Andrew Cutler Argus Observer


An Oregon State Police trooper who pleaded guilty to trespassing last month resigned Wednesday from the state law enforcement agency.

According to Ontario OSP Station Commander Lt. Rich Pileggi, trooper John Mereen's resignation went into effect immediately.

&#8220That was voluntary,” Pileggi said. &#8220He came in and voluntarily resigned.”

Mereen received a $225 fine, 10 days in jail and 10 months of probation and was ordered to attend anger management classes in connection to a July 8 incident, which occurred in the early morning hours at the Payette home of Brandy Mereen, Mereen's ex-wife.

A Payette police report Brandy Mereen had been at John Mereen's home in Ontario, before an argument broke out between the two, and she returned to her home in Payette.

The report said she later heard someone entering the home through a window, went to investigate, and found her former husband climbing through the window.

Police reports said an altercation occurred shortly after, when John Mereen began demanding a cell phone he believed to have been taken from his residence by his ex-wife. The two fought before Mereen left his ex-wife's house.

Following the July 8 incident, Mereen was put on paid administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation by OSP. Pileggi said the internal investigation was drawing to a close, before the resignation was offered.

&#8220The investigation was winding down toward the end,” Pileggi said, &#8220but he came in and resigned so it was accepted.”

Mereen, who had been with OSP for approximately seven years, originally faced misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and unlawful entry.

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