Sexually Offensive Cops, Part II
Daniel Dana - SDPD!
May 17, 2011
SAN DIEGO, CA - A former San Diego police officer accused of befriending a prostitute, then raping her at Presidio Park while on duty,has pleaded not guilty to four charges, including rape under the color of authority and assault by an officer. Daniel Dana, 26, faces more than 17 years in prison if convicted. He was ordered held on $300,000 bail. Dana, 26, was arrested Wednesday and jailed on suspicion of rape, assault, kidnapping and other felony charges.
The officer, a three-year member of the San Diego Police Department, was taken into custody one day after the city's top cop publicly apologized for a recent rash of misconduct cases within his department and pledged to put a stop to such behavior. The accusations against Dana, which promptly cost him his job, involve alleged acts committed early Wednesday morning against a 34-year-old prostitute he recently had befriended. Department officials declined to say if Dana voluntarily resigned or was fired.
The woman reported that she agreed to meet with Dana (pictured left) about 3 a.m. on his suggestion, sent via text message, according to SDPD officials. They went to Presidio Park, where the officer allegedly forced her to have sex with him by threatening to arrest her if she refused. Afterward, the woman reported what allegedly had happened, and the officer was questioned and arrested.
Dana, who describes himself on the SlideShare website as a married Washington State native and former Marine, was booked on suspicion of multiple rape counts, kidnapping for purposes of rape, assault by a peace officer and oral copulation under threat of authority.
On Tuesday, Chief William Lansdowne and his top command staff held a news conference to address what he called an "unprecedented number" of accusations of impropriety or criminal behavior on the part of SDPD officers over the last three months -- 10 cases total, six of which have resulted in arrests of officers.
"I want to personally apologize to every citizen of the city of San Diego, as this behavior is not expected, nor condoned by me or anyone in the San Diego Police Department," Lansdowne said.
Promising to do everything possible to regain citizens' confidence and "repair the damage done," the chief outlined a seven-step program with a goal of "greatly reducing future incidents" of wrongdoing.
The strategies include increased internal-affairs staffing, more ethics training, an around-the-clock complaint "hot line," a review of the department's discipline manual and use-of-force tactics, psychological "wellness" assessments during officers' annual evaluations and a series of meetings with all employees.
The announcement of the plan came three days after SDPD Officer William Johnson, a 12-year department veteran, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the South Bay.
Johnson was off-duty when he was taken into custody by Chula Vista police about midnight Saturday, following a collision that left another motorist with minor injuries. He is working a desk assignment pending the outcome of the case.
At least eight other San Diego police officers are under investigation or have been charged with crimes ranging from DUI, stalking and sexual battery over the past three months.
May 15, 2011
Police Chief William Lansdowne was on his way to work Wednesday morning when he got a call that one of his officers had just been accused of kidnapping and raping a 34-year-old woman while on duty. The timing of such a serious allegation could not have been worse: The day before, Lansdowne had held a news conference to publicly apologize for a recent spate of misconduct allegations against his officers and to announce a crackdown against rogues in the ranks.
By Wednesday afternoon, when a visibly angry Lansdowne held his second news conference in two days, the officer in the latest case had been charged with committing felonies under color of authority and was no longer with the department. The ex-officer, Daniel Dana, 26, a former Marine and four-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he threatened to arrest the woman, a prostitute, unless she had sex with him. The task of repairing the damage to the department's reputation in light of its recent troubles has only just begun, the chief said.
"It's going to take several years to win back the confidence of a large section of the community," said Lansdowne, who was hired in 2003 to lead the 1,800-officer department after serving as chief in the Northern California cities of San Jose and Richmond. In some large cities with much bigger departments, 10 allegations of police misconduct might not cause as much of a stir. But the clustering of these cases over a roughly two-month period has delivered a particularly heavy blow to the state's second-largest city, whose self-image is aligned with its official motto as America's Finest City.
"We recruit from the human race, and things are going to happen from time to time," said Bill Farrar, a San Diego police officer for most of four decades and former president of the police officers' union. "That said, this seems to be a grouping we've never seen before."
Of the 10 incidents — including allegations of drunk driving, spousal abuse, rape, stalking and excessive force — four allegedly occurred while the officers were on duty. Of the allegations involving excessive force, none involves gunfire.
