By Rick Bella, The Oregonian
Published: March 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM
William Traverso Multnomah County Sheriff
A felony methamphetamine-possession case was dropped Monday against a man who earlier pleaded guilty to selling steroids to a Canby police officer.
Clackamas County Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Jones granted a motion to dismiss the case against William Jake Traverso, saying the state took too long to bring the case to trial. The case, filed in October 2010, has been delayed for 23 months. Only five of those months appear to be justified, Jones said.
“Based on the record, we have a year and a half delay that appears to be unreasonable,” Jones said. “The case law requires me to grant the motion to dismiss.”
Defense attorney John Henry Hingson III, who filed the motion on Traverso’s behalf, declined to comment on Jones’ ruling. Deputy District Attorney Michael Y. Wu, who was prosecuting the case, also declined to comment.
According to court files, Traverso was arrested Oct. 1, 2010, by Canby police. He was charged with possessing methamphetamine, a Class C felony.
During the discovery phase of the case, when the prosecution and the defense gather and share evidence they could use at trial, Hingson filed motions requesting subpoenas for city of Canby records. After the motions were taken under advisement by Circuit Judge Kathie F. Steele, the case was not scheduled for “speedy trial,” as required by Oregon law.
Traverso, 42, is not entirely out of the woods, however. He still is facing unrelated charges of methamphetamine possession, attempting to elude a police officer, tampering with evidence, falsifying drug test results, of driving with a suspended license and driving uninsured.
In 2010, Traverso admitted that he sold steroids and human growth hormone to former Canby police officer Jason Deason. Traverso then cooperated with FBI agents in their subsequent inquiry, which put Deason in jail and led to the resignation of former Canby Police Chief Greg Kroeplin. For his cooperation, Traverso received a relatively lenient 15-day jail sentence, followed by 30 days electronic home detention and 24 months probation.