"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."
-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland, CA Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna to an African-American police officer under his command. (August 18, 2007: A high-ranking California Department of Justice official hired by Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown resigned Friday. His resignation comes a week after he crashed a state-owned vehicle and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Peter C. Sarna II, deputy director of the Division of Law Enforcement, helped oversee hundreds of state agents, criminologists and other employees who provide investigative, intelligence, forensic and security services for the department. Sarna, 37, is a former Oakland police officer who headed special operations, including gang suppression efforts, when Brown was the city's mayor. One of the few aides Brown brought along when he took office in January, Sarna assumed a leadership role in the attorney general's anti-gang program that recently produced dozens of arrests through joint state-local raids on gang members' homes in Stockton and Atwater in the Central Valley.)
Posted: 12:11 AM, Dec 21, 2012 - Updated: 12:11 AM PST, Dec 21, 2012
SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento police officer (pictured left) was arrested in connection to sexually assaulting an elderly woman multiple times while off duty. Gary Baker, 49, was arrested Thursday and charged with rape, assault with intent to commit rape, forcible oral copulation (two counts), attempted forcible oral copulation, and sexual battery, Sacramento County District Attorney's Office spokesperson Shelly Orio said. According to Sacramento police, Baker is accused of sexually assaulting a 76-year-old woman on two different incidents and attempting to sexually assault the woman a third time from November 2010 to Dec. 11, 2012. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the victim suffered a stroke in 2009. The stroke did not affect her physically, but did affect her speech and was diagnosed with Aphasia, a disorder that affects reading, writing and speech.
During the afternoon hours of Nov. 24, 2010, the 76-year-old victim said a man forced his way into her apartment near 24th Street and South Manor Drive when she answered the door. The suspect raped the victim and forced her to orally copulated him, police said. DNA evidence was collected and uploaded to the FBI DNA database. Police said her medical condition made it hard for her talk to police.
On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, the suspect returned to the woman's home and sexually assaulted her again. Police said more evidence was collected as the scene and detectives continued to follow up on leads.
The suspect returned to the victim's home for a third time on Dec. 11, 2012 and attempted to sexually assault the victim. The victim's family installed a surveillance camera at the victim's home with the help of police.
On Tuesday, the family called police to report that the suspect returned to the area for a fourth time and was seen on video. The Sacramento police detective working the case recognized Baker.
Police said Baker was placed on administrative leave while the department conducted an "intense criminal and administrative investigation into Baker's involvement in this case."
Baker told detectives in an interview on Wednesday that he knew the victim, but denied having sexual contact with her, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. During the interview, he gave police a DNA sample. DNA from the 2010 incident was compared to Baker's in the Sacramento County District Attorney's Crime Lab, which identified him as a suspect in the crime. Baker was arrested Thursday and booked into Sacramento County Jail on six felony counts. His bail was set at $1 million.
Baker has been with the Sacramento Police Department for 22 years. The Sacramento Police Chief (pictured above, right) said during a news conference, that he fired Baker Thursday.
Posted: July 27, 2012 - Updated: July 29, 2012 07:01:12 PM PDT
Council of Rape!
Orange County, CA (WCJB) -- Orange County's top official resigned Thursday amid criticism of how government leaders handled allegations that a public works executive sexually assaulted multiple women over an eight-year span. After an hours-long closed session, Supervisor John Moorlach emerged to announce Chief Executive Tom Mauk's resignation, effective Aug. 3. It's the latest in a series of departures from county government since Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante was charged with 12 felonies and four misdemeanors in connection with the alleged battery and sexual assault of seven of his subordinates.
The charges have raised serious questions about how the county handles internal investigations. In the Bustamante case, one investigation was assigned to a subordinate staff member, and another was quietly filed away for months. The findings were turned over to prosecutors with the Orange County district attorney's office in March, a full year after the first allegations about Bustamante's behavior surfaced.
(Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante, left, appears in court with his attorney (not pictured) on July 26, 2012 to plead not guilty to 12 felonies and four misdemeanors. He has been accused of sexually assaulting seven subordinates.) Earlier Thursday, Bustamante appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to six felony counts of false imprisonment, three felony counts of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, and single counts of stalking, attempted sexual battery by restraint and grand theft for misusing public funds. He also faces misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, assault and battery. Bustamante, a councilman since 2004, has maintained his innocence since resigning last fall from his post as an executive in the public works department.
Mauk will receive about $270,000 in severance in exchange for not suing the county. His county contract was set to expire in October 2013. He made $271,000, including benefits, each year. "We had to come up with an amount that was agreeable to the five of us and to him," Moorlach said. With Mauk's departure, each person who oversaw Bustamante has either left or gone on leave. Bustamante's supervisor, Jess Carbajal, was fired earlier this month. Deputy Chief Executive Alisa Drakodaidis has taken a medical leave after giving a scathing letter to supervisors alleging abuses within county government. The letter has not been released to the public.
