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"[T]he only good n[igger] is a dead n[igger] and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other n[igger] from coming in the area."
-- July 18, 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
Posted: May 23, 2012 - updated on: 10:03 pm PDT, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Federal Protective Service
State Protective Custody!
State Protective Custody!
Maryland -- A Charles County jury convicted a federal police officer of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl after a three-day trial last week, Charles County State’s Attorney Anthony B. Covington reported. Accused of soliciting the girl via text message and having sex with her, Clayton Calvin Griffin Jr., 43, of Waldorf was indicted in December on 20 total counts of second-degree rape, sexual child abuse, sexual solicitation of a minor and sex offense covering a minimum of six separate incidents.
A police officer with the Federal Protective Service, which polices and provides security at federal buildings and facilities, Griffin was arrested in November after a woman told school officials that the girl, her daughter’s friend, had said she was having sex with Griffin, according to a press release.
The girl testified during the trial, which began May 14, that Griffin had sex with her several times. She said she told a few people about the interactions, including her sister and best friend. The woman who reported Griffin and her daughter both testified as well. The daughter said the abused girl told her about the encounters with Griffin, the release states. The woman said she first learned of the abuse from her daughter, but spoke to the victim before alerting authorities.
Prosecutors also presented the jury with text message exchanges between Griffin and the girl, including messages where Griffin told the girl that he “always” used contraception when he had sex with her. Griffin also told the girl to delete his text messages. Griffin’s attorneys argued that the girl was not a credible witness, but Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Rodenberger pointed out that the child’s diary included references to the abuse as it occurred.
The jury, which deliberated for five hours Wednesday before handing down its verdict, found Griffin guilty of sexual child abuse, sexual solicitation of a minor and third-degree sex offense. Covington said in the release that he was “pleased that the jury saw through the convenient excuses and explanations the defendant offered in his defense. This defendant engaged in despicable acts and the jury obviously saw it for what it was,” he added. Griffin faces a total of 55 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for July 17.
Posted: May 15, 2012 11:59 PM - updated on: 11:59 pm PDT, Saturday, May 19, 2012
Zoloft Made Me Do It!
MONROVIA, CA (WCJB)— Anthony Orban (pictured below, left, with wife) served five years in the Marine Corps and fought in Iraq before working as a member of the Westminster police department for another five years. But his career in law enforcement ended after he was arrested on charges of kidnapping and raping a woman in 2010. “I knew exactly what it was. It was the medication,” Orban told media sources. His wife, Tracy, said Orban was taking the drug Zoloft to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder associated with his time in combat and triggered by police work. “He had invisible wounds that none of us saw. But he’s a casualty of war,” Tracy said.
Anthony Nicholas Orban faces kidnapping and rape charges in the 2010 attack on the woman, a 25-year-old waitress, who was taken from the parking lot as she left work and forced to drive to a commercial complex in Fontana. Orban’s attorney is presenting a defense of “not guilty by reason of unconsciousness,” claiming the Zoloft made him do it. “It doesn’t mean you’re unconscious, falling on the ground, asleep. What it means is that you’re not aware of your actions,” his defense attorney said. Orban will try to convince the jury that he was under the influence of an antidepressant and therefore not responsible for his actions. Originally, Orban’s attorney was expected to present an insanity plea. But changing the defense to “not guilty by reason of unconsciousness” could allow Orban to walk out as a free man.
Media sources spoke with Dr. Joseph Haraszti, who is a forensic psychiatrist and a psycho-pharmacologist. He said an anti-depressant can’t make you perform complex behaviors such as kidnapping and rape and not realize it. “To me, this seems like as a defense is a cop out. There is no such case where a person would become unconscious and not know what they’re doing while taking Zoloft,” Haraszti said.
Published: September 19, 2011
MARTINEZ, CA -- A judge will decide by Oct. 7 whether to throw out the 13-count criminal indictment against a Contra Costa prosecutor accused of raping a junior colleague, based on a defense claim that the grand jury heard biased, perjured and inadmissible testimony. From the first witness -- a prosecutor who described Michael Gressett as a "complete loser" -- the jury heard testimony that portrayed Gressett as a sexual deviant of low character and his accuser as a trustworthy person, Gressett's attorneys argued. Contrary evidence that would have cast both in the opposite light was not presented -- even after the jury asked for it, Gressett's attorney said. "They were obligated to introduce the flip side of the coin," he said.
