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Top News Story! Another Rapist Cop!
January 20, 2011
HILLSBORO, MO • The trial of the former St. George police chief on charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl began Wednesday in circuit court. Scott Uhrig, 46 (pictured left) of Imperial, was charged in December 2009 with second-degree statutory sodomy and sexual misconduct involving a child. In his opening statement Wednesday, Jefferson County assistant prosecutor Travis Partney said Uhrig's behavior toward the girl grew increasingly bizarre as she developed physically, beginning when she was in the sixth grade.
Partney told the jury that Uhrig took naps with the girl and joined her in the shower. Partney said that on July 1, 2008, Uhrig blackmailed the girl, then 15, into performing a sex act. The girl told her stepmother of the incident, and the woman approached authorities in May 2009.
Uhrig's attorney said in his opening statement that the girl had changed her story many times and that she had motives to lie. The Defense Attorney said he intends to call witnesses that will poke holes in the girl's stories and prove that Uhrig is innocent. Testimony is scheduled to begin today. A civil rights suit filed by the victim was resolved in private mediation. At the time of the alleged sexual assault, Uhrig was police chief of St. George in south St. Louis County.
St. George officials disbanded the department in January 2009 and contracted with St. Louis County for police protection. The municipality had a reputation as a speed trap, and the department made the news in 2007 when a motorist posted a video online showing a police sergeant threatening to arrest him on fictitious charges.
Uhrig has faced allegations of sexual misconduct before. An administrative commission in 2002 upheld an accusation that Uhrig had propositioned a 17-year-old girl for sex during a traffic stop in 2000, when he was a police officer in Arnold.
December 22, 2009
JEFFERSON COUNTY - The former chief of police in St. George has been charged with two sex crimes involving a child. On Dec. 4, Scott Uhrig was charged in Jefferson County Circuit Court with second-degree statutory sodomy and sexual misconduct involving a child, according to court files. Prosecutor Forrest K. Wegge said the victim was 14. If convicted, Uhrig could face up to seven years in prison for the first charge and up to four years in prison for the second.
The crime is alleged to have taken place July 1, 2008, when Uhrig was still chief of the tiny (and now defunct) St. George Police Department in south St. Louis County. In January, St. George officials voted to disband its department and contract with St. Louis County for police protection.
Just last week, Uhrig resigned from his job as a seasonal park ranger for the St. Charles City Parks and Recreation Department. He worked as a seasonal ranger from 2005 until June 11, 2009, when he left to deal with "some personal matters," said Maralee Britton, director of the St. Charles parks department. Britton said Uhrig submitted his resignation last week. Uhrig, 45, of Imperial, could not be reached for comment. His defense attorney was not available for comment.
Uhrig was arrested Dec. 7, 2009 on the two charges in Jefferson County and has pleaded not guilty. He was released Dec. 15, 2009 after posting a $10,000 bond. As a condition of bond, Uhrig has to submit to pretrial supervision by a private probation service, remove all weapons from his home and have no contact with the girl. Uhrig also must have a job or provide a reasonable explanation for why not.
Wegge, the prosecutor, said the allegations weren't reported to the sheriff's office until May 19, 2009. Investigators turned the case over to his office in September 2009.
In 2002, an administrative commission upheld an accusation that Uhrig had propositioned a girl, 17, for sex during a traffic stop in 2000, when he was a police officer in Arnold. He denied the allegation, and a civil rights lawsuit by the woman, Chrystal Cole, was resolved in private mediation. Cole told investigators that Uhrig had her drive to an empty parking lot where he spoke of jail, petted her arm and face, told her she was "beautiful, hot, and tempting," and suggested a "quickie." At the time, Uhrig denied ever seeing Cole that night, and said that she had fabricated the story out of malice over her previous contact with Arnold police.
In the days of its own police, St. George, a town of about 1,500, had a long-standing reputation as a speed trap. It drew national attention in 2007 with the online posting of a video of a police sergeant's tirade, including threats to arrest a motorist on fictitious charges. That sergeant was later fired.
