SBSO Sheriff

Saturday, February 2, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 3, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

As expected, a second of seven defendants in a case involving the falsification of training and pay records in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been dismissed from the case.

Prosecutors moved to dismiss charges against Russell Wilke in the interest of justice.

Wilke, a lieutenant in the Court Services Division, was in court yesterday, when his charges were dismissed by Superior Court Judge Michael Smith.

Wilke is the second dismissal in the case due to lack of evidence. Another defendant, retired Sheriff’s Lieutenant Bill Maddox, was dismissed July 13 of last year.

A third defendant, Sheriff’s Corporal David Pichotta, entered into a plea agreement. Pichotta was allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanor grand theft and was placed on summary probation and $1,980 in fees and fines.

The case stemming from a March 2011 grand jury indictment has four defendants remaining.

The next court date is April 12, 2013.