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3 Billings officers involved in sex scandal identify themselves, one resigns

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UPDATE: The three Billings police officers involved in a sex scandal have identified themselves. Paul LaMantia identified himself first this morning in a statement read by radio personality Jason Harris of Hot 101.9's 'The Big J Show.' 

The final two officers identified themselves in statements released by Scheveck and Salminen Law Firm exclusively to KULR-8 Tuesday morning. The two officers identified themselves as Matt Edwards and Clint Anglin. 

Officer Anglin was sworn in as a Billings police officer in 2010. Officer Edwards was sworn in as a Billings police officer in December 2012. 

In Officer Edwards' statement, he apologized for his actions that "took place several years ago during a moment of weakness and poor decision making." 

He apologized to family and friends for "all of the embarrassment in their lives" and thanked them for their continued support. 

He continued his statement apologizing to the community of Billings for "putting any ounce of doubt" in resident's eyes regarding "all of the great things that many great officers do on a daily basis for you." 

Officer Edwards apologized to the department saying his actions were selfish and he will own up to it. 

Officer Edwards said he will continue to work as a Billings police officer.  

"Many media outlets have portrayed me in an extremely negative way, and perhaps rightfully so," he said in his statement. "However, I was an excellent officer before this and during all of this, I have continued to do my job and duties effectively and efficiently. Going forward, I will continue to do the job entrusted to me with enthusiasm and excellence." 

Officer Edwards finished his statement asking the community and department to accept his "sincere apology and allow my family and I some peace, allowing us to move forward." 

Officer Anglin also apologized to his family and friends in his statement. He apologized to the Billings Police Department saying, "I did not mean to add any undue stress to their lives for a situation I regret ever took place." 

In his statement, he also apologized to the community of Billings and said he is "deeply sorry" something that took place at a low point in his life shed a negative light on the "amazing men and women who go to work daily to protect this great city." 

Officer Anglin said he contacted a lawyer to protect his family, but it was not an attempt to hide from his mistakes. 

He continued saying he hopes to someday regain the trust of Billings. Officer Anglin finished by saying "I am very sorry to anyone who has been affected by this and hope all will accept my sincere apology and ask for forgiveness moving forward in life." 

None of the three officers will appeal the decision to release their names. 

 


A Billings police officer suspended for having sex on city property identified himself Tuesday morning in a statement read on Hot 101.9's 'The Big J Show.'

Paul LaMantia revealed himself as one of three officers involved in the sex scandal. His statement also announced his resignation as a police officer. 

In his statement, he takes sole responsibility for his off-duty actions in 2016. LaMantia apologized to his family, co-workers, supervisors, and the citizens of Billings. 

He said he was disciplined with a week off without pay, but has since decided it is best for his family and him to resign from law enforcement. 

LaMantia explains in that statement his reasoning for the temporary restraining order was "not to evade responsibility" for his actions but to protect his family publicly. 

The statement said LaMantia will not appeal the decision. 

LaMantia was first sworn-in as a Billings police officer in March 2009. In January 2012, LaMantia was suspended two weeks without pay after transporting an intoxicated couple from downtown Billings, where they were causing a disturbance. He dropped the couple off on the side of Highway 87 near Lockwood. LaMantia admitted to leaving the couple standing by the side of the road in 20-degree temperatures at 3:00 a.m.

LaMantia was also investigated after getting into an altercation with a former Laurel police officer while off duty in 2015. 

Related story: Court rules BPD officer names should be released

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