December 11, 2009
ELYRIA, OH — Fired Lorain police officer Stanley Marrero won’t face trial on rape and other charges stemming from 16-year-old allegations that he forced himself on a woman while responding to a call at her home, a judge has ruled. The woman contacted the Lorain Police Department in 1993 and left her name and telephone number, but never heard back from law enforcement. It wasn’t until 2007, when she again contacted authorities after Marrero was indicted on a similar charge, that her case was investigated, according to the ruling from Common Pleas Judge Edward Zaleski.
“There is no reasonable justification for the failure of the Lorain Police Department to conduct an appropriate investigation in 1993,” Zaleski ruled. When Marrero was arrested in 2007, the woman sent Lorain police an e-mail stating “He did the same thing to me in the early ’90s. No one did anything!!!!!!” the ruling stated. At that point, Lorain police Lt. James Rohner contacted the victim, conducted an investigation and, 11 months later, Marrero (pictured left) was indicted on two counts each of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition, and one count of menacing by stalking, according to the ruling. Marrero sought dismissal of the charges on the basis that the long delay violated his right of due process, and Zaleski agreed.
If the matter had been investigated in 1993, the investigation would have included conducting physical examinations, collecting DNA evidence, taking statements from the complainant, corroborating that statement through telephone records, interviewing the officer involved and other potential witnesses. “None of this investigation was possible, or conducted, when the matter was again considered for charges in 2008,” Zaleski wrote.
That investigation could have helped to prove the allegations of the woman, but it also could have potentially helped Marrero, the judge ruled. Subsequent testimony by Rohner showed that evidence that was lost or compromised due to the delay, and it is evidence that should have been considered, the judge wrote.
Marrero, who served on the force for 17 years, could not be reached for comment. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will did not return a phone call on the dismissal of the charges. Several months ago, an arbitrator upheld Marrero’s termination after he was convicted of misdemeanor charges of improper behavior involving women.
In the criminal case that led to his firing, Marrero was sentenced to 60 days in jail after a judge found that he had exposed himself to a Lorain woman in 2006, asked for oral sex and threatened to withhold police protection from her if she told anyone about the incident. Marrero also was convicted of failing to break up a January 2007 fight between two women with whom he was having affairs and then not reporting the incident, even though one of the women had her nose broken. The other woman later was convicted of assault.
According to the arbitrator’s ruling, the behavior continued after Marrero was suspended for three days and given a direct order in 2000 to refrain from further contacting women he met in the line of duty. Barely a year later, Marrero initiated a two-year relationship with a woman he met while on duty and had repeated sexual encounters with her while on duty, according to the arbitrator’s ruling. He also had sexual encounters with another woman during a five-year period, and the evidence supports a finding that some of the encounters occurred while he was on duty, the ruling stated.
Marrero’s attorney in the case involving his job said Marrero is training to become a commercial truck driver.
December 9, 2009
"He's a predator[!] Who says they're gonna keep you sober and feeds you vodka?"
-- Sex Assault Victim of John Minnis
SALEM -- The Oregon attorney general's office says it does not have enough evidence to prosecute the former head of the state's police training agency. But investigators have forwarded a copy of their report to California police for possible follow-up. Records released Tuesday make it clear that John Minnis, who resigned last month as head of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, lost his job because of inappropriate behavior with a woman who worked for him.
In interviews with investigators, Minnis admitted wanting a romantic relationship with the employee. He said their relationship was intimate but consensual. However, the state's interviews with the employee reveal a woman with a serious drinking problem who couldn't remember what happened after she drank with Minnis. She recorded a phone conversation with Minnis before she complained to a manager in her office because she was afraid authorities wouldn't believe her story. "He's a predator," she told investigators. "Who says they're gonna keep you sober and feeds you vodka?"
Minnis (pictured left), a former Portland police officer, voluntarily surrendered his police certification. Attorney General John Kroger's office forwarded its investigation to the San Diego Police Department. Minnis and his subordinate were on a business trip together in San Diego in early November. Records show the woman ended up undressed in bed, unsure what had happened between the two of them the previous night. Minnis did not return phone calls. Records show he told investigators he did not have sexual intercourse with the woman. Both are married. Minnis said the two kissed and touched, but he denied engaging in any illegal activity with the woman.
