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(Top video) Miami Beach, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- Watch as three men distract the store clerk and place card (reader) skimmer on ATM Point-of-Sale Machine.

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Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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«•June 16, 2009 - Bryan, Texas police Chief Ty Morrow resigned Monday (June 15, 2009) afternoon following a lengthy investigation into a family violence call made to his home. With City Manager David Watkins standing beside him at a press conference, Morrow said his personal conduct off duty has compromised his ability to lead the agency. Two sergeants responded to Morrow’s home after the chief called police at 12:43 a.m. on a Sunday in November (2008) and said an argument with his wife had become physical and he handcuffed her. He was placed on paid administrative leave the next day and has not returned to work since. •»

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Sexually Arrested!

Posted: 01/04/13 05:39 PM EST - Updated: 01/04/13 04:43 PM PST

Los Angeles, CA -- Two veterans of the Los Angeles Police Department are being investigated over accusations that the pair demanded sex from women by threatening them with jail time. Officers Luis Valenzuela, who's been with the LAPD for 15 years, and James Nichols , a 12-year veteran, are on paid leave while internal affairs detectives look into the claims.

Search warrants first obtained by media sources indicate that the 4 alleged victims were either arrested previously or were working as police informants. The document also states that the cops would drive women to secluded areas; one officer would demand sex while the other kept watch, reports the Times.

On a news outlet, LAPD Commander Andrew Smith read aloud a statement from Chief Charlie Beck about the investigation: "I am shocked and saddened by these allegations of criminal misconduct. We will investigate this matter thoroughly. If proven true, we will prosecute the officers, both administratively and criminally.”

Valenzuela and Nichols are not under arrest and they have not been charged with a crime. The LAPD had planned to confront the pair early next week, but a pending lawsuit from one of the alleged victims forced internal affairs detectives to approach the two officers sooner for fear that they would destroy electronic evidence.

The first victim approached police with accusations in January 2010.

"She's So Raped right now!"

Posted: 01/04/13 05:39 PM EST - Updated: 01/04/13 03:18 PM PST

Steubenville, Ohio -- In August, the family of a 16-year-old girl accused multiple Steubenville, Ohio, high school students of raping her while she was passed out during a night of pre-football-season partying. Two Steubenville High School football players have been indicted for rape, and the case is set to go to trial in February. According to media sources, Ma'lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 16, have both been charged with rape in the case, which will be tried in juvenile court.

The case has generated controversy partly because it has been playing out online, and partly because in Steubenville, where the high school football team is a source of great civic pride, the Times reports that some say the incident is an example of the perils inherent in granting teen athletes special stature.

Media sources reported last month that photos of the alleged rape victim were posted on social media. In one, according to the paper, the girl "is shown looking unresponsive as two boys carry her by her wrists and ankles."

On Wednesday, a video appeared online that depicts teenage males who appear to be joking about details of the alleged rape. The nearly 13-minute video posted on YouTube consists mostly of one teenage male hysterically laughing as he entertains an unseen cameraman and others in the room with remarks such as "They raped her harder than that cop raped Marcellus Wallace in 'Pulp Fiction'," and, "They raped her quicker than Mike Tyson raped that one girl."

Multiple versions of the video were posted on YouTube on Jan. 2. A group of hackers called KnightSec, who claim affiliation with Anonymous, say they have collected and posted information about the students accused in the attack - as well as those they believe shot and appeared in the video. In an online message, the group threatened to release what they compiled, "unless all accused parties come forward by new years day and issue a public apology to the girl and her family."

The video, which has more than 100,000 total views, appears to have been recorded on the night of the incident. One male recalls seeing the girl vomit, and more than one of the males refer to "that girl" as being drunk. So drunk, apparently, that the teen on whose face the video camera is focused cracks himself up joking that she is "so dead."

"She is deader than Trayvon Martin," he laughs, referring to the Florida youth fatally shot in February 2012. The teen also makes remarks implying that he may have witnessed at least some of the incident: "You didn't see how they carried her out," he says. And: "They peed on her, that's how you know she's dead." And also: "She is so raped right now."

The alleged victim is not named in the video and her name has not been released. Media sources reports that Anonymous plans to rally in support of the alleged victim at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Jan. 5.

Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty did not return media sources calls for comment, but released a statement to another media source that reads, in part, "The Steubenville police department has been aware of this recent video that was released. Since late August 2012 the subject who made the video was interviewed. This has all been turned over to the prosecutors which are the Ohio Attorney General's Office, who is prosecuting this case."

In the video now being circulated, excerpts of which are above, one voice off camera tells the speaker, "this isn't funny" and that his remarks are "childish."

"That's like, rape," says the unseen male. "They raped her."

"What if that was your daughter?" says another off-camera male. "But it isn't," says the teen making the jokes. "If that was my daughter I wouldn't care, I'd just let her be dead." Eventually, someone asks the cameraman, "Are you still videotaping?" The cameraman replies with a laugh: "Yes."

Consensual Rape!