Gressett is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 31 on charges he raped the woman -- identified in court as Jane Doe -- with a gun and ice pick at his Martinez home in May 2008. His attorneys contend that he had consensual sex with his former colleague and has been railroaded by political enemies at the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office and an accuser who was financially motivated. Gressett faces life in prison in the case that has divided the DA's Office and was a central issue during the November election for district attorney. He won back his job with back pay and benefits at an arbitrator's hearing in February and remains on paid administrative leave.
State prosecutors argued Friday that they believe the grand jury still would have indicted Gressett outside any inadmissible evidence that may have been presented. Witnesses' personal opinions as to Gressett's character were relevant because they highlighted bias in protection of the defendant.
"We made every effort to put on a fully balanced picture of what happened here," deputy attorney general Peter Flores said.
Gressett's attorneys argue former district attorney Robert Kochly, who once ran for office against Gressett and had his subordinates investigate Gressett on the Attorney General's Office's behalf, kept knowledge of Doe's $450,000 settlement with the county from the state prosecutors during the grand jury proceedings. State prosecutors argue Kochly was not obliged to disclose the settlement because his office was not part of the prosecutorial team.
The state prosecutors also allowed testimony that Doe said she suffered a severed ovary and could no longer bare children because of the attack but had no one testify to medical records that show otherwise, Gressett's attorney said. "It's an exaggeration akin to accusing Mr. Gressett of sexual assault," he said.
Published: September 16, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (WCJB) — A Central Texas law officer who quit last week after being charged with kidnapping has been accused of trying to rape another female. College Station police say the second young woman came forward after hearing news reports about the first case. Rubio was a Brazos County deputy constable when he was charged with abducting a woman Aug. 31 while working off-duty security. She later awoke in a parking lot. Rubio was released on bond.
A woman this week described being arrested June 25, by an off-duty marshal, for alleged underage drinking. Police say Rubio, working off-duty, allegedly tried to rape her before driving her to jail. Augustin Rubio was arrested Friday on a charge of attempted sexual assault, with bond set at $25,000. No information was immediately available on an attorney for Rubio.
Published: September 1, 2011
Texas -- A Brazos County deputy constable is under arrest, charged with kidnapping. Agustin Rubio (pictured above, center) was arrested Wednesday, three days after College Station Police began investigating a possible kidnapping case involving the Precinct 2 deputy. It all started early Sunday morning near Deacon and Fraternity Row when witnesses say Rubio, 41, placed the woman in handcuffs and put her in the back of his patrol car.
The woman’s friends called her father to say she had been arrested. The father tried to locate his daughter by calling local jails, but was unable to find her. The woman called her parents shortly before 6 a.m., saying she had awakened in a parking lot in the 12000 block of Wellborn Road. Police reviewed surveillance video and saw Rubio’s patrol car in the footage. According to court documents, Rubio’s patrol car is seen entering the area about 2 a.m., and leaving about 15 minutes later. Investigators eventually learned the woman was taken to the area without her consent and was never taken to jail.
The case remains under investigation. Rubio is on paid leave from the constable’s office.
Posted: Sep 12, 2011 12:21 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 13, 2011 03:45 PM PDT
THOMASVILLE, GA — A Meigs police officer charged with statutory rape involving a 13-year-old girl was released on bond Saturday and fired from his job on Monday. Brandon Matthew Luckey, 23, 6057 Golden St., Meigs, was arrested at his residence Saturday night. The girl was reported missing from her residence early Saturday afternoon. Thomas and Mitchell County sheriffs’ offices were notified. “It came back the last person she was with was (officer) Luckey,” said Lt. Tim Watkins, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office chief investigator. The girl was found at the officer’s Meigs residence.
The Meigs Police Department asked the sheriff’s office and Thomasville regional office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into what appeared to be interference with custody. The situation developed into statutory rape, said Steve Turner, regional GBI office special agent in charge. “The child had been with (Brandon) Luckey,” Turner said. Luckey and the girl participated in a sex act Saturday morning, the GBI official said. “We had the victim examined by a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) in Albany,” Turner said, adding that the examination showed the girl had engaged in sexual activity.
