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(Top video) Miami Beach, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- Watch as three men distract the store clerk and place card (reader) skimmer on ATM Point-of-Sale Machine.

"Black Cop Shoots 9 Y.O. White Girl!"

Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"
Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Cops That Sexually Offend! - 2010 - XXII

February 1, 2010

A Clarksville police officer was placed on paid administrative leave, January 27, 2010, after he was charged with driving under the influence last week. Clarksville Police Officer Richard Allen Leese, 27, was arrested Wednesday by Deputy Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff's Department and charged with violation of implied consent and driving under the influence. Deputies responded to a complaint that someone who was possibly drunk wrecked a truck in a yard, according to the newspaper. Leese greeted the deputies by showing them his badge, the paper reported. Leese told the deputies he drank three beers between 6 and 7:30 p.m. and he thought it was about 9 p.m., according to the paper. The time was actually 2:20 a.m. Leese failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test. His bond was set at $1,500. Officer Jim Knoll, spokesman for the Clarksville Police Department, said Leese will be on paid administrative leave for seven days until Chief Al Ansley makes a decision on how to proceed.

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February 6, 2010

"I won't say I'm bitter, but it's amazing how much the press knew [about Cohen's domestic troubles]. Even more amazing how it hit the fan only AFTER the election."
State Rep. Art Turner, who lost his bid to Cohen to become the state's first African-American lieutenant governor.

A convicted prostitute who accused Democratic Lt. Governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen (pictured above, right)of threatening her with a knife told the media today that she “does not believe he is fit to hold any public office.’’ The statement, issued through an attorney, is the first public comment from Amanda J. Eneman (pictured above, left) Cohen’s former live-in girlfriend. “Ms. Eneman was Scott Lee Cohen’s girlfriend and lived with him for about a year, some four or five years ago[.]” Top Democrats have called on Cohen, who was elected in Tuesday’s primary to run with Gov. Quinn in the general election this fall, to forego the nomination. A wealthy pawnbroker who spent $2 million of his own money during the primary, he has refused to drop out.

Cohen was arrested Oct. 14, 2005 after he allegedly threatened Eneman with a knife. According to a police report from the incident, Cohen, now 44, placed “a knife up to complainant’s neck causing minor scars.’’ There also were “minor scars on her hand from her trying to defend herself against the arrestee swinging the knife at her,” the report said. Cohen also allegedly “pushed complainant’s head against [a] wall, causing a bump on the back of her head.” Paramedics treated Eneman at Cohen’s Near North Side home. Police photographed her injuries, which they described as “mild abrasions from knife wound.” The charges were later dropped when Eneman failed to show up for a court hearing. On Oct. 27, 2005, the day after charges were dropped against Cohen, Eneman pleaded guilty to prostitution after an undercover Glenview police detective arrested her on April 20, 2005, after she agreed to engage in a sex act with him for $150, according to the misdemeanor complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

In divorce court files, Debra York-Cohen, his ex-wife, claimed her husband constantly taunted her about sexual diseases. "He knows how concerned I am, since he admitted to me that he has been sleeping around, and is constantly taunting me about getting a sexual disease, and insisting it is not because of him." She also claimed Cohen had been taking injectable anabolic steroids, which resulted in an erratic, explosive temper. In addition, Mrs. Cohen claimed he had been physically abusive and once sought an order of protection against him.

Another Thieving Jew!

Sharon Elyce Pearl, 52, was charged last April in Alameda County Superior Court with one count of embezzlement and six counts of filing false tax returns, and she pleaded no contest to all counts in December. At her sentencing Friday, she was ordered to pay $615,790 in restitution to the State Bar, of which she already has paid $393,212; $167,422 in staff, audit and attorney costs to the State Bar; and $116,652 in taxes, penalties, interest and investigation costs to the Franchise Tax Board.

The State Bar administers attorneys' right to practice in the state, provides continuing education classes and conducts disciplinary hearings. In 1999 it bought an office building at 180 Howard Street in San Francisco to use as its headquarters, inheriting some tenants that leased space in the building from whom Pearl was responsible for collecting rent.

