SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA – A South Lake Tahoe police officer is charged with witness tampering after a three-year investigation.
The FBI has arrested 44-year-old John Gerald Poland, AKA “Johnny.”
According to court documents, the violations include two counts for corruptly persuading a person to alter, destroy or conceal an object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so, and three counts for corruptly persuading another person with the intent to influence the testimony of any person in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so. Poland’s alleged actions took place on and off duty.
Poland is alleged to have tried to dissuade witnesses from providing information and material, impeding a criminal investigation.
Allegations of misconduct include: provision of law enforcement sensitive information to gang affiliates and sexual contact with minors. Poland’s alleged misconduct occurred over a period of several years, including during his time as a School Resource Officer at South Tahoe High School.
The arrest is the product of an extensive investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, and the California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement SLEDNET Task Force.