John Fox Jr.!
November 30, 2010
A Cathedral City police officer (pictured left) accused of stripping off his uniform and jumping into a pool with three women while on duty no longer works for the department, a police lieutenant confirmed today. John Fox Jr., who was the target of an internal investigation, officially severed his ties to the department Monday, according to Cathedral City police Lt. Chuck Robinson. The lieutenant would not say if Fox was fired or left on his own accord, citing policies that prevent discussion about personnel matters. "We have not confirmed or denied how he left the police department,” Robinson said. "The only thing we told -- and I am telling -- people is he is no longer employed here.”
Fox has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of assault under the color of authority and attempted digital penetration, as well as a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure and sexual battery. Fox, who is free on $25,000 bail in the criminal case, is accused of going skinny-dipping while investigating a loud noise complaint on Sept. 29, 2010. While in the pool, the officer is accused of inappropriately touching one of the women, according to Michael Jeandron of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. The owner of the home, who was not swimming, called 911. Fox put his clothes back on and left before officers arrived, Jeandron said.
Novembr 2, 2010
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (WCJB) -- A Cathedral City police officer accused of stripping naked and sexually assaulting a woman in a swimming pool while on-duty pleaded not guilty Monday to sexual assault charges. The Riverside County District Attorney's office has charged John Fox Jr., 37, (pictured left) with one felony count of attempted sexual penetration, one felony count of assault under the color of authority, one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure and two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery in the September 29, 2010 incident. Fox appeared in an Indio courtroom in Riverside County to enter his plea. He was expected to post his $25,000 bond and be released.
Prosecutors say Fox responded to a noise complaint at a home in Cathedral City and found three women in a pool. He allegedly stripped off his uniform and got into the pool where he sexually assaulted one of the women, prosecutors said. The owner of the home, who was not swimming, called 911 to file a complaint. Before Fox's supervisors arrived at the scene, he put his uniform back on and left the residence. The D.A.'s office says it investigated the incident and "collected evidence sufficient to prove that Fox had committed the crimes." Reports indicate that the evidence includes cell phone pictures of Fox at the home.
Detective Charles Derosalia
October 11, 2010
An NYPD narcotics detective is facing dismissal over allegations he improperly strip-searched 18 women - but he's calling them all lying druggies. Two of the women have filed federal suits against Detective Charles Derosalia, including Claudia Bova, who says he forced her to pull her pants down so he could photograph a below-the-navel tattoo with a cell phone camera. The married Derosalia is facing departmental trial. Bova and three other women have testified so far. If Derosalia is found guilty of the charges, he'll likely be fired.
The probe was launched after Bova complained about the incident, which took place in a bathroom at the Brooklyn district attorney's office in June 2007. She had been arrested in a Coney Island drug sweep and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and got drug treatment.
Investigators from the Internal Affairs Bureau tracked down dozens of women who had been arrested in similar sweeps by Derosalia's (pictured left) team at Brooklyn South Narcotics, and 17 others said they had been strip searched by him. NYPD regulations prohibit male cops from performing strip searches of female prisoners. Bova's lawyer said she was shocked to learn the number of victims. "[Derosalia] assumed he was never going to be called out on his behavior," said Bova's lawyer, who has filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court. None of the women accuse Derosalia of touching them - or himself - during the prohibited searches.
Another woman who testified, Quantalis Legrand, claims Derosalia watched her change out of pajamas into street clothes, exposing her breasts and panties to him in the bedroom of her Avenue X apartment. She claims in her suit that Derosalia ordered her to lift her shirt and pull down her pants at the 61st Precinct stationhouse so he could check for contraband.
Outside his Long Island home yesterday, Derosalia said the women are liars. "Of course I'm denying it," he said. "Unfortunately, people can sue you all the time." Derosalia, 31, said his wife and family are standing behind him. "They know how . . . stuff gets blown up," he said. Derosalia's defense lawyer called the women "admitted drug addicts" and "opportunists," adding that Derosalia will take the stand in his own defense in November when the departmental trial resumes.
