12/01/2000

Deputy pleads no contest in steroids case
[SACRAMENTO, CA]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - Deputy Darin Pometta has pleaded no contest to charges lodged during an investigation into steroid abuse, the Sacramento Bee has reported.

Pometta was arrested, along with deputy Earl Johnson, 36, on Nov. 7 at Johnson's house. Johnson is expected to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges on Dec.6.

Pometta's conviction could be expunged if he successfully completes a drug treatment program, according to the District Attorney's Office. Otherwise he would face a 10-day jail sentence and three years' probation, the newspaper reported. The date of Pometta's no contest plea was not reported.

During an investigation into possible anabolic steroid use, syringes and needles were found in Pometta's house and steroids were found in Johnson's residence, according to the newspaper.

The sheriff's Internal Affairs Office, which is investigating Pometta, Johnson and a third deputy who was not charged, declined to comment. All three could face disciplinary hearings that could include termination, the newspaper said.

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