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Ervin release request denied

Posted: April 19, 2012 - 11:05pm

An ex-Juneau Police Department officer who is currently serving a 4 1/2 year jail sentence for tampering with a witness recently applied to be released on electronic monitoring, but was denied.

State of Alaska Department Of Corrections Special Assistant Richard Schmitz confirmed in a phone interview Thursday that Brian Todd Ervin, 39, was denied release by his institutional probation officer. That decision was then reviewed and approved by the DOC Deputy Commissioner Sam Edwards, Schmitz said.

“(Ervin) did not qualify, basically, on a scoring matrix,” Schmitz said.

Schmitz said the scoring matrix considers numerous factors, such as the crime, the length of the sentence and future housing and job scenarios.

Ervin was initially charged in the fall of 2010 with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Those charges stemmed from conduct from April 2008 to June 2010 while Ervin was still a police officer. They were all dismissed in a plea deal reached with prosecutors.

Ervin ultimately pleaded ‘no contest’ in August to one new count of attempted interference with official proceedings. That charge stemmed from trying to contact the victim as the criminal case was pending in court.

He was sentenced this February. A timeline for when Ervin applied for electronic monitoring and when he was denied was not immediately available.

Ervin remains in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center — for now. Schmitz noted Ervin can re-apply for electronic monitoring in the future.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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