued to monitor man on his paper road.

The move adds to the no-contact order already in place between Troyer and Sedrick Altheimer, the newspaper hauler, in connection with a misdemeanor charge filed against the sheriff last year.

Altheimer filed for a harassment protection order against Troyer in Pierce County District Court late last month. During a virtual hearing on Monday, he said Troyer followed his vehicle as he delivered documents after 1 a.m. as recently as April 27.

He said he decided to quit his job because of the alleged harassment and fear that contact with Troyer caused him. He said the sheriff made eye contact as he drove past his car, followed his vehicle, and shone his high beams at him.

“I don’t feel safe anymore,” Altheimer said, breaking down in tears in court via Zoom.

Sedrick Altheimer, a newspaper hauler, accused Sheriff Ed Troyer of harassing him. Bettina Hansen Seattle weather

Troyer’s attorney, John Sheeran, said the sheriff denies any ongoing contact with Altheimer, except for a chance encounter outside Troyer’s father’s house in January. Sheeran said Troyer did not recognize Altheimer that day until the newspaper carrier identified himself.

Pierce County District Court Judge Christine Ong said Altheimer presented extensive testimony to prove otherwise.

Troyer’s continued surveillance of Altheimer despite the no-contact provisions in the criminal case “suggests a disregard for the law,” Ong said.

“Given the power that an individual like Sheriff Troyer wields, the anxiety and the harassment, you have to know that it will impact someone like Mr. Altheimer,” Ong said. “Let there be an intended effect when you go out at 1 or 2 a.m. knowing that Mr. Altheimer will be there and you walk around the neighborhood repeatedly.”

Troyer declined to make statements in court on Monday, citing the pending criminal case against him. He initially did not show up for the hearing after Sheeran filed a motion to delay it Monday morning.

The Washington state attorney general’s office charged Troyer in October with misrepresentation and making a false or misleading statement to an official, two misdemeanors. The case is due to go to trial in July.

This case was sparked when Troyer used a hotline only for law enforcement to report that he had surprised Altheimer in his driveway and the newspaper carrier threatened to kill him, prompting a massive response. of the font.

Troyer has repeatedly denied wrongdoing during the incident.

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