Top Story Steven W. Burgess
April 9, 2010
WASHINGTON– A former Jackson County, Mo., sheriff’s deputy was sentenced in federal court today for violating the civil rights of a teenage girl whom he sexually assaulted in his patrol car, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri announced today. Steven W. Burgess, 35 of Independence, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 14 years in federal prison without parole.
On Nov. 12, 2009, Burgess pleaded guilty to depriving a 15-year-old girl of her Constitutional rights by sexually assaulting her while she was in his custody. Burgess was on-duty and in uniform when he encountered the victim and some friends in Haynes Park in Sibley, Mo., at approximately 2 a.m. on July 24, 2007. Burgess told the victim’s friends to leave the park, but ordered her to stay at the park with him.
Burgess (pictured left) then put the victim in handcuffs and, while patting her down, inappropriately touched her in a sexual manner. Burgess removed the handcuffs and told her to get into the car, keeping the door open and her feet touching the ground outside the car. Burgess stood in front of her and compelled her to perform oral sex on him while she sat in his patrol vehicle. At one point, Burgess made her get on her knees to perform oral sex on him.
Afterward, Burgess took the victim to her aunt’s house. He told her that she could not tell anyone about the forced oral sex, or he would disclose that she had been caught in the park drinking. Once inside the house, she told her family what had happened and was immediately taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Burgess violated the victim’s right not to be deprived of liberty without due process of law, which includes the right to bodily integrity. Burgess used force against his victim and placed her in fear of death, serious bodily injury and kidnapping.
“A law enforcement officer who abuses his authority by sexually assaulting a child not only violates the law, but also the child’s civil rights and the public trust,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez for the Civil Rights Division said. “Today’s sentence should remind any law enforcement officer inclined to violate the most basic Constitutional rights of our citizens that we will aggressively prosecute.”
“No one is above the law,” U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips said. “When a uniformed law enforcement officer violates the civil rights of a vulnerable victim, especially in such a repugnant manner, he must be held to the highest standard of justice. Today’s lengthy prison sentence holds this defendant accountable for violating the public trust and abusing his position of authority to victimize a young girl. We are sending a strong message to our community that civil rights violations won’t be tolerated.”
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Michael Warner and Trial Attorney Eric L. Gibson with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division. It was investigated by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
August 22, 2009
New details have emerged in the case of NYPD Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata who are accused of raping a woman on the Lower East Side after a taxi driver called 911 to report a drunken fare. Moreno and Mata responded to the 911 call. They were later seen on video repeatedly entering the womans home. Moreno allegedly raped the woman while she drifted in and out of (drunk) consciousness. Mata is seen on video keeping watch. See: • Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part V).
The rape victim was out having drinks at a Brooklyn club last December 6 and into the morning hours of December 7, when her friends put her into a yellow cab to take her home because she was highly intoxicated. When the cab driver pulled up to her apartment he could not get her out of the cab so he called police. That's when Moreno (far left) and Mata (left) showed up. The officers escorted the woman into her apartment and left, but returned less than an hour later and gained entry to the building by telling a resident that they were investigating a noise complaint behind the building (which was untrue). They entered the rape victim's apartment with a key that they had stolen from the woman earlier. They were in the apartment for 17 minutes but had to leave when called to a traffic accident.
After leaving the accident scene the two radioed in a false 911 call saying that there was a drunk homeless man two buildings down from the rape victim's. Using this false 911 report the officers returned to the area and went to the woman's apartment. Upon entering the woman's home, the officer (Moreno) raped her, with Mata acting as lookout. The victim reported that Moreno raped her while she lie face down on her bed, after she vomited a few times. After being in the apartment for more than a half-hour the pair left and this is when the woman reported the rape.
A notice of claim filed by the rape victim, who remains unidentified, seeking $5 million highlights new details including the fact that the NYPD officers stole her BlackBerry and called her mother and brother in an effort to intimidate the victim to prevent her from coming forward. The victim was able to meet with Moreno after the rape and secretly recorded him apologizing to her for having sex with her. Moreno has also admitted to having sex with the woman during the investigation, but he claims that it was consensual.
April 28, 2009
Two NYPD Officers surrendered to authorities today on charges that they raped a drunken, incapacitated woman in her East Village apartment. Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were scheduled to be arraigned on charges - including rape, burglary and official misconduct - stemming from the alleged rape of a woman on Dec. 7, 2008.
