BLOOMINGTON - A Gridley teenager testified Tuesday that a former part-time Chenoa police officer gave alcohol to her and a friend two years ago.
A bench trial opened Tuesday for Christopher Wurl, 32, of Chenoa. He is accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and giving liquor to a minor. He worked as a part-time officer from October 2001 until he was terminated after the November 2005 incident.
The Gridley girl, who now is 17 years old, testified that she was 15 years old when Wurl came to her home on Nov. 10, 2005. She said another girl, who was 17 years old at the time, invited Wurl to the house.
The witness said she considered the officer's visit "kind of weird." She said Wurl brought beer with him for the meeting that took place in a bedroom of the girl's house.
Wurl agreed to a request from the older girl to buy more alcohol later in the evening, according to testimony. As the three drove around the countryside in Wurl's truck he "asked us if we were drunk yet," the girl testified.
The former police officer drove the girls to the home of one of his friends in Chatsworth, where he and the 17-year-old girl went into a bedroom for about an hour, the girl told Judge Kevin Fitzgerald. Wurl and the girls returned to Gridley about 2:30 a.m., she said.
Defense attorney Steven Skelton questioned the girl about inconsistencies in her testimony and information she gave to police. A police statement indicates that Wurl brought as many as 30 beers to the house and a photo taken of the cardboard beer container left on the roadside reflects a 12-pack of beer.