One off-duty officer is accusing of punching a neighborhood teenager after finding him smoking marijuana in a car outside the officer's house. Another allegation is that an on-duty officer was unusually rough in arresting a fan at a soccer match at Qualcomm Stadium — a scuffle captured on a video phone and shown repeatedly on local television.
An officer accused of demanding sex from women after traffic stops has been fired; an officer being investigated by police in El Cajon for an alleged off-duty rape has resigned under pressure. It's unclear whether Daniel Dana quit or was fired.
Lansdowne announced that he is adding officers to the internal affairs unit, establishing a 24-hour hot line and ordering that supervisors receive "early intervention" training on how to spot troublesome officers. Also, he has ordered a review of the department's policy on the use of force. The individual allegations and Lansdowne's back-to-back news conferences have dominated local news. Still, the cases do not appear to have the elements that often lead to long-lasting controversy at big-city police departments. There are no accusations involving racial or ethnic bias; there is no evidence of a cover-up among police officials; the allegations do not seem to point to one particular station house or division.
"The L.A. brutality [cases], New Orleans theft and excessive force [cases], and NYPD corruption scandals are of a very different character and seriousness than the San Diego cases," said an attorney, who served two terms in the San Diego County district attorney's office and is now in private practice, including criminal defense. He said he sees the San Diego allegations as "individual, unrelated acts as opposed to a pattern of similar behavior engaged in and explicitly or tacitly approved by colleagues."
At City Hall, Mayor Jerry Sanders, a former police chief, told reporters that he approved of Lansdowne's handling of the allegations and that his job was not in jeopardy. Before being elected mayor, Sanders was an official with the local United Way and sat on the screening committee that recommended Lansdowne. Under the City Charter, the police chief works for the mayor and can be fired with a simple phone call, although that decision could be overridden by a supermajority on the City Council. Lansdowne said he talked with Sanders at length before announcing his reform actions.
Among the chief's biggest supporters is Council President Tony Young, the council's only African American member, whose racially diverse district has historically been the scene of some of the most controversial police actions, often with racial overtones. The days of routinely high tension between officers and community members are in the past, Young noted, pointing to the outpouring of grief in his district at the shooting death of a white police officer attempting to arrest a drug suspect. "We have one of the finest police departments, if not the finest, in the country," Young said.
Councilwoman Marti Emerald, a former investigative reporter who chairs the council committee that oversees the Police Department, said she might call a hearing to discuss what "stressors" on officers may have contributed to the alleged misconduct. "We need to have an honest talk about what's happening over there," she said.
February 19, 2009
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a Wilton police officer is charged with sexual assault and computer crimes in connection with an incident on Central Connecticut State University's campus. A university spokesman says 22-year-old Andrew Barone of Trumbull surrendered to campus police after being informed they had a warrant for his arrest. He is not a student there.
Barone also was charged with sixth-degree larceny and breach of peace, the spokesman said Wednesday. He was released after posting $150,000 bond and is due for arraignment March 13 in New Britain Superior Court. No other details were immediately available about the incident.
Wilton police say Barone (pictured far left in suit) was hired just over a year ago and is on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted. Endnote: That's the Wilton Chief of Police pictured with Mr. Barone.
January 30, 2010
Christopher E. Miner (pictured left) was acquitted of two felony charges Tuesday. He still faces a separate trial on Feb. 22 to answer a charge of abducting another woman with the intent to defile. In that case, he's accused of taking a picture of a clothed woman tied to a bed, telling her he would post it online unless she spent the night. He's accused of physically trying to force her to stay before allowing her to leave. The good news is that Newport News has been a safer place lately. The bad news is that it might have been safer still, if not for some embarrassing escapades by city police officers.
On Dec. 29, 2008, in York County, Newport News police Lt. Ronald M. Hendrickson (pictured above) was charged with three felonies: abduction, abduction with intent to defile and animate object penetration, along with misdemeanor sexual battery. Sgt. Dennis Ivey of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office tells C.J. that Hendrickson was arrested in the early morning hours on December 26, 2008. Ivey says another individual called the Sheriff’s office to report the crime. “It’s difficult for victims to come forward a lot of times. She did cooperate with the investigation, but it is difficult and it’s not uncommon for a victim to report third party. That’s something that’s not uncommon at all,” says Ivey. Deputies began to investigate and after interviewing the alleged victim and Hendrickson, IVEY SAYS DETECTIVES DETERMINED A CRIME OCCURRED. “Several of the charges are sexual in nature. There’s two abduction charges, one sexual battery charge, and a sexual object penetration charge,” says Ivey. The alleged victim is an 18-year-old, who according to Ivey, was not physically hurt. He pleads guilty and the majority of 15-year sentence is suspended. Hendrickson has been ordered to register as a sex offender.
