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Settlement avoids hearing for Town of Beloit officer

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ANN MARIE AMES
December 18, 2009
— Officer Mike Bogdonas has agreed to a 38-day suspension from the Town of Beloit Police Department, according to a settlement document between Bogdonas and the town.

The Gazette on Thursday obtained a copy of the settlement through the Wisconsin Open Records Law.


A hearing had been scheduled after Bogdonas was accused of behaving in a manner unbecoming an officer, being disloyal to the police department and lying. Police Chief John Wilson on Sept. 21 signed the charges against Bogdonas.


The Town of Beloit Police and Fire Disciplinary Review Committee on Nov. 24 met briefly to take up the matter, but the two parties already had reached a settlement, said Administrator Bob Museus.


Town of Beloit Police Chief John Wilson filed the charges after a resident filed a complaint about Bogdonas' response to a July 12 incident in the town. Bogdonas' actions during the incident as well as his responses during the follow-up investigation violated the police department's code of conduct, according to the charging document.


According to the document:


-- Bogdonas told an accused batterer he would have done the same thing.


-- During the July 12 incident, Bogdonas told one of the residents involved that if Bogdonas wasn't a police officer, he probably would "go over and punch" his own stepmother in the head.


-- Bogdonas talked extensively about his personal life during the response.


-- During the incident, Bogdonas talked about internal matters at the police department. He mentioned recent disputes and investigations in the department and spoke negatively about Wilson and Town Administrator Bob Museus.


-- During the investigation into the complaint, Bogdonas lied to investigators about the incident.



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