Bob Franz, the county's chief financial officer, will serve as the acting chief executive until Sept. 11. The board will hire an outside firm to help with the national recruitment of a permanent replacement.
Moorlach declined to comment on whether Mauk's resignation was connected to the Bustamante case. "It was something we've been talking about for quite some time," Moorlach said of the exit, which he called an "opportunity." "We want to move forward," he said.
Supervisor Janet Nguyen said the resignation didn't have anything to do with the charges against Bustamante, but rather Mauk's desire to retire and spend more time with his family. She said Mauk, 68, and the rest of county staff did everything they could at the time in regard to the investigations into the sexual assault allegations. "Every time he had the information, he acted on it," she said. "He did what anybody would do and that was get that man out of the county office."
Other supervisors did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.
Mauk previously served as the city manager of Norco, La Habra and Whittier. He was hired by the county in 2004 after an exhaustive two-year search. Mauk came at a time of discord for a county still reeling from its 1994 bankruptcy. He was the fifth executive since 1995. Other predecessors were fired or forced out because of disagreements with supervisors.
Fred Smoller, a college professor and long-time political observer, said the county obviously needs to do some "soul searching." "We've got to step back and look at the big picture," he said.
"There's obviously a pattern here of this type of behavior."
Posted: 07/16/2012 - Updated: 07/17/2012 12:01:12 AM PDT
Incestuous Racist Molester!
"Growing up, (Zimmerman) and his family always made statements that they didn’t like black people if they don’t act like white people," the witness, who would be about 27 now, told investigators in the taped conversation. "They like black people if they act white. Other than that, they talked a lot of bad things about black people. It’s just a known thing that that’s how the family feels."
-- February 28, 2012 Statement by Witness 9 regarding George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Sanford, Fla. -- A lawyer for accused murderer George Zimmerman said today that a woman who claims he molested her for years as a child was Zimmerman's cousin and said his legal team would "vigorously defend" him against the allegations. The woman is identified in court papers only a Witness 9. In a statement released on July 16th, his attorney said that he had sought to block the release of this information last month arguing, "The content of this statement is not relevant to the issues of this case, and it would not be admissible in the state's case in chief." He also argued that the "irrelevant statement should be withheld from public dissemination" for fear that it would created "hostile publicity" that could "pose a serious threat to the administration of justice." Judge Kenneth Lester rejected the attorney's argument.
Pictures of the clothing that Trayvon Martin was wearing at the time of his death have been released by authorities.
Despite a last-minute rush to the courthouse by the defense to keep this witness’ damaging story out of public view, prosecutors on Monday released a recorded statement from George Zimmerman’s cousin, who said Zimmerman molested her for 10 years, beginning when she was 6 years old.
The witness is heard weeping throughout parts of the interview as she recounted the allegations that she said began at age 6. "Every time that we would go up there, I would look at him and he would give me a certain look and I would know it would happen," she told investigators. Zimmerman, who was two years older, allegedly began touching and feeling her against her will.
She told investigators the incidents often happened during family get-togethers. In the most disturbing charge, witness 9 recounted an alleged incident that occurred soon after Zimmerman moved to Florida where she claims that he forced himself on her. When she was 6 and her family was in the process of moving from Louisiana to Florida, she said, she and her sister were sent to stay with the Zimmerman family at their home in Virginia. The children would lie on sofas under blankets to watch TV, and Zimmerman, she claims, would use the opportunity to fondle her and penetrate her with his fingers, even though there were other people in the room. “That’s my earliest memory of him trying to do things. He would reach under the blankets,” she said. “He was bigger and stronger and older. I was a kid. I didn’t know any better.”
"I wanted to believe that everyone was good and that people change. I wanted it to just stop. I didn't want to ever have to tell anyone. I didn't want to be sad and Georgie (pictured left) always made himself look so good. He always sucked up to my dad. He was charming…When I got there no one was there, but I was already scared. I wanted to run, but I didn't know what to do. He told me to lay on the bed but I did. I felt that he had an erection. I saw scared. I didn't know what was going to happen but I got up and ran," she told police.
She told investigators that in 2005 she told her family who confronted Zimmerman in a restaurant about the allegations, and that they were in shock. "Instead of talking about it, he sat down at the end of the booth and said I'm sorry, and just got up and walked out," according to the report. The witness said she and her family decided against pressing charges, but that Zimmerman has been estranged from them ever since.
"This is the first time in my life I'm not afraid of him," she told investigators when asked why she decided to come forward now. "I know he is not going to be out in public. I'm not afraid of him now." Zimmerman, charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, is not charged in connection to the molestation accusations.
