A missing Arizona teen’s boyfriend is refusing to take a polygraph test in the wake of police’s surge and seizure of his car, which produced forged documents and evidence of identity theft.
Police picked up Jon Christopher Clark at a hotel on Monday (August 13) and brought him in for questioning. During the interrogation, he reportedly refused to take a lie detector test because he didn’t want “an interpretation for my feelings.”
19-year-old Kiera Bergman has been missing for two weeks. She disappeared on August 4 in Phoenix just after leaving San Diego to move in with Clark. The 23-year-old has been denying having anything to do with Bergman’s disappearance and police claim he isn’t a suspect or person of interest in the case.
Clark spoke with the Huffington Post about the case and why he refused to take a polygraph. “I didn’t want to do anything that would give the indication I was hiding anything but also didn’t want anything on the record that would have them say I was doing anything or had any part in this,” he said. “I told them I would not like a lie detector test because, one, they are not admissible in court, and two, whatever you guys gather from that is basically your interpretation on my feelings.
“So I didn’t want [investigators] to pretty much gather [their] conclusions off of something that is not guaranteed,” he continued. As for supposedly not being considered a suspect, Clark says he was being treated like one by law enforcement.
“I just really felt like they were treating me like a suspect,” he said. “They handcuffed me, put me in back of a car and, when we got to the interview room, [they] handcuffed me to a table the entire time.”
A warrant was issued to search Clark’s vehicle the day he was taken in for questioning. Inside, they found material relating to identity theft and forgery. On Friday, Clark was arrested for the alleged forgery crimes, however police consider it unrelated to Bergman disappearance.
Jon Christopher Clark has been charged with 22 counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of forgery, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
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