Posted: 01/04/13 05:39 PM EST - Updated: 01/04/13 03:18 PM PST

LOS ANGELES, CA — An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and a state legislator who plans to introduce a bill that would close the legal loophole.

In its ruling, California's 2nd District Court of Appeal reluctantly concluded that Julio Morales hadn't raped an 18-year-old because a state law crafted in the 1870s says a person who gets consent for sex by pretending to be someone else is only guilty of rape if the victim is married and the perpetrator is pretending to be the spouse. In this case, Morales apparently pretended to be the teen's boyfriend, and she didn't recognize otherwise until seeing him in the light.

The court urged the Legislature to update the law, and state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, said Friday that he would introduce a bill. "Californians are justifiably outraged by this court ruling, and it is important that the Legislature join together to close whatever loopholes may exist in the law and uphold justice for rape victims," Achadjian said.

Achadjian had a 2011 bill that would have expanded the rape law to include perpetrators who pose as live-in boyfriends or girlfriends and dupe their victims into sex. The bill was approved by the Assembly but stalled in the Senate Public Safety Committee, according to legislative records. It wasn't clear why.

The earlier bill was prompted by a Santa Barbara County case in which a man broke into a woman's home while she slept. The woman assumed the man was her live-in boyfriend and consented to sex. When she realized it wasn't her boyfriend, she resisted and the man fled. Prosecutors couldn't pursue a felony rape charge because the woman wasn't married, she consented, and the man hadn't pretended to be her husband.

A similar law in Idaho prevented an unmarried woman from pressing rape charges three years ago after being tricked into sex with a stranger by her then-boyfriend. Idaho's law was amended to cover all women in 2011.

"It is imperative that we now change the law to prevent a grave injustice for future rape victims. All of us in public safety deeply appreciate the extraordinary efforts made on the part of Assemblyman Achadjian to seek this minor change in the law that will have a tremendous effect on future victims," Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said.

The appellate court noted the law has been applied inconsistently over the years in California, a state that has been aggressive in broadening its rape laws. California has removed a requirement that a rape requires force to have been used, and it has classified various aggravations of sexual assault as rape.

Patty Bellasalma, president of the California National Organization for Women, said it's incumbent upon legislators to ensure laws mesh with modern-day lifestyles.

"If unmarried women aren't included, that means the intent of the law is not about protecting women, it's about protecting something else," she said.

In the Morales case, the victim said her boyfriend was in the room when she fell asleep following a night of partying with Morales and others. They opted not to have sex that night because he didn't have a condom. After the boyfriend left, Morales entered her room and they began having sex.

It wasn't until a ray of light from outside the room illuminated Morales' face that the woman realized it wasn't her boyfriend, prosecutors said.

Defense attorneys argued Morales believed the sex was consensual because the victim responded to his kisses and caresses.

The appellate ruling said Morales gave conflicting testimony about whether he tried to identify himself. The court, which remanded the case back for retrial, noted prosecutors had argued two theories and it wasn't clear which the jury used for the conviction that led to a three-year prison sentence: that Morales "tricked, lied to, or concealed information" from the victim, or because he had sex with the woman while she slept. The latter is already defined as rape under state law.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose prosecutors handled the appellate case, promised to work with legislators to amend the law.

"The evidence is clear that this case involved a nonconsensual assault that fits within the general understanding of what constitutes rape," Harris said in a statement. "This law is arcane and I will work with the Legislature to fix it."

Defense attorney Edward Schulman declined comment, only to say that "the decision speaks for itself."

Doctor Horror!

January 20, 2011

PHILADELPHIA -- A doctor who gave abortions to minorities, immigrants and poor women in a "house of horrors" clinic was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Sexually Offensive Cops


Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 7:14 pm

Tuskegee, Alabama -- Tuskegee police officer Levy Kelly, 38 (pictured above, center) has been arrested and charged first-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of enticing a child to enter a house for immoral purposes, an Alabama Bureau of Investigations official announced Tuesday.

Kelly was arrested on Jan. 3 after a second underage female came forward with the allegations against him.

Kelly is currently being held in the Macon County Jail on $850,000 bail, according to a Macon County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

Police Chief Lester Patrick could not be reached for comment by media sources on Tuesday. The ABI is handling the investigation and asks anyone with information about this case to contact them at 334-242-1142 or their Crime Tip Line at 1-800-392-8011.

Consensual Indictment!

Posted: Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:41 p.m. - Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 at 07:20 p.m. PST

SACRAMENTO, CA (WCJB) — Former Anderson police officer Bryan Robert Benson, 28, was arrested Monday at the Shasta County probation office in Redding after being indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a controversial 2010 sexual assault case. The Dec. 5, 2012 federal grand jury indictment, which was unsealed after Benson's arrest, charges the former police officer with a federal civil rights offense in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a Millville woman he had placed under arrest on May 29, 2010. That woman alleged Benson raped her on the way to the jail. Benson is charged by the federal indictment with depriving the woman of her constitutional rights under color of law. A conviction on that charge carries a life sentence.

