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POSTED: 11:01 am CDT October 14, 2010
UPDATED: 11:23 am CDT October 14, 2010Update!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Metro sex crimes detective found "several errors" in an extensive review of how police handled a sexual battery complaint against one of its own officers, according to the Tennessean. Jeffrey Poole is accused of sexual misconduct against four women who told investigators he fondled them while questioning them about crimes. Poole was on duty and in uniform when the allegations occurred.
Court documents filed in the case include a report criticizing Metro police for overlooking a precinct sergeant's concerns about handling such a serious allegation. Also, police are accused of not conducting a thorough internal review and failing to open a criminal investigation until other women came forward with additional allegations. Poole is free on bond while he awaits trial on charges that range from sexual battery to rape.
August 19, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The former Metro police officer accused of sexually assaulting four women was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in a Nashville courtroom, but the hearing was continued. Jeffrey Poole was expected to enter his guilty or not guilty plea, but that did not happen.
Poole was arrested earlier this month. He was charged with four counts of rape, four counts of official misconduct, two counts of sexual battery, one count of patronizing prostitution and one count of attempting to patronize prostitution.
In April, a 27-year-old prostitute reported that Poole patted her down to the point of fondling and made verbal suggestions. Detectives then located and interviewed three other women who said that Poole allegedly had sexual contact with them in 2009 when he was an on-duty uniformed patrolman in the East Precinct.
A 20-year-old woman reported that Poole arrested her on an outstanding warrant in April 2009, drove her to a secluded area, and began to fondle her under the guise of a search. She said she told Poole to just take her to jail, which Poole did, but not before allegedly giving her his phone number and offered a ride home when she was released.
A 30-year-old woman who frequented Dickerson Pike reported in late 2009, Poole approached her for sex. She said that Poole drove her in his police car to an abandoned lot and paid her for consensual acts.
A 35-year-old woman reported that in December 2009, Poole came to her Dickerson Pike motel room on-duty, in uniform, and raped her.
Poole graduated from the police academy in March 2008. He worked in the East Precinct from July 2008 until January of this year, when he transferred to the South Precinct. Poole was decommissioned and ordered to stay away from police department facilities on May 18 based on the Sex Crimes Unit's investigation to that point.
Jeffrey Poole bonded out of the Davidson County Sheriff's Office last Thursday after posting a $200,000 bond. His next court appearance has not yet been announced.
September 10, 2010
Cincinnati, OH - Sentenced to five years in prison just two days earlier, a police officer stood before a judge Friday and learned he could be a free man if he is able to post $100,000 bond, pending an appeal. Julian Steele (pictured above, center, bawling) was sentenced Wednesday for abduction and intimidation, after a jury found him guilty of abduction and intimidation for falsely arresting and detaining a teenager. Steele was able to post that same bond amount when he was arrested last year.
Steele's time in jail so far amounts to 2 weeks, just a few days more than the time the teen he falsely arrested spent locked up. Steele did that, prosecutors said during trial, to gain power over the teen's mother. The mother testified last month that she performed oral sex on Steele because she believed that was the only way her son would be released from custody. Steele was found not guilty of rape and extortion against the woman.
The attorney who is representing Steele in his appeal, said in court Friday that police officers shouldn't be fired for not having probable cause to arrest someone. "This case creates a dangerous precedent," the attorney said. "It's a slippery slope."
Judge Dennis Helmick, who presided over trial, said the facts in the case were undisputed. "It's not good police work," Helmick said. "The public has been done a disservice." Steele's attorney drafted a letter of resignation on his behalf which states that he has no intention of becoming a police officer ever again. The letter, she said, was been signed by Steele and will be sent to Police Chief Tom Streicher.
If he posts the bond, Steele will be under the same guidelines imposed last year: he will have to wear an electronic monitoring devise but will be allowed to leave his residence between 7 a.m. and midnight to help care for his mother who is battling cancer. Steele, who is a 14-year veteran of the police department, remains suspended without pay, according to a department spokesperson.
