Trophy Killings! Guilty!
March 24, 2011
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington (WCJB) -- "The plan was to kill people." That's what Army Spc. Jeremy Morlock said Wednesday moments after he pleaded guilty at a court-martial proceeding to killing Afghan civilians in 2010. Lt. Col. Kwasi Hawks, the military judge in the case, had asked Morlock if he and fellow soldiers just meant to scare civilians with grenades and gunfire and it "got out of hand."
Morlock, 22, and four other soldiers who face murder charges are accused of killing Afghan citizens for sport. Seven more soldiers are accused of helping cover up the killings. Morlock also pleaded guilty to drug charges. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he struck another soldier and that he photographed and possessed photos of dead Afghans. Morlock was charged with three counts of murder. Hawks accepted Morlock's guilty plea, but sentencing will take place later.
The defendant addressed the court, saying, "I want to apologize to the families of my victims, the people of Afghanistan and my fellow soldiers." The Wasilla, Alaska, native said he has been reflecting "on how I lost my moral compass." Morlock told the judge he pleaded guilty in hopes of receiving a lesser sentence. The defendant, who could have been sentenced to life in military prison without the possibility of parole, agreed to testify against other soldiers.
Morlock must now serve the remainder of a 24-year prison sentence and could be paroled in seven years. The judge counted the year Morlock has already spent in confinement toward his sentence and parole eligibility date. Morlock's attorney told the court his client "has admitted responsibility for what he did." "No one takes pleasure in testifying against others," he said. "He plans to testify truthfully."
Morlock was accused of killing one Afghan civilian in January 2010 with a grenade and rifle; killing another in May 2010 in a similar manner; and shooting a third to death in February 2010. Another soldier, Pfc. Andrew Holmes, also faces charges in the case, but a start date for his court-martial has not been publicly announced. In all, officials charged 12 U.S. soldiers in what they called a conspiracy to kill Afghan civilians and cover it up, along with charges they mutilated corpses and kept grisly souvenirs.
Morlock was the first of the five to face an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Holmes is charged with the premeditated deaths of three civilians, possessing a dismembered human finger, wrongfully possessing photographs of human casualties and smoking hashish. He is also accused of conspiring with Morlock to shoot at a civilian and then toss a grenade so it would look like the soldiers were under attack.
All the accused men were members of a 2nd Infantry Division brigade operating near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010. The three others facing murder charges are Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, of Billings, Montana; Adam Winfield, of Cape Coral, Florida; and Spc. Michael Wagnon, of Las Vegas. Authorities allege Gibbs kept finger bones, leg bones and a tooth from Afghan corpses. Wagnon allegedly kept a skull from a corpse, according to charging documents.
Several soldiers are charged with taking pictures of the corpses, and one soldier is charged with stabbing a corpse. This week, German news outlet Der Spiegel published photographs of what they identified as Morlock and Holmes posing over the bodies of dead Afghans. Two images show the soldiers kneeling by a bloody body sprawled over a patch of sand and grass. A third shows what appears to be two bodies propped up, back to back, against a post in front of a military vehicle.
The U.S. Army released a statement Monday calling the photographs "repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States Army."
"We apologize for the distress these photos cause," the statement said. Army officials asserted in the statement that ongoing court-martial proceedings related to the alleged atrocities "speak for themselves." "The photos appear in stark contrast to the discipline, professionalism and respect that have characterized our soldiers' performance during nearly 10 years of sustained operations."
March 21, 2011
March 19, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For nearly three years, the military held the key to Roger House's exoneration and didn't tell him: A forensics examiner had botched a crucial lab test used in the Navy lieutenant's court-martial. In fact, the military had begun second-guessing a decade's worth of tests conducted by its one-time star lab analyst, Phillip Mills. Investigators discovered that Mills had cut corners and even falsified reports in one case. He found DNA where it didn't exist, and failed to find it where it did. His mistakes may have let the guilty go free while the innocent, such as House, were convicted. "It cost him his family and it cost him his Navy career," House's attorney said in an interview. "It's certainly outrageous and unconscionable; it's the kind of action that makes you want to scream." But the problem was bigger than just a lone analyst.