In a separate recording, the same witness alleged that the Zimmerman family have made statements that they don't like black people. "Growing up they've always made, him and his family have always made statements that they don't like black people if they don't act like white people. They like black people if they act white. Other than that, they talk a lot of bad things about black people," she claimed. She later said that she had never seen Zimmerman or his family act on those feelings.
According to documents released July 12th by the State Attorney's Office and in a statement provided by Zimmerman's ex-fiancée, she told police that Zimmerman hit her in the mouth for chewing gum, and that a few weeks later there was an incident in which Zimmerman refused to leave her house and, she said, lied to police about a scratch he had incurred from the dog, saying that she instead scratched him. The couple were engaged for a year before calling it off. She noted Zimmerman had aspired to become a police officer and that while he had a temper, she did not consider him to be the kind of person to put himself in harm's way.
The documents also go into detail about an incident in 2005 in Orange County involving Zimmerman and off-duty officers that resulted in his allegedly shoving one of them and displaying "an angry demeanor" even after the officers identified themselves. He was promptly arrested but charges were never filed.
Zimmerman is currently out of jail on a $1 million bond.
Posted: 07/13/2012 07:49:32 AM PDT - Updated: 07/15/2012 1:51:12 AM PDT
'Lied about her age'!
San Rafael, CA -- A 49-year-old psychotherapist in San Rafael was charged with engaging in a sex act with 15-year-old girl in San Jose, a prosecutor said. Kevin Marcus Hartsfield (pictured left) a state-licensed family and marriage therapist, was booked into Marin County Jail with bail set at $50,000. He was released on bail, and an initial court appearance is pending in Santa Clara Superior Court. San Rafael police arrested Hartsfield at his home Wednesday afternoon on a warrant from authorities in San Jose.
The alleged crime occurred in November, and investigators referred the case to district attorney's office in Santa Clara County. Deputy District Attorney Steven Fein said he filed an oral copulation charge in April. It was unclear why the warrant was not served until this week.
Hartsfield, reached by telephone Thursday, said he was cooperative with police and they did not arrest him initially. "Someone, a young woman, lied to me about her age, and there is corroborating evidence to that effect in the form of messages," Hartsfield said. "I don t know why it got to this point because it was a long time ago." He said the accuser is not one of his patients, and that he met her in a social context. Hartsfield has been a licensed therapist since June 2001, and has no record of disciplinary actions, according to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Posted: 08:08 p.m., Monday, July 9, 2012 - Updated 08:12 p.m. PDT, Saturday, July 14, 2012
Gonorrhea & Chlamydia!
San Antonio, TX -- A San Antonio man whom jurors convicted in March of molesting a 6-year-old and giving her a sexually transmitted disease has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Prosecutor David Henderson asked state District Judge Ron Rangel during a sentencing hearing Friday to order a life sentence for Oscar Mata-Guevara, 33 (pictured above, center-Orange). It's what the community would want, Henderson said, pointing to evidence during the trial that Mata-Guevara also molested a 5-year-old. Both children had gonorrhea, and the 6-year-old also had chlamydia, authorities said.
During the trial, the defense suggested the culprit was a registered sex offender who also knew the children. But the other man didn't have an STD, prosecutors pointed out.
"If doing it to two children is not enough to warrant a sentence of life, then how many children does it have to happened to before we say that is enough?" said Assistant District Attorney David Henderson. Mata-Guevara says he's innocent. Prosecutors say the innocent people here are Mata-Guevara's victims. "These girls may never be the same because of what happen to them," said Henderson. "They may never want to have a healthy relationship with a man because of what he did."
Mata-Guevara's attorney asked for the minimum five year sentence. A judge though disagreed and sentenced him to 60 years in prison. Mata-Guevara will have to serve at least 30 years before he can apply for parole.
Cops That Sexually Offend! Part XXXV - 2012!
Published: Jul 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM PDT - Updated: Jul 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM PDT
Goods for Sex Services!
Bakersfield, CA -- New details are emerging about an officer accused of withholding recovered stolen property from a woman in exchange for sexual favors. Media sources obtained search warrants for that case and another case in which the same officer is accused of raping a woman while on duty. Officer Patrick Lefler was arrested July 18, accused of trying to coerce a woman into having sex with him in exchange for the return of her stolen property that police recovered. Since that arrest was made public, another woman came forward claiming she was sexually assaulted by Lefler.
The officer is accused of forcible rape while on duty, according to a search warrant obtained by media sources. According to the document, a victim came forward claiming Lefler raped her while following up on a robbery at her home. The warrant was granted and officers searched Lefler’ s home in southwest Bakersfield. Investigations looked for evidence, such as DNA, bodily fluids left on uniforms, and a 16- to 20-inch baton the victim said Lefler used to penetrate her.
