Former WJ police officer accused of violating probation


 WEST JORDAN Utah (ABC4 Utah) –  A former police officer is in trouble with the law again.

Last June, James Harvie pleaded guilty to aggravated assault stemming from a domestic-violence related incident with his girlfriend.

His one-to-15-year prison sentence was suspended and given probation.  But he also was ordered to attend Vet court where veterans can get treatment.  Court records claimed Harvie, a former marine suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
But in late December, Harvie’s probation officer paid him a visit and became concerned.

Court documents showed the officer found possible violations of his probation.
He found a Glock 17 handgun, 10 thirty-round AR-15 magazines and 10 forty-five AR-15 magazines.  The officer claimed Harvie “had been buying a lot of tactical gear.” 

He found “two chest rigs for AR-15 magazines, tactical helmet, tactical shirts and pants and tactical knives.”

The officer said in the affidavit “his girlfriend stated that he has been depressed, suffers from PTSD and has stated he was suicidal.” The officer in his affidavit claimed Harvie “is a threat to himself and others.  It is recommended that his probation be revoked and original sentencing be imposed.”

Kent Morgan a former prosecutor and now a defense attorney said the allegations are serious enough for Harvie to go to prison and carry out his original sentence.

“When you’re looking at someone who has a previous aggravated assault though, the possession of weapons is something that is taken as very serious,” said Morgan. 

“The judge is going to be looking at the future. And the judge is going to be saying if somebody is hurt by this guy in the future ‘am I going to be the person they will be looking at, saying that I was lenient to allow this to happen.'”

Harvie has been in the Utah County jail without bail and will appear before a judge January 24th.

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