A media investigation revealed that Mills' mistakes undermined hundreds of criminal cases brought against military personnel, it also found that the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory was lax in supervising Mills, slow to re-examine his work and slipshod about informing defendants. Officials appeared intent on containing the scandal that threatened to discredit the military's most important forensics facility, which handles more than 3,000 criminal cases a year. The military has never publicly acknowledged the extent of Mills' mistakes nor the lab's culpability. The media pieced together the untold story by conducting dozens of interviews and reviewing internal investigations, transcripts and other documents.
The media investigation shows:
Mills made many mistakes. In an extensive review of his work, lab officials disagreed with his DNA results 55 percent of the time in cases they could retest. Law enforcement officials, following military policy at the time, had destroyed evidence in 83 percent of Mills' cases before it could be retested. Those 388 cases include rape and other serious crimes. Military officials tried to avert a public scandal and protect criminal cases from outside legal attack, in part by keeping their inquiry of Mills in-house. The lab was supposed to alert a prosecutor about its final investigation in 2008, but he says he was never notified.
Even today, more than two years after the lab's review was completed, some defendants remain in the dark. Mills' supervisor also impeded the lab's investigation by failing to produce evidence, adding to delays that hurt military defendants, who faced strictly enforced appeal deadlines. Taken together, the mistakes shocked veteran military officials. "My confidence in your entire lab is shattered," Navy Capt. Bruce MacKenzie, a military judge, told lab officials in 2008.
The lab's reputation matters because DNA and other forensics evidence are crucial even beyond solving crimes and exonerating suspects. Forensics evidence can embolden prosecutors to indict, and frighten defendants into confessing. The military's own inquiries have called all this into question.
"The result," prominent Penn State forensics analyst Robert Shaler summed up, after an independent review of the lab's mistakes, "might have led to a miscarriage of justice." The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, which oversees the lab's 180 employees, declined to grant a sit-down interview or to provide Mills-related documents. In an extensive written statement, the Army defended its actions and maintained that Mills' conduct didn't reveal systematic problems at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. "It is important to point out that this was never a 'USACIL integrity' question per se, but an issue with an employee's integrity," the statement said.
The Army said its $1.4 million retesting of Mills' evidence demonstrated that the lab took the revelations seriously. "Although this should never have happened, it did, and we feel very strongly that we took immediate corrective action and have done everything possible to prevent this from happening in the future," the statement said. Mills couldn't be reached to comment, either by phone or mail, over several weeks. But in the past, he's defended his work. "I've always followed the proper procedure in making sure that I do the same thing over and over in each case," he said at a 2008 court hearing.
Top News Story! Discharge for Ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak!
November 10, 2009
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Navy should discharge former astronaut Lisa Nowak, who lost her NASA job over a bizarre airport attack on a romantic rival, according to a Navy panel that reviewed her case. The panel of three admirals made the recommendation Thursday after a daylong hearing at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.
The recommendation now goes to the Naval Personnel Command. A final decision will be made by the Secretary of the Navy. In the meantime, Nowak will continue working on the staff of the chief of Naval Air Training in Corpus Christi, Tex.
She flew on the space shuttle in 2006, but was dismissed from the astronaut corps after her arrest in 2007. There was no listed number for Nowak in Corpus Christi and Nowak's commanding officer in Texas didn't immediately return a call Friday.
The panel recommended downgrading Nowak from captain to commander and giving her a discharge of "other than honorable."
If the recommendation is accepted, the change in Nowak's rank means she will receive a pension at the rank of commander rather than captain. Additionally, only veterans who are discharged honorably can get benefits under the GI bill, said Stephen Strickland, a public affairs specialist at the Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville.
Nowak was sentenced to a year on probation in November after pleading guilty to third-degree felony burglary and misdemeanor battery.
Nowak confronted her romantic rival, Colleen Shipman, in the parking lot of Orlando International Airport in February 2007 after driving from Houston. Shipman had begun dating Nowak's love interest, former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.
Wearing a wig and trenchcoat, Nowak followed Shipman to the parking lot and tried to get into her car, then attacked her with pepper spray. Shipman was able to drive away.
Ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak pleads guilty in attack!
