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Former Becker County Sheriff Agrees to Plea Bargain

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A judge has agreed to a plea bargain that was reached in a criminal case against a former Becker County Sheriff.

According to prosecutors, Tim Gordon agreed to plead guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct of a public official.  In return, two felony charges of theft by swindle and making a false claim were dropped.

Gordon was accused of selling Becker County a used boat but claimed it was new.

Gordon will be placed on probation for two years, and the conditions are:
- serve 10 days in jail or complete 80 hours of community service work;
- pay a fine of $900;
- pay restitution to Becker County in the amount of $7,856.00 prior to the plea hearing; 
- obtain any evaluations or assessments deemed appropriate by corrections and follow all recommendations; and
- forfeit and not renew his peace officer's license for the remainder of his lifetime.

The boat will be returned to the defendant after sentencing.

ORIGINAL STORY

Former Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon is finding himself on the other side of the law. He has been charged with swindling. The charges arose from the sale of Gordon's boat to Becker County for an inflated price and through use of false documents that hid Gordon's ownership.

Gordon was charged on Friday, January 17 in Becker County District Court with Theft by Swindle and Presenting a False Claim, which are both felonies. He was also charged with Misconduct of a Public Official, which is a gross misdemeanor.

Gordon resigned as Becker County Sheriff in October of 2012 after admitting he was being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He served the county for 10 years prior to resigning.

Gordon headed a water safety grant for the county which was just over $25,000. At the time of Gordon's resignation, a Becker County Commissioner told Valley News Live the money was to buy and equip a boat for water safety.

Significant delays in part of the law enforcement investigation were the primary factor in the timing of the filing of charges against Gordon in this case. The Stearns County Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case because of the Becker County Attorney's Office conflict of interest. 

Gordon's first court appearance has been set in Becker County District Court on January 27. 
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