The indictment also charges him with obstruction of justice and causing a false entry in an official record. The obstruction charge is based on an allegation that following the assault, Benson (pictured left) instructed the victim not to report it. The false entry charge is based on an allegation that, to impede any investigation, he reported to a police dispatcher that he and the alleged victim had arrived at the Shasta County jail approximately eight minutes before they actually did.

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Under a plea bargain in Shasta County Superior Court Benson pleaded no contest to assault by a public officer, a felony, and soliciting a lewd act, a misdemeanor. In exchange he received a maximum one-year jail sentence and three years of formal probation. He was not forced to register as a sex offender because that was not a requirement of the misdemeanor to which he pleaded no contest.

That plea bargain was struck after Shasta County prosecutors said they did not believe they could obtain a rape conviction against him because of a loophole in the law. According to state law at that time, someone who is in police custody can't be considered to have consented to sex with her jailer. But prosecutors said the loophole arose because the woman was not in jail custody at the time of the alleged rape. Instead, the alleged rape occurred outside an unmarked patrol car parked in a lot near the jail. That circumstance would have allowed Benson's lawyer to argue the act was consensual, prosecutors have said.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in July authored by state Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, and state Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, closing that loophole.

A plea to state criminal charges, however, did not preclude the federal government from prosecuting Benson for the same conduct, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said. After an investigation of the case, the U.S. attorney's office sought and obtained approval from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice to prosecute Benson for violations of federal criminal law, the spokeswoman said. Benson is scheduled to be arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

This case is a product of an investigation by the FBI assisted by the Anderson Police Department, the Redding Police Department, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office and the Shasta County district attorney. Shasta County District Attorney Stephen Carlton said Tuesday he was aware that federal prosecutors had been considering charges against Benson. He said his office had shared its case documents with federal prosecutors. But, he said, he did not know how strong a federal case prosecutors might have against Benson.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys R. Steven Lapham and Michelle Prince, and trial attorney Chiraag Bains of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, are prosecuting the case. If convicted, Benson faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison.

Meanwhile, the Millville woman has filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against the city of Anderson and its police department, but Benson is not named as a defendant because he filed for bankruptcy after he was fired from the police force.

Another NYPD Pervo!

July 2, 2010

ALBANY -- A New York City police officer has been arraigned in Albany Count Court for allegedly trying to lure a child into his vehicle as she walked to school last week. Albany County District Attorney David Soares says 38-year-old Deodhram Singh of Freeport, N.Y., was arraigned on an indictment consisting of charges of attempting to lure a child, endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree stalking. Singh is accused of approaching an 11-year-old Albany girl three times as she walked to Philip Schuyler School on Washington Avenue last Tuesday, and trying to persuade her into his vehicle by offering $100 each time. Singh faces up to a year in jail if he is convicted of all the charges.

CHP Officer Fixed Tickets for Sex!