November 10, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. (WCJB) - Former astronaut Lisa Nowak, charged with confronting a romantic rival in an airport parking lot pleaded guilty to felony burglary of a car and misdemeanor battery Tuesday. She was sentenced to one-year probation. We note O.J. Simpson is serving 33-1/2 years for virtually the same crime.
Nowak confronted her romantic rival, Colleen Shipman, in the parking lot of Orlando International Airport in February 2007 after driving from Houston. Shipman had begun dating Nowak's love interest, former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein. Nowak, wearing a wig and trenchcoat, followed Shipman to the parking lot and tried to get into her car, then attacked her with pepper spray. Shipman was able to drive away.
Police arrested Nowak a short time later in the parking lot near a trash can where she was seen getting rid of a bag. Police officers found a steel mallet, a knife, a BB pistol, rubber tubing and several large garbage bags in Nowak's bag.
"Almost three years later, I'm still reeling from her vicious attack," Shipman told the judge after Nowak's plea, holding back tears. "I know in my heart when Lisa Nowak attacked me, she was going to kill me. "I believe I escaped a horrible death that night," Shipman said.
An appeals court ruled last year that diapers, latex gloves and other items found in Nowak's car could be used as evidence in a trial that had been scheduled for next month, but her six-hour police interview after her arrest could not. The court said investigators took advantage of the former astronaut, who had not slept for more than 24 hours, coercing her into giving information.
Nowak, 46, is a married mother of three. She flew on the space shuttle in 2006, but was dismissed from the astronaut corps after her arrest and has since been on active duty at a Navy base in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Cop Sex Offenders! Lovick Sex Convict!
Published Fri, Feb 18, 2011 10:29 AM
Modified Fri, Feb 18, 2011 02:46 PM
A former state trooper today admitted to exposing himself to a young woman and asking her to show her breasts in exchange for dropping a ticket for underage drinking during a traffic stop in Raleigh. Larry B. Lovick, 32 (pictured below, center) pleaded guilty to felonious restraint and received three years probation and a $5,000 fine as part of a plea agreement. Lovick will also lose his law enforcement certification, and with a felony conviction, he is unlikely to get it back.
The conviction is another black eye for a police force that has been grappling with a long string of trooper misconduct cases. Some have involved criminal conduct, but many have been the result of sexual misbehavior.
Lovick had been a trooper since 2004 until June, when he resigned after being confronted with the allegations. Following his conviction, the N.C. Highway Patrol released the internal investigation of the case, and records of a previous complaint against Lovick that resulted in a three-day suspension in December 2009.
That suspension involved a complaint by a female driver that Lovick had asked her to lift her shirt to show a tattoo. In that case, Lovick also dropped the tickets he had planned to issue, for speeding and an expired tag.
The felony conviction stems from a stop Lovick made near the N.C. State University campus on May 25, 2010. Lovick pulled over Kathryn E. Jordan, who was then 19, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Jordan denied drinking any alcoholic beverages, though she knew she had consumed one beer. She refused a field sobriety test at first, asking to be taken downtown for testing, but eventually relented. The test showed that she had a blood alcohol content of .04, which is below the legal threshold for driving while intoxicated. But she was under the legal age for drinking, so Lovick wrote up a citation. Jordan asked if Lovick would change his mind about the citation. That's when he tore up the ticket and asked her to pull up her shirt while she sat in the front seat of his car. "She obeyed," Willoughby said. Lovick then exposed and touched himself before letting her go.
Lovick's attorney said Lovick is a good trooper who made a serious mistake and admitted his crime. Lovick is married with three children ages 1, 4 and 5. He was alone in the courtroom. "He's extremely embarrassed by this incident," the attorney said. "He knows it was wrong and he has accepted responsibility for it."
Willoughby said Jordan had agreed to the plea deal. He said she and her family, who were in court, did not want Lovick to go to prison, but they did want to make sure he never wore a badge again. They declined to be interviewed. "She's been very courageous," Willougby said of Jordan, "and not vindictive."
Wake Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens was not impressed with Lovick's admission of guilt. The judge called Lovick's actions that night "despicable." "(Jordan) may not be angry, but let me tell you who is angry," Stephens told Lovick. "Every law enforcement official I've seen is angry ... because you have sullied them all."
