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Published Thu, Apr 15, 2011 04:37 AM (PDT)
Modified Thu, Apr 16, 2011 15:19 (PDT)
SAN DIEGO (WCJB) - A San Diego Police Department sergeant accused of stalking and harassing a female colleague is one of five members of the agency facing allegations of criminal conduct, a department spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. Kenneth H. Davis, a 23-year SDPD veteran, has been reassigned to desk duty pending the outcome of the case, public affairs Lt. Andra Brown said. Davis worked as a patrol sergeant and was stationed at the department's Southeastern division, Brown said.
Davis, 47, was charged in February with one felony count of stalking and three misdemeanor counts of making harassing telephone calls, according to court records. The alleged victim is a female officer on the force who worked at a different police station, Lt. Brown said. The media is not identifying the female officer because she is an alleged victim of sexual harassment. The two officers were involved in a consensual relationship before breaking up, and that's when the alleged harassment began, according to Lt. Brown. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for April 27.
Four other San Diego police officers have been accused of various crimes over the last several months.
Motorcycle officer David C. Hall, 41, is under investigation for allegedly causing an off-duty Feb. 22 traffic accident on Murray Ridge Road in Serra Mesa while driving at four times the legal limit and fleeing the scene of the crash. The District Attorney's Office is reviewing the allegations and Hall's attorney said prosecutors have notified him that felony charges are pending.
In March, SDPD vice officer Arthur A. Perea, 42, resigned amid accusations of raping a Point Loma Nazarene University student at an El Cajon home. He has not been charged in the case, which remains under investigation.
On March 11, Officer Anthony Arevalos, 40, was arrested after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her following a traffic stop in the Gaslamp Quarter. Four other women subsequently came forward and made similar allegations against Arevalos, who has pleaded not guilty to 18 felony counts, including sexual battery, false imprisonment, assault under color of authority and receiving a bribe.
On March 24, SDPD Officer Roel Tungcab was arrested by sheriff's deputies in the aftermath of a fight with his wife at their Imperial Beach home. Tungcab, 39, faces misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
POSTED: April 12, 2011
UPDATED: 12:26 pm PDT April 14, 2011
Urbana, Ill. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former eastern Illinois police officer that accused a prosecutor and others - including his brother - of fabricating evidence against him in a 2008 investigation into allegations of rape and misconduct by the officer. David Lewis claimed former Vermilion County Assistant State's Attorney Larry Mills asked the three other defendants to make up evidence against Lewis. The lawsuit claimed that while Lewis was a police officer in Belgium, Ill., he questioned whether Mills was providing legal favors to gangs. Lewis, according to the lawsuit, was told by an FBI agent that Mills was under investigation.
Lewis spent almost 14 months in jail in nearby Danville and was eventually tried on charges that he forced himself on strippers at a bar in Belgium. He pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors as part of a plea agreement but was acquitted of a number of other charges while still more were dismissed.
U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey late last month granted a motion to dismiss Lewis' lawsuit. The motion was filed by attorneys for Mills and fellow defendants Todd Damilano, who is a Vermilion County sheriff's investigator; bar owner Scott Corrie; and Clint Gray, Lewis' brother. They argued that Lewis couldn't back up his claims. McCuskey agreed.
"There may be plenty of smoke around Mills, such as the FBI investigation and failed prosecution of (Lewis) on the felony counts, but there is no evidentiary fire," McCuskey wrote. "Not even an evidentiary matchstick."
"I'm very gratified this is finally over," said Mills, who now has a private practice. Lewis, who now lives in Florida, couldn't be reached for comment. His attorney did not immediately return calls to media sources. Lewis worked part-time as a police officer in Belgium. He was arrested in April 2007 and charged with 49 felony counts ranging from armed violence to criminal sexual assault after seven women, most of whom were dancers at the now-closed Play Pen strip club, alleged he forced himself on them, sometimes while armed and on duty. One of the women he was accused of abusing later said she lied to police.
Sexually Offensive Cops!
March 22, 2011
NEW YORK -- Two New York City police officers are facing additional charges after being accused of raping a woman they were called to help. Prosecutors now say the officers returned to her apartment three times – not twice – after the initial call. Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata pleaded not guilty Monday to additional burglary, official misconduct and other counts. They had already been charged with rape. Moreno is accused of raping the drunken, semiconscious woman while Mata acted as a lookout in December 2008. They deny the allegations. Jury selection for their trial is expected to start next week.