The teen and Luckey were interviewed. “At that point, we had probable cause to make the arrest,” Turner said. Alcohol was involved in the incident. “Both had been drinking,” Turner explained. Luckey was placed on administrative leave Saturday. The internal investigation was completed by Meigs Police Department on Monday, and Luckey was notified of his official termination.
Luckey was hired by the Meigs agency in July 2010. “He came to the department from another local agency already certified as a Georgia peace officer and with experience,” said Meigs police Capt. Rachelle Denmark. Denmark said a thorough background investigation, including psychological testing, was conducted on Luckey. “After successful completion of the employment background investigation, (Brandon) Luckey was extended an offer of employment to work as a Meigs police officer,” Denmark said.
Luckey was released from the Thomas County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
Updated: Sep 6, 2011 at 12:10 PM EDT
New Mexico -- The New Mexico Department of Public Safety has fired the New Mexico State Police officer who was photographed having sex with a woman on the hood of a car while in uniform, according to a story in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Bert Lopez was fired last week, according to the report. He has 30 days to appeal the decision According to the report, a county employee came across surveillance photos taken in front of a county-owned location that showed Lopez having sex with a woman on the hood of a car, and turned them over to authorities.
Updated: 2:35 pm PDT September 3, 2011
Police officer Bert Lopez was caught having sex on the hood of a car while in uniform in broad daylight. Now, the state police department has finished their investigation, but will not press charges. What in the world?
A New Mexico state police officer was video taped by a surveillance camera as he had sex with a woman on the hood of car while in uniform. The photos were released by the New Mexico state police during their investigation. After looking into the odd matter, Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said that since no one saw the incident when it was happening that he would not cite the officer for indecent exposure or public lewdness.
'At this point we do not believe any criminal activity occurred,' state police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson told reporters. Sgt. Johnson also said that Lopez is currently on administrative leave.
Lopez was awarded in May 2010 the New Mexico State Police District 1 Officer of the Year and is even allegedly involved in a high profile rape case. According to reports, he arrested rapist Daniel Martinez, but the suspect got away.
Updated: 11:10 am PDT August 30, 2011
New Mexico -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained surveillance pictures of a New Mexico State Police officer having sex with a woman on the hood of a car in broad daylight. State Police aren't saying anything about the photos, but we will continue to press for answers. Two weeks ago local media reported a story about an officer caught on camera having sex while in full uniform, an act shown on security camera at the Santa Fe Canyon Ranch. Through the image you can see it's during daylight hours and the officer is still wearing his utility belt. The Santa Fe Sheriff's office released the pictures to local media after they filed a public records request. They say they also gave them to State Police over a week ago.
The surveillance camera that caught the couple was set up to catch vandals at a remote ranch owned by Santa Fe County. The Santa Fe sheriff Robert Garcia says he will not be pressing criminal charges because the incident occurred "in the middle of nowhere."
The officer was awarded police officer of the year in the past and had previously served on former governor Bill Richardson's security detail. The officer in the photos has not been working on patrol for weeks. Lawyers in Santa Fe said over the last few weeks, the officer has not shown up to numerous cases in which he had been the arresting officer and those cases are being dismissed.
This officer is the same arresting officer in the high profile Daniel Martinez escape and rape case. The officer arrested Martinez who then escaped from his custody when the officer was not looking. According to police, Martinez raped a woman before being recaptured. The district attorney said they will proceed with the case regardless of what happens to the state police officer. Below are reactions from people who saw the photos.
"It's an inappropriate use of time," said Cate Campbell of Albuquerque.
"Inappropriate use of our tax money, I mean we pay these guys," added Jacob Powers.
Albert Loma said if charged and found guilty, the officer should be fired.
"With that kind of judgment you don't want him carrying a weapon," said Loma. "I think it's an embarrassment to the state patrol, they should be ashamed." Others say it hurts the reputation built by good officers. "I expect them to be the mark. State Police should be the standard to which other police departments hold themselves to," said a man identifying himself as Jeremy.
Local media knows the name of the officer - however, since he has not been charged with any crime, they have chosen not to release his name. State Police will not comment about the pictures or any internal investigation against the officer, saying it is an ongoing personnel matter. On Monday, they turned down an on camera interview, saying they need more time to gather the information we're asking for. So far no officer faces any charges.
State Line Predators!