Prosecutors said that as early as 2002, Pearl was telling some tenants to make rent checks payable to "PLOT-The State Bar of California;" "PLOT" actually stood for "Piedmont Light Opera Theatre," into whose bank account Pearl deposited some checks and then — as a signatory on the theater's account — transferred money to her own. The plot unraveled last year, authorities said, when Pearl asked for a check for a tenant's security-deposit refund; when no record of such a deposit could be found, the State Bar began probing and found Pearl had been keeping two sets of books.

Sex Offender Cops!

Officer Art Perea!

Last Update: 3/18/11 11:31 am

SAN DIEGO - We have learned a veteran San Diego Police officer has resigned while a rape investigation continues with no formal charges filed. Officer Art Perea had been on compulsory unpaid leave from SDPD since a Point Loma Nazarene University student says she was raped by Perea and a woman last month. Now Perea, a member of the SDPD Vice Squad, has resigned his job with the city.

The El Cajon Police Department is investigating the alleged rape that occurred in their city. Sources have confirmed that the student was propositioned by a female Point Loma cafeteria employee to meet Perea at a home in El Cajon. Perea allegedly picked up the student in an unmarked San Diego police car.

Story from February 9, 2011:

POINT LOMA - In a bizarre twist in the alleged rape case against San Diego Police Officer Art Perea, sources have confirmed that a student at Point Loma Nazarene who claims she was raped, was propositioned to meet the officer by a worker at the school. News that the case may have originated at Point Loma Nazarene sent shockwaves through the student body. Freshman Melanie Martinez said, "scary to think about cause we trust that the people picking the employees will pick people that won't endanger us." Kory Coon, also a freshman at the school said, "that's crazy to think that they would hire someone and then that person would do that to kids."

Sources with knowledge of the investigation said the student and officer Perea's encounter last Wednesday at a home in El Cajon, was arranged by a woman who works in the cafeteria, but is not employed by the school. The girl, who is 18, agreed to meet with the officer and was not kidnapped. But in light of the rape allegation, her father, reportedly furious with the school, immediately removed her.

Point Loma Nazarene officials responded to media inquiries saying in part, "University officials are fully cooperating with the investigation and according to policy have also launched an internal review of the incident." Dr. Caye Smith, Vice President of student affairs said, "our commitment is to provide students with an environment that is conducive to develop the whole person."

El Cajon police, who are handling the criminal investigation wouldn't comment on the specifics of Point Loma Nazarene's involvement. Sources say this likely isn't an isolated case. Coon suggested an idea for the university. "I think maybe background checks on all the workers see where they've been, what they're doing, cause that's scary that someone like that would be working at our school." School officials wouldn't comment on the status of the worker, calling it a personnel matter.

Officer Perea still has not been arrested. The case has yet to be sent to the DA's office. Once received, it will decide if Perea is to be charged.

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SAN DIEGO - The San Diego and El Cajon Police Departments are investigating one of their own. San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne telling San Diego 6, "it's painful to get information like this but I need to caution everybody these are allegations right now--my responsibility is to defend the police department."

According to sources within the department Lansdowne is defending Art Perea. Perea worked with the graffiti strike force team as far back as 2008. Chief Lansdowne says Perea's fate is in the hands of investigators. Lansdowne says, "these are very technical investigations involves a lot of physical evidence."

We know Perea has gone through a divorce. Apparently satisfied with his family court experience, Perea posted a flattering message about his attorney online. Perea's current case though is much more serious. The San Diego police department conducted an administrative investigation and suspended Perea. He was placed on unpaid leave and ordered to hand over his gun and badge.

The alleged victim was at a hospital late Wednesday night. She claimed she had been raped at an El Cajon home by Perea and another woman. Lt. Mark Coit spoke on behalf of the El Cajon police department. Coit said, "that's the important part of this is that we find the truth and find all the facts and present it factually." The El Cajon police department is handling the actual criminal investigation. Officials are dotting the i's and crossing the t's before the case is sent to the District Attorney's office.

Coit says, "we work real close with the district attorney and the DA will be involved with this looking at the facts what we've done and how the investigation has progressed. And it'll be the DA's determination whether or not there's enough to go to court or issue a warrant for any arrest that may come out of the investigation."