Their lawyers say the new allegation of a fourth visit to the woman's apartment should fuel doubt about authorities' account of the events.
The explosive trial may hinge on how the jury interprets Officer Moreno's stunning words. Jury selection in the trial of Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata is set to begin Monday, and the key may be a taped conversation in which Moreno appears to admit committing the heinous assault.
"Did you use a condom?" the alleged victim asked him outside his police precinct in a conversation caught on a wire she wore for the Manhattan district attorney's office.
"Yes, yes I did," Moreno told her, according to the taped conversation that was played in court last month.
The revelation flew in the face of contrary staunch denials by Moreno and Mata that they assaulted the woman in 2008 after helping her to her E. 13th St. apartment. The damning tape appears to give prosecutors the upper hand in what had been a circumstantial case with no forensic evidence and the victim's recollection hazy at best.
"That admission is the most powerful piece of proof - it is the decider," said one veteran criminal defense attorney. Defense lawyers argue that Moreno, a 19-year NYPD vet, was only trying to calm the woman down after she threatened to go into the precinct and "make a scene."
The case was recently delayed after prosecutors admitted failing to show other key evidence to the original grand jury. This forced prosecutors to resubmit the case to a second grand jury. While charges were added, the new evidence remains a secret. The defense has said it is favorable to the officers' case.
Prosecutors allege that Moreno, 43, had sex with the woman while Mata, 27, acted as a lookout. The suspended cops were called to her home in December 2008 after she was unable to get out of a taxi. Surveillance footage from a nearby bar showed the cops helping her into the building and leaving, but then returning two times.
Officer Kenneth Moreno
Officer Franklin L. Mata
March 1, 2011
(Fernando Mata (left), Kenneth Moreno (right))
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ruled that a recording where a cop seems to admit he had sex with a drunk woman he helped into her building can be allowed in the trial. Police officer Kenneth Moreno, who is heard on the tape, and Franklin Mata are facing charges of rape and burglary for the 2008 incident, but the cops are claiming Moreno only admitted to it so the woman wouldn't make a scene at the precinct house.
Two years ago, it was revealed that the cops were stripped of their badges and guns and placed on modified duty after a woman accused Moreno of raping her in her East Village apartment in December 2008. The two cops were dispatched by 911 after a taxi driver had called to say his fare vomited in his cab and didn't have any money. A surveillance video showed the cops helping her inside her apartment and leaving at 1:10 a.m.—but then they returned almost an hour later, staying for about 20 minutes, and then at 3 a.m., the cops return again, staying for 34 minutes. For the third visit, Moreno and Mata allegedly called 911 and claimed a homeless man was in front of a building near the victim's apartment, knowing that they would be dispatched to the neighborhood.
At the urging of her friends, the victim contacted the Manhattan DA's office, who orchestrated for her to confront Moreno at the Ninth Precinct. This is a transcript of their conversation from outside the police station:
Woman: “I woke up and you guys were taking advantage of me.”
Moreno: “Nobody took advantage of you.”
Woman: “You were having sex with me. I was violated.”
Moreno: “No you weren’t — nothing happened.”
Woman: “You’re lying.”
Moreno: “OK. It turned from us trying to help you to getting really crazy.”
Moreno: “What do you remember?”
Woman: “I remember getting up the stairs and waking up on the bathrooom floor. The next thing I know, I’m in my bed, you’re taking off my clothes and having sex with me.”
Moreno: “It wasn’t done intentionally. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I just got caught up. I’m sorry.”
Woman: “I need to know if I’m OK. Did you wear a condom — yes or no?”
Moreno: “Yes, I did. You don’t have to worry about any diseases or getting pregnant.”
Woman: “Was it only you?”
Moreno: “It was only me.”
Moreno: “If you stop drinking, I’ll be your boyfriend. I’m not a bad man. I’m a good friend to have.”
While Mata is not accused of having sex with the woman, he faced rape charges because he was allegedly Moreno's lookout and acted "in concert." The burglary charges stem from the victim's claim that Moreno and/or Mata stole her phone, because her mother and brother received threatening calls saying she should keep quiet.
The two cops are off the job but they are still paid—$150,000/year for Moreno, $110,000/year for Mata.
