Troubled Placer sheriff gets a break

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A Placer County sheriff’s deputy and bailiff whose alcohol troubles have led to much legal woe admitted Wednesday he violated the terms of his probation – but a forgiving judge decided not to impose any further jail time. John Caliguire, 48, was first arrested in 2009 for driving under the influence. He entered a guilty plea for a misdemeanor DUI charge and was placed on probation and ordered to serve 45 days in jail. The judge suspended an additional 45 days in jail. However, on March 24, Caliguire showed up for his bailiff duties at Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville intoxicated and was arrested again before bailing out of jail. On May 10, Caliguire began serving his 45 day sentence in the El Dorado County jail. Prosecutor Clark Gehlbach of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office argued Wednesday for the 45-day jail sentence to be imposed. However, Caliguire’s attorney, Thomas Leupp, told retired visiting judge Angus Saint-Evens that his client had undergone an in-patient rehabilitation program and has faithfully attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings since his re-arrest on March 24. When Caliguire spoke to the court, he apologized for violating the terms of his probation. “I accept whatever the court will impose,” he said. But the judge was pleased by Caliguire’s effort in taking the necessary steps toward recovery. “I’m not going to impose any further jail time,” he said. However, Genblach said the suspended 45-day sentence will remain as potential incarceration if Caliguire should again violate the terms of his probation. Placer County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Ausnow said Caliguire is technically still employed by the Placer County sheriff’s office, but “he’s on leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.” ~ Josh Fernandez