County approves prosecutorial assistance in second CCSO case, no charges yet filed

Cascade County Commissioners voted Tuesday morning to approve an agreement with the City of Great Falls for prosecutorial assistance.

The case number referenced is the same that was used when the county approved an agreement in December for prosecutorial assistance from the Montana Attorney General’s Office.

The case number used in both documents is not attached to any existing case, but was related to the charges filed against John Stevens, the former undersheriff at the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, last week.
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The resolution approved by the commissioners appoints Assistant City Attorney Joe Cik as special deputy county attorney for the specific case.

During a press conference last week, Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said charges may be filed against another person this week in connection with the Stevens case, but didn’t give additional details.
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During the March 20 work session, Deputy County Attorney Carey Ann Haight said the document was their “standard agreement with the city to handle conflict cases that would otherwise be misdemeanors.”
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The investigation of the matter has concluded and legal review for potential changes is warranted, according to the staff report. But the county attorney’s office has a conflict of interest that prevents it from handing the case.

Typically, the county refers conflict cases to the state, but in this case, the Prosecution Services Bureau at the state department of justice has declined to handle the case, according to the county staff report.

No charges in this case have yet been filed.