The investigation seemed to be moving along pretty quick. Although El Cajon officials couldn't tell us when this case would be sent to the DA's office.

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EL CAJON - A San Diego police officer is on compulsory unpaid leave as detectives investigated a woman's accusation that he raped her at an East County home. The officer, whose name and departmental assignment were withheld, was suspended Friday and directed to turn in his badge and service gun, SDPD spokesman Gary Hassen said. Late last Wednesday, a woman being treated at a hospital told a physician that the officer and a woman had sexually assaulted her at a residence in El Cajon earlier that evening, and medical staffers then notified the police, ECPD Lt. Mark Coit said. There have been no arrests in the case, according to Coit. The alleged assailants and victim are acquaintances, the lieutenant said. It was unclear why the officer was at the home where the purported rape occurred and whether he was on duty at the time.

Jason Parks!

October 13, 2010

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A Rochelle Police officer is charged with having sex with a 14-year old girl. He's not charged with rape. Investigators say the sex was consensual. But because of the girl's age, Officer Jason Parks (pictured left) is charged with child molestation. The 25-year old Parks surrendered to the GBI last Tuesday.

He's now out on 20,000 dollars bond. Parks, who'd been a Rochelle officer since May, has been fired.

Child Molester Cop Convicted!

June 30, 2010Updated!
A Pinal County Superior judge sentenced a former Mesa police officer to 682 consecutive years in prison on Monday after being convicted of 32 counts of various sex crimes, which included child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, public sexual indecency, and furnishing harmful items to a minor.

The media reports that 31-year-old Justin Bowman was given the maximum sentence for his convictions, which was 15 consecutive life terms in prison. The man was arrested back in 2008 when police responded to an attempted suicide attempt at his home. His wife told police officers that she found child pornography on their home computer, which prompted an investigation. Authorities then accused the man of molestation against two children, including a 10-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl.

"It sounds excessive, but we have two issues at play here," Kostas Kalaitzidis of the Pinal County Attorney's Office told the East Valley Tribune. "First, we want this guy to go to prison, and second, you don't want him to get out...If he gets paroled on one life sentence, he's got to beat 14 other life sentences."

Justin Bowman worked as a cop in Mesa, but resigned from his position in September 2008 after his arrest. While this is a heinous crime because it involves small children, there are many individuals who may be accused of crimes that they did not commit.

Because the state of Arizona imposes such strict punishments for sex crimes, it's important to contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney if you are charged with such a crime that you did not commit. Phoenix criminal lawyers ensure that a defendant has his or her legal rights protected and that they have proper representation in court.

June 2, 2010

Arizona - A Pinal County jury has convicted a former Mesa police officer on a host of child molestation-related charges. Justin Bowman, 31, was found guilty of 32 counts including child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor and furnishing obscene materials to a minor. Prosecutors said Bowman victimized two children - a 10-year-old boy and 9 year-old girl - between March 1 and Oct. 29, 2008. Jurors reached the verdict Tuesday in Superior Court. Sentencing will occur at a later, unspecified date. Court records indicate the molestation stopped Oct. 29, the day Bowman's wife called police to report that he was suicidal. While at the couple's Maricopa residence, investigators said they learned Bowman was molesting children inside his home. Maricopa police said they found child pornography on Bowman's computer hard drive. Mesa police records show Bowman was on the verge of being fired when he resigned from the department on Sept. 18, 2008. Bowman offered no reason for his departure in his resignation letter. The Pinal County Attorney's Office said Bowman could face a sentence of 15 life terms, but Judge Boyd. T. Johnson will make the final determination.

Mackenson Jacques!

February 17, 2010

It was a developing nightmare: After year upon year of sexually abusing a young flatbush girl, the alleged criminal was given a gun and badge and told to catch criminals. That, in a nutshell, was the conundrum that unfolded in flatbush last week when a cop was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing his niece while the two lived in the same Glenwood Road apartment building. Officials said that Internal Affairs investigators arrested Mackenson Jacques, 29, last Thursday, Feb. 11, charging him with multiple counts of sexual abuse, rape, coercive sexual conduct, sexual conduct against a child, sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child.

