St. Helens attorney arrested after violating probation
A St. Helens defense attorney remains in custody at the Columbia County Jail for probation violation stemming from drug charges.
Timothy M. "Rock" Pizzo, 58, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 24 after allegedly testing positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine during a probation check-in.
Pizzo was arrested in January on charges of possession of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a minor.
A grand jury indictment alleges Pizzo was found with two or more grams of "a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine" in January. The month prior, he allowed a minor to be present where illegal activity occurred, according to the indictment.
Pizzo was eventually released from custody, then pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to unlawful possession of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a minor. He was sentenced to 18 months probation, a drug rehabilitation program and 10 days in jail, with credit for time he had already served on the drug conviction. Pizzo was eligible to have the child endangerment charge dismissed if he complied with the terms of his probation.
While on probation, he failed to show up to a scheduled check-in at the probation office on Oct. 18, and was cited two days later by St. Helens police for driving without a valid license, according to a probation violation report.
He was ordered to report to the probation office on Wednesday, Oct. 24 where he failed a drug test and was found to have a small "baggie with a white powdery substance" in his pocket, probation officers noted in a report. He was re-arrested on site.
"Mr Pizzo surrounds himself with known drug users and people on probation," Justin Hecht of the Columbia County Department of Community Justice, wrote in an affidavit. "He has allowed offenders to live in his home, and the probation office has had multiple community reports that Mr. Pizzo is actively using in the community, and buying drugs from offenders."
The probation office recommended Pizzo spend "at least 10 days in custody" to allow him to withdraw from drugs and remain sober, with the option to transfer to a residential treatment center.
He will await sentencing on the child endangerment charge at a future date.
Court documents show Pizzo's case is related to a sexual abuse case against Sheena Rae Dawn Long. Long was charged with contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, third-degree sexual abuse and harassment for allegedly having sex with a minor.
Pizzo is known for representing clients in drug offense cases, child custody cases, divorce filings and working as a public defender on several cases in Columbia County Circuit Court.