Local police officers arrested in 2009
Norfolk Officer Nicholas Parks uses taser on Hoola Hoop Lady, Pamela Brown. Brown suffers from a brain injury and pins in her shoulder made it painful to apply handcuffs. She was tased for resisting arrest. Brown is awarded $65,000 from the City of Norfolk as part of a legal settlement. Officer Parks remains on the force with Norfolk Police. He has undergone additional training for use of a taser.
NN Officer Christopher Miner arrested for 'Abduction for Immoral Purposes." He was accused of attacking a woman in her home and tying her up with leather and chains to a headboard. In February Miner is charged with raping another woman, his second sexual assault charge in a month.
Virginia State Police
State Police Captain Edward Hope Jr. is charged with Forcible Sodomy after his arrest in Chesterfield County. He resigns from the force before charges are filed.
Edenton Police Officer Derrick Knox charged with using his service weapon to assault a resident.
47-year-old Police Lieutenant Ronald Hendrickson charged with several felonies including abduction, sexual battery and object penetration on an 18-year-old victim. He pleads guilty and the majority of 15-year sentence is suspended. Hendrickson has been ordered to register as a sex offender.
Detective Thomas Crouch arrested for embezzling money from the department.
Sargeant Bernadette Schraudt arrested for attacking her police officer husband with car keys.
Former Law Officer of the year, Deputy William Whitehurst arrested and charged with nine counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
Officer Mark Phillips arrested for not paying property taxes on one of his cars.
Officer Bryan Womble charged with DUI after hitting a car at two in the morning. Womble had previously won a MADD award for outstanding DUI Enforcement. Womble has been convicted and is off the force.
Officer Paul Ewing Pleads guilty to child pornography, admitting he had a sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. He is sentenced to 15-years in Prison.
Portsmouth Police Shoot and Kill two unarmed men during a drug bust. The families of Demetrius Edens and Darren Wilson have held multiple protests. The officers are eventually cleared. The Commonwealth Attorney rules the officers acted in self-defense.
Officer Johnnie Hicks arrested for assault
Officer Stephane Prevot arrested for DUI after hitting a mailbox.
February 12, 2009
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - A police officer arrested in January in the abduction of a 27-year-old woman has been charged with the December rape of another woman. Christopher Miner, 37, was arrested Thursday evening and charged with one count of rape, abduction with the intent to defile and forcible sodomy.
Miner was placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail without bond. The charges come after special victims unit detectives investigated a Dec. 6 incident at Miner's residence. The victim is a 37-year-old female acquaintance of Miner who lives in Newport News, police spokesman Lou Thurston said.
In January, the officer was arrested after being accused of tying a woman to a bed with leather and chain restraints, taking her picture and threatening to post the image online if she refused to spend the night with him, police said. In that case he was charged with abduction.
Joe Ernest Phillips
February 10, 2009
WASHINGTON - A former Velda City, Mo., auxiliary reserve police officer pleaded guilty today to violating the federal civil rights of a woman he sexually assaulted during a traffic stop and to concealing evidence of his crime from federal investigators, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway for the Eastern District of Missouri.
According to facts presented in court, on or about July 9, 2006, Joe Ernest Phillips, 38, then an auxiliary reserve police officer for the Velda City Police Department sexually assaulted a woman while acting under color of law and deprived her of her civil rights. While on-duty in a marked patrol car, Phillips admitted he pulled the female motorist over and searched her purse and the interior and trunk of her car. After completing his search, Phillips instructed the victim to follow him in her car to a poorly lit and isolated parking lot where he sexually assaulted her. Phillips also admitted that after the sexual assault, he repeatedly lied to the FBI during its inquiry, and concealed evidence in an effort to thwart the federal investigation into his crime.
Got 5 on it!