October 9, 2010 A retired California Highway Patrol officer who was convicted in June of bribery and perjury for dismissing a woman's speeding ticket in exchange for sex was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. Abram Carabajal, 53, of Oceanside, who had been free on bail, was immediately taken into custody. He had faced up to four years, eight months in prison. Before learning his fate, Carabajal apologized for his actions. "I understand that the position I held was one of trust," he said. "I want to say I'm so sorry to the public." "You violated both the oath and honor of that badge," Superior Court Judge Lisa Foster said before handing down the sentence in a San Diego courtroom. In sentencing Carabajal, Foster also took aim at the CHP, saying, "There was ample evidence that Mr. Carabajal should not have been out on patrol." Carabajal worked out of the CHP's Oceanside office at the time of his arrest. He had a history of hitting on attractive speeders, but four years ago, high-level CHP administrators rejected recommendations that he be taken off the street, a North County Times investigation found this summer. Carabajal's supervisors testified during the trial that the officer previously had encouraged attractive speeders to call him or meet him, then dismissed their tickets in court. Alyssa Oke, one of the women who Carabajal (pictured above, center) had pulled over and then hit on, spoke in court Friday. "This entire event has extremely affected my view on the power of a police officer," said Oke, 29, of Carlsbad. She added that she felt rebuffed when she tried to complain about the incident to the CHP. In June, the same San Diego jury that convicted Carabajal acquitted the female motorist, Shirin Zarrindej of subornation of perjury and bribery of a witness. However, Zarrindej, a single mother from Encino, agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory to a crime. She was given three years of probation. June 7, 2010 A former California Highway Patrol officer was convicted Monday of bribery and perjury for allegedly dismissing a traffic ticket for a woman who agreed to have sex with him. Abram Carabajal, 53, faces up to four years and eight months in prison when he is sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court in Vista. June 7, 2010 SAN DIEGO, CA -- A former California Highway Patrol officer who asked a judge to dismiss a speeding ticket against a female motorist, then spent the lunch hour in an Oceanside hotel room with her, should be convicted of perjury and other charges, a prosecutor said Monday. Besides perjury for lying in court, Abram Carabajal is charged with receipt of a bribe by a witness and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Carabajal pulled over Shirin Zarrindej of Encino for speeding on southbound Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton on March 12, 2008. Zarrindej -- who is also charged in the case with subordination of perjury, bribery of a witness and conspiracy to obstruct justice -- had multiple tickets on her records at the time of the stop, the prosecutor said. Carabajal and Zarrindej, 49, exchanged phone numbers and, according to court records, spoke numerous times over the next few months. A "hysterical" Zarrindej called the CHP office on June 3, 2008 trying to reach Carabajal, sparking an investigation, the prosecutor said. Carabajal, a 26-year veteran, resigned from the CHP during the investigation. Zarrindej was arrested by an Orange County deputy in 1998 and later called the deputy and offered him $2,000 if he didn't take the case to court, the prosecutor said. Zarrindej never followed through with the offer, the prosecutor said. In his opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Dort said Carabajal (pictured left) routinely wrote more tickets than any officer in the Oceanside CHP office and had a history of stopping women for speeding, then giving them his phone number and offering to "work something out." The prosecutor said Carabajal went to the Guesthouse Inn on June 30, 2008 -- the day before Zarrindej's case was set before a judge in Vista -- reserved a room and told the clerk his "friend" would pay. The next day, Carabajal and Zarrindej were in court, along with an undercover CHP officer, Dort said. Carabajal told the judge that he didn't receive a subpoena on Zarrindej's case and the case was dismissed, the prosecutor said. The defendant waited for Zarrindej to come out of court, then they drove in separate cars -- followed by two undercover CHP vehicles -- to the hotel in Oceanside, Dort said. Carabajal and Zarrindej were seen walking arm-in-arm toward Room 336 until he emerged 59 minutes later and drove off, the prosecutor said. The attorney for Abram Carabajal, however, said the 53-year-old married defendant committed no crime and simply developed a romantic relationship with the woman in the months after he wrote the ticket. In his opening statement, Carabajal's attorney told the jury the case was about dismissing a speeding ticket, not about bribery, perjury or conspiracy. "Dismissing a ticket is not a crime," Ross said. The attorney said Carabajal decided to ask that the ticket against Zarrindej be dismissed because he did not have the subpoena on the case with him. "This was not something Ms. Zarrindej cooked up (to get her ticket dismissed)," Ross said. "Mr. Carabajal actively pursued a romantic relationship with the woman. There was no bribe from her. He did this on his own initiative." Ross said his client acted the way he did because he didn't want his wife to find out he was paying for hotel rooms. Zarrindej's attorney said Carabajal used writing tickets as his unique way of approaching women. After a traffic stop, Carabajal would ask the female motorist to give him a call and told them "Maybe we can work something out," she told the jury in her opening statement. The attorney said Zarrindej was a single mother with an 8-year-old daughter when she met Carabajal. "She thought she was in love," the attorney said. "She thought she met a wonderful man." The motel rendezvous was simply a convenient place to meet since Zarrindej lived in the Los Angeles area, her attorney said. The attorney said Zarrindej was on trial because "she made a big mistake" by trying to bribe the Orange County deputy in 1998. Each defendant faces four years and eight months in prison if convicted of the felony charges, the prosecutor said. June 4, 2010 A former Pocola auxiliary police officer facing sex charges was formally arraigned in LeFlore County District Court on Wednesday and a jury trial date was set. Rodney Allen Frick, 52, of Pocola is accused of second-degree rape and soliciting sexual conduct with a minor by use of technology. According to court records, a jury trial has been scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 13. He is represented by a defense attorney from Poteau. Frick is accused of having sex on multiple occasions with a teenager he met through a business he formerly owned, according to investigator reports. He is also accused of sending the teenager sexually explicit online MySpace messages. The incidents allegedly spanned a one- to two-year period. Frick was arrested Nov. 10 and released on a $10,000 bond. He was arrested again in Pocola on March 31 after Pocola police responded to a call for a welfare check at a residence. There was another person present at the residence on East Pryor, and Frick reportedly had a firearm. According to a police report, Frick was taken into custody for mental evaluation without incident. April 3, 2010
Former Auxiliary Officer Arrested In Gun Incident
A former Pocola auxiliary police officer accused of raping a minor last year was arrested early Wednesday after authorities responded to a call for a welfare check at a Pocola residence. Rodney Allen Frick, 52, of Pocola was arrested in the 1100 block of East Pryor after authorities were called to the area just after midnight, said Cpl. Krista Schneider of the Pocola Police Department. Frick had a firearm and there was another person inside the residence, police said. Frick was taken into custody without incident for medical evaluation. Schneider emphasized that police were never in danger. Frick, who is accused of second-degree rape and soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology, is being held at the LeFlore County Detention Center for violating a protection order. No further details about the call, the incident or arrest were released. The original complaint against Frick alleges that he had sex with a teenager on multiple occasions. The alleged sexual encounters occurred over a one- to two-year period, District Attorney Jeff Smith has said. Frick was arrested on the charge on Nov. 10, 2009. Frick is also accused of sending the teenager sexually explicit online MySpace messages, according to the complaint.

