Sidney Police Chief B.J. Wilkinson has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for blocking a citation from reaching prosecutors which accused a Sidney city employee of peering into the bedroom window of an ex-girlfriend who was with her current boyfriend.
District Court Judge Paul Wess sentenced Wilkinson to jail time on a misdemeanor.
According to the Attorney General’s office, Sidney Police Officer Tim Craig issued a citation against a Sidney city employee after speaking with a woman in Sidney in late January of last year. The woman said she and her boyfriend were startled when they heard a man’s voice outside the bedroom window. She reported she recognized the voice.
The employee initially denied the allegation when confronted by Craig at his home, then later confessed to being at the house and looking through the window.
Craig forwarded his report and the citation to Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub. Wilkinson’s secretary informed Craig that Wilkinson had removed the material from the packet heading to Schaub, who reported he never received it.
Wilkinson admitted to the Nebraska State Patrol he pulled the file, claiming he did so for political reasons which would benefit the city and a man’s career.
NOTE: Our initial story incorrectly identified Police Chief Wilkinson as the subject of the citation. We regret the error and any harm it might have caused.