August 6, 2010
Ex-NYPD cop Wilfredo Rosario ( Wilfredo Rosario (above-left) was convicted in January of official misconduct for offering to rip up a summons in exchange for oral sex from a teenager.) was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for a string of on-the-job sex abuse cases. Still, he had the nerve to insist: "I never once tarnished my shield."
"The truth will come out," he told Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel FitzGerald.
"Mr. Rosario, the truth did come out," FitzGerald shot back. "You've stained the reputation of every decent, hardworking police officer on the force.
"You've made every officer's job that much more difficult by driving a wedge of mistrust between him and every citizen he needs to deal with."
Rosario, 41, was convicted in January of official misconduct for offering to rip up a summons in exchange for oral sex from a teenager. A second jury convicted him in June of sexually abusing two immigrant moms he lured with promises of jobs and a child-care program in 2004 and 2005.
January 13, 2010Update!
A Manhattan woman testified Tuesday about an indecent proposal from a cop: If she would perform oral sex, he'd tear up the summons he just wrote her. Vanessa Cohen, 26, said it happened almost eight years ago when she and a male friend got tickets from Officer Wilfredo Rosario, 41, for being in Riverside Park late. He asked her personal questions, including whether she was a virgin, before offering her a deal, she testified in Manhattan Supreme Court.
"I was really scared," Cohen said. She said she agreed to meet the cop the next day, then never saw him again. A complaint she filed was not followed up, but resurfaced in 2008 after a woman accused Rosario of sexual abuse. The 12-year veteran is on trial for official misconduct and attempt to commit coercion, which could land him in jail for a year. He also faces much more serious charges for a 2003 rape and two sex-abuse incidents from 2004 and 2008.
C.J. Note: We note the "victim" (Vanessa Cohen) is a Jew. Jews are inherently untrustworthy, deceitful, dishonest and incapable of demonstrating humanity towards others.
January 22, 2009
A Manhattan police officer has been suspended after being arrested Thursday on rape charges. Prosecutors said Wilfredo Rosario, 40, ple[d] not guilty to charges stemming from a 2003 incident in which he entered a woman's apartment after she called his precinct for information about an after-school program for her daughter.
Police said he allegedly raped her and in 2008, stalked her and molested her. Last year, Rosario was indicted for similar charges in alleged assaults on three other women. He has been suspended from the police force. Rosario is suspended from duty at the 26th Precinct in Harlem.
The latest indictment asserts that in early 2003, Officer Rosario appeared unannounced, in uniform, at a woman’s apartment after she sought information about an after-school program for her young daughter. “He entered the victim’s apartment, fondled her, then forcibly raped her,” prosecutors said.
On two other occasions in 2008, prosecutors said, Officer Rosario stalked the victim at locations near her apartment. In January, he forced her into a marked police car and drove her to Riverside Park, where he led her out of the vehicle and molested her. In March, he cornered her in a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts, drove her to his personal vehicle to Riverside Drive, and forced her to touch him and tried to force her to perform oral sex.
Mr. Rosario (pictured left) has been charged with raping a fourth victim. Wilfredo Rosario was arrested [on January 22, 2009] and arraigned in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on charges including felony rape and sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer, Glenn Morak, says he will fight the charges vigorously.
Prosecutors say all of the women had asked about after-school programs for their children. Rosario is being held on $150,000 bail. Investigators think there may be other victims, and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office is asking anyone with information to contact them at (212) 335-898.
August 23, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The SWAT team arrested a metro police officer for allegedly raping a woman while on duty. Investigators said it happened on the east side August 16, 2008. Officer Anthony Smith is facing seven felonies including rape and sexual misconduct. The Marion County prosecutor said Smith is the tenth metro police officer to be charged in the past four months.
Investigators said former police officer Anthony Smith (pictured left) first made contact with the victim at a gas station on 21st and Emerson. Smith told the victim she had pretty teeth. The victim left and drove toward I-70. That’s when police said Smith pulled her over for an outstanding warrant. According to the probable cause affidavit, Smith told the victim he could lock her up, but wouldn’t if she rode with him on a few runs.
“This officer used his authority, his position to satisfy his own selfish desires rather than protect someone who needed protection,” said Chief Michael Spears of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department. Investigators said Smith eventually took the victim to his “spot” in an east side industrial park where he allegedly raped her. “I’m sickened by his conduct. Literally sickened,” said Chief Spears.
