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Former Rockford police officer accused of filing a false police report pleads not guilty

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Posted at 11:04 AM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-26 11:04:24-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former Rockford public safety officer charged in connection with an Ottawa County crash has waived his arraignment hearing and entered a plea of not guilty.

Court records show Aaron Sawyer was charged with making a false report to police on December 9, 2021, the same day as the crash in Ottawa County.

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That charge has been filed in Grand Rapids District Court. He was first charged in Ottawa County for failing to stop at the scene of a crash.

Both crimes are misdemeanors.

The incident occurred on Baldwin Street near 28th Avenue in Jenison in Ottawa County.

No one was hurt.

At the time of the crash, Sawyer was a police lieutenant in Rockford.

He was placed on administrative leave shortly after the crash and later resigned.