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"[T]he only good n[igger] is a dead n[igger] and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other n[igger] from coming in the area."
-- July 18, 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
"The Lil' Guy
Who gagged Me!"
Who gagged Me!"
Posted: 10/12/2011 11:38:27 AM PDT
An "Austin Powers" actor (pictured above, center) convicted of torturing a woman in Orange County is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central Valley prison, authorities said Tuesday. Joseph Hyungmin Son, 40, allegedly killed his 50-year-old cellmate, who was found dead Monday afternoon at Wasco State Prison Reception Center in Kern County. Son, who played henchman Random Task in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," was also briefly a mixed martial arts fighter who used the name Joe Son. The cellmate was a parole violator who had been sentenced to two years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender, according to a prison report. A cause of death was pending.
Prison officials have named Son as the suspect, but officials said charges against him will await the completion of the investigation. He had arrived at the prison reception center Sept. 16 after having been convicted of torture and sentenced to life in prison without parole in connection with the 1990 Christmas Eve rape of a woman out walking her dog.
Prosecutors in the torture case said the woman was walking back to her apartment alone with her dog after going to look at Christmas lights with a relative and friend and was stopped by Son about 12:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve 1990. Son asked her for directions and then, with another man, dragged her to a car, threw her in the back and drove away. Son and the other man told her they were driving to Compton, pistol-whipped her and repeatedly threatened to kill her. Son's cohort, Santiago Lopez Gaitan, 40, of San Antonio, raped the woman, prosecutors said. Afterward, Son threatened to kill the victim and counted the bullets in the gun out loud as she pleaded for her life. Son and Gaitan finally allowed the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, to leave, naked and with her pants tied around her eyes. The woman went to a nearby Huntington Beach home, where the residents called police.
While physical evidence was gathered in the case from the sexual assault, the case went cold. Son, however, was convicted in May 2008 of felony vandalism in an unrelated case and was forced to give a DNA sample. That sample was then linked to DNA collected in the 1990 case, prosecutors said. Gaitan pleaded guilty in January to kidnapping, sodomy, rape, forcible oral copulation and forcible rape with a sentencing enhancement for committing rape while armed with a firearm. He was sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison.
Posted: 10/11/2011 10:11:27 AM PDT
Control and Prevention!
Posted: 10/11/2011 10:17:55 AM PDT
An official with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faces molestation and bestiality charges after an investigation into allegations involving a 6-year-old in Georgia. The official, Dr. Kimberly Lindsey, is a deputy director with the CDC's Laboratory Science, Policy and Practice Program Office. Lindsey, 44, was arrested Sunday along with her boyfriend, Thomas Westerman, media sources report. Lindsey is being held in the DeKalb County Jail on a $25,000 bond, while Westerman was release on a $16,000 bond. The arrest warrant said Lindsey and Westerman, also a CDC employee, are accused of making the child participate in sexual play, media sources reported. Police were tipped by a medical professional in August to the alleged molestation, and the arrest warrant cited incidents in August and in January 2010, media sources reported. "During the investigation, evidence was recovered that led to the bestiality charge," DeKalb police spokeswoman Pamela Kunz told media sources.
Lindsey's work with the CDC involves oversight of the agency's $1.5 billion fiscal allocation process for terrorism preparedness and emergency response, according to the CDC's website.
L.A. County Sex!
Posted: October 18, 2011 - Updated: 10/20/2011 04:07:34 PM PDT
Los Angeles, CA -- Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were reassigned over the weekend after an inmate alleged that she had had sex with one of them, department officials confirmed. The deputies are with the department's transportation detail, which moves inmates between jail and court. The inmate said she had sexual contact with one of the deputies while the other deputy was nearby. She told her cellmate, who reported the incident to a jail lieutenant. When confronted, the inmate initially denied saying she had had sex with a deputy, but she later acknowledged it, a law enforcement source told the media. The woman said she was the last inmate to leave the transport van, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.
Cmdr. James Hellmold said the probe was being handled by internal sheriff's criminal investigators. He said that any suspicion of sexual contact between the deputy and the inmate was based solely on the inmate's account. Investigators are seeking potential witnesses and other evidence that could support the woman's allegations. "There's zero tolerance for inappropriate activity," Hellmold said. "Obviously that would be inappropriate for that to occur." The accused deputies will remain reassigned until the investigation is complete, Hellmold said. Details of exactly what happened remain unclear. But the source said the inmate gave no indication that the deputy used physical force on her.
The allegations come as the Sheriff's Department faces intensifying scrutiny of alleged inmate abuse and other deputy misconduct inside the largest jail system in the country. Federal authorities are investigating a number of cases of alleged abuse and have subpoenaed the Sheriff's Department for a wide range of custody data, including contact information for all jail employees.
