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Monday, 18 May 2015 07:45

Judge Denies Probation for Former Detective in Misconduct Case

James Bishof James Bishof SCSO
MEMPHIS – May 15, 2015 - A judge Friday ordered a former sheriff’s department detective to begin serving a six-year prison sentence for taking sexually explicit photographs of a young woman, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
James Bishof, 62, pleaded guilty in January to official oppression and assault involving offensive contact and received an agreed-upon sentenced of six years in prison. He was ordered to surrender on June 12.
The hearing Friday was to determine whether Bishof would serve his sentence in prison, on probation or in some combination of the two. He also was eligible for diversion which would have cleared the conviction from his record.
After a hearing that lasted some three hours, Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee ordered Bishof to begin serving his sentence in prison. He can be considered for parole after serving 30 percent of his sentence.
Coffee said Bishof’s conduct had tarnished the badge of all law enforcement officers and said probation or diversion would diminish the seriousness of his offense.
Bishof, an 18-year veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, was charged in July of 2011 after a 22-year-old woman involved in a domestic violence case told investigators that the detective had her disrobe in a women’s bathroom on the 9th floor at 201 Poplar so he could take photographs of her body to document injuries for his investigation.
Bishof said he needed to come to her home later with a better camera to take additional photos of her for the investigation. The woman said Bishof again had her remove her clothes, took more explicit photos and began touching her in her private area and making sexual remarks.
The woman said that when Bishof moved away, she put her clothes on and got out of her house.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Eric Christensen and Ray Lepone.