Both cops pleaded not guilty to the charges this afternoon in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Moreno (pictured left) and Mata apparently were responding to a 911 call from a cabby who said the woman had gotten sick in his taxi. Investigators obtained surveillance footage that showed the two cops helping the visibly drunk woman into her East Village home at about 1 a.m. It also shows them returning twice to the building. Moreno allegedly raped the victim while Mata assisted.
On March 3, 2009, Mata (pictured left) told investigators that Moreno engaged in consensual sex with the drunken woman. On March 4, 2009 The NY Post report[ed] that Franklin Mata, the partner of alleged rapist and NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno, told investigators that, contrary to what he tried to claim on March 3rd, Officer Moreno did rape the victim rather than have consensual sex with her.
The officers were suspended from the department upon their arrest, although Kelly had the opportunity to suspend them sooner. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who apparently knew of the allegations months before they became public, placed the pair on modified duty, even after heroin was found in the Moreno's locker.
Moreno, 42, is a 17-year vet of the force. Mata, 27, has spent three years with the department.
May 11, 2009
Christopher Rojas admits to one vice that may have cost him his job in law enforcement: "Women." After 15 months on paid administrative leave, the veteran Sunrise police officer was fired Jan. 28, 2009 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, as revealed in documents recently obtained by the media.
Rojas, 39, who is married with children, denies the allegations and is trying to get his $75,300-a-year job back through arbitration. He declined to comment through his union representative. An internal investigation by the Sunrise Police Department found Rojas used his authority as an officer to romance and prey on women he met on the job. The 12-year veteran had consensual sex on duty with one woman over the course of two years, police say, while in another case, a burglary victim accused Rojas of forcing her to kiss him at least twice.
"In both cases, Officer Rojas was found to have used his position as a police officer to obtain or try to obtain sexual favors, or otherwise take advantage of these women who were in need of police assistance," Capt. Robert Voss wrote in his Jan. 28, 2009 report to the chief.
In the case of the burglary victim, police records state Rojas returned to the young woman's home the day after the burglary and threatened to kick in or shoot down her door if she didn't let him in.
According to Lt. William Glennon, who handled the 615-page internal investigation, Rojas violated 20 departmental policies, including conduct unbecoming an officer, making false statements and failing to document a burglary.
Police Chief John Brooks has recommended the Florida Department of Law Enforcement permanently revoke Rojas' police certification. The agency is reviewing the case.
John Puleo, union representative for Rojas, denied the burglary victim's allegation that Rojas kissed her. In May 2008, the Broward State Attorney's Office declined to file criminal charges in that incident, saying their investigators had not been able to track down Rojas' accuser.
Puleo and Anthony Livoti, Rojas' attorney, both accuse Sunrise of failing to conduct a thorough investigation. They said Rojas was off duty during the trysts and only wore his uniform to fool his wife into thinking he was at work.
"The bottom line: [The sex] wasn't on duty," Puleo said.
But the woman Rojas was seeing told investigators the couple had sex countless times while he was on duty. She made the allegations on June 3, 2008, after the relationship soured. According to her testimony, she met Rojas in 2004 when she was having an argument with her then-husband and called police. Rojas responded. Both parties agree their friendship turned sexual. She told investigators they only had sex when he was on duty "because he had a wife" and wanted their affair kept secret.
When Glennon asked Rojas if he had sex on duty, Rojas answered: "Not that I'm aware of" and "I can't remember." Rojas told Glennon he may have taken vacation time in the middle of his shift to have sex. But Glennon said a review of attendance records shows Rojas never did so. Rojas said he may have had sex on his lunch break. Police officers are still on duty and paid during breaks, Glennon said.
The woman said Rojas came to her house up to three times a week during his 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. work shift, staying from 10 minutes to an hour. Neighbors interviewed by Glennon confirmed her story.
Glennon tape-recorded conversations between the woman and Rojas to determine the validity of her claims.
In one conversation, Rojas told her: "The one vice I have in life ... I like women, and you know I like women, OK. That is my vice in life."
In the second case, a woman claimed Rojas kissed her against her will and failed to take a police report after her apartment was burglarized.
Later, she told Glennon why she didn't fight him off: "I thought he was going to hurt me if I didn't" go along with his advances.
According to police, Rojas first met the woman on Oct. 9, 2007, when she reported a suspicious person at her apartment complex. Rojas gave her his business card and cell number. A week later, on Oct. 17, she called Rojas about the burglary.