The Board of Supervisors is considering commissioning an independent panel to review jail abuse allegations and suggest reforms. L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced who he would appoint to the commission, which was proposed by Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas. If Antonovich's announcement means he plans to vote in favor of establishing the proposed five-member panel, the measure will have enough votes to pass Tuesday. Public concerns over the allegations gained momentum after media reported that the FBI sneaked a cellphone to a jail inmate who was a federal informant. The plant came as federal authorities investigate several allegations of inmate abuse and other deputy misconduct, including an incident in which a jail monitor said she witnessed deputies knock an inmate unconscious and then continue to beat him for two minutes.
Sheriff Lee Baca initially criticized the FBI after the phone was discovered and defended his department's record in the jails, but he has since said that he was open to outside scrutiny, including a board-appointed independent panel. The supervisors who proposed the commission said it would help restore public confidence in how the jails are run and provide a road map for reform. "It's abundantly clear that the Sheriff's Department needs a fresh pair of eyes to help it ensure the rights of the inmates," Ridley-Thomas has said.
If the commission is approved, each supervisor would be able to appoint one member. Antonovich said his pick would be retired federal Judge Dickran Tevrizian. Tevrizian, a Pasadena resident, was nominated to the bench by President Reagan and served for more than two decades before retiring in 2007. The longtime Republican presided over a number of high-profile cases, including the corruption case of former Democratic Assemblyman Bruce Young of Norwalk and the government's prosecution of Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano.
Posted: 10/02/2011 - Updated: 10/11/2011 09:55:34 AM PDT
SYCAMORE, Ill. – A 71-year-old Washington man accused in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl has been charged in a separate case with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from the same small town. Illinois State Police announced the grand jury indictment of Jack McCullough on Friday but didn't say when the sexual assault happened. The 14-year-old girl told investigators McCullough raped her when she was 14 in Sycamore, prosecutors and state police said. He's now also charged with one count of child sexual assault and four counts of indecent liberties with a child.
He was indicted this summer on felony murder, kidnapping and abduction charges in the death of Maria Ridulph of Sycamore. Maria was abducted as she played outside her home in December 1957. Her body was found the following spring in a wooded area about 120 miles away. Her case made national headlines, and President Dwight Eisenhower and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover reportedly requested daily updates on the massive search for her. McCullough was arrested in Seattle in July in one of the oldest cold-case murders in the nation to be reopened. He has been held on $3 million bail in a jail about 65 miles west of Chicago.
"Sadly, we have another victim, and for the families of all victims, the pain never goes away," Illinois State Police director Hiram Grau said in a news release. DeKalb County public defender Regina Harris did not immediately return telephone and e-mail requests for comment Sunday.
In a July 7 jail house interview with media sources, McCullough said he didn't kill the girl and maintained the same alibi he gave when first questioned by investigators when he was 18 -- that he could not have committed the murder because he had traveled to Chicago that day for military medical exams before enlisting in the Air Force.
•» Cops that Sexually Offend! - XXX - 2011
The Sheriff's Chambers!
Posted: October 14, 2011 at 1:24 PM CDT, updated October 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM PDT
APD: Benson Plea!
Posted September 16, 2011 at 4:55 p.m., updated October 11, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
(Former Anderson police officer Bryan Benson sits in court and listens to District Attorney Steve Carlton and Judge Cara Beatty. Benson pleaded no contest to assault by a public officer and soliciting a lewd act in exchange for a proposed maximum one-year jail sentence and three years' formal probation under a plea bargain.)
A plea deal prosecutors say was prompted by a loophole in state law resulted in the promise of a maximum one-year jail sentence today for a former Anderson police officer charged with kidnapping and raping a woman he was taking to jail. Under the plea bargain Bryan Benson pleaded no contest to assault by a public officer and soliciting a lewd act. Benson, 27, was arrested last year after being accused of raping a Millville woman he was taking to jail. He had faced life in prison if tried and convicted of the original charges.
In addition to serving up to a year in jail he now faces formal probation for three years. But he might be able to serve his jail sentence on electronic home confinement if he’s found eligible to do so. After he’s served his sentence, he could petition the court to try to have his felony assault conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. He won’t have to register as a sex offender because that’s not a requirement of the misdemeanor lewd act count to which he also pleaded no contest.
District Attorney Stephen Carlton and Chief Deputy District Attorney Josh Lowery said after today’s court proceeding a loophole in state law forced them to offer the settlement. Carlton, who stressed that he does not doubt the woman’s rape claims, said he does not believe Benson will ever be a police officer again. “I can’t imagine anyone hiring him, and that was one of our concerns,” he said.