James E. Gilbert

April 22, 2010 ORLANDO, Fla. -- A former state trooper has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for sending inappropriate text messages to a teen girl. A judge sentenced James E. Gilbert on Wednesday. He pleaded no contest in February to 10 counts of solicitation of a minor via a computer. He was arrested in December 2008 after more than 15 years with the Florida Highway Patrol. Investigators say Gilbert sent hundreds of text messages, many of which were sexual, to the 17-year-old daughter of another FHP employee during a one-month period in 2008. April 19, 2009 A state trooper accused of having sexual communications with the teenage daughter of another FHP employee has been fired and charged with soliciting sex from a minor. An internal probe by the Orange County Sheriff's Office has targeted the trooper's ex-wife after she was accused of trying to intimidate the teen's mother. James E. Gilbert (pictured left) was a trooper for more than 15 years when he was arrested Dec. 4 on 10 counts of solicitation of a minor via a computer. The Florida Highway Patrol terminated him the next day. An FHP investigative report said Gilbert, who was a corporal, sent the girl more than 600 text messages during a one-month period last year. In a written statement filed in Orange County court, the girl's mother said Gilbert talked about taking the teen to a cabin in Tennessee where they would "take things slow." The teen told an investigator she told Gilbert he shouldn't talk to her that way. She said Gilbert, 45, responded by saying things like, "Nothing illegal about this; we're doing nothing wrong." And, "It's your choice, even if anybody found out, if I still want to do something or if you did, nobody can stop us; there's nothing wrong with it." Meanwhile, the teen's mother said their stress about the situation intensified when Gilbert's ex-wife, Orange County Deputy Alberta Gilbert, tried to intimidate her at work last month. The mother runs a business at a Florida's Turnpike service plaza. She said Alberta Gilbert came to the plaza, walked past her business and mouthed a curse word. She said Gilbert's wife then sat at a table near her business for more than an hour. She said the deputy rubbed her gun and stared at her. "I was scared that she was going to do something," the woman said. The mother said she gave the Orange County Sheriff's Office a surveillance video from inside the plaza. The Sheriff's Office confirmed Gilbert is being investigated internally, but an agency spokesman couldn't comment or confirm the allegations because the case is open. An attempt to reach Alberta Gilbert was unsuccessful. A temporary injunction was filed against James Gilbert in September — before he was charged criminally — because the teen is afraid of him and his persistent sexual advances. "It's very stressful. It's very upsetting," the teen's mother said Thursday. "I'm constantly outside checking around. We worry about revenge or retaliation."

John Mitchell Tomlinson

April 21, 2010 DeFUNIAK SPRINGS —Unless he can post a formidable $465,000 bond, Santa Rosa County deputy John Mitchell Tomlinson (pictured left) will remain in jail until his trial on charges he molested two young girls Tomlinson pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing Tuesday to three counts of capital sexual battery on a child less than 12 and three counts of sexual battery by a custodial authority. His trial was scheduled for July 12. Circuit Court Judge Kelvin Wells denied a motion to reduce Tomlinson’s bond, though the amount was adjusted downward because 117 charges of sexual battery by a custodial authority have been dropped by the state. Trying Tomlinson on 120 counts would have been somewhat redundant, Assistant State Attorney Anne Patterson said, because if Tomlinson is convicted on any of the capital sexual battery counts he’ll receive a mandatory life prison sentence. The sexual battery by a custodial authority charges also carry maximum 30 year sentences, Patterson said. Tomlinson appeared in a Walton County courtroom accompanied by the number two attorney in the First Judicial Circuit’s Public Defender’s Office. A lieutenant in the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, Tomlinson is being held at the Walton County facility until a week before his trial date. Wells announced Tuesday that the defendant is entitled to face a jury of his peers and will therefore be transferred back to Santa Rosa County for trial.

Michael Marren

April 20, 2010 BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) ― DNA evidence in an alleged sexual assault at a township building matches that of a sergeant who led a sex crimes unit in suburban Philadelphia, a district attorney said Tuesday. Michael Marren, 41, was charged Monday in the alleged March 9 assault at the Bensalem Rescue Squad headquarters building, and has been fired from the Bensalem Police Department. Marren's DNA matches saliva found on the victim's breast, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said. Yet Marren denied to investigators that he had any sexual contact with the woman. "Saliva can be just as probative as semen, depending on the facts of the case," Heckler said. "Here's a situation where he claims nothing happened." According to the police complaint, the 41-year-old married father sexually assaulted a fellow squad volunteer after a night out at a bar to mourn a colleague's death. Marren drove the woman back to the squad building at about 2:30 a.m. and assaulted her despite her efforts to dissuade him, the affidavit states. She warned that there were cameras in the area and that he was drunk and should stop what he was doing. (pictured left, Michael Marren, former Sergeant of the Special Victims Division at the Bensalem Police Department, was arrest for an alleged sexual assault on March 9, 2010.)The woman was later found curled up in a closet in the building and taken to a hospital, authorities said. A man who answered the phone Tuesday at Marren's home in Huntingdon Valley hung up on a reporter. However, his lawyer said the evidence will prove him innocent. Marren was arraigned on numerous sexual assault charges on Monday and released on $100,000 bail. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing on April 27.