Donald L. Silcott
August 9, 2009
Jacksonville, Fl. - Sheriff John Rutherford's office announced the arrest of 47 year-old Donald L. Silcott, a veteran Jacksonville Sheriffs Officer. Silcott is a 19 year veteran of the JSO, working as an evidence technician. Silcott has been arrested on charges of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious battery on a juvenile. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office evidence technician was charged with multiple sex offenses August 8, 2009. He is accused of molesting the juvenile female acquaintance in his home while his own kids slept in their beds. The police report did not disclose the number and ages of Silcott’s own children.
The alleged victim is a female who was known to Silcott (pictured left) but police are not elaborating on their relationship. Police said the assault occurred on the evening of August 6th after Silcott picked up the girl and took her to his Jacksonville home. After his children had gone to bed, he asked if she wanted a foot massage, the victim told police. She said no but he gave her one anyway, and the massage escalated into sexual activity including rubbing and kissing her buttocks and sexually assaulting her, the arrest report said.
About 4 a.m. Friday, August 7th, an Orange Park woman reported finding the girl on her doorstep crying and holding a picture of Silcott and a note with his name, address and the date of the incident, police said. The girl also wanted to go to the hospital, the woman told police. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lauri-Ellen Smith would not say how the victim got from Silcott’s home to Orange Park or how, as the report states, she was eventually transported to a medical facility where she underwent a medical procedure for sexual assault. The medical report said possible DNA evidence from Silcott was found.
Sheriff John Rutherford said the arrest and charges occurred after officers from the integrity and sex crimes units worked with the State Attorney’s Office to investigate the allegations. Silcott was arrested at his Orange Park home. Silcott is being held in the Duval County Jail where he remains in custody on $600,018 bail for three counts of sexual battery on a child between 12 and 18 by a custodial authority and three counts of lewd and lascivious battery, according to Sheriff’s Office reports and jail Web site. Each of the charges against Silcott carry $100,003 bail and all stem from a single incident, Smith said. Silcott's status with the JSO was not clear.
Gary C. Handley
August 9, 2009
Deputy Gary C. Handley, 42, of Broken Arrow, OK and an employee of the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested. Handley was booked into the Rogers County Jail Wednesday, August 5, 2009. He is charged with one count of Sexual Battery. Handley turned himself in, accompanied by his attorney. Immediately upon being booked into the jail, Handley’s attorney secured his release on the $10,000.00 bond.
“This is disheartening,” said Sheriff Walton. Walton said he was disappointed over the alleged incidents and said, “…this kind of behavior is completely unacceptable from any agent of law enforcement and it absolutely will not stand inside the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office. “ Handley (pictured left) was a deputy sheriff assigned to the courthouse security detail during the alleged offense which surfaced in May (2009).
The charges stem from allegations of inappropriate touching of a female courthouse employee. The allegations arose when the victim contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report the activity. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office investigated the claim. The Sheriff’s Office investigation of the claim was forwarded to the Rogers County District Attorney’s Office for final determination of criminal charges.
On August 3, 2009, a criminal arrest warrant was issued through Mayes County for the arrest of Handley by Judge Erin O’Quinn under the case number of CF-2009-442. Handley’s next court date is September 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM.
Officer Michael Gonsalves
POSTED: 11:49 am EST November 11, 2009
UPDATED: 12:56 pm EST November 11, 2009
BOSTON, MA -- A local police officer has been fired for allegedly texting a photograph of male genitalia to a woman over the summer, according to town officials. Falmouth Town Manager Robert Whritenour said he fired Officer Michael Gonsalves, 40, after an independent third-party investigator gave Whritenour a report on the incident and recommended termination. Whritenour declined to release the report or any details, saying it was a personnel matter. "I can confirm [Gonsalves] was terminated from employment with the police department, effective [Tuesday]," Whritenour told the Cape Cod Times.
Gonsalves was an 18-year veteran of the Police Department. He had been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 4, 2009 according to town records.