Stephens asked Willoughby if there were more victims. Willoughby said he was aware of an allegation involving another woman, but she had declined to talk to him about it. Outside of court, Willoughby said the woman had not made a complaint to police, and it was unlikely he would pursue the allegation further. "I'm satisfied that we've run that rabbit to the ground," he said.
Henry Hollins GUILTY!
February 15, 2011Update
A jury convicted New Orleans police officer Henry Hollins of attempted aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping Tuesday evening, making it likely he'll face a lighter punishment than the lifetime sentence he would have received if convicted of aggravated rape as charged. However, with a possible sentence between 10 and 50 years for the attempted rape, the 47-year-old officer could still spend the rest of his life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week.
After stopping a woman in Central City in the summer of 2009, Hollins put her in the back of his police cruiser, and, when his partner left his shift early, Hollins took her to a warehouse off Tchoupitoulas Street, the district attorney's office argued through a five-day trial. The 40-year-old woman testified that Hollins raped her there, with his gun and taser at arm's length.
The jury may have decided to compromise, bypassing the aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping charges on which Hollins was indicted, after the defense called the victim's character and trustworthiness into question while the prosecution did the same with Hollins during the trial in Judge Benedict Willard's courtroom.
"If you say, 'Maybe she's telling the truth, maybe she's not,'" that qualifies as reasonable doubt, Hollins' attorney told the jury during closing arguments Tuesday. "If you find she has lied to you, you can disregard her entire testimony."
The attorney then listed several instances when the Mississippi woman said differing things on the stand and to police, such as how many days she had been in New Orleans before the attack. The woman also vacillated about whether she was a prostitute, the extent of her criminal record and whether she had sex that day, the attorney said. The woman also resisted saying whether she had filed a lawsuit against Hollins and told different stories about whether she was handcuffed during her rape, he said.
More than once during his closing argument, the defense attorney called the woman a "whore" and "trash." In response, Assistant District Attorney Bobby Freeman accused the defense attorney of disregarding the rape shield law that limits a defendant's ability to cross-examine rape complainants about their past sexual behavior, and argued that it was precisely because of the woman's past criminal and sexual history that Hollins picked her as his victim. "He sized her up as fit prey. ... He knew that at the moment he ran her name," Freeman said.
Assistant District Attorney Payal Patel also called Hollins' character into question during closing arguments when she emphasized the "portable sex kit" in the trunk of his police car -- a collection of sex toys, unused condoms and a bag of used condoms.
Patel also stressed the importance of testimony from a second woman, who didn't know the victim, who described an experience similar to the victim's. Hollins also drove her around in his police vehicle, while he asked her what she could do for him in exchange for not arresting her, she said. She chose to be arrested, and he didn't rape her, she said.
When Hollins and his partner, officer Thomas Clark, drove by the rape victim in Central City, she changed direction when she saw them and threw something into a van, Clark testified. The officers questioned her, but never searched her or performed a sobriety test. They put her in their police car, however, with the intent to arrest her for public intoxication and for using a fake name, but didn't document their actions or call their command desk, Clark said. During the ride, the woman offered the cops information on neighborhood drug sales in exchange for letting her go, he said. Clark then left his shift early, and Hollins told him he would let her go. Instead, Hollins asked the victim, "What can you do for me if I let you?" the victim told police in a recorded statement. He then took her to the warehouse, raped her and dropped her off where he and Clark had first picked her up, she testified.
Officer Hollins' attorney argued throughout the trial that she falsely cried rape because she had given narcotics information to police. That way, the drug information wouldn't be pursued, he said. However, no evidence existed that Clark or Hollins tried to use the information or inform their superiors about it, Freeman said in his closing statement. Hollins had been jailed since his indictment in November 2009.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas issued a statement Tuesday night stating that the New Orleans Police Department's Public Integrity Bureau will begin administrative procedures "to ensure a speedy and appropriate resolution of any and all outstanding issues" now that Hollins has been convicted.
Hollins could be jailed between 10 and 50 years for attempted aggravated rape and between five and 40 years for second-degree kidnapping. Willard could chose to let Hollins serve both sentences at the same time or could make him serve the sum of them.