September 8, 2010
A judge sentenced a Cincinnati police detective to five years in prison Wednesday for abduction and intimidation in the arrest and detention of a teenager. Julian Steele, who has since been fired from the police force, was only repeating what he saw others on the force do during his 14-year career, Steele’s attorney said before the sentence was imposed.
“No doubt about it. There was a mistake made here,” Steele’s attorney told Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Helmick. “He saw other cops do it.” Steele, 48, of Springfield Township, falsely arrested a teen in May 2009, interrogated him, held him against his will, got a false confession from him – all so Steele could get close to the teen’s mother for sex, according to court records.
Steele insisted he had evidence – “probable cause” in legal language – to arrest the teen because he’d seen the teen’s mother’s car in the area of several street robberies in Northside. Later, though, Steele admitted to suspicious prosecutors he knew the teen committed no crimes when he arrested him. “I’ve talked to several police officers about this case and generally they laugh at the thought that that’s probable cause,” said Daniel “Woody” Breyer, the Clermont County special prosecutor assigned to handle Steele’s case. Breyer was brought in because it was Hamilton County prosecutors who uncovered Steele’s crimes.
Steele even threatened to file a grievance against Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Megan Shanahan after she insisted the teen be freed from juvenile jail and after Steele suggested he would lie to the grand jury to win an indictment, according to court records. Steele told prosecutors he would “work my mojo” before the grand jury.
“I would never do anything malicious to hurt anybody,” Steele told the judge Wednesday. Not only did he hurt the innocent teen and his mother, Breyer countered, but he hurt law enforcement officials everywhere. “What he has done to the justice system almost is irrevocable,” Breyer said.
The mother testified she was so afraid for her son she would do anything to get him out of jail. She said Steele told her it was "a process" to get her son out and even after she performed oral sex on him, the detective didn't get her son released. “The things he said are appalling. If I was a (Hamilton County) prosecutor, I’d go back and check every case he was on,'' Breyer said. Steele’s actions needlessly damage police and prosecutors, Breyer said. “It makes me angry,” Breyer said. “It makes everybody connected with law enforcement angry.”
The judge also placed Steele on probation for five years after he serves his five-year prison term.
August 24, 2010
Jurors say a Cincinnati Police Officer is guilty of abduction and intimidation and not guilty of sex charges involving the mother of a teenage suspect. 46 year old Julian Steele falsely arrested a teenager - to put pressure on that teen's mother - to provide information in a robbery case. He was also accused of coercing sex from the teen's mother - when she tried to get her son released but the jurors did not believe his guilt on those sex charges. The police department suspended Steele when he was charged last year. He maintained his innocence. Steele will be sentenced on September 8, 2010.
August 19, 2010
The attorney for a Cincinnati police officer on trial admitted Tuesday that Detective Julian Steele received oral sex from a woman whose son Steele put in juvenile jail. Steele's attorney, blamed the mother for trying to use her sexuality to use Steele to help get her son released. "She had motive to take advantage of or get one up on Detective Steele," the attorney told jurors hearing the case against Steele, charged with rape, extortion, abduction, sexual battery and intimidation of a witness.
The mother, said the attorney, instigated the sex. "Julian, being human, said yes," Clark said. "Julian had a lapse in judgment, used poor judgment and was weak."
But Special Prosecutor Daniel "Woody" Breyer said Steele (pictured left) as a 14-year officer with nine years as a detective - was a rogue cop who used his badge and authority to lock up an innocent teen so he could get sexual favors from the teen's mom. "He used his special powers as a policeman to gain sexual favors, sexual conduct," Breyer told jurors.