Updated: September 7, 2011 3:26 PM PDT; Posted: September 6, 2011
A former Portland First Selectman and retired police officer has been charged in a sex sting involving minors in Florida. Edward Kalinowski, 59 (pictured above, center) was arrested Friday in Volusia County, Florida after police say he traveled to a Daytona Beach home to have sex with what he believed to be a 13-year-old boy. It is a situation that has been made famous by Dateline NBC's "To Catch A Predator" series, although the operation had nothing to do with NBC or Dateline. Several Florida law enforcement agencies set up the seven-day sting operation, arresting 15 men in all. The suspects, including Kalinowski, set up encounters over the computer with what they believed to be children between the ages of 9 and 15, according to Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson. The men were arrested when they showed up at the house. A video of the arrest shows Kalinowski, who now lives in Ocala, Florida, arrived at the home without a shirt on. Officers arrested him as he walked through the front door. Kalinowski is identified by the Volusia County Sheriff's office as a retired First Selectman from Portland and a former Portland police officer. He is charged with use of a computer to seduce or solicit a child, traveling to meet or lure a child for sex and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.
Michael Pena, NYPD
NYPD Serial Rapist???
Updated: September 4, 2011 4:06 PM PDT; Posted: September 2, 2011
Police commissioner Kelly called the rape "a very, very disturbing case," and said the department has also been scrutinizing Pena's department records and his screening process. Kelly was quoted as saying, "I met with psychologists, the head of applicant processing - everyone that was involved with his coming into the department. We found nothing remarkable, nothing exceptional in his background, that in hindsight should have been done."
For whatever reason, Kelly neglected to mention that Pena was named as a defendant in a 2009 civil suit that cost the city of New York $25,000. Though it is not clear if he was aware of this fact at the time he was making his statements to the press regarding this case. According to the New York media, the civil suit was filed by a Anthony Mosley and alleges acts of brutality that were perpetrated against him by Pena and another officer after they arrested him at a building on 132nd Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem in 2009. Court documents state, Pena and the other officer allegedly used excessive force in detaining Mosley, causing "serious physical injuries." The documents also say that the officers conducted a body cavity search which caused Mosley to suffer "humiliation, emasculation and loss of dignity."
"The...unlawful strip search and false imprisonment was so outrageous in character, and so extreme in degree, as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and to be regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community," the 2010 complaint says. NYPD spokesmen Paul Browne noted to the news media that the case was settled without any admission of wrongdoing by the officers. However, the courts forced the city to pay Mosley $25,000 as part of the terms of agreement in the settlement.
From Rikers Island two weeks ago on Sunday, August 21, Pena expressed fears that the Manhattan District Attorney's Office is going to try and "make an example" out of him over what he now refers to as a "misunderstanding." During the interview the Local News media quoted Pena as saying, "The DA is arresting cops, indicting cops. They're trying to make an example out of me." Pena was making a direct reference to another case in which two NYPD officers were accused of raping a 28 year-old fashion executive for several hours in her apartment this past Spring. In that particular incident, Officers Kenneth Moreno, 41, and Franklin Mata, 26, of the 9th police precinct were acquitted of charges they raped the fashion executive after being summoned to help her home when she became very drunk during a night out celebrating a promotion.
August 25, 2011 3:25 PM PDT
"The DA is arresting cops, indicting cops[.] They're trying to make an example out of me."
-- Michael Pena, NYPD Officer arrested for the rape, kidnap of a school teacher.
A cop charged with raping a woman in upper Manhattan earlier this month is under investigation for other rapes, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly revealed Thursday. Kelly said detectives are looking into whether Officer Michael Pena is connected to other rapes that have occurred in the past three years. "Investigators have picked out some (cases) that they think have the potential of having been perpetrated by this individual," he said at a press conference. The commissioner said the rapes happened after Pena joined the NYPD. He declined to provide more specific details. Pena is accused of raping a 25-year-old Bronx schoolteacher behind an Inwood apartment building at gunpoint last Friday while off duty. He was caught with his victim by two uniformed cops called to the scene by a witness.
Kelly called the rape "a very, very disturbing case." He said the department has also been scrutinizing Pena's department records and his screening process. "I met with psychologists, the head of applicant processing," Kelly said. "Everyone that was involved with his coming into the department. We found nothing remarkable, nothing exceptional in his background, that in hindsight should have been done."