The attorney general's office did not clear Minnis. In explaining the decision not to prosecute, Sean Riddell, chief criminal counsel in the attorney general's office, wrote: "Mr. Minnis admitted to conduct that occurred outside of our jurisdiction that we do not have the authority to decline or accept prosecution." Oregon state authorities offered to assist San Diego police, if needed. Under California law, having sexual intercourse with a person who is "prevented from resisting due to alcohol or drugs" is rape.
Corrupt Justice does not identify victims in sexual assault cases. The woman's name is redacted from documents released in response to public records requests. However, it has been confirmed that the woman worked closely with Minnis at the agency. The department trains and develops standards for police, firefighters, corrections officers, parole and probation officials, and private investigators in Oregon.
Records show the woman considered quitting her job to get away from Minnis and his unwanted attentions. Then, last month, she broke down sobbing and told colleagues that her boss was pressuring her to have a sexual relationship. The woman told investigators that Minnis repeatedly said she was beautiful. He tried to touch her sexually and often brushed up against her at the office. But she said his come-ons "grossed" her out. Minnis resigned from his $120,000-a-year job shortly thereafter.
She said the unwanted contact began more than a year ago during a state business trip to Bend. She said it continued on other out-of-town trips. Most recently, records show, she and Minnis spent Nov. 7-10 attending the Public Relations Society of America's convention in San Diego. Minnis told investigators his conduct was always "absolutely totally" professional during business hours. But he also confessed to some touching in a hot tub and in hotel rooms.
The woman was arrested in 2001, accused of drinking and driving. She was arrested again earlier this year. Court records show her blood alcohol level was 0.23 -- almost three times the 0.08 legal limit. She told investigators that Minnis tried to ply her with alcohol. She said she would pass out and find herself in various states of undress. Minnis denied those allegations. He said that he covered her with a blanket when she drank too much and that he only wanted to help her succeed in her career.
She was promoted and her salary doubled during the three years she worked for Minnis. On March 31, when she lost her license, he wrote a letter to the state Driver and Motor Vehicle Services asking that she be allowed to drive while on the job because she played an important role at the agency.
Minnis is well-known in Oregon state government and political circles. He was appointed to the Oregon Legislature in 1985. The Wood Village Republican was elected to the House six times before retiring because of term limits in 1998. His wife, Karen, went on to become House speaker from 2003 to 2006. He also had a 27-year career with the Portland Police Bureau. Minnis offered to resign from the state effective Jan. 1 after the allegations surfaced. But Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who had appointed Minnis in 2004, insisted that his resignation become effective immediately.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
SAN LEANDRO, CA -- A former San Leandro police officer has been convicted of false imprisonment for groping two women while he was on duty, his attorney said on December 2, 2009. Former Officer Greg Cannedy, 45, who retired from the department (with pension) in 2007, entered no-contest pleas to two counts of false imprisonment - one a felony, the other a misdemeanor - said his attorney. Judge Kevin Murphy of Alameda County Superior Court sentenced Cannedy two months ago to 18 months of formal probation and six months of home detention while under electronic monitoring, his attorney said.
"To this day, I believe the allegations against Greg were completely without merit," Cannedy's attorney said. The misdemeanor conviction stemmed from an incident in September 2006, when Cannedy leaned over Jennifer Acuna in her kitchen and began kissing her before grabbing her hand and putting it on his crotch.
Acuna received $92,500 earlier this year under a civil settlement with the city.
Cannedy was convicted of felony false imprisonment for groping Starlah Burke during a traffic stop in 2005 after she repeatedly rebuffed his romantic overtures over a period of months.
Cannedy asked personal questions of Burke, told her that "he and his wife were not in love," continually showed up at her home and called her between May and December 2005 to discuss having sex, Burke said in her suit against the city. She received a $95,000 settlement.
Sep 06, 2009
Former officer accused of second sexual act
EVANSVILLE, IN (WCJB) - A former Evansville Police officer is now facing two separate charges of engaging in sex acts while on duty. Authorities said another woman came forward after hearing about the first charge against Martin Montgomery. Evansville Police Chief Brad Hill said this internal investigation is a detailed one, picking through the calls Officer Martin Montgomery responded to throughout his history with the force, especially ones where he was the only officer on scene. Former Officer Martin Montgomery spent three years on the force, and the police chief said he's glad to see him go. "It's a taint that's put on everybody who wears the uniform, especially the Evansville uniform," Hill said. Montgomery resigned from the department in August 2009 after he was charged with deviant sexual behavior. An internal investigation is ongoing after a claim he forced a woman to perform a sex act on him while he was on duty.
