SPOKANE, Wash.– The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office is charging Spokane Police Officer Timothy Moses with making a false statement to a public servant, according to a source in the Police Department. The charge is in connection to the Otto Zehm case.
According to a police department source, Moses is on self-imposed leave. The source also says Moses is expected to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge and then will resign from the police department.
Zehm died after a confrontation with Spokane Police officers at a North Spokane Zip Trip in March 2006. Officer Karl Thompson was the first to arrive on the scene, and was convicted of federal charges of excessive force and lying to investigators in 2011.
Officer Tim Moses was also there the night of the beating. He’s accused of telling two different stories about what happened that night. When he talked to Spokane Police investigators after the fight he told investigators he saw Thompson strike Zehm in the head with a baton. But years later in interviews with federal investigators he is accused of changing his story to say Thompson did not strike Zehm in the head.
Moses took the stand during Thompson’s federal trial. He admitted to changing his story about what Thompson told him the night of Otto Zehm’s beating. Moses was offered immunity from federal charges in return for his testimony.