August 24, 2011
The cop charged with raping a woman at gunpoint in Inwood was indicted Wednesday - and his lawyers insist he never intended to hurt anyone. Michael Pena was busted moments after sexually assaulting a 25-year-old Bronx school teacher, investigators said. He was off-duty and reportedly drunk when he allegedly forced the victim into the courtyard of an Inwood apartment house by flashing his department-issued 9-mm gun and telling her, "You're coming with me."
"Whatever happened, there was absolutely no intent on the part of Michael Pena to hurt anyone," a defense lawyer told reporters without elaborating. The comments came after a brief court hearing - Pena did not appear - where prosecutors told Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara that a grand jury voted to indict the officer.
After court, his lawyers tried to back off comments Pena made in an exclusive jail house interview with the local media sources. Pena told The News in a Rikers holding pen that prosecutors were "trying to make an example out of me" because two other officers recently built a rape rap. "It was pure frustration, he was upset," said a second lawyer representing the suspended cop. "He's never been in a situation like this before."
"I told him not to speak to you guys anymore!" the 2nd attorney said yesterday when asked to explain Pena's comments about the district attorney's office.
"The district attorney is not out to get cops, but to protect people from violent acts - especially from an off-duty police officer," City Councilman Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan) and Assemblyman Guillermo Linares (D-Manhattan) said in a joint statement blasting Pena early this week.
The charges in the indictment remain sealed until Sept. 21, when the three-year NYPD veteran is due back in court, but his lawyers acknowledged they'd be surprised if rape was not voted. His lawyers said a judge ordered that prosecutors be allowed to run toxicology tests on vials of Pena's blood taken in the wake of the alleged 6:30 a.m. attack and said they had a swab of his DNA. Pena is being held on $1 million bond.
August 22, 2011
The cop arrested for raping a woman at gunpoint fears the Manhattan District Attorney will throw the book at him because a jury acquitted two other cops accused of rape earlier this year. "The DA is arresting cops, indicting cops," Michael Pena told media sources on Sunday from a glass-enclosed pen in the visiting room at Rikers Island. "They're trying to make an example out of me."
Pena, who wore a gray jail jumpsuit and five o'clock shadow, would not directly address the charges against him, saying his lawyer told him not to comment on specifics of the case. "There's a lot I want to say about this," he said. "Eventually, the truth will come out." He added, "Everything's not black and white. There are shades of gray." Pena, 27, is accused of pointing his department-issued 9-mm. at a 25-year-old Bronx school teacher while off duty Friday morning and raping her behind an Inwood apartment building. He is being held on $1 million bond.
Pena said his personal and professional career were "picture perfect" prior to the rape charge. The patrolman said he comes from a decent family, had never been in trouble before and dreamed of moving up the ranks of the NYPD. "Everything was fine - perfect - before that day," Pena said. He teared up when he spoke of how the allegations and media attention have embarrassed his family, his friends and co-workers. "It's unfortunate," he said.
Pena said he'd been at Rikers since Saturday night. He said "I'm all right" when asked how he was coping in jail. He said he has not seen the newspaper or TV reports about the alleged assault. Pena said he told his lawyer everything, as well as representatives from Internal Affairs.
The cop's father, Persios Pena, insisted his son had been framed. "The only thing I know is my son is innocent," he said through the door of his central Harlem apartment. "I know my son is a very wonderful man. The truth will come out. I know that 100%. He's not that kind of person."
In May 2011, NYPD officers Franklin Mata and Kenneth Moreno were acquitted of charges they raped a drunk woman in her East Village apartment, despite evidence they entered her apartment four times in one night. It was a black eye for new Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who faces new embarrassment Monday when he may be forced to drop high-profile rape charges against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
August 20, 2011 5:41 PM EDT
NEW YORK (WCJB) — An off-duty New York City police officer accused of raping a teacher is being held on bail of $500,000 cash or $1 million bond. Officer Michael Pena was arraigned Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of first-degree rape, criminal sexual act and predatory sexual assault. His defense attorney could not immediately be reached by telephone. Pena is accused of grabbing the 25-year-old woman off a residential street, showing her a gun and raping her in a backyard. He was arrested Friday by officers after police say a witness saw through her window that something was happening in the backyard and called 911.
Police say Pena (pictured left, head down) was drunk when he approached the 25-year-old woman as she was heading to work Friday morning on a street in Inwood and asked her for directions to the subway. When the woman resisted, police say Pena opened his jacket to reveal his gun and said, "You're coming with me." They say he then forced the woman into a backyard, where she was attacked.
