Former Canby officer sentenced to 120 days in jail.

Former Canby Police officer Jason D. Deason was sentenced Thursday to 120 days in jail and two years’ probation for official misconduct and illegal steroid use.

The sentence was handed down by Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Thom.

Deason pleaded guilty Feb. 10 to a charge of possessing a controlled substance and two counts of first-degree official misconduct for buying the drugs while on duty and in uniform.

After serving 45 days, he will be eligible for release to serve the remainder of his time under home confinement.

As part of his plea deal, Deason agreed to forfeit his state police certification.

Deason apologized and expressed his remorse, said his attorney, Leonard J. Kovac Jr.

“He has been consistent in that regard ever since thisGot a News Tip? case started in late 2008,” Kovac said. “He explained to judge what he has been doing since, which includes putting together a plan to reach out to high school athletes and educate them like in a lecture series on the dangers of the steroid use.

“We also spent quite a lot of time documenting the healthy and loving support group he has around him,” Kovac said.

About 15 people attended the sentencing in support of Deason, including family friends and co-workers.

A Canby Police officer since 1999, Deason resigned in July 2008 during an FBI investigation of his alleged steroid use.

The department’s failure to properly investigate complaints about Deason led to an internal investigation and the resignation of Chief Greg Kroeplin.

One of his suppliers, Brian C. Jackson, was sentenced last year to 30 days in jail and two years probation after pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. Jackson is a former strength and condition coach for the Oregon City High school girls basketball team.

William J. Traverso of Canby, accused of being one of Deason’s suppliers, will go on trial March 30 on theft and unlawful possession of steroids charges.

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