Judge rejects plea deal for former Butler police officer accused of misconduct

CREATED Jul 18, 2014

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WAUKESHA -- It was a stunning, if not swift, turn of events.

Brian Pergande, the former Butler police officer accused of misconduct, walked into the courtroom prepared to accept a plea deal.
 
Pergande plead no contest to accusations of taking inappropriate pictures of a woman he arrested; the state agreed to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor, which would drastically reduce the sentence.
 
"I took photos of a woman I arrested," Pergande explained to Judge Dennis Hassin, Jr. "It's not usually customary. There's no policy for it."
 
The judge seemed to want something more.
 
"That doesn't make sense to me," he answered. "Why would you do that?"
 
With the judge's rejection of that plea deal, the case now moves to a trial on the felony charge.
 
District Attorney Brad Schimel tells TODAY'S TMJ4 he says a plea option remains on the table, but he will prepare for trial.
 
Another hearing is scheduled for October 23.