A witness who saw Pena and the woman through her window called police, who arrived a short time later and made the arrest. Officers tackled Pena and discovered his badge and gun. He was arrested at the scene. Pena's gun was on the ground and officers found his police ID and badge in his pocket.
Investigators say he threw the woman's cell phone onto a roof to prevent her from calling 911 during the attack.
Pena's attorney says his client has a spotless record as an officer and if the allegations prove true it would be a complete aberration. Meanwhile, the attack has women in the neighborhood on edge.
Residents said they are concerned about an increase in crime in the 34th precinct, which covers upper Inwood. "Between I think 175th Street and this area, there've been attacks. So you really have to be careful and we all try to be careful. But this is just beyond words," said one Inwood resident. "It's New York City. Things like this happen all the time in New York City. Our neighborhood's very safe though," said another. NYPD statistics show that crime is up 23 percent since August 7, and rape is up 27 percent since last year.
“Well, this is a horrendous crime allegedly perpetrated by a city off-duty cop right here in my neighborhood, right across my apartment building,” said Manhattan State Senator Adriano Espaillat. “So I feel this is something that really hurts all New Yorkers. We commend the response of the 34th precinct, they came very rapidly to the scene of the crime and apprehended this individual.”
Pena has been suspended without pay. He is an officer in the 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights. The alleged rape took place in the neighboring Inwood section.
If convicted on the most serious charge, Pena faces 10 years to life in prison.
Published: Friday, September 2, 2011; Updated: Saturday, September 3, 2011
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested and charged with rape after a 32-year-old woman alleged that the officer forced her to perform sexual acts in his squad car. Keith Corley, 27, a four-year veteran of the force has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss as a result of the Aug. 11 incident. He’s been charged with rape, indecent assault and sexual assault. His gun and badge have been taken away from him.
“Obviously, it's something of great concern. It's another, you know, black mark against the Department but again it doesn't represent everyone on the Department,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told Local News in Philadelphia. “None of this is tolerable and we'll take whatever action we need to take to rid our ranks of them.”
According to reports, the victim and the police officer (pictured left) encountered each other at about 4 a.m. at a bus station. Police said the victim told them Corley offered her a ride in his patrol car to the 69th Street Terminal. Instead of taking her there directly, the victim alleged, Corley took her to an area in Cobbs Creek and forced her to perform the sexual act. Then he took her to the 69th Street Terminal. According to reports, the victim immediately told a transit police officer what happened. The Local News in Philadelphia reports that DNA test results came back last week matched Corley to the crime.
Published: 1:10 pm PDT September 1, 2011; Updated: September 3, 2011
The Shasta County district attorney's office has refiled its criminal case against a former Anderson police officer accused of kidnapping and raping a Millville woman he was taking to jail last year. It has also included two additional charges against former APD officer Bryan Benson, 27. The new charges are felony embezzlement and soliciting a lewd act, a misdemeanor. Benson is scheduled to be arraigned on the refiled case Friday morning in Shasta County Superior Court.
On Aug. 26, the district attorney's office dismissed the prior case against Benson (pictured left) who was scheduled to begin standing trial this week. Chief deputy district attorney Josh Lowery said prosecutors were not prepared to take the criminal case to trial as scheduled based on "additional developments." But, he said, the case would be refiled this week, although that means the case has to to start all over again. Benson is accused of raping a now-25-year-old Millville woman he was taking to jail last year after she was arrested on a traffic violation. He was charged with seven felonies, including kidnapping to commit rape, forcible rape, rape by threat of authority to arrest or deport, kidnapping, sexual battery by restraint, bribery and assault by a public officer. He was fired from the police department in August 2010.
In June, the law firm representing the woman, who is not being named by media sources because she's an alleged sexual assault victim, filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against the city of Anderson and its police department. Benson is not named in the lawsuit because, it said, he has been fired from the police department and is bankrupt.
Benson, then 25, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting the Millville woman after she was arrested May 29, 2010, by officer Matthew Goodwin on a traffic violation and was transferred to Benson for transport to the jail in an unmarked squad car, the lawsuit says. During the transport, the lawsuit alleges, Benson "deviated significantly" from a route to jail and stopped the unmarked car in a remote location, where he attempted to talk her into performing certain sex acts on him. "This deviation amounted to a kidnapping," the lawsuit said.
