Posted on July 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM
SEATTLE - The booking photo of John Page and a list of charges that include assault, burglary, and kidnapping surprised city Council member Bruce Harrell. Page went from a prestigious position in Seattle to a jail inmate in Multnomah County, Oregon.
"I don't know what happened. I am very sad that he has gotten himself involved in these allegations. He is innocent until proven guilty," said Harrell.
Back in January, Page was among 15 people appointed to the Community Police Commission, a volunteer advisory group formed to help with police reform efforts.
"They should be in a position to directly affect how we police in the city of Seattle," said Harrell.
Page's appointment was confirmed on March 25th.
Police in Oregon were looking for him because of an alleged domestic violence incident that happened on March 24th, one day before his confirmation. Investigators would not discuss details of the case. They said Page turned himself in April 15th.
It's not his first time behind bars. In January, Page talked with King 5 about the eight years he spent in prison. He said it was hard to re-enter society. He dedicated his time to teaching inmates about the tough transition. He was even apart of a group convened by the King County Prosecutor that came up with a report on reducing crime and enhancing public safety.
Now instead of serving on the city's Community Police Commission, Page is looking at serving more time in jail. His case is still moving through the court system.
A spokesperson for the Mayor's office said Page resigned from the commission in late March citing health reasons. It was not until mid-April that the Mayor's office became aware of the arrest. Now an effort is underway to fill the vacancy left by Page.