Publicity of the first case lead to another accusation. "We did come up with an incident that happened back on November 18, 2008," Hill said. On that date, police chief Brad Hill said their internal investigation revealed Montgomery (pictured left) was sent to a fight between two females. "It was a run that he was dispatched to and that another officer was dispatched to," Hill said. "Martin Montgomery arrived and gave the other officer a disregard." Hill said Montgomery waved the other officer off before he got to the scene.
Then, investigators said he discovered one of the females was wanted on an arrest warrant, and Montgomery placed her into handcuffs. "He then allegedly at some point took those handcuffs off that female, and then allegedly had the two females perform a sex act in his presence," Hill said. According to charges, Montgomery then joined in the sex act. Chief Hill said they have reviewed department policies surrounding the case, especially in regard to allowing just one officer to handle a scene, but don't think any changes are necessary.
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stan Levco said they will probably try to have both the charges be heard at the same trial, but said the defense will probably try and separate the two. Montgomery will make his next court appearance in October 2009. At that point, a trial date will probably be set.
July 30, 2009
EVANSVILLE, IN — Martin Montgomery (pictured left) had the makings of a promising career on the Evansville Police Department. Still fairly new to the force and assigned to the West Sector night shift, Montgomery, a Gibson County native, already had made a name for himself among his peers and supervisors. In 2007, a little more than a year after being sworn in alongside 10 other new hires, Montgomery helped save a man who tried to hang himself from a tree. Montgomery hoisted him while a police sergeant untied the noose — an act that would earn both officers merit awards. And in October 2008, Montgomery's good police work again caught the eye of his supervisors: He was named Officer of the Month for locating and then chasing a car driven by suspects in a home invasion robbery.
But only weeks after those arrests were made, Montgomery is alleged to have transformed from cop to criminal, using his power and position to assault two women he encountered while patrolling. It is one of two similar situations for which Montgomery is charged with criminal deviate conduct, a class B felony. No charge was filed in a third complaint that went to a grand jury. The alleged crimes — described by police when first made public as among the worst imaginable for an officer — have left a stain on the department, as well as a group of victims and a series of unanswered questions. Chief among the questions: How and why did this happen?
The investigation into possible misconduct started in June 2009 when 25-year-old Brittany Pryor reported to police that Montgomery had sexually assaulted her. Pryor told investigators Montgomery (pictured left) arrived to investigate a domestic violence incident, sent her boyfriend from the residence and then proceeded to rape her. The case went to a grand jury in July 2009, which voted unanimously not to file charges. Authorities, however, continued investigating Montgomery internally and criminally.
Those efforts resulted in two additional cases, which make up the charges Montgomery, 28, now faces. In the first case, he is accused of responding to an argument between two women. Police say Montgomery found that one of the women was wanted on a warrant and placed her in handcuffs after calling off other responding units. At some point, Montgomery released the woman and had the two women perform a sex act, which he later joined in on, according to police. That incident is reported to have happened Nov. 18, 2008.
In the second case, Montgomery is accused of responding to a fight between two women and then giving one of them a ride home. He followed her inside and forced her to submit to a sexual act, according to court documents. Investigators say that incident happened March 1. Montgomery was suspended from the force after the complaint surfaced in June, with Chief Brad Hill recommending that he be fired. Montgomery was arrested on one charge July 29 and released on a $1,500 cash bond that night. He resigned from the department five days later, shortly before the Merit Commission was to consider Hill's recommendation of termination.
Police applicants first are subjected to a background test, a lengthy interview about personal behaviors and then a polygraph exam to check their answers. Next, applicants undergo a pair of psychological tests: the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and the Law Enforcement Assessment and Development Report, which is geared specifically toward measuring emotional stability on the force. Applicants also are interviewed by a psychiatrist. So how come Montgomery wasn't detected?