Updates: August 22, 2009; and May 11, 2009
March 3, 2009
The police department is investigating whether a NYPD police officer, Officer Kenneth Moreno, 41 raped an intoxicated East Village woman he had been called on to help, officials said yesterday. On Dec. 7, 2008 a taxi driver called 911 because a passenger had vomited and couldn’t pay. Surveillance videos at the woman’s apartment reportedly showed the Moreno and his partner, Officer Franklin L. Mata escorting her home and then returning a half hour later. When they returned, one of the officers, Moreno allegedly raped her as Officer Mata stood by. Investigators suspect Moreno assaulted the woman and Mata stood guard.
Facts: Kenneth Moreno (pictured left); Age 41; 17-year veteran of the NYPD; Married; two kids. Officer Moreno had the names and addresses of nearly a dozen other women in his locker, and investigators want to know if any of them were ever attacked, police sources said. Investigators discovered the names of the other women when they searched Moreno's locker in Manhattan's 9th Precinct stationhouse. All of the women lived in the 9th Precinct, and investigators were checking to see if any of their addresses matched other 911 calls or incidents Moreno answered in at least the past two years, sources said.
Neither officer has been arrested, though both have been stripped of their guns and badges while placed on desk duty. A spokesperson said the NYPD’s Internal Affairs division is conducting an investigation. NYPD Internal Affairs investigators reportedly found a packet of heroin in the locker of Moreno, the officer accused of the rape. The Daily News said Moreno claimed he had forgotten the drugs he had confiscated in a different case.
The "Cop Out" Story!
The NY Post reports that "Officer Franklin L. Mata (pictured left) is insisting that the woman willingly agreed to [have] sex with married Officer Kenneth Moreno, 41, last Dec. 7,  as the young partner stood by, sources told The Post. But investigators don't buy that story, which Mata has conveyed through his lawyer, sources said."
On December 8, 2008, the woman told her friends about the attack and called the Manhattan DA's office. A neighborhood bar's surveillance tapes show the police officers visiting the woman's apartment building repeatedly the night of the alleged attack—once with her, and then two more times, the final time with a key.
"Investigators have proof the woman was 'falling-down drunk,' and thus incapable of consenting to sex, sources said... Under the law, if a person has sex with someone who is incapacitated, the person can be found guilty of rape." The woman's landlady was outraged the cops hadn't been arrested (they have been stripped of their badges and guns and placed on modified duty), telling the paper, "Those two ought to be castrated for what they did to this poor girl."
C.J. Note: At present five (5) women allege they have been raped by on-duty, in uniform NYPD Officers. See, Cops that Sexually Offend! Part II - Wilfred Rosario (four (4) counts of rape against four (4) women).
Officer Oscar Sandino
October 11, 2010
A perverted, corrupt, NYPD narcotics detective pleaded guilty on Thursday to sexually assaulting a woman he arrested - and performing a lewd act in front of another. Oscar Sandino (pictured left, leaves court on Thursday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman he arrested.) admitted he attacked one victim in a bathroom at the 110th Precinct stationhouse in Queens and the second in a secluded area of Brooklyn Criminal Court - both times while on duty. In the first incident in 2006, Sandino arrested the woman and her boyfriend on drug charges and then threatened her with losing custody of her young children if she didn't have sex with him.
"She pulled down her pants and underwear. ... I forced [the victim] to perform oral sex on myself," Sandino told Brooklyn Magistrate Viktor Pohorelsky.
Sandino, 37, went after another woman prisoner in September 2009 while he was already under investigation. He removed the woman from a holding cell and fondled himself in front of her. Then he ordered her to lift up her shirt and expose her breasts. The city recently paid a $125,000 settlement to that woman, an off-duty court officer who had been arrested for disorderly conduct, the Daily News has learned.
Because the federal charges against Sandino are misdemeanors, he only faces a maximum of two years in prison. He was suspended from the force Thursday and will not fight dismissal proceedings, according to the plea agreement. The lawyer representing the first victim said she is ready to confront Sandino at his sentencing in January. "She's going to tell him all the hurt, pain and embarrassment she's had to endure," the victim's lawyer said.
Sandino was a member of a narcotics team that fabricated drug charges against brothers Jose and Maximo Colon in a Queens bar in 2008. After the Colons were exonerated by surveillance video, two detectives from the unit were arrested. One pleaded guilty, and the case against the other is pending. A third detective was stripped of his badge and gun.
The Colons' lawyer in a $20 million lawsuit, said Sandino participated in the arrests but isn't named in the suit. "To have three cops from the same team arrested and a fourth still on modified assignment speaks very poorly of the supervision," the attorney said last May. "These cops thought they could get away with whatever they wanted to do, and for a while they did."