Police said they didn’t find the used condom at Smith’s spot, but they did find unused condoms in his trunk. Police are also trying to figure out if Smith has brought other victims to his spot in the past. “We will continue to look at other traffic stops he’s made in the past,” said Chief Spears.
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said, “The alleged conduct is egregious and Officer Smith is not above the law.” The prosecutor said Smith admitted to having sex with the victim in his police car, but claims it was consensual. The chief dismissed him from the force on Monday.
In wake of the recent arrests within the metro police department, the prosecutor’s office has set up the Justice Integrity Hotline at (317) 327-5437. The prosecutor said it’ll allow people to report misconduct without going to the police.
August 4, 2008
A Hanahan police officer is charged with forcible rape.
It happened Sunday in North Charleston. Police responded to Moss Tree Road in reference to a sexual assault that had occurred. The victim told police she had been sexually assaulted at gunpoint by Hanahan Police Officer Cassie Watson around 6:00 p.m. The victim was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina Women's Wellness Center where a medical exam was performed.
The North Charleston Police Department charged Cassie Watson with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during commission of a crime.
Watson (pictured left) was in bond court Monday, and received $325,000 bond. Judge Linda Lombard also added conditions to Watson's bond. He is not to have contact with the victim or the victim's family and he is barred from within one block of victims residence, work and school.
Watson's career with the Hanahan Police Department started in January 2006, according to their website. Watson was formerly in the United States Air Force and a correctional officer.
Jason Anthony Bill
July 15, 2008
A Cobb County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and accused of rape, officials said Tuesday. The deputy was fired after the sheriff learned of his arrest.
Officers in Cobb County were eager to track down the man who took a woman at gun point from a bar and then handcuffed and raped her. It allegedly turned out, however, to be another officer: 37-year-old Jason Anthony Bill.
According to investigators, 37-year-old Jason Anthony Bill (pictured left) of Marietta took a woman against her will from the Corona Bar and Grill on Pat Mell Road Monday night. Bill handcuffed and tied up the woman, police said. He then took her to an apartment on South Cobb Drive and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint, according to investigators.
Mr. Bill has been charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and battery. As one might imagine, the sheriff has terminated Jason Bill’s employment with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. In such cases, incarceration can be a very high risk for a former police officer. Most steps will take steps to put the individual in special units or to conceal his former profession from other inmates.
February 19, 2007
A Los Angeles police officer [was] arrested by Chino police on suspicion of raping a 17-year-old girl, authorities said. Jeffrey Sandwell, 37, an eight-year veteran of the LAPD, was pulled over in his own car and arrested while returning home from work about 7 p.m. Friday, according to a Chino police spokesman. Lt. Al Cheatham said police had been investigating the allegations along with the LAPD’s Internal Affairs Division ever since the girl, described as a family acquaintance, reported the incident about two weeks ago.
Sandwell (pictured left) and the teenager live in Chino, where the girl told police the attack took place, Cheatham said. “We’re investigating the possibility of more than one incident involving the same girl,” he said.
Chino Police Detectives and LAPD's Internal Affairs monitored Sandwell shortly after the victim filed Rape charges. Sandwell was arrested a few weeks after the report, when Chino Detective's followed Sandwell's car. It was alleged that Sandwell was following the Victim in attempt to talk to her about her allegedly being pregnant. According to my sources the victim was asked to call Sandwell in a sting operation to determine if the sex between the two actually occured.
Sandwell, who was being held on $1-million bail at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday. An LAPD spokesman said a statement would be issued on the arrest this week. It was not disclosed where Sandwell is assigned. Sandwell was released from jail because the District Attorney wouldn't file against the police officer. In rare cases do the District Attorney's file on police Officers. Although they are not above the law, the incompetent D.A's do not want to be hated by these guys.
This case is an ongoing investigation because several women are coming forward and alleging that Sandwell also assaulted them. The District Attorney has yet to file charges on the officer.
Sandwell Update: January 2009 Jeffrey Sandwell went to the Chino Police Department alleging that the victim is now Stalking him. Sandwell also filed a claim for damages against Chino Police Department, alleging Police Corruption and other causes of Action.
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