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Cody journalist arrested, charged with voting illegally


A Cody journalist has been arrested for voting as a convicted felon.

Big Horn Radio Network News Director David Koch was taken into custody shortly after a broadcast on Friday.

Koch had been convicted of burglary and theft felonies in Alaska in the early 1990s. He also allegedly voted in three elections in Park County in recent years. In Wyoming, most convicted felons are prohibited from voting. A conviction of false voting is punishable by a fine of 10-thousand-dollars and up to five years in prison.

Koch contributed to Wyoming Public Radio’s 2012 election coverage, reporting on minor operational problems at some Park County polls. WPR news staff was unaware of Koch’s criminal record or alleged election participation at the time.

Big Horn Radio General Manager Roger Gelder says Koch has been suspended from his duties until further notice.

After Koch’s arrest, he was released on bail. His court date is set for July 3.