Jonathan Andrew Este

February 17, 2009 A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor three years ago, and the victim's family is wondering how he got through the Sheriff's Office's screening process. Jonathan Andrew Este' (pictured left) 25, of 821 Heritage Avenue in Terrytown, was booked Monday with forcible rape and three counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile after a 16-year old West Jefferson girl told a deputy that he raped her three years ago. Este', who has been with the Sheriff's Office for slightly more than a year, remains at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on $82,500 bond. Sheriff Newell Normand said that while a deputy was investigating a family disturbance Friday, the victim reported that she had been raped in November 2005 by Este'. The victim said she met Este' in an Internet chat room, and they dated for a month. Normand said Este' took the girl to a Gretna apartment, where she said he raped her. The victim maintained a relationship with Este', who was 22 years old at the time, for about eight months, and they had intercourse on four occasions. The other three incidents were consensual, Normand said. The girl said Este' impregnated her, but she later had a miscarriage. When Este' was confronted by investigators, he admitted to having sex with the victim on four occasions, but said each encounter was consensual. However, he acknowledged that he knew the victim was underage when he had sex with her. Este' has been fired, and all of the incidents took place before he got hired, Normand said. "Any time that we arrest one of our own, it's one of the saddest days as it relates to our organization," Normand said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. "Having said that, we are all individuals that are fallible... Adults don't have sex with juveniles." (Unless you're a cop!)

Richard Valerga

February 12, 2009 Oakland is a step closer to paying an additional $110,000 to settle a lawsuit over the actions of a former police officer. The payment would come after the city has already paid nearly $2.2 million to settle complaints by 18 other women who also claimed they were touched or sexually harassed by Oakland police officer Richard Valerga. Officer Valerga pulled a woman over for no reason and touched her inappropriately. A civil rights lawsuit filed several years ago allege[d] that Richard Valerga stopped a woman in March 2005, ordered her to sit in his patrol car and held her hand and touched her leg and thighs before letting her go. It was the latest complaint in a case that has already cost the city $2 million. The [Oakland] City Council agreed in July [2008] to pay $2 million to settle a complaint brought by 16 women who said Valerga groped or sexually harassed them before he left the police department in 2005. (07-10-08) 17:13 PDT OAKLAND -- The city of Oakland is expected to pay $2 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by 16 Asian American women who said they were pulled over for no reason by a police officer who then groped or sexually harassed them. The city has already paid $190,000 to two other women to settle claims involving former Officer Richard Valerga, who resigned from the Police Department in 2005 and was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading no contest to false imprisonment and civil rights violations, all misdemeanors. The women said Valerga pulled them over in 2004 or 2005 in the Fruitvale district and near Lake Merritt and asked them to sit in the front seat of his patrol car. Valerga would then touch or sexually harass them, the suit said. Valerga (photo not available) told one woman to call his cell phone from her phone so he could save her number, the suit said. He took her picture with his cell phone - after asking her to open the front of her sweater - and "told her words to the effect that she was pretty," the suit said. He let her go without a ticket when another patrol car pulled up, the suit said. Valerga asked another woman if she was married, told her she had soft hands and asked for her phone number, all while the woman's two children were left alone in her car, the suit said. He kissed a third plaintiff on the lips twice against her will, called her the next day and "said that he wanted to take her out for lunch," which she declined, the suit said.

Roosevelt "Rosy" Noble Jr.

February 4, 2009 Roosevelt "Rosy" Noble Jr. (pictured right) pleaded with his girlfriend to believe him about the awful things that he did in the darkness of her young daughter's bedroom."I did not have sexual intercourse with her, nothing like that," the former Milpitas police officer said, according to a police transcript filed in court. "I just touched her inappropriately, it was wrong, I know that, and that's why I stopped."At the end of the conversation, the woman hung up the phone. Beside her, a San Jose police detective turned off the recorder. But three months after his apparent confession, the criminal case against Noble — in which he faces a possible life sentence for repeatedly molesting the girl from ages 12 to 14 — is crumbling. Although he is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 9 on 11 counts of felony child molestation, Noble, 41, may end up going free because neither the girl nor her mother are willing to testify against him. "Our hope is that the victim and her mother will realize how dangerous Mr. Noble is and will change their minds," prosecutor James Leonard said. "If the victim doesn't testify, there's a chance Mr. Noble will not be convicted of anything. I don't think it's in anyone's best interest for an alleged child molester to go unpunished."If the girl doesn't change her decision, Noble could be released from custody as soon as April. The Sixth Amendment gives Noble the right to be confronted by his accuser the young victim. Absent her testimony in court, there is no evidence of the crime, other than his recorded confession. The confession alone is not enough under the age-old doctrine known as "corpus delicti" — which requires additional independent evidence to show there was a crime. The purported molestations came to light at the end of October, when a Child Protective Services worker reported them to police based on a tip, according to court documents. The girl told officers that Noble — her mother's longtime boyfriend — entered her bedroom at night about 10 times starting when she was 12 and inappropriately touched her. The most recent incident happened in June. The 15-year veteran would show up at their home on his motorcycle, in full police uniform, and spend the night. The girl told her mother when she was told he was moving in with them. She also told two school friends. The mother was reluctant to cooperate with the investigation, according to police reports. She told detectives that she didn't want charges pressed against Noble "at this time." "During her interview, the victim's mother made several inconsistent statements and appeared more concerned about the suspect's status than the integrity of the investigation," a detective wrote in her report. But eventually she told police what her daughter had said. And she agreed to have a call with Noble recorded by San Jose police. Noble was arrested two days after the call and held on $1 million bail. Prosecutors subpoenaed the victim and the mother to testify at the preliminary hearing. But it soon became clear that the girl and her mother were not going to cooperate further with law enforcement. Lawyers for the daughter and mother argued that the Proposition 9 victims' rights measure also known as Marsy's Law protected them from being compelled to testify. During the hearing, Leonard introduced a visitor log from the Santa Clara County Main Jail showing that the victim's mother had visited Noble five times between his arrest and the hearing. After a private hearing with the mother, Judge Kenneth Shapero agreed she could not be compelled to testify. The lawyers for both mother and daughter declined to say exactly why they did not want to cooperate against the accused molester.