Gonsalves told the Times in August he did text a photo of male genitalia to a woman, but said it was a joke, according to the paper. He also said "it was not a photo of me naked or any of my body parts," the Times reported.
The woman's claims against Gonsalves came shortly after Falmouth police made headlines across the country for charging six teenagers with child pornography following a "sexting" incident. The teens had distributed semi-nude pictures of a female classmate using cell phones.
According to police records, the sexting accusation against Gonsalves was not the first instance where disciplinary action was taken against him.
In 2005, the officer was suspended for two days after getting into a screaming match with a fellow officer, police records showed.
Over the summer, Gonsalves filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination because he was passed over for a detective position. He claimed in the complaint that he was passed over as retaliation for information he provided during an internal investigation and because he is black.
The hearing officer assigned to the investigation took two months to issue the report and was very thorough, said Falmouth Police Chief Anthony Riello.
There is an appeals process through the Civil Service Commission, said Whritenour. Gonsalves has not made a formal appeal yet, he said.
August 5, 2009
Officer Michael Gonsalves, 40, a Falmouth, MA police officer (image not available) is being investigated for sending an obscene text message. Officer Gonsalves, allegedly text-messaged a photo of a penis to a woman. According to our sources, Gonsalves admitted to sending the photo, but said that it was a joke he forwarded to the woman. The 18-year veteran is now on paid administrative leave, and faces a disciplinary hearing later this month.
The hearing will also address other disciplinary issues involving Gonsalves. In 2005, he was disciplined after an altercation with another officer. He has also filed a racial discrimination complaint against the department. The allegation against Gonsalves comes just months after Falmouth police made national headlines for charging six teenage boys with distributing child pornography for texting nude photos to their classmates. The practice is known as sexting.
Jeffrey John Sung
August 5, 2009
A veteran San Francisco motorcycle police officer has been charged with groping a woman while in uniform, said authorities. SF Officer Jeffrey John Sung, 42 (image not available) was charged with one count of sexual battery and one count of false imprisonment without violence. On March 21, 2009 Sung allegedly grabbed the woman at her Broadmoor home. Both charges are misdemeanors said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County's chief deputy district attorney.
The alleged victim had recently separated from her spouse, and both she and Sung were drinking, Wagstaffe said. Sung is accused of grabbing the woman, pulling her to him and then talking to her about having sex, the prosecutor said. She tried to leave, but he wouldn't let her go, Wagstaffe said. The woman was able to break free and call a family member. Sung left on his police motorcycle, Wagstaffe said.
Sung was charged with misdemeanors because the alleged contact occurred through their clothing, Wagstaffe said. The San Francisco Police officer appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday, August 5. "People have an expectation that officers will conduct themselves without even any gray at all when it comes to obeying the law," Wagstaffe said. "When they violate that, they violate not just the law but the trust the public puts into them."
Sung's attorney, Frank Passaglia, said today that his client has a 18-year record with the department and that the incident did not amount to criminal conduct. "That's all they are so far - allegations," Passaglia said. "We're certainly going to take the position that this is a misunderstanding of sorts."
Sung has been reassigned to a desk job, Passaglia said.
July 16, 2010
A Bakersfield police officer was arrested Thursday for reportedly assaulting a woman while he was on duty. Officer Jeffrey Luff is charged with misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor sexual battery. On June 28, an unidentified woman told police she had met Luff the night before when he responded to a loud party call.
Police Chief Bill Rector said Luff had been dispatched to a loud party call. He ended up knowing some of the people at that party. Some time after shutting the party down, Luff, who was still on duty, went to another location to meet up with the people he knew at the earlier party. “He wasn’t dispatched there, he did that on his own,” Rector said. He then drove two females back to the location of the first party. One of the women told police that while giving her a hug, Luff grabbed her buttocks and genital area.
