Trial set for Pasco police sergeant charged with lying

April 16, 2014 

— A Pasco police sergeant who has pleaded innocent to allegedly lying about why his number was on the cellphone used to make bomb threats to Columbia Basin College will go to trial in June.

Zachary James Fairley, 32, who is on paid leave from the police department, appeared in Franklin County District Court with his attorney, Etoy Alford Jr. of Yakima.

His trial was set for June 23 on a single count of making false or misleading statements to a public servant, a gross misdemeanor.

Steven E. Brown was arrested in connection with the CBC threats in July 2013 and is facing federal charges after police linked the phone to him. Fairley has not been tied to the threats. Fairley denied knowing the number or contacting it and claimed one of his family members may have used his phone at that time.

An independent investigation by the Walla Walla Police Department for Pasco police alleges Fairley had been texting Brown’s adult daughter prior to CBC receiving bomb threats on July 18.

Alford told the court he is seeking evidence in the case against Brown in order to defend his client and has filed requests for additional information from Pasco police computers and phones.

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