GJ cop in court over alleged violent incident

A Grand Junction police officer accused of a misdemeanor charge of physical harassment in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident appeared Friday in the Mesa County Justice Center’s first-appearance center.

Courtney Crooks, 24, is scheduled to appear again Oct. 14 for a status conference at the courthouse’s first-appearance center. Crooks was arrested on a warrant Aug. 28 in connection with an Aug. 18 incident.

Crooks is on unpaid administrative leave from the Police Department.

People who have received summonses for traffic infractions or who have been charged with lower-level misdemeanor are usually assigned to the first-appearance center to talk behind closed doors with a deputy district attorney. It is not a court hearing. There is no judge present during the proceedings.

During the meeting, a defendant can plead guilty or request more time to have an attorney present, or a district attorney can choose to dismiss charges. Sometimes, defendants can choose to submit a written guilty form and are required to pay a fine.

At an ensuing status conference, a defendant can plead guilty and be sentenced that day, or plead not guilty and take a case to trial.


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