Bill Keating

January 29, 2009 WICHITA FALLS, Texas—A former North Texas sheriff pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to sexually assaulting a woman, telling her sex was the only way to avoid going to jail for drug possession. Former Montague County Sheriff Bill Keating (pictured below, right), 62, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced in May for the civil rights violation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert K. Roach did not detain Keating, saying he did not pose harm to the community and wasn't a flight risk because of his family ties to the area. But Roach ordered Keating, who recently surrendered his Texas peace officer's license, to hand over his weapons and meet other conditions. Keating refused to comment as he left the courthouse. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Calvert said after the Thursday hearing that the case "can and should serve as a wake-up call to all individuals who hold positions of trust." In the signed plea documents, Keating admitted to forcing the woman to perform a sex act after he and deputies went to her house to arrest her boyfriend in November. The one-term sheriff was defeated in a runoff after the March primary election, and the assault took place before his replacement was sworn in. Keating and some jail personnel also face state charges related to having sex with inmates and taking illegal substances into the jail, Montague County District Attorney Jack McGaughey said. He declined to specify Tuesday but said he would present cases to a grand jury in February. McGaughey said he also plans to pursue state charges against the former sheriff. "I would like to have the public know everything that was involved here," McGaughey said. "I would like to see the full picture emerge."