Based on the information the woman provided, both a criminal and an internal investigation was held. Upon concluding the criminal investigation, it was submitted to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office for a criminal complaint. A warrant was issued Thursday for Luff’s arrest. The internal affairs investigation has also concluded, Rector said, but a decision on what action the police department may take hasn’t yet been determined. Luff, 26 (pictured left) had been on administrative leave during the investigations. He has worked for the Bakersfield Police Department for 2 1/2 years.
“This is extremely disappointing,” Rector said, who also described the situation as “embarrassing” for the department. “We have much higher expectations of our officers.”
The officer’s father, Jim Luff, said his son had told him he had taken the women home as they were intoxicated. The woman who spoke with police allegedly asked Luff for a hug, “and next thing there’s an allegation of inappropriate touching,” Jim Luff said. Luff’s father said his son served in the Air Force for four years, and had his nose broken while training to become a police officer. “I can’t imagine going through that much torture to have him throw it away on some drunk girl,” he said. “He wanted to serve our city,” Jim Luff said. “He’s probably regretting that today.”
June 6, 2010
Update: Lengsfeld Sentenced to 100 years in prison!
Former Newnan Police Department investigator Todd Lengsfeld (pictured below, left) who was indicted on charges including aggravated child molestation, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and violation of oath by public officer.
In July 2009, the Newnan Police Department opened an internal investigation into the off-duty activities of Lengsfeld. The investigation was centered on the officer's alleged inappropriate contact with a female juvenile by use of a cell phone issued to him by the Newnan-Coweta Crime Suppression Unit for official business.
As the investigation progressed, authorities determined Lengsfeld was in violation of several law enforcement and city personnel policies. The investigation also developed probable cause to believe the officer's conduct might be criminal in nature, according to a statement from authorities.
On July 28, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was contacted to investigate the possibility of criminal activity. At that time, Lengsfeld was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the internal and criminal investigations.
The GBI investigation revealed Lengsfeld had been involved in a sexual relationship with the minor. At the conclusion of the investigation, Lengsfeld, who had been with the NPD for 11 years, was terminated.
August 5, 2009
As a result of an investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on July 28, 2009, a Newnan Police Department officer was arrested on August 4, 2009 on child molestation charges. Todd Lengsfeld, 34, was taken into custody by GBI agents. Lengsfeld is an 11 year veteran of Newnan PD. According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead the criminal investigation was based on Lengfeld's alleged sexual relationship with an underage female. The criminal investigation was conducted by agents in the GBI’s Columbus Regional Office.
On July 27, 2009, the Newnan Police Department opened an internal investigation into Lengsfeld’s (pictured left) off-duty activities, said Newnan Police spokeswoman Officer Gina Snider. The investigation focused on Lengsfeld’s inappropriate contact with a female juvenile by use of a cell phone issued to him for official business by the Newnan Coweta Crime Suppression Unit. The investigation revealed Lengsfeld was violating several Newnan Police and City of Newnan personnel policies, and that his conduct may have been criminal in nature. Lengsfeld was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the internal investigation and the criminal investigation.
As of August 4, 2009 Lengsfeld was terminated for violating "internal department policy violations."
October 23, 2010
October 7, 2010
Posted Sun 11 April 2010 05:03 PM
More details are being uncovered in the case against Broward County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss. Bleiweiss, you recall, is accused of sexual battery against eight undocumented immigrant men. The 29-year-old has also been slapped with at least one count of stalking, and new evidence shows that this is in keeping with the obsession he had with the young men he tormented.
Bleiweiss, it seems, was a prominent and respected figure in the South Florida gay community for being an openly gay sheriff’s deputy who worked to fight discrimination within his agency. It’s always pillars of the community who end up performing unwanted oral sex on undocumented Latinos, no?
It was one of the alleged victim’s lawyers that first alerted authorities about Bleiweiss’ misconduct before seven other men stepped forward with their testimony and positively identified Bleiweiss from a photo lineup. They tell of being continually harassed by the deputy, who would text and call his victims. After initially fondling most of his victims while patting them down during early-morning traffic stops, Bleiweiss got the men’s numbers in order to coerce them into additional sexual encounters. The men, worried about the possibility of deportation should they refuse, would give in although at least one man is said to have begged Bleiweiss to turn him in or call immigration authorities as he was being fondled. Another man recalled the officer whispering Spanish obscenities in his ear as he harassed him.
