Former Minidoka Sheriff Confirms Inappropriate Relationship

2013-10-19T03:00:00Z Former Minidoka Sheriff Confirms Inappropriate RelationshipBy LAURIE WELCH Twin Falls Times-News
October 19, 2013 3:00 am  • 

RUPERT • Called as a witness in Alicia Daniel’s preliminary hearing on Friday, former Minidoka County Sheriff Kevin Halverson testified that the two had a romantic relationship for years that evolved into a sexual one.

Daniel was charged with felony forgery for allegedly falsifying her work timecards at the Sheriff’s Office after months of investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office, which also resulted in a felony charge of misuse of public funds by a public officer filed against Halverson.

Halverson was charged for using a county gas card to put fuel in Daniel’s car.

As Halverson spoke from the witness stand on Friday, he glanced frequently at Daniel. Halverson admitted meeting with Daniel in Boise on two occasions when Halverson was attending conferences. On the days she met with Halverson in Boise, Daniel had called in sick at work.

Halverson told the court he had no knowledge that she had called in sick during those times.

State prosecutor Jason Slade Spillman questioned former county Undersheriff Vic Watson, who was in charge of the timecards, about the county sick policy.

Watson said, although county policy limits the use of sick time, it was his policy not to check-up on a person calling in sick to see if they were actually ill.

Daniel’s attorney, Joseph Filicetti, argued his client had earned those sick days and just because she was sick and could not perform her job — did not mean she was unable to go and do other things.

Filicetti said if Daniel had compensation time on the books that she could take a “mental health day,” if she needed to.

“Can you imagine all the turmoil you’d have if you were having an office affair and things aren’t going well with that person and that causes additional stressors in your life?” Filicetti said.

Filicetti said the timecard and comp-time problems are administrative issues rather than criminal ones. Daniel never intended to to defraud the county, said.

“This was not a mistake,” Spillman shot back.

Spillman said her actions constitute repeated fraud and abuse of a relationship with a county department head.

Sheriff’s Office employees Maria Galindo and Beverly Lallman also testified on Friday.

Galindo, who worked across the foyer from Daniel, kept track of when Daniel arrived and left her post.

Lallman said Daniel often confided in her about her relationship with Halverson.

“She knew she’d gained some favor with the sheriff and she took advantage of that,” said Spillman.

Filicetti said the defense called no witnesses during the preliminary hearing because the burden of proof in the case rested on the prosecutor.

“She’ll get her chance to give her version of it in district court,” Filicetti told the Times-News after the hearing “We stipulated that she was the person involved in all of this but we didn’t stipulate that a crime was committed.”

Halverson pleaded guilty to the charge of misuse of public funds by a public officer and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, a term he will begin serving Feb. 1.

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  1. Jerry H
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    Jerry H - May 15, 2015 5:36 pm
    Vic Watson was hired in Bonners Ferry as a Police Lieutenant & recently promoted to Chief-of-Police. I warned the previous Police Chief about the pending Minidoka County case & asked them to do a background check prior to the hire. It appears that was all to no avail even though our former Chief traveled to Rupert to do said "investigation". I had received a "tip" that this info by was online. Now, our community is totally blindsided when we have been plagued with many allegations of corruption prior to this. People...please go to City Council/County Commissioner hearings. VOTE; make your voices heard! Recruit ethical & competent candidates; support them. WE DESERVE BETTER!!!
  2. borninidaho
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    borninidaho - October 22, 2013 7:01 am
    ONCE AGAIN.....words turned around to be ugly. The statement had nothing to do with being unattractive, etc. It was solely in regards to appearance. I would think if one was going to court in such a small community - or any conservative community for that manner - they would try to dress a little bit more subdued. THAT was what them statement meant...............nothing more.
  3. watching tn
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    watching tn - October 20, 2013 4:39 pm
    They both deserve what they get! They didn't even try to hide their affair,both think there invincible. Karma bit them in the butt, not sure how either one can even show there faces around Rupert
  4. idaho44
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    idaho44 - October 20, 2013 12:45 am
    His taste was all in his mouth ???? .. If only everyones dirty laundry was aired out for all to see- maybe people wouldn't be so judgmental then .. Seems to me like more of a personal vendetta then anything else , could you imagine everyone being charged with a felony for using THEIR sick days(that they earned) .. Nobody would have a job!!
  5. Jim_Bob
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    Jim_Bob - October 19, 2013 11:10 pm
    "By the way.........judging by the pictures........his taste was all in his mouth."

    Maybe not your cup of tea but I'm not sure its your place to pass judgement like that either. Lemme guess, xtian?
  6. borninidaho
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    borninidaho - October 19, 2013 9:06 pm
    This entire story is ridiculous. I would be humiliated if I worked for Minidoka County.....geez. She said that he said that she said..........sounds like a little Peyton Place! I feel sorry for the former Sheriff's family...........and no one else. By the way.........judging by the pictures........his taste was all in his mouth.
  7. Jim_Bob
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    Jim_Bob - October 19, 2013 6:28 pm
    So she earned sick days and took sick days. They are disputing her action on her sick days? I took sick days all the time when I was sick of going to work. This all seems kind of silly but it's a great opportunity to drag someones name through the mud. Kinda cute they had Halverson testify against Daniel, wonder what his wife thinks about this whole ordeal, or "the church" for that matter.
  8. SH
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    SH - October 19, 2013 12:12 pm
    Scum bags.

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