The attacks allegedly took place between June 2005 and last July. Jacques started forcing himself on the girl when she was 10, police alleged. At the time both lived at the Glenwood Road apartment between Bedford Avenue and East 24th Street.

During that time, Jacques applied to the NYPD and accepted. When he was taken into custody, Jacques had been a cop for two years and was assigned to patrol borough housing complexes, officials said. No one apparently knew about his alleged crimes until his niece, now 15, finally came forward and filed charges. Jacques, who continues to claim his innocence, was arraigned on Friday. A judge set a $200,000 bail. He’s due back in court to respond to the charges of February 23.

February 12, 2010

A New York City police officer has been charged with having sex with a young girl while off-duty. Internal Affairs Bureau investigators arrested Mackenson Jacques just after midnight on Thursday. He was to be arraigned in state court in Brooklyn on rape, sex abuse and other charges. Prosecutors did not have the name of his lawyer. Authorities say the sex crimes began in 2005 when the girl was 10, and continued until last spring. The victim is the officer's niece. The 29-year-old Jacques joined the force in 2008, and was assigned to a housing project patrol. He was suspended without pay.

NYPD Sodomizers!

February 4, 2010

NEW YORK, NY – A nervous NYPD cop delivered damning testimony against a fellow officer Monday, telling jurors how the officer shoved a retractable baton into a suspect’s backside. Officer Kevin Maloney’s turn on the witness stand marked the most dramatic moment of the trial and the biggest blow to the defense. His voice cracking, the 27-year-old cop seemed uneasy describing what happened after Michael Mineo was chased and tackled for smoking pot in the Prospect Park subway station on Oct. 15, 2008.

(NYPD officers (l. to r.) Alex Cruz, Andrew Morales and Richard Kern have been charged in the subway assault.)“I saw Officer Richard Kern had a retractable metal baton,” said Maloney, his eyes darting to the table where Kern and his co-defendants, Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales, sat. “I saw Officer Richard Kern have it placed on Michael Mineo’s buttocks. “It was pressed on Michael Mineo’s left buttock … there was pressure being applied. It went from left to right into Michael Mineo’s butt crack.” The atmosphere in Brooklyn Supreme Court was undeniably tense. Maloney, who occasionally glanced at his lawyer Paul Martin, was asked at times to slow down and take a sip of water or a deep breath as he was questioned for two hours.

Jurors sat bolt upright and the room was dead quiet as Maloney demonstrated how the baton was wielded and how much of it he could see as it was rammed into Mineo’s underwear.

“I would say about a 1/2 inch to an inch was out of sight,” he told prosecutor Charles Guria. “A half-inch to an inch was pressed where?” Guria asked. “To Michael Mineo’s butt crack.”

There were significant differences between Maloney’s testimony and the story told last week by Mineo – who is suing the city for $440 million and has been accused of lying for a big payday. Mineo, 25, a former tattoo parlor worker, angrily said that six to seven inches of the baton went into his rectum, ripping his underwear. He also said he didn’t resist arrest and that he was hobbling after the assault. Maloney said he saw none of that, and his testimony didn’t appear to hurt Cruz or Morales, who are charged with covering up the assault. In fact, Maloney said he only came forward after he heard officials were investigating Cruz for sodomizing Mineo and he realized the wrong cop was being targeted.

Under cross-examination from Kern’s lawyer, Maloney agreed that he didn’t see Kern ram the baton three or four times, as Mineo testified. He conceded that he didn’t report anything improper that day and barely mentioned the incident in his memo book. But the damage was done. Kern, facing five to 25 years for aggravated sexual abuse, was grim-faced as he walked out of the courtroom after the morning session. Cruz and Morales could be seen smiling, along with their lawyers, who barely asked anything in cross-examination of Maloney.

Tyrone Wiggins

February 5, 2010

Tyrone Wiggins, the former Philadelphia police officer charged with repeatedly raping and assaulting a girl from age 12 into adulthood, was formally arraigned in court yesterday. Wiggins, 50, appeared with his attorney, Scott P. Sigman, for the brief appearance before Trial Commissioner Michael Sanuck, who scheduled Feb. 23 as Wiggins' next court date. Wiggins, of Chew Avenue near Front Street, is charged with rape forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and related counts.

