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Former sheriff accused of helping burglar get away

Former Nez Perce County Sheriff Jim Dorion Former Nez Perce County Sheriff Jim Dorion

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - State prosecutors say former Nez Perce County Sheriff Jim Dorion helped a young burglar evade capture by giving him information about the investigation into his crimes.

Dorion was arrested Monday in Louisiana on a warrant out of Idaho's 2nd District Court charging him with three felony counts of being an accessory to burglary. Authorities initially refused to release any other information, citing an Idaho court rule barring the release of some documents until a warrant is returned.

On Wednesday, 2nd District Judge Jeff Brudie lifted the rule. In the records, the Idaho Attorney General's office alleges Dorion helped Steven Peak get away with burglarizing a high school, a hair salon and a deli.

Dorion took a medical leave from his post last May after reporting he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. County officials were unable to verify his claim.

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