That these men - undocumented, and mostly young, Latinos - were able to fight social and cultural stigmas associated with homosexuality and law enforcement in order to come forward with their stories is significant. Bleiweiss’ attorney is attempting to call the victims’ credibility into question by bringing up their legal status, saying, ” I do point out that they are allegations by undocumented aliens, that at this point in time I’m not seeing any physical evidence to support the allegations.” As we see it, however, the fact that these men are undocumented makes their stories all the more credible, as they seemingly have everything to lose in this situation (Why would an illegal immigrant bring attention to himself by filing false complaints against law enforcement?).
August 4, 2009
In a series of events called ``an abuse of power'' and ``a tarnish to the badge,'' Broward Sheriff's Office's (BSO) law enforcement agents arrested one of their own. BSO arrested Deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss, 29, of Fort Lauderdale on August 3, 2009, and accused him of sexually assaulting multiple victims -- while in his uniform, in marked vehicles and on the job. Bleiweiss, who in March (2009) was honored as employee of the year for the Broward Sheriff's Office's Oakland Park District, was booked at 11 a.m. on 14 charges, including sexual battery, false imprisonment and stalking in connection with abusing one of the victims, a 30-year-old male. Bleiweiss was held without bail.
On Monday, August 3rd Investigators said they were preparing to file additional charges against Bleiweiss (pictured left) involving seven more male victims, and said there might be even more. The alleged victims range in age from 17 to 30, but all have something in common: They are undocumented immigrants, mostly from El Salvador and Mexico, who speak little English. ``I can't think of a worse betrayal of public trust,'' Sheriff Lamberti told reporters Monday evening, adding: ``The fact is, he preyed on one of our most vulnerable communities.''
The investigation began in April (2009) when an attorney contacted the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to say two of his clients claimed to have been assaulted by Bleiweiss. BSO's sex crimes unit took over the investigation. Sheriff Lamberti said they gave Bleiweiss ``the benefit of the doubt'' until they fully substantiated the allegations in July (2009). Bleiweiss was then was placed on restricted administrative duty. He is now suspended without pay.
Detectives said Bleiweiss used his authority to manipulate recent immigrants who feared the police. About 6 a.m. April 23, investigators said, Bleiweiss approached a 30-year-old man who was waiting for a ride to work outside the man's apartment complex. The man told BSO that he was then frisked and fondled, with Bleiweiss sticking his hand inside his underwear. He said Bleiweiss demanded his cellphone number, then continuously called and sent him text messages.
According to the arrest warrant, Bleiweiss is accused of performing oral sex on the man on at least four occasions between that day and June 7, 2009. He ordered the man to comply or risk deportation, said BSO Detective Graciela Benito. She said that when BSO investigators interviewed residents at the apartment complex, they discovered a similar pattern: On multiple occasions, she said, Bleiweiss stopped a victim, demanded an ID, then sexually abused them when he determined they were undocumented.
Bleiweiss, a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, came to BSO in 2002 after serving almost two years with the St. Petersburg Police Department. The only consistent criticism in his BSO personnel records concerned his penmanship. However, in March he was suspended for one day after improperly reporting an illness, according to an internal affairs report. His base pay in 2008 was $61,098 a year.
In his 2008 nomination letter for the Oakland Park District's employee of the year, Sgt. Kelvin Phillips championed Bleiweiss as a deputy who projects ``a constant and present reminder of the Broward Sheriff's Office determination to serve the community.'' In March (2009) Bleiweiss was featured in a glowing article in The South Florida Blade as a pioneering openly gay police officer.
Lamberti emphasized that immigrants should not be afraid to report crime, regardless of their status. He encouraged anyone else Bleiweiss may have abused to call Detective Benito at 1-(954) 321-4249.
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