Press Release

Former North Pole Police Officer Charged With Felonies Related to Witness Tampering and Interference with Official Proceedings

SOA v. William Walter Perry, 3AN-S06-4149 CR

April 25, 2006

Former North Pole Police Officer William Walter Perry** was arrested yesterday, charged with interference with official proceedings, attempted extortion, first degree tampering with a witness and compounding.

The charges arise from an investigation by Alaska State Troopers alleging that, between March and April 2006, Perry attempted to influence a former North Pole police officer from participating as a witness in a DWI trial. At all relevant times during the investigation Officer Perry held a valid certificate from the police standards council.

Perry is scheduled to be arraigned at Anchorage Jail Court today, April 25, 2006, at 3:00 p.m. The penalty for interference with official proceedings carries a maximum jail penalty of ten years. The tampering and attempted extortion charges are also felonies that carry a maximum prison sentence of five years a piece. Compounding is a misdemeanor with a maximum jail time of up to one year.

** The charges in this case are merely an accusation. Defendant William Walter Perry is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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