Steele, 48, of Springfield Township, took the mother to a Winton Terrace apartment he keeps in addition to his home. There, Breyer said, Steele told the mother "it's a process" to get her son released and would take time. Steele arrested the teen May 7, 2009, at Riverside School as a suspect in a string of brutal street robberies. Steele then kept the teen jailed eight days even though he told authorities, "I knew he didn't do it, so I locked him up to get access to his mom," Breyer told jurors.
Steele's paperwork on the investigation was so sloppy, Breyer added, prosecutors were unsure they could take the case to the grand jury for potential indictments. Steele told investigators not to worry.
"When I get in front of the grand jury, I work my mojo," Steele told them, Breyer said. "That's his philosophy." After his arrest, Steele was stripped of his police powers and placed on desk duty pending the outcome of this case. The charges against Steele carry a maximum prison sentence of 60 years.
May 26, 2009
A Cincinnati police officer arrested last week for sexual battery is now facing numerous charges. On Tuesday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment of Julian Steele. Steele is accused of falsely accusing and imprisoning a juvenile in the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center in the course of a robbery investigation. He is also charged with threats and sexual misconduct against the juvenile's mother as she tried to secure her child's release from the juvenile detention center.
"The victims in this case endured an unconscionable use of police power to satisfy a reprehensible motivation. American society grants law enforcement great power. It is with this power comes grave responsibilities. Misuse cannot be permitted."
Steele, 46, is charged with 10 felonies including two counts of abduction with a firearm specification, two counts of intimidation with a firearm specification, three counts of extortion with a firearm specification, two counts of rape with a firearm specification and one count of sexual battery with a firearm specification.
According to court documents, officer Steele, of Springfield Township, is accused of "coercing" the victim into engaging in sex acts "knowingly and by means that would prevent resistance by a person of ordinary resolution." The alleged incident occurred in the 5700 block of Winton Road on May 14, 2009.
Steele has been suspended from the police department without pay. If convicted on all charges, Steele faces up to 70 years in prison. Deters petitioned the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas to appoint a special prosecutor as members of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office may be witnesses in the case. Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel J. Breyer was appointed to handle the prosecution.
May 22, 2009
A Cincinnati police officer was arrested Friday, May 22, 2009 and charged with sexual battery. According to court documents, officer Julian Steele, 46, of Springfield Township, is accused of "coercing" the victim into engaging in sex acts "knowingly and by means that would prevent resistance by a person of ordinary resolution." The alleged incident occurred in the 5700 block of Winton Road on May 14.
May 26, 2009
A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman and inappropriately searching two others in separate incidents while on duty.
Mark Fitzpatrick pleaded not guilty to four felony counts and one misdemeanor Friday in Superior Court. Prosecutors say Fitzpatrick threatened one woman with arrest or deportation while he sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop.
Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says investigators began a criminal investigation immediately after getting a report of the alleged misconduct last year. Whitmore says Fitzpatrick was assigned to a desk job at the Compton station then was suspended without pay after the charges were filed.
August 31, 2010 12:41:00 PM
A former reserve Columbus police officer was sentenced to 20 years in the state prison this morning at the Lowndes County Courthouse after pleading guilty to statutory rape last week. Richard Carr, 46, (pictured far left) admitted he had sex with his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter when the girl was 13 and 14 and her mother was at work. Sixteenth Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens could have given Carr up to life in prison, but decided to give the near-minimum sentence.
Besides serving his time without eligibility of parole, Carr must pay court costs, endure five years of post-release supervision, register as a sex offender and cannot be alone with anyone under age 16. Carr's family members declined to comment on the guilty plea or the sentence. Carr, a 14-year reserve officer, was arrested in Oktibbeha County in 2009 after the victim confessed to her mother that she and Carr had sex "various times," according to the indictment. The encounters happened at his girlfriend's Columbus house while he was baby-sitting the girl and her siblings, the indictment said.