During a June 2010 press conference, then District Attorney Jerry Benito said under state law someone who is in police custody can’t be considered to have consented to sex with her captor. “She’s in custody, there is no consensual sex,” Benito said. But, Carlton and Lowery said, the loophole arises because the woman was not in jail custody at the time of the alleged rape. The alleged rape occurred outside an unmarked patrol car parked in a lot near the jail. That circumstance would have allowed Benson’s lawyer to argue the act was consensual, they said.
“They (the prior administration) thought the loophole did not exist and had a good rape case,” said Carlton. But, he added, the consent defense created by the loophole was “very problematic” to prosecutors and he was not convinced that a conviction could be won. “It would have been a crap shoot,” Carlton said.
Superior Court Judge Cara Beatty, who presided over today’s court proceeding because the judge who has been handling the case, Superior Court Judge James Ruggiero, is on vacation, accepted the plea bargain, saying it’s “acceptable as (it) can be. But, she said, the inexplicable loophole “changed the dynamics of the case” and that it deserves the “full attention” of state legislators to see if it should be closed.
Interim Anderson Police Chief Shawn Watts said he was certain that prosecutors did what they believed was best to resolve the case and, as such, he supported their decision. “I’m happy the case is over,” he said, adding that he and his department want to move on and get the case behind them.
Earlier this month, Benson pleaded not guilty to nine criminal counts after the criminal case, with two additional counts, was refiled following its dismissal the week before it was to go to trial because prosecutors were not prepared due to “additional developments.”
Benson, then 25, was arrested last year on suspicion of sexually assaulting a now 25-year-old Millville woman he was taking to jail in an unmarked patrol car and without being handcuffed after her May 29, 2010, arrest on a traffic violation. Benson, the son of a retired Redding police officer, was fired from the APD in August 2010.
In June, the woman, who is not being named by the media because she’s an alleged sexual assault victim, filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against the city of Anderson and its police department. Benson is not named in the lawsuit because, it said, he has been fired from the police department and is bankrupt.
Benson, who has been out of jail on his own recognizance, quickly left the courtroom with family members and his defense attorney, Gary L. Lacy of the Gold River-based Goyette & Associates law firm, before he could be asked for comment.
Carlton and Lowery said the alleged victim and her family were informed of the plea bargain and that they understood the reasons for it.
Benson is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 18, 2011. His case has been referred to probation officials for a sentencing recommendation.
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Posted: 10/09/2011 08:16:34 AM PDT - Updated: 10/09/2011 03:26:34 PM PDT
Reopening an embarrassing chapter in San Jose police history, an appellate panel has unanimously ruled a 2008 lawsuit against a cop who prepared a phony DNA report in a sex-assault case -- and then testified the report was true -- may go ahead after all. A lower court judge had decided the case in favor of Sgt. Matthew Christian and the city of San Jose without holding a full trial. The lawsuit was filed by Michael Kerkeles, the former suspect targeted in the fake document. It accuses the officer and the department of violating his constitutional rights, maliciously prosecuting him and falsely imprisoning him. He also alleges that the city failed to train its officers on the proper use of ruse reports to avoid the risk of confusion with genuine evidence -- despite at least one previous incident and an internal memo from an officer warning of the possibility.
The department has since restricted the practice of falsifying crime lab reports. Christian is now assigned to the Internal Affairs unit responsible for investigating public and internal complaints about cops -- which Kerkeles' attorneys claim is akin to the fox guarding the henhouse. He could not be reached for comment, and a police spokesman also was unavailable Friday because of an officer-involved shooting.
The state appellate court opinion, which was published Tuesday, paves the way for Kerkeles' attorneys to take the case against Christian to trial, which they said they plan to do within six months. "This decision will land on the desks of police chiefs all over the state as a lesson to be learned,'' an attorney said. But City Attorney Rick Doyle said he is weighing whether to ask the California Supreme Court to consider reviewing the decision written by 6th District Court of Appeal Justice Franklin D. Elia, and joined by Justice Eugene M. Premo and Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas.
The appellate panel stopped short of concluding Christian lied when he said he had "completely forgotten" the report was fake when he testified. Judge James Kleinberg of Santa Clara Superior Court had sided with Christian and the city after accepting the officer's explanation. But the panel noted the "self-serving nature" of the explanation. The panel also noted the city had conceded in its brief that Kerkeles had laid out "a good deal of evidence" that either Christian or former prosecutor Jaime Stringfield "should have realized that the ruse report was fake, suggesting that one or both of them actually knew that it was." Officers generally are immune from prosecution except when plaintiffs allege their constitutional rights were violated; in this case, Kerkeles claims his right to due process was trampled.
