Former Ketchikan police sergeant sentenced

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A former Ketchikan police sergeant has been sentenced to 10 days in jail or 80 hours of community service for illegally entering a family's Ketchikan home last summer.

Lance Waldren pleaded no contest to first-degree criminal trespass in a plea agreement with the state.

Waldren moved from Ketchikan shortly after the July 18 incident. He resigned from the police department last week, and now lives in Oregon.

According to court records, the incident occurred after Waldren's 13-year-old daughter allegedly spent the night at a boy's home without permission. Waldren was accused of entering the home, confronting the boy and hitting him with a police baton.

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens said Tuesday that if Waldren chooses to perform community work service, it must be done in Ketchikan over the next six months. If Waldren chooses to serve the 10 days in jail, it does not have to be at the Ketchikan Correctional Center.

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