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Sgt. Jose Trevino resigns from force

Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder announced today (Tuesday) that Sgt. Jose Trevino has resigned from the Sunnyside Police Department.

"Yesterday afternoon, during the period of time Sgt. Jose Trevino was able to appeal pending disciplinary action, he offered his resignation from the Sunnyside Police Department," said Chief Radder.

"The reasoning behind the acceptance of his request is that it allowed him to take responsibility for the consequences of his actions," Radder added.

Sgt. Trevino was issued a notice of intent to dismiss him at a meeting with Chief Radder on Friday, Oct. 21. He had 10 days in which to appeal. Choosing not to appeal, Trevino resigned yesterday.

Trevino had been on administrative leave since Oct. 8, following a domestic dispute complaint issued against him the evening of Oct. 7.

At the time of that dispute, Sunnyside Police immediately turned the situation over to the Yakima County Sheriff's Department, and Trevino was arrested at the Sunnyside Police Department by a sheriff's deputy on Oct. 9, according to Lt. Max James of the sheriff's office. Trevino was booked into the Yakima County Jail and charged with assault fourth degree under the Domestic Violence Law.

Radder said the disciplinary action that was being considered by his office was not based solely on that charge.

"But it was the straw that broke the camel's back," said Radder, who added, "I was looking at other behavior. There's a loss of public trust," said Radder.

Trevino was arraigned in Yakima County District Court on Monday, Oct. 10.

"A status hearing was held on Friday, Oct. 28, but was set over for a status conference on Nov. 18, because the investigation is ongoing," said John Lewis, deputy prosecuting attorney.

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