May 20, 2010
(FBI agents escort handcuffed NYPD Detective Oscar Sandino (above center) away from headquarters after he was arrested and charged with coercing sex from three New York women he arrested. AP Photo/Louis Lanzano.) A Queens NYPD police officer arrested and arraigned in federal court Tuesday is accused of blackmailing or coercing at least three women into having sex with him from 2006 to 2008, including an Elmhurst woman who is suing the city over the alleged incident.
Oscar Sandino, 37, a 13-year veteran who worked in the Queens Narcotics Bureau South, pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to three counts of misdemeanor civil rights violations and was released on a $250,000 bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum of three years in prison.
The federal investigation was initiated after the woman from Elmhurst reported Sandino to the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau in March 2008 following an allegedly coerced sexual assault about one month before that.
The woman told police Sandino raided her Elmhurst apartment along with other officers during a drug investigation involving her then-boyfriend, who was not present. She said Sandino later propositioned for sex, molesting and sodomizing her in a police station bathroom stall and threatening to have her children seized by the city Administration for Children’s Services if she did not agree to have sex with him, according to a civil lawsuit complaint she filed last year.
Because there are no federal laws specifically dealing with rape or sexual assault, federal prosecutors were limited as to what they could charge Sandino with, according to Robert Nardoza, public information officer for the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn.
“There’s no federal rape statute and I can’t speak to any state or local charges that may or may not be applicable,” he said.
Kevin Ryan, spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, said police began investigating one of the alleged incidents after it was reported to the Internal Affairs Bureau, but halted that investigation once federal prosecutors became involved.
“Because [Sandino] is being charged with civil rights violations, we cannot charge him with the underlying crimes because that’s what the [federal] charges are based on,” Ryan said. “We can’t charge him with the same crime if they charge him with it federally. We cannot charge him locally on the same set of facts.”
Ryan said the prosecutor turned the investigation over to federal authorities once it was discovered Sandino may have assaulted multiple women.
“One of the incidents is outside our jurisdiction,” he said. “When we learned of the federal involvement in this investigation, we had originally started an investigation and we referred our findings to them.”
Investigators said Sandino engaged in “sexual misconduct” on at least three separate occasions with women he arrested during drug investigations. In the February 2008 incident, the alleged female victim claimed Sandino took her to a bedroom in the back of her apartment and forced her to undress while he watched. In a police vehicle later that evening, he asked her, “What are you willing to do for your kids?” and added in Spanish, “How did your children come into the world ... you had to be bedded,” he said, later adding, “You don’t have to give me your answer now,” according to the woman’s civil complaint.
The complaint said Sandino took the woman into an interrogation room at the police station later that night and asked her, “What’s your answer?”
His partner later entered the room, according to the complaint, and told the woman Children’s Services could take her children away if she did not cooperate with their investigation. Sandino later told her he was married with two children about the same age of the alleged female victim.
“If you agree, I will rip up the papers,” he said.
He later led her to a stall in the bathroom, where he molested and sodomized her, according to the complaint. He gave her his cell phone number and ordered her to contact him later for sex or he would contact Children’s Services. When she did not contact him he called and sent her text messages multiple times, according to the complaint. She recorded some of the conversations for evidence and later filed a complaint with NYPD Internal Affairs before filing her lawsuit the following year.
The Elmhurst woman was never charged with a crime for the incident, according to her attorney.
“The citizens of New York expect and deserve honest police officers,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said about the case. “There is a trust that must exist between law enforcement and the citizens, and Detective Sandino allegedly broke that trust.”
The NYPD declined to comment on the investigation, issuing only a statement from Commissioner Ray Kelly.
“I want to commend the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for its important work in uncovering police misconduct and in bringing to justice those who dishonor themselves and the department,” he said.
March 3, 2009
A Prince George's County corrections officer has been arrested and charged with breaking into the Prince William County home of a woman he knew and raping her, county police said yesterday. John Hanna, 43, of Glen Burnie broke into the woman's house and threatened her with a gun, police said. After being raped, the woman went to a neighbor's house, where police were called shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, police said. The woman was treated at a hospital. Her medical status was unknown last night.