August 24, 2010
A 14-year reserve Columbus police officer pleaded guilty Monday evening in Lowndes County Circuit Court to statutorily raping his girlfriend's underage daughter multiple times. "It's something I did," said 46-year-old Richard Carr who had sex with the 15-year-old girl when she was 13 and 14. Carr had sex with the victim "various times" at her house in Columbus while he was baby-sitting her and her siblings, according to the indictment. The defendant was arrested in Oktibbeha County in 2009 after the victim confessed to her mother, who had been at work when the incidents occurred. Corrupt Justice™ does not identify victims of sexual assault.
Sixteenth Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens postponed sentencing until Aug. 31, 2010 saying he needed a week to think about proper punishment for the "pretty reprehensible" crime." I don't know what I want to do," he told the courtroom Monday. "I need to think about it."
The defendant could receive anywhere from 20 years to life in prison for the first count of statutory rape and up to 30 years for the second, according to 16th District Attorney Forrest Allgood's office. Since this is Carr's first offense, the judge can suspend any sentence. Carr, who was taken into custody after the court recessed, will be kept in a separate cell in the Lowndes County jail, per Kitchens' orders. Carr is represented by a Columbus defense attorney.
Prosecuting attorney Lindsay Clemons said the victim's relatives had been at the courthouse earlier in the week, but could not stay for the trial. "(The victim's grandfather) feels these incidents have ruined her life," she told Kitchens. Clemons argued for a stiffer punishment, adding that Carr "should be held to a higher standard" because of his status as an auxiliary police officer.
August 18, 2010
Richard Carr, who was a Columbus reserve police officer in 2009 when he was charged with two counts of statutory rape. He was fired after he was arrested in Oktibbeha County and the case was turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Judge James Kitchens is scheduled to preside over Carr's hearing today.
May 22, 2009
A Columbus (Miss.) reserve police officer was fired Wednesday, May 20, 2009 after he was arrested in Oktibbeha County on statutory rape charges. Reserve officer Richard Carr, 45, was “relieved of his duties as a police officer” Wednesday after Oktibbeha County officials notified the Columbus Police Department the officer had been arrested on the sex charges. As of Thursday, May 23, 2009 police had not released details of the charges, as the investigation was ongoing and was being handled by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
As of Thursday afternoon, no bond had been set and Carr remained in the Oktibbeha County Jail awaiting his initial court appearance. Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John this morning noted the investigation was turned over to MBI as soon as he was notified of the charges. “As quickly as we could, he was placed under arrest, and he is terminated immediately,” St. John added. “Even though he was reserves, he’s one of us, and any time we have, not even probable cause, but reasonable suspicion, we turn it over to another agency.
“Really right now, the rest of it is really in (MBI’s) hands.”
May 24, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol trooper accused of forcing a woman to have sex to avoid a citation appeared in court Sunday morning. A judge set Ariel Valentin's bond at $105,000.According to investigators, Valentin responded to the scene of a minor traffic accident a few weeks ago. He allegedly told a woman involved in the wreck that he needed to search her and suggested that they go to her house. That's where she claims he forced her to have sex. Neighbors said they're shocked by the allegations. "That's ridiculous, because we turn to them when we need them and now look what they're doing," said resident Karen Narcesse. Valentin has resigned. FHP released a statement saying it is committed to keeping the public's trust.
May 11, 2009
Gerald Copeland, a retired Lieutenant with the Fulton County Police Department was back in trouble with the law facing similar allegations. Police said Copeland's crimes involve another prostitute. The former Fulton County police officer is also accused of raping and beating several other prostitutes.
In a widening investigation, a different prostitute is claiming Copeland (pictured left) abducted her, robbed her and raped her. Union City police have charged Copeland in connection with the discovery of a half-clothed Atlanta prostitute found wandering in a subdivision off Highway 92. A passerby found the victim wandering down a deserted road. The woman was described as half beaten, robbed and raped. Copeland was arrested Monday morning, May 11, 2009, after the victim provided Fayette County sheriff deputies with a description of her attacker and the vehicle that he was driving. Police found an ATM receipt that, they say, links Copeland to the scene. Copeland, 48, a 20 year veteran of the Fulton County Police Department was arrested for aggravated sexual battery, battery and false imprisonment. Copeland appeared before a judge Tuesday, May 11, 2009.
