Garrett Harris 12:36 a.m., June 19
A Carlsbad police officer charged with stealing heroin from headquarters’ evidence room copped a plea today in the Vista courthouse.
Michael Christian Koch, 44, pleaded guilty today to one of two felonies, second degree burglary, and the second charge, possession of heroin, was dropped.
Koch wrote in the plea deal that on January 19, 2012, he “entered a building with the intent to commit a theft.” Carlsbad PD spokeswoman Jodee Sasway said the officer committed the crime in front of “numerous police employees” who were witnesses.
Koch expects to get a “suspended sentence” of 180 days custody and 3 years probation and will enter a “drug program,” according to documents. The disgraced officer could have gotten as much as 3 years prison time, according to plea deal paperwork.
Koch has been free on his own recognizance; he made his first court appearance in March, and was again in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse briefly this morning.
Michael Christian Koch will be sentenced on June 20 by Judge Kimberlee Lagotta, who accepted his plea this morning.