His alleged victim, now 24, told authorities that Wiggins befriended her family when she was a 10-year-old student in the martial-arts class he taught at the Olney Recreation Center. At Wiggins' (pictured above, left) preliminary hearing last month the woman tearfully recounted that when she was between the ages of 12 and 20 he regularly had sex with her at his home, her home, in hotels, the recreation center and in his van in Fairmount Park. He also began beating her when she was 18, the woman said.

Wiggins was arrested Nov. 19, a day after he retired from the force, and two years after the police Internal Affairs Bureau began investigating the woman's claims. He remains free on $50,000 bail.

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Courtney D. Harris

February 4, 2010

A suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was charged Wednesday with five felonies, including sexual misconduct and confinement. Courtney D. Harris, 33, has admitted to engaging in sex with a woman he picked up in his cruiser late Friday or early Saturday on the Near Eastside, police said. The woman accused him of rape, but Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he was waiting for more evidence before deciding whether to file that more serious charge. The penalty for sexual misconduct, a Class C felony, is two to eight years in prison. Rape, a Class B felony, carries a penalty of six to 20 years.

The unnamed victim claims she was walking down the street when IMPD Officer Courtney Harris (pictured left) stopped her and searched her body and belongings. Finding a crack pipe, it is believed that he tried to solicit sexual favors, claiming that he would put her in jail. When she refused he allegedly drove her to an abandoned industrial park, threw her against his police car and raped her. She went to police and he was charged with Sexual Misconduct, Criminal Confinement, Intimidation, Official Misconduct, and Obstruction of Justice. Harris has denied the allegations, admitting only to having had sex with the victim. Harris also faces counts of intimidation, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.

During an initial hearing in Marion Superior Court, a judge set his trial for April 8. He is due back Friday for a review of his $50,000 bond. Police Chief Michael Spears has moved for Harris' termination, saying through a spokesman Wednesday: "The incident involving police officer Courtney Harris is inconsistent with the values and integrity of the officers who serve at the IMPD. . . . Behavior that is inconsistent with the mission of the department and the oath of office to which its members swear will not be tolerated." Prosecutors will get more time to file formal charges against Harris who is accused of raping the 26-year-old woman while he was on duty over the weekend.

According to allegations in court documents, the officer gave his accuser $12 and told her that's all the encounter was worth. The victim has a criminal past, including charges related to prostitution, drugs and criminal recklessness. "Just the mere fact that it was someone that she should be able to trust -- I just feel very sick inside about it," said the accuser's mother. "It hurts a lot." "Sexual misconduct: that charge doesn't go with the crime. He committed rape. He needs to be charged as follows," said the accuser's sister. "No means, no." The woman was also being held on $20,000 bond because of a 2008 warrant on charges of criminal recklessness and battery.

July 16, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- A former Indianapolis police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty was sentenced to time in community corrections and probation on Friday. Courtney Harris, 34 (pictured left) was originally charged with five felony counts in February after police said he followed a 26-year-old woman near 10th and Rural streets, grabbed her and took her to an area near an abandoned warehouse, where he had sex with her. According to court documents, Harris gave the woman $12 and told her that's all the encounter was worth.

Harris, who resigned from the department in June, pleaded guilty to official misconduct and was sentenced on Friday to one and a half years in community corrections and one and a half years on probation. When the judge asked Harris why he did it, he responded, "I ask myself that everyday. I just used bad judgment." "He violated the public's trust by being on duty and having intercourse with this woman. He was not doing the things he needed to do to protect the community," said Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Oetjen. Harris, who was a six-year veteran of the department, must perform 250 hours of community service. He was also ordered not to hold any employment related to security or law enforcement.

The woman accused him of rape, but Prosecutors declined to file more serious charges and allowed him to plead to official misconduct. The penalty for sexual misconduct, a Class C felony, is two to eight years in prison. Rape, a Class B felony, carries a penalty of six to 20 years.

Matt Hill

August 10, 2011

GRAHAM, N.C. — A former Burlington police officer has pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a teen. Local media in Burlington reported 30-year-old William Matthew Hill of Graham was sentenced to five months in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender. Hill also must serve five years of probation. The investigation started after the girl's mother said she found a text message from Hill to her daughter. He was arrested in February 2010 on two counts of statutory rape and two counts of statutory sex offense. Police say Hill was involved with a 14-year-old girl in the Burlington police Explorer program in April 2009. He resigned in July 2009 following a State Bureau of Investigation and police department review. Hill had been with the police department since 2008.

