Hate crime charges dropped against Oak Creek Town Board member

OAK CREEK, Colo. - Hate crime charges against an Oak Creek Town Board member have been dropped. The Town Board member says he was the victim of a false accusation as a result of an altercation.

An Oak Creek Town Board member says he was the victim of a false accusation after hate crime charges stemming from a dispute were dropped.

According to Steamboat Today, Gagne was arrested on Sept. 24 following an altercation. He was charged with Class 5 felony bias-motivated crime, misdemeanor bias-motivated crime, misdemeanor third-degree assault and misdemeanor menacing.

Bernard Gagne Jr. said in a statement Thursday it was an easy accusation to make and a hard accusation to dismiss.

“I was the victim of a false accusation,” Gagne Jr. said. “Not just any accusation, but that of racism. It is such an easy accusation to make, but one of the most horrible accusations that can be brought against someone, especially when it is not at all true.”

He was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, 48 hours of community service and $570 in fines and court costs.

According to authorities, a 17-year-old boy said he was threatened while leaving a store and alleged racial threats were made after Gagne hit him.