FERNLEY, NV (Mynews4.com & KRNV) - The family of the teenage girl who was pulled over and told she was under arrest by a Fernley Judge is speaking out tonight after news four learned the Judge will no longer face charges because he struck a deal. "I'm very upset. It just doesn't seem right to me," says Kate Riede. Her daughter claims Municipal Court Judge Daniel Bauer pulled her over and told her she was under arrest.
Charges were filed in Lyon County District Court two weeks ago. Bauer was charged with wrongful exercise of official power for using his old Nevada Highway Patrol badge to allegedly pull the teen over, and oppression under color of office for allegedly telling the teen she was under arrest.
This week Bauer put in his resignation. According to Lyon County District Attorney Robert Auer, it was part of a deal. "Judge Bauer’s Attorney Scott Freeman and I talked about the case," said Auer. "Because it involves an abuse of power my thought on resolution was to have the Judge lose his power."
So bottom line, because Bauer resigned, he will no longer face two misdemeanor charges.
When asked if losing his job was enough of a consequence for his actions, Auer said, "This person's reputation has been damaged, they are no longer able to go to work. They are no longer able to be a Judge. How much more retribution do you need in this case? How much does the Riede family need?"
According to Kate Riede, "That's tough because it is a big blow to him but on other side to my daughter it seems like they let him off."