OGDEN -- The first of two former police officers busted for bribery reported to jail today to begin serving his sentence.
Daniel Kotter, 35, was sentenced to a five-year prison term last week, suspended in favor of three years' probation and 90 days in jail to begin today, plus a $603 fine.
Ogden 2nd District Judge Michael Lyon also ordered Kotter to have no contact with co-defendant Matt Jones or Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Jensen, the officer who ran a sting on Kotter.
Jones faces sentencing April 29 before the same judge.
Jones was arrested in August 2011 on a drunken-driving charge by UHP. Kotter was arrested in September, pursuant to the bribery investigation, and suspended by the Perry police force.
When the bribery charges were filed Oct. 12, 2011, Kotter was terminated from his part-time position with the Perry force.
He remained employed as a security guard at Hill Air Force Base for some time after, his current status there unknown.
According to charging documents, Kotter contacted UHP Trooper Jensen on Sept. 7, 2011, about Jones' DUI arrest.
Kotter offered the trooper $1,000 to let the case lapse.
The trooper then told Kotter that Jones' blood-alcohol level was 0.15, or nearly twice the legal limit.
Kotter then offered the trooper $2,500, according to a search warrant affidavit.
Neither offer was consummated at the time.
After a number of text messages and phone calls, the two met again Sept. 13 on 21st Street in Ogden in a sting operation where Kotter then gave the trooper $2,000 in cash. He was then arrested.
It was Jones who suggested Kotter approach Jensen about the bribe, according to Jones' plea agreement signed last month.
Now of Plain City, Jones was fired in 2007 by the Ogden Police Department, citing disciplinary problems. Jones achieved some political notoriety the previous year.
He was suspended in July 2006 when then-Mayor Matthew Godfrey spotted Jones' wife driving a van adorned with a sign criticizing the city's ticket-writing policy, followed by Jones in another vehicle.