A police officer who was dismissed after pleading no contest to pirating cable TV has dropped his administrative appeal and agreed not to sue the city.
Scott Vaughan, a 6-year veteran with the Bountiful Police Department, was fired in December after pleading no contest to theft of services, a class B misdemeanor.After appealing unsuccessfully to his superiors and the Employee Appeals Board, Vaughan was scheduled to appear at a hearing Wednesday night with the City Council - his last administrative appeal before turning to the courts for relief.
But on Monday, Vaughan and the city settled, the former officer agreeing to sign a release stating he won't sue the city, said city manager Tom Hardy.
"I can't speak for Scott, but I think that he, for whatever reason, decided it would be better just to accept his termination," The city made no financial or other deals with Vaughan to get him to drop his appeal, Hardy said.
Vaughan will receive, however, about $3,000 in vacation, holiday and compensatory pay that is due him.
A Bountiful resident, Vaughan was charged last summer with illegally splicing into the cable TV line of his neighbor, who was on vacation at the time. Upon returning from vacation, the neighbor reported the crime.
The city promptly demoted Vaughan, suspended him without pay and placed him on probation, Hardy said.
A day after his no-contest plea on Dec. 11, Vaughan was fired for "unsatisfactory performance," Hardy said.
Second Circuit Judge Alfred Van Wagenen fined Vaughan $625 and put him on probation for a year. A no-contest plea is treated the same as a guilty plea at sentencing.
The Deseret News has been unable to contact Vaughan, who has an unlisted phone number. And Vaughan's attorney in the appeals, Phillip Dyer, would not comment and did not respond to the newspaper's request to be put in contact with Vaughan.