Lefler hasn't been arrested or charged in this alleged crime. The victim only recently came forward, the documents say, because she feared for her safety. Sources asked for a legal clarification of allegations of this nature. Defense Attorney Kyle Humphrey explained the law regarding government authority and rape.
"A lot of times people will submit to government authority, it's not really done by violence, the force or violence is the status of the public official," said Humphrey.
Investigation of the case is still underway. Friday, police Chief Greg Williamson said they won't make any comments at this time. Lefler is set to be in court on the charges he was originally arrested on. Those include possession of stolen property, making a false report and making annoying phone calls. He is now out on bail.
Posted: Tue 11:13 AM, Jul 24, 2012 - Updated: Sun 2:02 AM, Jul 29, 2012
Grand Island, Nebraska (WCJB) -- A detective for the Department of Veterans Affairs has been arrested, accused of forcible rape in south-central Nebraska. 40-year-old Justin Maltagliati, of Grand Island, was arrested and jailed Friday evening. Maltagliati remained in Hall County custody on Tuesday. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.
Grand Island Police say a woman had reported that she'd been raped earlier on Friday.
Spokeswoman Anna Morelock of the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System says Maltagliati works for the VA Police Service as a detective. She would not comment Tuesday on his current job status. Court records say Maltagliati has pleaded not guilty in an unrelated Hall County drunken-driving case filed in June.
Published: 05:36 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012 - Updated: 06:36 p.m. PDT, Friday, July 20, 2012
Houston, TX -- A Houston police officer was indicted and arrested Thursday for a rape that allegedly took place last month. Adan Jimenez Carranza, 32, is accused of a June 18 aggravated sexual assault, according to court records. Carranza was suspended with pay June 21 because of a pending internal affairs investigation, Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith said. Smith said Carranza was assigned to the West side patrol division and started with HPD in September 2009. DNA evidence has linked a Carranza to the rape he allegedly committed while on duty last month, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
Carranza, 32, was being held Friday at the Harris County Jail under a $30,000 bond, charged with aggravated sexual assault of a woman June 18 after a minor traffic accident, court records show. After the fender-bender in the 1000 block of Dairy Ashford, investigators said, Carranza moved the people involved in the accident to a business parking lot across the road.
The 39-year-old victim told police that Carranza eventually handcuffed her and placed her in the back of his marked patrol car, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case. Carranza "held her in his police unit until all of the other witnesses, including the parties to the original accident and the wrecker driver that responded, had left the scene then approached the vehicle where she was still handcuffed in the back seat," the complaint states.
Alone with the handcuffed woman, the uniformed officer - still wearing his gun belt with his pistol in full view - allegedly raped her in the back seat of the patrol car, prosecutors said. The victim "was in fear of her life and safety given Ofc. A. Carranza's status as a peace officer and the firearm he was wearing at the time," according to the complaint. After the alleged assault, Carranza drove the woman to the jail and booked her in for reckless driving, according to prosecutors.
The officer's DNA was collected from the victim and from the back of the patrol car he used the night of the accident, prosecutors said. A forensic analysis of the semen linked Carranza to the sexual assault, investigators said.
An attorney representing Carranza through the Houston Police Officer's Union, said the officer was indicted by a Harris County grand jury Thursday, but the details of the allegations had not been made available to her. She noted that police officers, like anyone else, are innocent until proven guilty. "Just because they are police officers doesn't mean they are held to any higher legal standard," the attorney said.
Published: Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012 | 10:09 AM PDT - Updated 01:13 a.m. PDT, Friday, July 20, 2012
"Misdemeanor lewd act?"
San Diego, CA -- A former San Diego police officer, once accused of rape, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday. Daniel Dana (pictured above, center) was arrested and charged after his accuser claimed she was forced to have sex in a police patrol car at Presidio on May 11, 2011.
The woman in her 30s claimed she was raped and forced to “orally copulate” Dana while he was on-duty as a San Diego police officer. It is our policy not to identify victims of alleged sex crimes.
Dana's attorney argued the alleged victim, who said she first met Dana while working as a prostitute, had developed a friendship with the former officer and that the sex acts were consensual.
After a preliminary hearing, a judge ruled the accuser was a credible witness and held Dana over for trial. However in court Wednesday, the rape charges were dropped and Dana pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor lewd act. Before his arrest, Dana had been on the force for about five years, working out of western division in the Midway area.
Published: Friday, July 13, 2012 - Updated 01:24 a.m. PDT, Sunday, July 15, 2012
New York -- Another disgusting NYPD cop who repeatedly raped a city school teacher last year in a back alley in Upper Manhattan was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison Monday — in addition to the 75 years he will serve for sexually assault in the same incident. Michael Pena, 28 (pictured right) was convicted in March for the August 2011 sexual assault in Inwood, but the jury hung on the actual rape charges.