November 7, 2009Update
A veteran New Orleans police officer accused of raping a woman has turned himself in and must post $1 million bond if he wants to await his trial outside jail. Officer Henry L. Hollins, 46, surrendered to the Police Department's Public Integrity Bureau on Friday about 9 p.m. after detectives informed him by phone that they had secured a warrant for his arrest, said his attorney. Hollins was booked with one count of aggravated rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping. A judge later set his bond at $500,000 for each count, jail records show.
Investigators accuse Hollins of handcuffing a woman at gunpoint June 30, 2009 and taking her in his squad car to a warehouse near Tchoupitoulas and Felicity streets. He then undressed her and raped her while she remained shackled, according to an application for an arrest warrant signed Friday afternoon by a magistrate commissioner. The woman later filed a complaint with the Public Integrity Bureau.
Hollins, a 12-year NOPD veteran, has been suspended without pay, according to officer Jonette Williams, a department spokeswoman. Hollins also faces accusations that he punched his wife in the mouth with a closed fist during the summer and pushed her to the floor, causing her to hit her face. Officers booked him with domestic abuse battery Aug. 18, 2009. He appeared in Magistrate Court a day later, posted $10,000 bond and was released. Department officials then placed him on desk duty. Hollins already was under investigation in connection with two other complaints, at least one of which could have been a crime, NOPD spokesman Bob Young said.
November 6, 2009
NEW ORLEANS -- For the second time in a week, an area police officer has been accused of sexual assault. Earlier this week, a Jefferson Parish deputy was the target of sex assault accusations (see below). On Friday, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed that one of its officers has been accused of rape and domestic violence in connection with incidents that stretch as far back as June. The officer in question is a 12-year veteran on the force.
NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau had been investigating complaints against the officer for months. It handed the findings over to the district attorney's office, which plans to file charges. Investigators said Officer Henry Hollins handcuffed a woman, raped her and then let her go. Detectives said the incident happened in June 2009 behind a building near the intersection of Tchopitoulas and Felicity streets.
Police said they have been looking into complaints against Hollins since June. That's when he was reassigned from patrolling the 6th District to desk duty while the investigation was under way. In August 2009, the same officer was arrested on a count of domestic abuse. In that incident, police said, he struck his wife in the mouth with a closed fist. Now, with charges looming, police have put Hollins on unpaid suspension.
It's the second time this week that an officer has been accused of sexual assault. On Wednesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand fired 36-year-old Deputy Brett Casimir. "He was charged with aggravated rape and abuse of office," Normand said. Investigators said Casimir handcuffed a woman during a traffic stop and then put her in his patrol car. "Officer Casimir told the victim that he would release her if she would perform a sex act on him," Normand said. Casimir then drove the woman behind a business in the 1500 block of Lapalco Boulevard and then drove her home, Normand said (See Below).
February 12, 2011
A district judge will decide whether a new claim warrants keeping a former police office accused of rape behind bars.
Judge Jim Bob Darnell is expected to rule on whether to reduce former Lubbock police Officer Jason Hignight’s $200,000 bail after hearing evidence of sexual assault allegations by a third victim — this time an adult.
Hignight, 32, is jailed on multiple sex-crime charges stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted his adopted daughters, ages 16 and 12.
Darnell of the 140th District heard evidence Tuesday and agreed to reopen the bail reduction hearing on Friday after Criminal District Attorney Matt Powell informed the court and Hignight’s attorney of the new allegation.
Powell on Friday provided Darnell a witness affidavit in which an adult victim alleges Hignight sexually assaulted her before he was a police officer, Powell stated in court.
The woman, who was 18 at the time of the alleged assault, came forward after Hignight was arrested and his charges were publicized, Powell said during the brief hearing.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Darnell heard testimony that Hignight told his mother he had “done something wrong,” and that he immediately apologized to his wife when she caught him in the 16-year-old’s room at 2:30 a.m.
His wife, Jill, caught Hignight in the older daughter’s room with his pants unbuckled and the girl naked from the waist down, according to police records.
Hignight on Tuesday said the girl had a history of making allegations of sexual abuse when she was mad and then recanting.