Margaret Ann Keaton, an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis who specializes in criminal psychology, has an idea. Keaton said the MMPI, in particular, which is standard on most police departments, is flawed in that its typical rating for a good police officer is similar to that of a psychopath. Both are sensation-seekers, authoritarian, aggressive and take-charge individuals who have above-average intelligence, she said. "Most police officers are that in a healthy way. Unfortunately, a psychopath is that in a pathological way. And it's very difficult to tell which is which when you're just looking at MMPI."
Cops that Sexually Offend
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part I)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part II)
• Sexually Offensive Cops! (Part III)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part V)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IX)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part X)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIX)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XX)
Cops & Crime!
• Criminal Cops! - Part I
• Criminal Cops! - Part II
Cops with Multiple Shootings or Homicides!
• PA State Trooper Samuel J. Hassan, Murderous(March 15, 2009 Murder of Unarmed motorist. Previously shot and killed 12 year old African-American boy!!)
• Officer Pat Gonzales: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 3 Killings; 1 Shooting!
• Officer Hector Jimenez: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 2 Killings!(As of October 2009, Officer terminated w/1 yr. pay; City of Oakland has settled civil suits.)
• Homicide from OPD to LASD!
• Miami Beach Police Department - Murderous!(Officer Adam Tavss kills two citizens in 1 week!!)
• Brian Smith, Killer Cop!(Killed four (4) unarmed civilians during homicide spree; committed suicide upon arrest!!)
Murderous Police Officers
• B.A.R.T.+L.A.P.D.=187(P.C.)(LAPD Detective arrested for cold case homicide; and B.A.R.T. Transit Killer-Cop!)
• Cops or Killers?
• Five - "O" Homicide(White Cop kills black cop after "mistaking" black cop for criminal!)
• NYPD - A History of Homicidal Cops(A history of NYPD Officers committing murder!)
• Arthur Tessler, Jason R. Smith & Gregg Junnier(Alanta Police Officers lie to obtain search warrant; murder 90-year old woman; and then plant drugs to cover-up murder)
• PA State Trooper Kevin Foley, Murderous(Convicted March 18, 2009 of First-Degree Murder. Killed girlfriend's ex-hubby (Dentist)!!)
• Homer Police Department(February 20, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, 73 year old black man by two white police officers in Homer, Louisiana!!)
• Taser Deaths by the Police!
• New Orleans Police Department(January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot nine (9) times in the back!!)
Oakland, California Police Department
• Captain Edward Poulson, OPD(Beating Death of Suspect (2000) Promoted in 2008)
• Investigator interfered in police probes of former bakery CEO
• Oakland Police Department, Corrupt, I
• Oakland, California Police Department, Corruption, II
• Oakland Police Department, III
• Oakland Police Department, IV
• Oakland Police Department, V - Major Corruption
• Jeff Loman, Deputy Chief, OPD(Updated: Re-instated as a (demoted) Lieutenant)
• Deborah Edgerly, Corrupt former Oakland City Administrator
Oakland, CA Transit Cop Shooting
• Mehserle Makes Bail!!!(Updated October 16, 2009) January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot once (1) in the back!!)
• Tony Pirone, B.P.D.(Mehserle Accomplice - Jan. 1, 2009 Homicide)
• Johannes Mehserle, Killer Cop(Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Shooting Investigation(The Investigation of Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Aftermath (The Oakland Riots New (2009))
• B.A.R.T. Police, Racism, Homicide(Video of The Oakland New Year's Day (2009) Transit Shooting )
Sexually Offensive Judges
• Perverted Judges! - Part I
• Judge Jack Gifford, Retired, Solicitation
• Judge Ronald C. Kline, Child Pornography
• Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, Solicitation
• Corrupt Judges & Prosecutors
• Corrupt Judges, Frame-ups & Graft
• Corrupt Judges! - Part II
• Judges of the Regents of the University of California
Judges of Interest
• James J. Marchiano, Corrupt Judge
• Stuart Hing, Corrupt Judge (Recent Appointment)
• Douglas E. Swager, Corrupt Judge
• Martin Jenkins, Corrupt Judge ("Uncle Tom")
• David Bernard Flinn, Corrupt Judge
• John T. Noonan, Corrupt Judge of the 9th Circuit
• Former Judge Ralph B. Robertson, Racist
• Judge Kenneth R. Kingsbury, Ret., Racist, Corrupt
Cops & Domestic Violence
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part I
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part II
• Blue Spousal Abuse! - Part III
• Deputy Paul R. Kovacich, Wife Killer
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