February 2, 2010

Burlington, NC -- A former Burlington Police Officer was arrested on Monday for charges stemming from a SBI investigation started in July. The media first reported the story in June 2009 when a mother contacted us alleging the officer was having inappropriate contact her daughter. She said her 14-year-old daughter was part of the Burlington Police Department's Explorer program, which caters to young people interested in a career in law enforcement. The mother accused 28-year-old Matt Hill with sexting and kissing her daughter during their ride-a-longs.

At the time, Greg Seel with the Burlington Police Department said they were investigating the complaint and Hill resigned before the story ran. Noelle Talley, spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Justice, said the SBI began investigating on July 6, 2009 at the request of the district attorney. Talley says Hill was arrested by SBI agents Feb. 1, 2010 and charged with two counts of Statutory Rape and two counts of Statutory Sex Offense.

Hill's first court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday. His attorney waived his appearance. Hill was released on a $2,000 bond.

Jeremy Reynolds

January 30, 2010

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb county police officer has been arrested on charges he raped a woman in custody and offered to release another woman if she exposed herself to the officer, police said. Jeremy Reynolds has been charged with rape, aggravated sodomy and sexual assault against a person in custody. The officer has also been charged with two counts of violation of oath of office. The woman Reynolds is accusing of raping is a prostitute, according to sources. Sources say that the officer was taken into custody after he reported to work on Friday.

Chief Michael L. Akins Jr.

February 28, 2011

A former Inman police chief will serve at least 55 years in prison without parole for molesting three girls in 2009 in the small town southwest of McPherson. Mike Akins Jr., a 39-year-old Hutchinson native (pictured left) was escorted from a McPherson County courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday after he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences under Jessica's Law, plus an additional five years in prison. A McPherson County jury convicted Akins last month of 15 charges he molested, inappropriately touched and solicited three girls, now ages 10, 11 and 15. He was acquitted of four charges, including allegations he also molested a boy, now 14, in 2009 in Inman.

The girls' mother asked Senior District Judge Ronald Innes to follow the state's recommendation for consecutive life sentences. She recalled how her children trusted Akins, who was in a romantic relationship with the mother when the crimes occurred over a period of six months in 2009. "Children are only children for a short time," she said, noting her girls had experienced two years of "fighting off a coward" who exposed them to sexual abuse. Akins took an oath as an officer to serve and protect, but he only served his own "depraved" desires, she said. The mother noted he "still operates" on three social networking websites as if he is an officer, although "he has been removed from that privilege."

Innes said Akins betrayed the confidence of the children's mother and the confidence of the public when he failed to treat the girls as an authoritative figure or police officer. "He treated these children as a pedophile, and he is a pedophile ... any way you cut it," Innes said. "There is no evidence that he is in any way remorseful for what he did."

Akins told the judge the children "meant the world to me." He asked the judge to allow him to remain free on bond pending his appeal of the case. Innes said Akins' continued freedom "does present a danger to children" and denied the request. He ordered lifetime post-release supervision and lifetime offender registration for Akins, and no deduction from the sentence for "good time" in prison. He also ordered Akins to pay more than $6,000 to the Crime Victims Compensation Board.

January 21, 2011

UPDATE: A jury found ex-Inman, Kansas, Police Chief Mike Akins Jr. guilty of 15 charges that he "molested, inappropriately touched and solicited three girls - now ages 10, 11 and 15," according to the media.

Original Story (January 17): The 15-year-old daughter of former Inman, Kansas, Police Chief Mike Akins Jr. reportedly testified that the ex-lawman sexually abused her "a lot" and sometimes while Akins wore his police uniform. The girl wasn't alone. The Hutchinson News reported that Akins is accused of abusing her, her brother (age 14) and her two sisters (ages 10 and 11).