Hanna (image not available) was still in the woman's home when police arrived, and he was arrested "without any problems," police said in a statement. He was charged with burglary with intent to commit a felony, rape, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and abduction. He is being held without bond and is due in court April 13. Hanna, a corporal with Prince George's Department of Corrections, had been on administrative leave with pay since Jan. 15 because of an incident that took place at the jail, corrections spokeswoman Michon Parker said. She declined to elaborate on the incident because it is under investigation, but she said there have been no criminal charges thus far. Because of the recent charges in Prince William, Hanna's status has been changed to suspended without pay, Parker said.
Hanna's arrest is the latest in a string of troubling incidents connected to the Corrections Department in the past year. Authorities are investigating the death of Ronnie L. White, an inmate found dead in his cell in June, less than 48 hours after he was charged with killing a county police officer. The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. No one has been charged.
That same month, then-Department of Corrections Director Alfred J. McMurray Sr. was fired two days after officials discovered that four handguns were missing from the jail's armory. The handguns have not been found. Last March, three jail officers were suspended amid an investigation into allegations that guards conspired to smuggle cellphones to inmates. One of the guards was suspected of being a member of the Bloods street gang, according to court papers.
February 28, 2009
OROVILLE -- A rookie officer who resigned from the Williams Police Department after allegedly trying to break into the home of three Chico women said outside of court Friday he will attempt to prove someone slipped a disabling drug into his drink at a downtown bar. Dustin Stephenson, 26, says he remembers having drinks and then waking up handcuffed in the back of a Chico patrol car Jan. 29, 2009 with $300 missing from his wallet. Chico police were summoned that night to the Fourth Street home of three college-age women and arrested Stephenson initially on a charge of forced entry causing property damage. Stephenson says he doesn't remember going to the residence or trying to get in.
Stephenson (pictured left) told the Enterprise-Record that the night he was arrested, he had gone with friends to a downtown Chico bar, which he has declined to identify. He ordered some beers and mixed drinks, leaving them on the table while he was dancing. After a while, he began feeling increasingly dizzy. "The next thing I know things became out of proportion. I was sitting at the table and it felt like the table was huge and I was tiny," Stephenson recalled. He said his friends told him later that he got up to go into the restroom, and that was the last time they saw him that night.
"I know the effects of alcohol, and this was not alcohol," he said. One of his Chico roommates, who is also in law enforcement, Stephenson said, agrees with him that he could not have gotten a "swollen face and eyes" from drinking. "As a police officer, you know the signs and symptoms of various drugs," Stephenson added. In researching the matter on the Internet, the ex-police officer said he is "100 percent sure" he had unknowingly ingested GHB, an odorless and colorless narcotic, commonly referred to as "date rape" drug because of its disabling effects.
C.J. Note: If this officer "unknowingly ingested GHB" why didn't he break into the first house he came upon? "Co-incidentally" he tried to break into the home of three single females. Mr. Stephenson had his story worked out prior to the crime in the event he was caught.
When he was booked into the Butte County Jail, he said he asked to be drug-tested, but it was not done. According to Stephenson, "Through his research, he learned that GHB is quickly excreted from the body and rarely leaves any trace."
At his arraignment Friday, Butte County Superior Court Judge Gerald Hermansen advised Stephenson that the District Attorney's Office would ask for a fine plus two years of probation if he would plead guilty to a misdemeanor vandalism charge.
The ex-cop, who had joined the Williams Police Department last June after serving four years in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate, said outside of court that would prevent him from returning immediately to police work or the military.
Two friends with whom he has spoken since his arrest reported similar feelings of being drugged at two Chico bars, including the one where he was drinking. The manager and head of security of the nightspot in question told him that others in the past had registered similar feelings, but Stephenson says he was misquoted previously as saying some patrons had reported also being drugged and robbed that night. The officer said he resigned from the police force "in the interest of the department until this gets cleared up. "Whatever it takes to put this behind me ... I just want to get this taken care of as fast as possible," he said when asked if he intended to fight the vandalism charge in court.
A public defender was appointed to represent him, and Stephenson was directed to return to court on April 2, 2009 for further proceedings.
GHB -gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid
GHB is a CNS depressant used as an intoxicant. It has many street names, including Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X and Liquid G. At recreational doses, GHB can cause a state of euphoria, increased enjoyment of movement and music, increased libido, increased sociability and intoxication. At higher doses, GHB may induce nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, agitation, visual disturbances, depressed breathing, amnesia, unconsciousness, and death. The effects of GHB can last from 1.5 to 3 hours, or even longer if large doses have been consumed or if it is mixed with alcohol. GHB is referred to as a "Date Rape" drug because of its ability to render a party (usually a woman) unconscious. There are no reported cases of it being used on men, ... particularly LAW ENFORCEMENT MEN!