The woman said Rojas showed up, insisted on talking in her bedroom, kissed her against her will and told her she was going to give him a key after she got the locks fixed. Hours later, the woman left messages for Rojas asking why he hadn't taken a report.
In the meantime, she told her boyfriend, who called police to file a complaint.
On Oct. 18, Rojas showed up at the woman's apartment and knocked on the door. Terrified, she slammed it in his face.
"He began kicking the door, yelling obscenities and threatening to shoot the door" then went around back and forced open the sliding glass doors, according to police.
The woman's boyfriend called 911. Soon Sunrise police swarmed the area.
The next day, Rojas was placed on paid administrative leave.
May 11, 2009
East Baton Rouge sheriff's detectives have arrested a former deputy for allegedly raping a parish prison inmate.
Sheriff's officials say Jemal Barker, 40, (pictured above) of Denham Springs will be charged with aggravated rape and malfeasance in office by sexual misconduct.
Barker allegedly forcibly raped an inmate on Sunday using his stun gun as a weapon. A fellow [honest] deputy notified the administration of the alleged abuse. An investigation was conducted, and the deputy was fired prior to his arrest.
Officials say Barker had been employed with sheriff's office since October 2007. He was assigned as a shift corporal in security at the parish prison.
May 11, 2009
A former Greenville police officer has been found guilty of the sexual battery of a 14-year-old girl who became pregnant. The verdict against 26-year-old Benjamin Roberson was returned by a Washington County Circuit Court jury late Friday (May 9, 2009) afternoon. A sentencing date hasn't been set.
Roberson was arrested in July 2007. He responded to a call from the child's mother that her daughter had run away. Roberson assisted in locating the juvenile and transported the then 14-year-old to the police department where she was booked. The sexual act occurred when Roberson was transporting the teenager back home. After he was arraigned on the sexual battery charge, Roberson was fired from his job.
Kevin R. Duke
May 10, 2009
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A reserve deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography. Police say the deputy was going online and pretending to be a 13 year old girl, even sending out nude photos of her. Detectives say they determined the photographs of that 13-year-old girl were being sent from Duke's home in Greenwell Springs, just outside Baton Rouge.
When detectives arrived at the home, they say Duke admitted that he was going online pretending to be a 13-year-old girl and sending out nude pictures of a girl in that age range. Following his arrest, Duke's commission as a volunteer reserve deputy was immediately revoked and his badge was seized, said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Hicks. Investigators say the reserve deputy confessed to both sending and receiving child porn using his home computer.
The reserve deputy, Kevin R. Duke, 51, of Greenwell Springs, was arrested on charges of possessing child pornography. Investigators say Duke confessed to both sending and receiving child porn using his home computer.
According to court records, 51-year-old Kevin R. Duke of Greenwell Springs was arrested Thursday and later released on $25,000 bond. Sheriff’s spokesman Casey Hicks says following his arrest, Duke’s commission as a volunteer reserve deputy was revoked and his badge seized.
Cops that Sexually Offend
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part I)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part II)
• Sexually Offensive Cops! (Part III)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part V)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IX)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part X)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVII)
Sexually Offensive Judges
• Perverted Judges - Part 1
• Judge Jack Gifford, Retired, Solicitation
• Judge Ronald C. Kline, Child Pornography
• Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, Solicitation
Judges of Interest
• James J. Marchiano, Corrupt Judge
• Stuart Hing, Corrupt Judge (Recent Appointment)
• Douglas E. Swager, Corrupt Judge
• Martin Jenkins, Corrupt Judge ("Uncle Tom")
• David Bernard Flinn, Corrupt Judge
• John T. Noonan, Corrupt Judge of the 9th Circuit
• Former Judge Ralph B. Robertson, Racist
• Judge Kenneth R. Kingsbury, Ret., Racist, Corrupt
• Corrupt Judges, Frame-ups & Graft
• Judges of the Regents of the University of California
Oakland, California Police Department
• Officer Pat Gonzales: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 3 Killings
• Officer Hector Jimenez: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 2 Killings
• Captain Edward Poulson, OPD(Beating Death of Suspect (2000) Promoted in 2008)
• Investigator interfered in police probes of former bakery CEO
• Oakland Police Department, Corrupt, I
• Oakland, California Police Department, Corruption, II
• Oakland Police Department, III
• Oakland Police Department, IV
• Oakland Police Department, V - Major Corruption
• Jeff Loman, Deputy Chief, OPD(Placed on Leave Feb. 4, 2009)
• Deborah Edgerly, Corrupt former Oakland City Administrator
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