Julio Morales

April 7, 2010Update! Cecilia "Doe" was walking home one December day near dusk when a San Jose police officer did a U-turn and pulled up right next to her. What happened next depends on who you believe — the Gulf War vet with a stellar record on the force or the frightened teenager from Mexico. Because there were no witnesses to the 2008 encounter, the outcome of officer Julio Morales' (pictured above, center) trial — which began Tuesday — turns solely on their credibility. Morales is facing two felony charges — sexual battery and false imprisonment — in connection with the 10-minute encounter that could end his career. If he is convicted of sexually touching the teen during a pat search and then driving her home against her will, he will face a maximum of three years and eight months in state prison. "It comes down to who do you believe about what happened between 5:25 and 5:35 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2008," Morales' attorney said in his opening statement. "Everything you learn about this officer shows you he would never ever ever engage in this conduct." He extolled Morales' accomplishments, including his service in the Marines and his stature in the department. Morales, who is set to testify later in the trial, has worked several special assignments, including a post at the police academy where he taught proper search and arrest techniques. Morales' attorney said Morales stopped the young woman in a high-crime area known for gang activity while it was still light outside. The officer said she seemed "extremely" nervous, stared at his vehicle and seemed to be reaching into her sweatshirt to hide something. "He thought, 'I ought to see what this is all about — maybe nothing — but I ought to contact her,' "the attorney said. His attorney acknowledged that Morales violated department rules by failing to report his stop of the 18-year-old woman, dubbed Cecilia "Doe" by the court to protect her privacy. Morales also failed to report he was transporting her home, he said. But the attorney said those were common errors, and in Morales' case, occurred because it had been a number of years since Morales had been assigned to patrol. Deputy District Attorney Ray Mendoza described an entirely different scenario. He said Morales stopped the young woman and asked her a series of questions, including whether she was in a gang, did drugs or had a cell phone. After she said she wasn't a gang member and didn't do drugs, he ordered her to face the patrol car and put her hands on the hood. He then made her spread her legs further apart, Mendoza said, and touched her between her legs inappropriately. Mendoza also said the young woman was wearing extremely tight, skinny jeans, making the extended pat-down of her lower body unnecessary. Morales also put his hand under her camisole and cupped and squeezed her left breast, the prosecutor said. Such skin-to-skin contact is necessary to prove the sexual battery charge. Mendoza said Morales' failure to report the stop raises suspicion about the encounter. In some cases, officers call for a female officer or will have other officers witness their searches. "He didn't tell anyone on his team, he didn't tell anyone about anything," Mendoza said. "Under the guise of a search, he intimidated her through duress, menace and fear, and used that to search her intimate parts while on duty." In a halting voice, through a Spanish translator, the young woman testified late Tuesday that she was nervous when Morales pulled up only because she had never been stopped by a police officer and was in the country illegally. "He said he'd take me to jail" if she'd been lying about not being in a gang or about any of his other questions, Doe said. She also said he insisted on taking her home even though she told him twice she'd prefer to walk the short distance. But Doe was vague about the alleged inappropriate touching, saying she couldn't remember the details of the encounter. Mendoza asked her if she was embarrassed about talking about her "intimate parts" in front of everyone, and she said she was. The prosecution's case also could be undermined by the makeup of the jury. Originally, there were five female jurors, who are typically regarded as highly sympathetic to victims of sexual assault. But one female juror called in sick and was replaced by a man, changing the composition of the jury to four women and eight men. Morales is one of 26 police officers from various jurisdictions, including El Cerrito, Fremont and Watsonville, prosecuted by District Attorney Dolores Carr since she took office in 2007. Some of the cases were filed during former District Attorney George Kennedy's previous term. Nineteen of the officers have been convicted. Three cases are still pending, including the one against Morales, who is on paid administrative leave until his case is resolved. December 28, 2008 SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A veteran San Jose police officer is facing serious charges stemming from allegations of the inappropriate pat-down search and arrest of an 18-year-old woman earlier in December. Police say the patrol officer -- 41-year-old Julio Morales -- has been charged with false imprisonment and sexual battery over his detention and physical search of the alleged victim several weeks ago. According to the victim, what Morales did during the incident wasn't a pat down; it was sexual battery. San Jose (Calif.) SWAT officers Julio Morales, right, and spotter Steven Payne participate in the sniper course with a moving target during the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department 15th Annual Best In The West S.W.A.T. Competition on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, in San Jose, Calif. The two-day event, attracting top S.W.A.T. teams from California, Washington, and Nevada were held at the Sheriff's Range. (AP/ Palo Alto Daily News, Tony Avelar) "The incident occurred on December 3rd,” said San Jose Police spokesman Officer Enrique Garcia. “The victim reported she was walking in the area of Third and Keyes and she was detained by a patrol officer. During that stop, the officer conducted a pat-down search of her body." The victim reported that Officer Morales touched her inappropriately during the search, then put her in the patrol car and drove her to a nearby home and dropped her off. She immediately informed her mother of the incident. "We launched a criminal investigation and yesterday the D.A.'s office filed a complaint," explained Officer Garcia. "Subsequently we obtained an arrest warrant today. And so the officer self-surrendered at the Santa Clara County jail." Garcia said San Jose Police Department conducts thousands of stops and searches every year. They say it's very uncommon for a suspect to complain of inappropriate behavior by a cop. In addition to being charged with false imprisonment and sexual battery, Morales has been placed on paid leave. In the meantime, San Jose police say their pat-down search and other policies are unequivocal. Cops are allowed to conduct searches of opposite-sex suspects but the procedures are very clear. Whenever a female suspect is placed in a patrol car, the officer is required to notify the police dispatcher. There's no word on whether Morales, a 13-year veteran of the force, followed that procedure. What [media] research has revealed about Officer Morales is that he and another San Jose police officer were involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect after a three-hour stand-off back in 2004. An internal police investigation found no misconduct. Officer Morales was released on $20,000 bond. The identity of the alleged victim has not been released.

Eduardo Bermudez

December 7, 2008 (12-7-08) 01:22 PST Los Angeles, CA (AP) -- Authorities say a Los Angeles police officer has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault for an incident at a hotel after a department holiday party. Police say 29-year-old Officer Eduardo Bermudez was arrested [December 7, 2008], booked for investigation of attempted rape and was being held in a downtown jail on $100,000 bail. Police say in a written statement that the alleged attack took place while Bermudez was off duty at a gathering at a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport that followed the Pacific Division's holiday celebration, but gave no further details about the allegations. The department's internal affairs division is conducting the investigation. Bermudez has been an officer for two years. An officer reached Monday morning did not know if Bermudez had hired an attorney. The alleged victim is a female LAPD officer.

Christopher Buckley

October 22, 2008 NEW ORLEANS - A ten-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department who was arrested for the rape of a 13-year-old girl, had faced similar accusations before, Superintendent Warren Riley said at a morning press briefing. Christopher Buckley (pictured left) 36, was with the Fifth District before resigning Tuesday, said NOPD spokesman Bob Young. According to Riley, the rapes of the teen happened three times over the past two to three weeks at the home of the mother of the victim. Buckley faces three counts of forcible rape for which the penalty range is between five and 40 years in prison, and three counts of oral sexual battery, for which the penalty is up to 10 years in jail. Riley said there were two similar allegations against Buckley – one in 2001 and another in 2003. He said the DA refused charges in both cases citing a lack of cooperation from victims and/or witnesses. Buckley was arrested following an investigation by the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau, and taken to Central Lock-Up.

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