He admitted he was in the room with the girl but said she instigated the incident his wife walked in on, records show.
The girl asked him to go to her room with her and then pulled down her pants, he said.
John Moon William Curtis Jr.
November 5, 2009
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (WCJB) — A Tuskegee University police officer and a former campus officer have been indicted in connection with the alleged October rape of a 15-year-old girl. William Curtis Jr., whose work at Tuskegee University ended in 1995, was indicted Tuesday along with John Moon, who was suspended from Tuskegee University police after his arrest Oct. 18.
Both were indicted by the Macon County grand jury and remained jailed Thursday. It was not known if they have lawyers. Curtis faces one count of conspiracy to commit rape and one count of conspiracy to commit sodomy. His bail was set at $250,000. Moon, 45, has a $500,000 bond and was charged with sodomy, enticing a child into a vehicle and first-degree rape. The rape is alleged to have occurred off campus. Investigators believe there are more victims.
November 4, 2009
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand today announced the arrest of a Second District Patrol Division officer on a rape charge. According to Normand Officer Brett Casimir admitted to telling a suspect that he would let her go if she "performed a sex act" on the officer in his cruiser. Investigators say the incident occured early this morning in Harvey after Casimir stopped the car the woman was riding in.
After finding that the woman had an outstanding warrant, Casimir (pictured below, center) let the others in the vehicle go, then drove the handcuffed woman around the corner where he told her she would be released if she performed the act, according to Normand. "There were no other overt threats made at the time," Normand said. "However, due to the location, her detention, and the presence of an armed police officer there, it was obvious that the victim felt intimidated, and did as she was instructed by the officer."
Normand says the officer has admitted to the incident that the victim reported this morning shortly after it happened at about 4:00am. The Sheriff says Casimir has been fired. Normand said Casimir and the victim went behind a business in the 1500 block of Lapalco Boulevard.
Casimir then took the woman home, he said. A few hours later, a relative of the victim called, alleging misconduct. Normand said when investigators questioned Casimir, he confessed. "And in his words, it was his impression that the victim was in fact under duress," Normand said.
"When these things happen, it's a dark day," Normand said. "We have many, many hard-working men and women of this department, that are, myself included, embarrassed by this situation." According to Normand, Casimir joined the department in September 2007 and had been a patrol officer since December.
Webster Delenn Simmons
Published: October 03, 2011
A Houston County woman woke up dazed after she’d been drugged, handcuffed and gagged during a sexual assault by a former Duke University police officer, District Attorney Doug Valeska argued on Monday. Valeska outlined the prosecution’s case Monday afternoon for the charges filed against 39-year-old Webster Simmons. Houston County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Simmons in October 2009 on felony first-degree rape and felony first-degree sodomy charges. Valeska talked about how the victim went to the Cowboys nightclub with Simmons. He said the victim had three or four beers and wouldn’t let Simmons buy her any drinks, with the exception of one tequila. He said the next thing the woman knew she woke up without her clothes and was handcuffed inside Simmons’ truck.
“You’ll hear this man was a Duke University police officer (pictured left) and he had sex toys,” Valeska said. “We’re going to prove she was unconscious, she was drugged and had a ball gag put in her mouth. He raped and sodomized her.” Simmons, of Rougemont, N.C., was released from custody a month after his arrest after he posted $60,000 bail on each of his two charges.
Sheriff Andy Hughes released information shortly after Simmons’ arrest detailing how detectives seized evidence from inside Simmons’ vehicle, including two pairs of handcuffs, a ball gag, thick white rope, an unknown power source with wires attached to a nail, along with a whip and flog.
An Attorney who represented Simmons, said his client had to resign from his position as a Duke University police officer after 15 years of service because of these accusations. He said his client had graduated from Cottonwood High, where he played football. He also said his client came to the Dothan area in October 2009 to help his family around their home.
The attorney said jurors will hear evidence of how the alleged victim actually drank more than the prosecution contended, and that she even bought his client a drink. He held up a 64 ounce glass mug to illustrate how much the alleged victim drank on the night of the offense. He said said jurors will hear from the Cowboys manager who will testify about how his client wasn’t allowed to enter the business. But he said his client and the alleged victim talked about sex toys at another local bar. The attorney also said the defense will not dispute that Simmons had sex with the woman, but it was not rape. “I can tell you right now, without a doubt, there’s no sodomy,” he said. The prosecution began the presentation of its evidence late Monday, and planned to continue Tuesday.