All four testified that Akins touched them inappropriately in 2009. Akins has reportedly been described as "a controlling man who acted like a lovesick school boyfriend when a 14-year-old girl refused his advances" during testimony. Prosecutors described the children as fearful of what Akins would do if they disclosed the abuse.

Akins, 39, is charged with 19 counts of sex crimes, including rape, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, indecent solicitation of a child, battery, and lewd and lascivious behavior.

The alleged abuse was first revealed to the children's mother and also written about in a diary.

The children's mother testified that Akins became controlling in 2009 after her 14-year-old daughter started seeing a boy. Akins reportedly texted the girl quite a bit and ate lunch with the girl at school -- and sent her flowers at school after a fight.

By December 2009, the relationship between the children's mother and Akins had fallen apart. And she testified that "Akins continued to call, threatened suicide and followed the children to Hutchinson when they were visiting their father." The mother ended up taking out a protection-from-stalking order against Akins.

However, the defense has argued that the allegations came out after Akins broke up with the alleged victims' mother. Defense attorney David Harger also reportedly said that a then-14-year-old girl was mad because she got in trouble for texting her boyfriend and was forced to break up with the boy. Tensions between Akins and the children escalated from there, Harger argued.

When the 15-year-old girl made a recorded phone call to Akins in January 2010 with the help of a KBI agent, Akins denied any abuse.

"I never did that to you. I can't talk to you, I'm sorry," Akins told the girl.

The trial could wrap up this week.

UPDATE: The media reported that while Akins was found guilty of molesting three of his ex-girlfriend's children, he was found not guilty of four charges, including allegations that he molested a boy (although he was guilty of two counts of battery against the boy).

Akins reportedly maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

Curiously, the judge allowed Akins to remain free on bond until sentencing, which is scheduled for February 1. Akins is staring down two life sentences, without parole for 25 years. For a guy who was convicted of wearing his uniform while molesting young girls, that sounds about right.

January 22, 2010

The charges against Inman police Chief Michael L. Akins Jr., 38, (pictured above, left) filed by the Kansas Attorney General's Office, include one count of rape of a child, 12 counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, one count of indecent solicitation of a child, one count of lewd and lascivious behavior and two counts of misdemeanor battery. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between December 2008 and December 2009. Six of the charges call for a sentence of life in prison upon conviction, without a chance of parole for 25 years, as required by Jessica's Law.

Akins (pictured above, left) accused of molesting four children posted a $250,000 bond to be released from the McPherson County jail. A jail officer confirmed that Akins Jr. posted the bond Jan. 13, 2010, the day after his arrest. Akins was charged Jan. 12, 2010 on 19 criminal counts alleging he sexually abused three girls and one boy between the ages of 9 and 14. He was arrested the same day on a warrant after McPherson County sheriff's deputies forcibly entered his Inman home in the 200 block of East Delaware Street. Akins has hired a McPherson-based attorney to represent him and is scheduled to appear 9 a.m., March 26, 2010 in McPherson County District Court for a preliminary hearing.

In a special meeting Jan. 13, 2010 of the Inman City Council, city officials suspended Akins without pay and named police officer Bob Herron as acting chief. Inman Mayor John O'Brien acknowledged he has spoken with Akins since he was released from jail. "He has just said he's not guilty and that's all," O'Brien said Thursday. Attempts to reach Akins were unsuccessful, as his home phone number has been disconnected.

Tyler Kennedy, et. al.

January 19, 2010

WEST COVINA - Police Chief Frank Wills on Tuesday asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to investigate allegations directed at him and his command staff by an attorney representing a suspended police officer. The attorney who represents former sex crimes investigator Tyler Kennedy and the police union, said the chief and other high ranking police officers should be investigated for possible misconduct.

"I have formally requested that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department conduct an independent investigation into the allegations," Wills said in a written statement. "The Sheriff's Department has agreed to do so. At the conclusion of this investigation, it is my intention to release the completed investigation into these groundless allegations, in its entirety, to the public."

Kennedy was suspended from the force last week in the wake of allegations made by a 49-year-old woman. The woman said Kennedy sexually harassed and propositioned her after he was assigned to investigate a rape complaint she filed against her ex-husband. Kennedy was assigned to investigate sex crimes for the Police Department until late last year, when he was suspended and demoted for carrying out an intimate relationship with a 39-year-old alleged rape victim, according to court documents, sources and officials. An internal police department investigation revealed Kennedy opened an investigation into the woman's case and arrested her ex-husband, according court documents.