Assistant District Attorney Evan Krutoy and Pena's defense lawyer hammered out the 10-year plea deal that would avoid the ordeal of another trial. Manhattan Judge Richard Carruthers agreed to go along with the agreement for the sake of the victim in the case. "This sentence in no way reflects the seriousness or grievous nature of this offense," he said. "I approve this sentence for one reason and one reason only: to spare the victim from having to face her tormentor again."
Pena, who was wearing a full beard and orange prison jumpsuit, declined to make a statement. His defense attorney has promised to appeal the judge's earlier sentence of 75 years to life. "Essentially it is a death sentence," he said. "There has to be proportionality in the system. The judge went beyond his discretionary power." He expects to file the appeal in the coming months. "He's a broken man, but a least he has some hope that he'll see the light of day," he said. The 25-year-old victim, who was waiting for a ride to her first day of work as a charter school teacher in the Bronx when she was attacked, was not at the sentencing, but has said previously that the disgraced cop had "shattered" her life.
Posted: June 22, 2012 01:05 AM EDT - Updated: July 1, 2012 01:00 AM PDT
"I did It!"
New York -- Ex-police officer Michael Pena finally admitted to raping a New York City school teacher at gunpoint just three months after a hung jury failed to convict him. While the jurors convicted him of oral and anal sodomy, two jurors refused to convict him of rape because the woman couldn't recall the color of the car parked directly across the alley. The jurors argued that if she couldn't recall the color of the car, then how could she be sure she was vaginally penetrated. He was sentenced to 75 years to life in May for his brutal attack, and his victim was satisfied. When the public heard about the hung jury, outrage blanketed the city. Two witnesses stepped forward to insure Pena was convicted of the rape on top of the sexual assault charges.
In order to keep from risking an additional 75 years to life, Pena and his attorney agreed to the plea. His plea bargain adds an extra 25 years to life to his current sentence and kept his victim from having to testify against him for a second time.
Michael Pena's lawyer is ready to appeal the 75 years to life sentence.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2012 - Updated 10:53 p.m. PDT, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Waite Hill 18!
Waite Hill, OH -- A Mentor man and former Waite Hill police officer was found guilty of sexual battery on Monday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy. Judge Nancy McDonnell found Matthew Mole, 35, guilty of the third degree felony, after a hung jury was unable to determine guilt on a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Mole (pictured above, center) had waived his right to a jury trial for the sexual battery charge, which left that count to be decided by the judge. The brief hearing on Monday followed a jury trial that took place last week. Mole was released from the court on a continued bond.
Published: Friday, July 13, 2012 - Updated 01:24 a.m. PDT, Sunday, July 15, 2012
Waite Hill, OH -- A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury has begun deliberating whether a former Waite Hill police officer was reckless by having sex with a 14-year-old boy who claimed to be 18. Matthew Mole, 35, of Mentor, went on trial Wednesday before Judge Nancy McDonnell.
A Richmond Heights boy testified Wednesday that he had consensual sexual relations with Mole on Dec. 19 after meeting him on a gay dating website. The boy’s mother called police after catching Mole at her home after a sex act. Waite Hill Police Chief Keith DeWitt testified Thursday that Mole was an “excellent” police officer and that he was “very shocked” to learn of the arrest. Mole previously worked as an officer in Willoughby Hills, Beachwood and Mentor-on-the-Lake.
The defense rested Thursday without calling Mole (pictured right) or any other witness to the stand. During closing arguments, Mole's defense attorney argued the alleged victim was the aggressor because he instigated the computer chat, showed Mole a nude photo and invited Mole to his home to have sex even though he knew Mole was 35. “(The boy) went on an adult site and claimed he was 18,” he said. “He deceived everybody he dealt with. He says, ‘Come on over to my house.’ All (the teen) really felt bad about was he got caught.”
However, Assistant County Prosecutor Frankie Goldberg argued Mole is guilty of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor because the boy clearly looked to be younger than 16. “You saw him on the witness stand! The kid’s never even shaved!” Goldberg told the jurors. “He’s a kid! He’s a young boy! This is a set up? The defendant was duped? This is outrageous! “What is he? The 14-year-old Hugh Hefner of Richmond Heights? Far from it. The victim is not on trial here.”
Assistant County Prosecutor Jesse Canonico said Mole — who resigned from Waite Hill two days after his arrest — was too intelligent to not realize the boy was younger than he claimed. “He was described as being an excellent cop,” Canonico said. “What are the characteristics of being an excellent cop? Investigating crimes. Looking for clues.” Canonico said a chat message from Mole indicated he was “drunk as (expletive) but horny” and was texting the boy while he drove from Mentor while under the influence. However, Richmond Heights Detective Charles Duffy testified officers at the scene saw no evidence Mole was drunk or impaired. Duffy testified that Mole had never before been accused of any crimes or having a sexual relationship with anyone under 18.