October 28, 2009
Durham, N.C. — A Duke University police officer has been arrested and charged with raping a woman in Dothan, Ala., over the weekend. Webster Delenn Simmons, 37, of Rougemont, was arrested Monday after the alleged attack was reported. He was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.
The 34-year-old victim went with Simmons to a bar on Friday night, Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said. The victim bought every drink but her last, which Simmons bought. Hughes said Simmons possibly laced the victim's drink with drugs. Hughes said the victim remembers leaving the bar. When she woke up early Saturday, she was being raped in Simmons' car. She was gagged and handcuffed.
After executing a search warrant, authorities found two pair of handcuffs, a ball gag, a thick white rope, an unknown power source with wires attached to a nail, a whip and flog, and what looked like medical tubing. Authorities suspect Simmons may have committed other sex crimes, Hughes said.
“We are certainly cooperating with the officials in Alabama. We really don't have any indication there's been another crime, but we will continue to cooperate with them or any other agency as we need to,” Duke University Police Chief John Dailey said. Simmons, who had no criminal record, was hired by Duke last December. “It's disturbing to hear any serious allegation about any law enforcement officer because they represent all of us in law enforcement. So clearly it is concerning,” Dailey said.
Simmons was being held under a $120,000 bond Tuesday at the Houston County Jail in Alabama. He has been suspended with pay pending further investigation, university spokesman Keith Lawrence said.
Prior to his work at Duke, Simmons was a master officer with the Raleigh Police Department from 1998 to 2007. Duke police said they will conduct their own internal investigation of Simmons.
Kim Scott Graham
October 21, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - A former Cottage Grove police officer admitted having over 600 photographs of children engaged in explicit sexual conduct in pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. The sentencing hearing is scheduled to occur on January 20, 2010. Graham pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography before United States Chief District Judge Ann L. Aiken. The maximum statutory penalty for the offense is 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and not less than a five year term of supervised release.
In pleading guilty, Graham (pictured left) admitted that between March of 2004 and March of 2009, he possessed over 600 images of actual minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He also admitted that the offense involved (1) an actual prepubescent minor or an actual minor under the age of twelve years, (2) material that portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence, and (3) the possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct which resulted from his use of a computer.
Graham resigned from the Cottage Grove Police Department in April. He was put on paid administrative leave in March after the FBI searched the Cottage Grove Police Department and Graham's Eugene home as part of an Internet child pornography investigation involving hundreds of images posted online since 2004, the most recent posted in late February 2009. Graham was a patrol officer with the Cottage Grove Police Department at that time. According to the Department of Justice, in pleading guilty, Graham admitted that between March 2004 and March 2009, he accumulated over 600 images of child porn. Among the hundreds of images linked to Graham by investigators were over 200 showing boys between the ages of 4 and 8, according to court records. The investigation started in September 2008 with a report of eight images of child pornography posted to a photo site.
During the course of the investigation, agents discovered complaints linked to the same person from March 2008 that had inadvertently been closed along with a large number of other cases involving suspects outside the United States. Investigators also linked the case to tips dating back to 2004. According to documents filed in court, a search warrant was served on Graham’s residence in Eugene, Oregon on March 6, 2009. The warrant authorized federal agents to search for evidence of the distribution and possession of child pornography. Among other things, federal agents seized multiple laptop computers. On that same date, a search warrant was also served at the Cottage Grove Police Department for evidence of Graham’s distribution and possession of child pornography. Graham was a patrol officer with the Cottage Grove Police Department at that time.
Kim Scott Graham faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced Jan. 20, 2010.
From an initial cyber tip to the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children, cyber sleuths used the power of the subpoena to pry bits of information from a series of Internet services. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Oregon Department of Justice. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
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)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIX)
1. Landlord-Tenant Law
4. Real Estate Law
5. Bankruptcy Law
6. Re-Zoo-May (Resume/Employment)
7. Family Law (Divorce, Custody Child Support)