When the woman refused to perform the sex acts, the lawsuit said, Benson restarted the car and drove "to a concealed location, and resorted to force in order to sexually assault and rape" her. Goodwin admitted to police investigators that Benson told him that he had sex with the woman, but he did not report it to his supervisors until four days after the incident. Goodwin was fired in October, but the district attorney's office did not file criminal charges against him.
See: Cops that Sexually Offend! - XXX - 2011
Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 3:50 pm | Updated: 11:45 am, Fri May 11, 2012
Convicted Liar/Sex Offender!
San Jose, CA -- The sentencing of a former San Jose police officer who is accused of having illegal sexual contact with two teen boys took an unexpected detour Monday afternoon. Unsatisfied with the lack of victim impact statements – which the Department of Probation failed to obtain following unsuccessful attempts to get in touch with the two teen boys – Judge Kenneth Shapero said he wants to hear from the victims prior to determining the fate of defendant Patrick D’Arrigo, 44 (pictured right). The harshest punishment D’Arrigo faces is three years, eight months in state prison. Shapero moved D’Arrigo’s sentencing to June 20 (2012) inside Dept. 107 of the South County Morgan Hill Courthouse, located at 301 Diana Ave. in Morgan Hill.
“No statement was obtained,” Shapero observed Monday. “I think it’s important that further efforts be made to get statements from the victims.” Shapero’s swift decision to bump D’Arrigo’s sentencing more than a month down the road came as a surprise to Deputy District Attorney Stuart Scott, who is prosecuting the sex scandal case that erupted more than eight months ago. “We thought we were going to sentence him today,” said Scott, walking briskly out of the courtroom. “But it’s a reasonable request for the judge to make.” D’Arrigo, who lives in a southwest Gilroy neighborhood, and his attorney exited the courthouse shortly after Scott. The two spoke briefly in the parking lot before D’Arrigo climbed into a dark GMC Yukon SUV and drove away.
March 16, 2012
San Jose, CA -- A former San Jose police officer has pleaded no contest to charges he had participated in sex acts with high school students. Patrick D’Arrigo, 44 entered his plea Thursday morning in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Prosecutors charged D’Arrigo, a long-time campus police officer at Leland High School, with one count of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and one count of oral copulation with a minor, according to media sources. According to Deputy District Attorney Stuart Scott, the incidents occurred after D’Arrigo met the 15- and 17-year-old boys through Craigslist. The boys told the grand jury that they believed D'Arrigo knew they were all underage at the time. After the closed-door testimony, the veteran San Jose cop was indicted on Aug. 31, 2011, by the grand jury and arrested the same day when he showed up to work.
According to the court transcript, the encounter occurred after D'Arrigo answered a 2008 Craigslist ad for "Men Seeking Men." After being introduced to the officer by the 16-year-old who posted the ad, five students partied with D'Arrigo, watching movies and drinking rum and Cokes at his Gilroy home. Two of the teens testified to having sexual activity with the cop, and afterward, receiving gift cards from him. One of those students, 15 at the time, told the grand jury that he had oral sex with the officer on his couch. The student testified that he was very drunk at the time.
"I just remember doing it," the student said, according to the grand jury transcript. "And like I just snapped out of it, I was like 'What am I doing here?' "
Afterward, the officer gave him a gift card from Hollister Co. clothing store.
"And I was like 'Oh, thanks,' " the student testified.
D'Arrigo was one of two San Jose police officers who was accused of covering up a 2008 suspected drunken-driving crash involving Sandra Woodall, a former police officer. A grand jury decided not to charge either officer. After an internal police inquiry, then-Chief Rob Davis decided in 2009 to fire the two officers for failing to properly investigate the crash. After arbitration, they were reinstated in 2010.
Published: Friday, September 2, 2011
San Jose police Officer Patrick D'Arrigo pleaded not guilty Friday morning to charges he engaged in unlawful sexual activity with two teenage boys. D'Arrigo and his attorney walked quickly away from the courtroom after the arraignment. Neither would comment. D'Arrigo, 44, who has been placed on paid administrative leave, could face up to three years, eight months in prison, if convicted. He was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday and arrested later the same day.