Mole's attorney claimed he waited about two hours before driving after sending the chat claiming to be drunk. “But the issue is not whether he had too much to drink or texted while driving,” the defense attorney added.
The jury must determine whether Mole knew the boy was younger than 16 or whether Mole did enough to try to find out the teen’s true age.After deliberating several hours Thursday, the jury went home before reaching a decision. They are expect to resume deliberations Friday morning.
Mole faces up to five years if convicted. Mole is free on a $50,000 bond.
Posted: 12:57 a.m., Thursday, July 12, 2012 - Updated 08:12 p.m. PDT, Saturday, July 14, 2012
"Sgt. Tom" Garcia!
Jacinto City & Houston, TX (WCJB) A Jacinto City police captain and a former Brazoria County sheriff's deputy both used their authority as law enforcement officers to commit sexual assaults, officials said. Capt. Thomas Harmon DeMont, 49 (pictured left) was arrested Wednesday after he was charged with indecency with a child. DeMont, now on administrative leave from the department, is accused of exposing himself in April to a 13-year-old girl, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.
The girl had been having problems with a boy at her school, and her mother had sought help from a police officer she knew only as "Sgt. Tom" of the Jacinto City Police Department. On April 11, DeMont met with the girl at her uncle's apartment. Her mother remained outside. The teenager later told investigators DeMont gave her a blue pill that he claimed would help her relax. "She took the pill and began to feel dizzy and sleepy," according to the criminal complaint. DeMont then exposed himself to the girl and asked her to commit a sex act, the complaint stated. The girl ran outside. She later told investigators DeMont threatened to kill her family if she reported what happened, the complaint stated. He also sent the girl several text messages telling her that her family members were now in danger.
Houston police juvenile sex crimes detectives contacted Jacinto City police and asked if a "Sgt. Tom" worked there. DeMont, the officer they talked to, told them there was no "Sgt. Tom' on the rolls. But, the HPD detectives checked the girl's cellphone records and confirmed he sent her several text messages after the alleged assault. She also identified DeMont in a photo lineup, according to the criminal complaint.
DeMont, a Missouri City resident, remains in custody at the Fort Bend County Jail with bail set at $50,000, officials said.
On Tuesday, ex-sheriff's deputy Joe Garcia, 37 (pictured left) surrendered at the Brazoria County Jail after a grand jury there indicted him on sexual assault and official oppression charges. Garcia, the since-fired Brazoria County deputy, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met at the scene of a March 30 vehicle accident, Brazoria sheriff's officials said. They said Garcia volunteered to drive the 24-year-old woman to her friend's home in Brazoria. Sheriff's officials said he assaulted her soon after they pulled up to the house.
A sheriff's deputies investigation corroborated the woman's account of the incident. Garcia was fired April 10. On Monday, Garcia surrendered after a Brazoria County grand jury indicted him on charges of sexual assault and official oppression. He was released from the Brazoria County Jail after posting $50,000 bail.
Posted: July 9, 2012 - Updated 06:49 p.m. PDT, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
In the Breed!
WORCESTER, MA — Jury selection got under way today in Worcester Superior Court for the retrial of a former police officer charged with raping and assaulting a woman five years ago after offering her a ride home from a bar. Jason D. Briddon, 39 (pictured above, center) a former part-time Rutland police officer, has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the alleged May 1, 2007, sexual assault.
The alleged victim told authorities Mr. Briddon raped and assaulted her after offering her a ride home from Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner on Grove Street. She said she accepted Mr. Briddon's offer for a ride after she drank from a beer he had given her and began feeling sick and dizzy. Instead of driving her directly home, she said, Mr. Briddon drove her to a building in the William Street area, carried her inside, threw her down on a box spring and raped her. Mr. Briddon, of Westminster, denied the allegations.
The first trial ended in a mistrial on March 13, 2009, after a 12-member jury was unable to render a unanimous verdict in the case. In February 2010, Mr. Briddon was convicted of unrelated charges of raping and beating a prostitute in Worcester in 2008 and was sentenced to 10 to 12 years' imprisonment. He is seeking a new trial on grounds that his family was excluded from the courtroom when the jury was being chosen for the 2010 trial.
Posted: Jul 02, 2012 12:50 PM PDT Updated: Jul 19, 2012 2:35 AM PDT
Secret Service Applicant!
KANSAS CITY, MO (WCJB) - Jeffrey Holmes, 47 (pictured above, center) of Kansas City served with the Kansas City Police Department for 13 years and was assigned to the south patrol unit. He is now behind bars facing two felony counts involving public corruption. Two women told Kansas City police that the veteran officer raped them in recent months. In addition to the women's statements, police said witnesses corroborated their stories. Evidence seized off Holmes' cell phone and computers at his home backed up their claims, according to court documents.
