SALT LAKE CITY – A Bountiful police officer who improperly accessed an investigative record and injured a handcuffed suspect has been ordered to probation, plus 40 hours of community service and an anger management course.
Ryan Kent Newbold remains on administrative leave as the Bountiful Police Department does a separate, internal investigation, Lt. Dave Edwards said Monday. Newbold, 31, has been with the agency four years and was sentenced in Farmington last week.
Newbold pleaded guilty in July to a reduced count of official misconduct and to unlawful access of police records, both class B misdemeanors that stemmed from separate incidents roughly a month apart. On Oct. 20, he was securing a person in the back of a police car and “acted out of frustration,” court records say, after the person had been handcuffed by another law enforcement agency.
Then, on Nov. 27, he accessed an investigative record and initially was untruthful about what he’d done, according to court filings.
Newbold originally faced additional charges including obstructing justice, a class A misdemeanor, but they were dismissed as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors and in exchange for his guilty pleas.
His period of leave has been unpaid since he admitted to the charges roughly three weeks ago, confirmed Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross.
Bountiful police have said the investigation was born out of the reviews it conducts every time an officer uses force. In both cases, a department spokesman has said Newbold was on duty when the incidents occurred.
Second District Judge David Hamilton ordered Newbold to file proof he has completed an anger management course by Dec. 30.