Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson has fired a deputy who is accused of official misconduct, official oppression and aggravated perjury.
The sheriff’s department said Deputy William Baker was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 7 after being indicted by a grand jury. Sheriff Fuson fired him the same day, according to public information officer Sandra Brandon.
The charges stem from a complaint the sheriff’s office received after Baker conducted a traffic stop on Sept. 5 at 8:40 p.m., according to a release by the sheriff’s department.
Baker was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 10.
According to the sheriff’s office, they reviewed the complaint and traffic stop and said that Baker did not follow his training or policy during the stop and violated the law.
The findings of the incident were presented to the district attorney’s office who concurred and recommended the case be presented to the grand jury.
Baker began working for the Sheriff’s Office in July 2017 in the Detention Services Bureau as a Jail Deputy. In July 2019 he transferred to the Uniformed Patrols Bureau as a patrol deputy.
Fuson said it’s the sheriff’s department’s duty and responsibility to enforce the law when such cases arise.
“We give our employees the training they need and have policies in place to help guide them as they work to keep our public safe, and enforce our laws,” Fuson said. “It is unfortunate that Baker chose not to follow his training or our policy or the law during this traffic stop.”