On March 20, 2009, Kennedy appeared in West Covina court and asked the ex-husband, who had been released on his own recognizance, be held without bail, court documents show. Based on Kennedy's testimony, Judge Lesley Green increased the man's bail to $100,000, according to court documents. The ex-husband was subsequently charged with three misdemeanors, but the case was thrown out in November when prosecutors learned of Kennedy's relationship with the alleged victim, Deputy District Attorney Gary Hearnsberger said. Hearnsberger said rape cases investigated by Kennedy would be re-examined by the District Attorney's Office. Kennedy also played a key role in the re-arrest of Kenneth Conklin, a registered sex offender who was discovered in possession of child pornography and sentenced to state prison for 75 years to life. It is unclear if prosecutors will re-examine Kennedy's role in that case as well.

The director of public affairs for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) said Kennedy's conduct undermines the integrity of the justice system. "This individual is absolutely abusing power in one of the worst ways imaginable," said Robert Coombs, Director of Public Affair for CALCASA. "It's difficult enough for victims of sexual assault to come forward without having to worry about being victimized a second time."

Daniel Ward

January 5, 2010

JACKSBORO (WATE) -- A former Campbell County deputy was arrested Tuesday on 16 sex charges, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Daniel Ward, 36, of Jacksboro, was indicted Monday by a Campbell County grand jury on 16 counts against one minor female. Ward is charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery for a victim under 13, two counts of attempted aggravated sexual battery for a victim under 13, two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and two counts of sexual battery. Officials with the TBI said Ward is accused of sexually molesting the victim numerous times between October 2003 and March 2009. Ward previously worked as a correctional officer and patrol deputy for the Campbell County Sheriff's Department. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began investigating allegations against Ward in December at the request of the district attorney general. Ward was booked into the jail on $25,000 bond.

Judge Grant Hawkins

March 11, 2009

The Indiana Supreme Court this afternoon suspended Marion Superior Court Judge Grant Hawkins (pictured left) for 60 days without pay, declining to follow recommendations that he be removed from office. But several of the five justices wrote stinging critiques of Hawkins, who presided over a court in which a man found guilty of rape remained in prison for nearly a year after the court set aside his conviction and two years after his last court hearing. Hawkins’ court mishandled orders and has been criticized for poor record keeping. The decision was not unanimous — but none of the justices favored removal. Three agreed that at least 60 days of unpaid suspension was appropriate, including two — Chief Justice Randall Shepard and Frank Sullivan Jr. — who preferred a one-year suspension.

“This is not a story about an isolated error of omission, of which any of us can be guilty from time to time,” Shepard wrote. “Rather, the evidence reflects a series of failures under circumstances that afforded many reminders and alerts. These did not avail because Judge Hawkins’ office was a place where family phone calls went unheeded and letters went to the wastebasket.”

Justice Brent Dickson favored the 60-day suspension. Justice Theodore Boehm wrote that 30 days was more appropriate, and Justice Robert Rucker concurred.

“In my view a significant sanction is warranted for a complete breakdown in proper controls over this case and apparently others,” Boehm wrote. “But Judge Hawkins has already been suspended with pay for over three months. … And a suspension without pay for more than a few weeks in most cases will be tantamount to a forced resignation.”

Late last year, a panel of three appointed judges who heard testimony as well as the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications recommended Hawkins’ removal from office. Instead, his suspension will start Thursday.

The disciplinary case against Hawkins stems from the successful appeal by Harold David Buntin, who presented new DNA evidence in Hawkins’ court in 2005 that helped him win his freedom.

But Buntin had to wait in prison nearly a year — he spent a total of 13 years behind bars — until the discovery of the court order setting aside his conviction. That order had sat in his file for nearly a year, possibly longer.

Hawkins, elected to the bench in 2000, apologized to Buntin at his release hearing. Now-retired Master Commissioner Nancy Boyles, who had handled Buntin’s case, admitted judicial misconduct in October and agreed never to serve in any judicial capacity again.

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