A Yellowstone County Sheriff’s sergeant who is facing misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges in Deadwood, S.D., has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Sheriff Mike Linder said Sgt. David Muhlbeier went on leave effective July 27 pending an employment investigation. Linder declined to discuss any details of the investigation and would not confirm there was an incident in Deadwood.
“We want to treat him fairly and allow him his due process,” Linder said.
Lt. Roger Bodine, the sheriff’s officer of professional standards, is conducting the investigation, Linder said.
Muhlbeier, 45, of Shepherd, joined the sheriff’s department in 2000 and is the deputies’ union president. He did not return a message seeking comment.
He pleaded not guilty on Aug. 13 to charges of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, in Lawrence County, court records said.
Muhlbeier and his wife, Stacie Muhlbeier, 34, were arrested shortly before midnight on July 22 in Deadwood and taken to the Lawrence County jail, an affidavit said.
The couple had initial appearances the next day. Muhlbeier posted a $250 bond, while Stacie Muhlbeier posted a $500 bond on simple assault charges, a misdemeanor.
Stacie Muhlbeier also pleaded not guilty on Aug. 13.
A Deadwood police officer said in court records that he responded to a call of a man later identified as Muhlbeier refusing to leave the Old Style Saloon #10.
When he arrived, the officer saw saloon security staff holding Muhlbeier down on the ground “so he could no longer fight them,” the affidavit said. “Security said that he had tried to take a swing at one of them,” the officer said.
In addition, the officer said he saw Stacie Muhlbeier hitting one of the security team members at least six or seven times.
The officer said he broke up the fight, handcuffed Muhlbeier and put him in his patrol car. He then had Stacie Muhlbeier handcuffed and placed in another patrol car. Both were taken to the county jail for processing, court records said.