Warning - the following has graphic details.
A prostitute told police in mid-April that Holmes raped her on March 24 at an Extended Stay America near East 105th Street and Holmes Road. She said Holmes saw her online ad and asked her to meet him. She refused, but told him her location. Holmes came to the motel wearing a uniform, according to court records. He told the woman that she was "busted for prostitution," and attempted to handcuff her. She refused, but called the front desk because she thought Holmes was a security guard, according to court records.
The front desk clerk said he saw Holmes, wearing his police uniform, and the woman, who was in tears. The clerk said Holmes told him that the woman was a prostitute he would be booking into jail. The officer later told the clerk that the woman was going to become an informant and would help set up a bust at the motel, according to court documents.
After the clerk left, the woman said Holmes began to grope her but said he didn't have any money. She said she understood him to want sex for free. "CC (the woman) stated she was afraid of Holmes. CC stated Holmes removed his gun belt and lowered his pants," according to court documents. "CC stated she then performed oral sex on Holmes and then had vaginal sex with Holmes because she wanted him to leave."
The woman later contacted police. She thought she had been raped by a security guard, but pointed Holmes out to police when she saw him in the south patrol parking lot while filing a police report on a separate matter. Phone records showed phone calls by Holmes to the woman between 10 p.m. and midnight on March 23.
On May 20, a second woman contacted off-duty officers at the A-1 Motel at 6701 E. 87th St. to say that Holmes had raped her a month earlier. She said Holmes accused her of being a prostitute, which she denied. Police did find an online listing for her. She said she was sharing a room with another woman, who was ordered to leave by Holmes. The woman, known as JL, believed she had warrants out for her arrest and marijuana in the room. Holmes threatened to have her arrested if she did not have sex with him, according to court documents. Fearing that she would go to jail, the woman gave Holmes a condom and had sex with him. He then tossed the condom onto the top of the toilet seat. After Holmes left, the woman took a picture of the condom and entitled it "Cop DNA." She emailed the photo and text to her friend who had left the room, according to court documents. She said the officer had attacked her, according to court documents.
The woman's friend was mad that JL hadn't paid her share of the rent and found Holmes and told him about the photo. Holmes rushed back to the room, cleaned up and flushed the condom. He made the woman delete her text and threatened her, according to court documents. Holmes made JL leave the room.
JL would later give officers access to her phone and they were able to retrieve the picture, according to court documents. The woman who told Holmes about the picture also spoke with detectives about she saw.
Holmes was arrested and charged on Monday. He refused to speak with detectives, according to court documents. He had told officers that he would turn himself in last week, but repeatedly didn't show up. He also stopped showing up for work after the allegations were made. He was suspended from the force and told officers he began driving a truck. The department said he was removed from patrol duty and placed in an administrative assignment when the crime was reported on April 26.
According to prosecutors, Holmes committed the public corruptions felonies when he used his position as an officer to force the women to have sex in exchange for him not bringing charges against them. He was not charged with assaulting the women. Prosecutors sought a $25,000 bond, but a Jackson County judge set bond at $75,000. Holmes was originally suspended with pay on May 10, but now that the charges have been filed, the department said Holmes has been suspended without pay.
Posted: July 3, 2012 - Updated 09:34 p.m. PDT, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Officer, Pastor, or Predator!
Suisun City, CA -- On Monday afternoon, Robert Eugene Ruark, 65 (pictured above, center) who goes by Father Silas over at St. Timothy Orthodox Church, donned a black and-white-striped jail jumpsuit to hear child molestation charges brought upon him by the Solano County District Attorney’s office. Ruark, 65, entered a plea of not guilty to 27 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child and one felony count of dissuading a victim in the Solano County Superior courtroom of Judge E. Bradley Nelson.
Prior to being ordained as a priest in 1997, Ruark served in the U.S. Army's criminal investigation unit and was a chief investigator for Solano County's Health and Social Services department, authorities said.
Ruark is well-known in the community. He coordinated the acolyte program for boys eight years old and older. The last time he appeared in the news was in a article published by a Fairfield newspaper. In that story, Ruark told the paper that he was not expecting to ever see again three brass bells stolen from St. Timothy’s by thieves. He also told the paper that he is a former police officer. However, the paper did not report from where Ruark served and protected. Back in Oct. 28 2003, Ruark was honored by the Solano County Board of Supervisors with a plaque for his 14 years of service to the county working as a welfare fraud manager for its department of health and social services.
On Thursday, the Fairfield Police Department took Ruark into custody at his Suisun City home. According to Fairfield Police, Ruark had photographed the alleged victims naked and most of the incidents happened at the church when the pastor was alone with the victims. According to detectives, the alleged victims had been targeted as young as age 13.