Date Rape Drug
The drug has been identified as a date rape drug, much the same way as alcohol and Rohypnol. It has a salty taste, but as it is colourless and odorless, it has been described as "very easy to add to drinks" that mask the flavor. GHB has been used in cases of drug-related sexual assault, usually when the victim is vulnerable due to intoxication with a sedative, generally alcohol and as such are less likely to notice a strange taste to his or her drink. However it is difficult to establish how often GHB is used to facilitate rape as it is difficult to detect in a urine sample after a day, and many victims may not recall the rape until some time after this. However cases of GHB being used as a date rape drug is quite rare, see the Date Rape Drug article for more information.
GHB, produced as a sodium salt (sodium oxybate), may provide a noticeable salty character to the drink, although individual sensitivity to the taste of salt varies. GHB can also be produced as different salts, some of which may not have a taste as distinctive as the sodium salt (e.g., magnesium oxybate), or much less commonly in the unstable free-acid form.
February 27, 2009
See Bill Keating - Part I: This guy is a bona-fide SEX OFFENDER!
FORT WORTH, Texas - A former North Texas sheriff and some ex-jailers were among 17 people named Friday in a 106-count indictment on charges ranging from having sex with inmates to taking them drugs. Bill Keating, who was Montague County sheriff from 2004-08, is charged with official oppression and having sex with inmates in April and in the fall, according to the indictment. Keating was not up for re-election because he lost in the primary last spring. Several women who worked as jailers are charged with having sex with inmates and taking them drugs, cell phones and cigarettes in 2007 and 2008, according to the indictment. Some men jailers are charged with drug possession and with taking inmates banned items.
In an unrelated case, Keating, 62, pleaded guilty in January to a federal civil rights violation involving the sexual assault of a woman and is to be sentenced to up to 10 years in federal prison in May. Keating told a woman she would be jailed on drug charges unless she had sex with him. Late last year the FBI raided the Montague County jail, about 65 miles northwest of Fort Worth, but authorities have declined to say what prompted the investigation. Sheriff Paul Cunningham closed the jail and transferred inmates to a nearby facility hours after he was sworn in Jan. 1, 2009. That's when he discovered that surveillance cameras' cords had been disconnected; recliners were in cells; some bathrooms and cells could be locked from the inside; and inmates had made partitions out of paper towels to block jailers' view inside their cells, he said.
Official oppression is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail. Improper sexual activity with someone in custody is a state felony, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in state jail. Providing drugs or other prohibited substances to inmates and drug possession in a jail are both third-degree felonies, which carry a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.
Jim T. Rogers
February 13, 2007
Officer Jim T. Rogers, 29 was arrested and charged with 2 counts of aggravated Rape, Second Degree Kidnapping and 2 counts of malfeasance in office. Rogers had been employed with the Baton Rouge Police Department since November 29, 2004 and assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division 3rd District.
The incidents are as follows:
On February 8, 2007 police received a call from a female caller stating that she and a friend were standing on Seneca Street at 4:00 a.m when they were approached by a police officer driving a marked police unit and dressed in uniform. The officer forced the female caller to go into an abandoned house. Once inside, the officer urinated on the victim and in her mouth and struck her when she refused to swallow.
The officer then forced the victim to perform oral sex on him. The victim stated that the officer urinated on her again and left the area. The victim called police and reported the assault. The victim and a witness identified the marked police unit number and identified Jim Rogers as the officer.
Detectives were later contacted by a second victim who stated that while walking on Seneca street on February 5, 2007 at 2:00 p.m., she was also approached by a Police Officer who ordered her to get into the rear of his marked police unit and lay down on the back seat. The victim stated she was afraid and complied and was driven to an unknown location when the officer forced her to perform oral sex on him.
The victim stated the officer then drove her to another location where he raped her. The victim stated the officer became upset with her and pulled his weapon out of the holster and threatened to kill her if she did not do what he wanted her to do. The victim stated the officer then forced her to perform oral sex on him and after the assault he transported her back to Lockwood Street and forced her out of the unit. The investigation did confirm that Rogers had made contact with the victim on this date and time.
Jim Rogers submitted his letter of resignation in lieu of termination before being transported to Parish Prison.