Rep. Buescher Wants State Patrolman To Be Reprimanded

Grand Junction State Representative Bernie Buescher says he may sponsor legislation next year that would allow the Colorado State Patrol more options in dealing with troopers who violate the public trust.

Buescher's remarks are in response to the Colorado State Patrol's reprimand of Trooper John Oreolt, who was demoted from sergeant to corporal after allegedly propositioning a woman while on duty.

Buescher says the trooper has violated a position of trust and every woman should feel safe in the presence of a state patrol officer.

Buescher says he believes there isn't enough flexibility in state personnel rules and a demotion is not sufficient punishment in this case and adds that Trooper Oreolt shouldn't be on the street. He is calling on the state patrol to do the right thing by firing the trooper.

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