According to the complaint filed by Solano Deputy District Attorney Mary H. Nguyen, Ruark is charged with molesting three individuals. He is accused of molesting one person, identified only with the initials G.A., from August 2001 through July 31, 2006. In her complaint, Nguyen also charges Ruark with lewd acts upon two females, one for a period of about a year, and the other for a period of about two years.
On June 23, 2012, Ruark attempted to dissuade G.A. from testifying against him in court the complaint reads. Nguyen alleges that the abuse against G.A., began when the individual was 13 years old. The victim G.A., is now 23 years old. The incidents involving the five alleged victims go back to 1994 and they are now between 20 and 24 years old.
The next phase of the case against Father Silas, as people at St. Timothy’s know him, is scheduled for Aug. 23, a readiness trial in which a preliminary trial date may be set. Meanwhile, Deacon John Dibs of St. Timothy Orthodox Church declined comment to media sources, stating he had other church matters to tend to. Ruark posted a bond of $500,000 and is free on bail, awaiting the next phase of the case against him.
Posted: June 22, 2012 - Updated 04:49 p.m. PDT, Monday, July 16, 2012
NY Gay Burgher!
New York -- An NYPD officer was arrested upstate for having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy, authorities said. Rosandre Burgher, 26, an officer with the 46th precinct in the Bronx, was picked up on Tuesday in the Town of Wallkill, a court official said.
"It is alleged that this officer (pictured left) had a relationship with a 16-year-old male, "a consensual relationship". This person [the 16-year-old victim] call[ed] directly to NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, and made these allegations,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a press conference today. “[The] Internal Affairs Bureau went and met with the Wallkill police department and worked in conjunction with them and an arrest was made,” Kelly said. “The officer was suspended,” Kelly said.
Burgher was charged with criminal sexual act, unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child, said a spokeswoman with the Wallkill Court. He was released on $35,000 bond on Wednesday and is due back in court on June 26.
Posted: 09:40 a.m., June 11, 2012 - Updated 04:49 p.m. PDT,Wednesday, July 18, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — A former Corpus Christi police officer is back in jail after a federal bond revocation hearing Monday in connection with charges he had sex with a 14-year-old girl. Robert Lee McChester Jr., 27 (pictured above, center) will remain at the Aransas County Jail until an Aug. 30 sentencing hearing after pleading guilty last week to charges of using the Internet to sexually entice a minor.
During a hearing on Thursday, McChester answered questions about investigator’s findings, including nearly a dozen driver’s licenses found at his home. McChester was arrested Friday on a warrant stating he perjured himself during a hearing the day before. He arrived in federal court Monday shackled, dressed in bright yellow prison attire, with his relatives quietly watching from nearby pews.
During the Thursday hearing, McChester told the court he came into possession of all the driver's licenses in 2007 when he worked as a doorman for a local nightclub, federal officials said. Police investigators later discovered two of the licenses were issued in 2010, while a third was issued in 2011.
Senior Officer Christopher Lynch, an investigator with the Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, testified Monday he was able to reach two of the people whose licenses were found. One woman told Lynch an officer matching McChester’s description took her license before letting her go in May 2011 during an early-morning traffic stop. Another man said his license was confiscated by an officer matching a description of McChester during an April 2010 traffic stop in which he also was released, Lynch said. Corpus Christi police records list McChester as the officer who made those stops, Lynch testified. During cross examination, Lynch concurred an officer can take a driver’s license during a traffic stop but only if an arrest is made of a suspected drunken driver.
McChester’s attorney called the discrepancies in his client’s statements an innocent mistake. He said the former police officer could not remember all of the traffic stops he made during his career and had been nervous on the witness stand.
McChester’s attorney repeatedly asked the court if McChester could speak on his own behalf. U.S. District Judge Hayden Head advised against that, arguing McChester again could perjure himself. Hayden then referenced a song recorded by country music singer Kenny Rogers. “The song ‘The Gambler’ comes to mind,” Head said. “Do you know the lyrics to that song?” The song’s chorus famously quotes a gambler who imparts life advice to the songwriter, stating, “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away, know when to run.” In the end, McChester decided not to address the court, and Head moved to revoke bond and remand him to jail.
McChester was originally arrested for soliciting a teenage girl online. McChester exchanged messages of a sexual nature online with a 14-year-old girl for about a year and met her for sex nearly half a dozen times before the teen made an outcry April 3 at a Corpus Christi hospital, according to a federal affidavit. The girl said their ongoing relationship began when she met McChester while she was a freshman at Tuloso-Midway High School, where McChester worked as a security officer, according to court records.
The Corpus Christi police department held their own internal investigation. McChester was arrested April 10 following the filing of a criminal complaint and resigned from the Police Department the next day. At the time of the internal investigation, which began when the girl made her original claims, McChester Jr, 27 was a four-year veteran of the police force.
He faces 10 years to life in prison.
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