The 48-year old former cop was also arrested in Fayette County last month (April 2009); and charged in similar crimes with two other alleged prostitutes. Police said other victims had also been taken to vacant subdivisions, where Copeland is accused of raping, assaulting and robbing them. Three prostitutes were picked up in Atlanta and brought to Fayette County by Copeland. Police say the women accuse him of sexually assaulting and beating them, then leaving them partially clothed to fend for themselves. All three victims were sexually assaulted and beaten then abandoned in north Fayette County.
Investigators searched Copeland's home in North Fulton County. Copeland remained in the Fayette County Jail without bond Thursday. Police said the Fayette County crimes happened in April (2009); and the Union City assault happened in March (2009). Police said they suspect there are many more victims out there who are too afraid to come forward. Copeland retired from the Fulton County police force in July 2005.
C.J. Note: From all appearances, Mr. Copeland is a "serial rapist" who preyed on prostitutes. Empirical evidence, based upon sound research, indicates Mr. Copeland has raped more women than listed above. For twenty (20) years Mr. Copeland worked in a position that placed him above suspicion and under minimum supervision.
If you, or someone you know has been a victim of Mr. Copeland, we at Corrupt Justice strongly advise you to contact an Attorney as soon as possible. The mere fact that you may or may not have worked as a prostitute is irrelevant. IT IS STILL A CRIME TO RAPE A PROSTITUTE!
Gary Sutton Jr. Charles Hommema
April 20, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.
The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday.
Gary Sutton Jr., 40, of New Milton and Charles Hommema of Buckhannon have been charged with the misdemeanors and face fines and up to a year in jail on each charge if convicted. Sutton has been released on bond, Wilson said, and Hommema is to be arraigned later this week. Wilson did not know Hommema's age.
The workers were described in a complaint as "police officers," but prosecutors did not say whether the men were agents or describe what kind of work they did.
The Cinderella Project at the Middletown Mall in the north-central West Virginia town of Fairmont drew hundreds of girls from 10 high schools in five counties. Organizer Cynthia Woodyard said volunteers, donors and participants are angry.
"I can't even begin to put words around what I consider an unspeakable act, the misuse of surveillance by a branch of our government in a place we felt so secure," she said. "Never in a million years would we have thought something like this would happen. We're in shock."
Hospice Care Corp. was sponsoring the event, offering prom dresses, shoes and accessories to girls who could not otherwise afford them. Dresses sold for as little as $5.
Woodyard, director of marketing for Hospice Care, said this year's event was the biggest in the decade the organization has been holding it, with more than 800 dresses on display.
The prosecutor would not say how authorities found out about the accusations.
It was not immediately clear if the accused men had attorneys. Messages left at phone listings for Gary Sutton were not immediately returned; there was no listing for Hommema.
The FBI issued a brief statement, but refused to answer questions. The statement said the Office of Inspector General was investigating.
"The FBI is committed to the timely and full resolution of this matter, but must remain sensitive to the privacy concerns of any potential victims and their families," the statement said.
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 & Domestic Violence
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part I
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part II
• Deputy Paul R. Kovacich, Wife Killer
Murderous Police Officers
• PA State Trooper Kevin Foley, Murderous(Convicted March 18, 2009 of First-Degree Murder. Killed girlfriend's ex-hubby (Dentist)!!)
• PA State Trooper Samuel J. Hassan, Murderous(March 15, 2009 Murder of Unarmed motorist. Previously shot and killed 12 year old African-American boy!!)
• Homer Police Department(February 20, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, 73 year old black man by two white police officers in Homer, Louisiana!!)
• Taser Deaths by the Police!
• New Orleans Police Department(January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot nine (9) times in the back!!)
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