Prosecutor Stuart Scott said based on evidence -- including computers and flash drives seized from the veteran police officer's Gilroy home -- there is a "strong possibility" there may be other victims in addition to the 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old boy. Asked if anyone else had contacted law enforcement about D'Arrigo after the widespread publicity about his arrest, Scott said: "no comment."
D'Arrigo (pictured left) did not meet either boy through his police work, Scott said. He was a campus police officer at Leland High School from 1997 to 2007. D'Arrigo responded to a "dating" ad that one of the boys had placed on Craigslist, according to Scott. While the ad indicated the boy was 18 years old, Scott said there is evidence D'Arrigo knew both boys were underage South County high school students. D'Arrigo provided alcohol and partied with both boys, engaging in sex acts, according to Scott. The veteran San Jose police officer gave one of the boys a $300 iPod and both of them gift cards, the prosecutor said.
D'Arrigo's next court date is Sept. 15, 2011.
Corrupt Justice™: D'Arrigo was previously caught lying and terminated from the San Jose Police Department. He was promptly cast as a victim and re-hired.
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Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Pennsylvania -- A Lancaster County man and former Chester County police officer has been charged a second time for allegedly sexually abusing a juvenile. Quarryville police arrested Michael Andrew Archacki, 42, in July for allegedly abusing a 13-year-old girl in his home. The same department filed additionally charges Monday related to a second victim. Initially, police arrested Archacki for two counts of indecent assault and one count of corrupting a minor in relation to the alleged abuse of the 13-year-old girl that reportedly occurred in May. Archacki was then arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Stuart Mylin and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Police then filed 12 additional counts Monday against Archacki for allegedly abusing a 12-year-old girl between May and June. Charges include rape, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor. Archacki was arraigned Monday night before Magisterial District Judge John C. Winters, the on-call judge. Winters set Archacki’s bail at $100,000, which the defendant was reportedly able to post through a bondsman. Archacki’s preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Sept. 2 before Mylin in Quarryville.
Police said the investigation was a cooperative effort between the Quarryville Police Department, the Lancaster Children’s Alliance and Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. South Coatesville Police Chief Lewis Wilson said Archacki was employed as an officer with the department between about 2005 and 2010. Archacki resigned for reasons unrelated to any criminal investigation, Wilson said.
“He wasn’t meeting my scheduling needs,” Wilson said. Wilson said he was surprised to learn Archacki was arrested. News “I was shocked. I was really shocked,” Wilson said. “I never had any problems with him. He was a likable guy.”
Archacki is also a firefighter in Chester, Delaware County, who is on medical leave for a work-related injury. Chester Spokeswoman Emily Harris said via e-mail Tuesday that the city is currently reviewing its options to determine whether the city can take any action against a civil service employee who is out of work due to a job-related injury. Archacki also serves as the treasurer of the Chester Firefighters Union, IAFF Local 1400, according to its website.
Ohio County sheriff's Rapist!
Ohio County sheriff's Rapist!
Updated: 3:16 pm PDT August 26, 2011
OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. -- A jury has found a former Ohio County sheriff's deputy guilty of felony sex charges against a teenage girl. Sean Marenkovic was found guilty Thursday of two counts of sexual assault in the third degree and is now a convicted sex offender. Marenkovic served as an Ohio County deputy from fall 2001 to summer 2005, and department officials previously said there were no disciplinary issues with Marenkovic. The crimes happened in 2003.
The accusations came to light in late 2010 when the victim was called for jury duty. At that time, she said she was a victim of a sexual assault about eight years ago, when she was 14 years old. Marenkovic (pictured left) was charged in the spring of 2011. The jury reached its verdict late Thursday morning after two days of trial and hours of deliberation. The victim wept quietly and Marenkovic sat with his head down as Judge Arthur Recht read the verdict and asked each juror if he or she agreed that Marenkovic was guilty.
Investigators said although the crimes happened years ago, sexual assault will not be tolerated, no matter when it happened. Assistant Ohio County Prosecutor Shawn Turak said the relationship started with the two chatting online, a fact that Turak said should send a message to parents. "A young teenage girl was on the Internet talking to someone she didn't know. It turned out to be particularly disturbing in this case because it was a law enforcement officer. So I think parents need to be vigilant," Turak said.
Marenkovic faces one to five years in prison for both convictions. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 21, 2011.
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An American Coup! (2009
An American Coup! (2009
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