Ex-San Leandro officer pleads no contest to marijuana charge, gets light sentence

HAYWARD — A former San Leandro police detective charged last year with giving marijuana to a police informant with whom he was having an extramarital affair has pleaded no contest to a lesser misdemeanor possession charge, a District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said. Jason Fredriksson, 39, of Danville, entered the plea Wednesday to one count of possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, said deputy district attorney Teresa Drenick. In exchange, he received a sentence of 30 days in county jail, with the option of serving the time with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office work-alternative program, Drenick said. He would not be required to spent any nights in jail. Fredriksson also was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay restitution to the San Leandro Police Department for the cost of the investigation, according to the District Attorney’s Office. His sentence includes a four-way search clause, meaning his person, vehicle, home and any property under his control can be searched by authorities at any time, Drenick said. In addition, he is barred from seeking employment with any law enforcement agencies, authorities said. “He told the court he was extremely sorry and embarrassed and he expressed extreme remorse for this incident,” said Harry Stern, his attorney. Fredriksson’s no contest plea and sentence comes a year after he initially pleaded not guilty to one count of transporting and furnishing marijuana for sale to a female informant, with whom he admitted having a sexual relationship.

He has been under investigation by authorities since March 18, 2011, when a resident notified Chief Sandra Spagnoli that Fredriksson was involved in criminal activity, police said. Five days later, authorities searched Fredriksson’s Danville home and found items that supported the marijuana-related charge filed against him, Spagnoli said a year ago. Fredriksson resigned from the department in July. His wife, Sheryll Fredriksson — a San Leandro police dispatcher who was not charged — resigned in October, police said. Fredriksson was a San Leandro officer for nine years and served on the department’s four-person vice/narcotics unit until his arrest. His sentence closed an ugly chapter for San Leandro police. “We’re moving forward from this,” said Lt. Jeff Tudor. “We take the public’s trust seriously and, luckily, we live in a community that understands that one person’s actions don’t represent the fine men and women who work for the police department.” Fredriksson is the second member of his law-enforcement family to face legal problems in the past year. His father, John Fredriksson, pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison in November in Contra Costa Superior Court. The elder Fredriksson formerly worked as a San Francisco police officer and as an inspector with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

via : Mercury News

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