City confirms Yakima Gang Sgt. resigns, investigation pending

City confirms Yakima Gang Sgt. resigns, investigation pending »Play Video
Sgt. Erik Hildebrand (Action News photo)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A sergeant with the Yakima Police Department is no longer on the force after being the subject of repeated internal investigations.

KIMA learned Erik Hildebrand resigned from YPD on Friday. He stepped down before the city decided on any punishment for its latest investigation. We might never know what he was accused of this time.

Erik Hildebrand's resignation ends his more than 15- year career with the Yakima Police Department.

The city opened two internal investigations into his behavior this year. A ruling on one of them was imminent when the former gang unit sergeant turned in his badge for good.

"Prior to the interim city manager actually reaching a decision in regards to the internal investigation the city had received the resignation from Sgt. Hildebrand, Former Sgt. Hildebrand," said Randy Beehler with the city of Yakima.

Seven earlier investigations looked into Hildebrand's actions over a decade. They covered allegations he improperly tased an inmate to having sex with a woman in custody. Last year, investigators checked a complaint that Hildebrand took an 18-year-old girl to a hotel room, got her drunk and slept with her

That was never proven. Investigators found Hildebrand broke rules in four of the seven investigations.

We wanted to know what happens to the two open investigations.

"They fall into the category of being incomplete," said Beehler.

That means the city is no longer looking into them. KIMA put in a request for them. The city is looking into its legal obligations, but we might never get them because he's now a former employee.

We called Hildebrand to get his side. He has not responded. However, the Yakima Police Union calls his actions troubling.

"It's very unfortunate we have public trust and we are mandated to serve the public," said Gary Jones with the YPPA.

For now, Hildebrand still has his credentials that could give him a chance to be hired in another city

It will be up to the state to decide if he keeps them. As for his retirement money, he'll keep what he contributed.

YPD said it's working to fill his position with the gang unit. It will be an officer already in the department.