"The court was obviously troubled by the facts in this case," Doyle conceded in a telephone interview. He said the city argued Kerkeles might have been held over for trial without Christian's testimony, undermining his claim that the ruse report created by Christian was the cause of his continued prosecution.
The case dates to a March 2005 allegation that Kerkeles sexually assaulted a developmentally disabled young woman. Her statements to police were contradictory, and a physical exam turned up no evidence of an assault. In an attempt to get Kerkeles to confess, Christian created the fake crime lab report -- complete with the lab's letterhead. Kerkeles did not confess; he asked for an attorney. The phony report was never used as a ruse.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office pushed forward, believing the prosecutor had a convincing victim to testify about the alleged assault. But when the young woman failed to qualify as a witness because she couldn't tell a lie from the truth, Stringfield called Christian to the stand at the preliminary hearing. Stringfield asked him about the report, and he testified that it existed and that a crime lab analyst had found semen on a blanket seized from Kerkeles' home. But there was no such analyst, and the lab did not find semen on the blanket.
For months, the trial was on hold as defense attorneys attempted to learn more about the report. When it came to light that the report was fake, the district attorney's office agreed to drop the charges. Another of Kerkeles' attorneys, said he will introduce proof at the upcoming trial that his client was innocent of the sex charges. "It will be proven at trial that not only was he at work when the crime supposedly occurred, but his wife also was in her home office, steps from where the alleged rape took place," Davis said.
Stringfield has since left the District Attorney's Office to pursue a teaching career. But she remains under investigation by the State Bar, based on a complaint about her conduct in this and other cases. In 2002, an appellate court sharply criticized Stringfield's ethical conduct, ruling that her improper comments required a new trial. In 2008, the same court found she had committed misconduct in her comments in another case.
Extreme police brutality @ Occupy Wall Street
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Anti-Wall Street protests turned violent Wednesday night in Lower Manhattan. New York police used batons and pepper spray against hundreds of demonstrators trying to stage a late night march. At least 28 people were arrested, including one person who was booked for assault. There was no word of any serious injuries. The confrontation capped a day in which union members joined the marches and rallies - the largest since Occupy Wall Street activists began holding protests and campouts targeting corporate America.
Published: 5:05 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2011; Updated: October 11, 2011 - 4:21 p.m. PDT
Prosecutors and a DeKalb County judge said Monday former policeman Quevius Thornton destroyed the trust of many, especially the two 15-year-old girls he had enticed into sexual encounters. Thornton, 30, cried as he pleaded guilty to five felony counts of statutory rape and four counts each of enticing a child for indecent purposes and child molestation. One of the teens and the mother of the other girl, who were in the courtroom, also wept. The girl became so upset, she had to leave as Thornton began an apology.
Judge Cynthia Becker sentenced him to 15 years in prison and 10 years probation. “I’m appalled,” Becker said. “You’ve ruined these victims’ lives ... [And] you owe the DeKalb County Police Department a massive debt." Thornton's Defense attorney said Thornton (pictured left) pleaded guilty "because he knows it has to be done. It would ease the pain and suffering for his victims. It would ease the pain and suffering for his family.” Thornton, who is married and the father of two young children, also pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges.
District Attorney Robert James said Thornton developed sexual relationships with the two girls last year but he seemed to be a mentor to one of them. But he was really "a predator. He groomed these children,” James said.
The story broke on Jan. 2 and Thornton was arrested three days later. Assistant prosecutor Anna Davis said Thornton would have sexual encounters with the two girls at his house and in cars parked at Dunaire Elementary School, Panola Way Elementary School and Shoal Creek Park. “They trusted him because he was a police officer and he abused that trust for his own personal needs,” Davis said. He destroyed them, Davis said, and they are trying to heal. Nancy Chandler, CEO of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, said the girls can recover with therapy. "That's a very usual thing that a perpetrator would know the family. People talk so much about 'stranger danger' but really the danger is from the adults in a child’s life," Chandler said
Thornton tried to convince the judge that he was "a good person who made a bad mistake. I have thrown away all my hard work and dreams. I have cried and cried ... about what I’ve done to myself and my victims. I take full responsibility.” But James said he suspects Thornton has other victims who remain silent, saying, “Child molesters don’t just wake up one morning and start molesting children. “This man is a bad person. Good people don’t exploit children.”
•» Cops that Sexually Offend! - XXX - 2011
Published: 11:48 p.m. MDT, September 22, 2011; Updated: October 15, 2011 - 12:26 p.m. PDT
LOG LANE VILLAGE, Colo. – Fort Morgan Police have arrested the town marshal of Log Lane Village, 33-year-old Edwin Irizarry (pictured above, center) for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman. The town marshal is the equivalent of a police chief in the rural community. The alleged victim says a co-worker mentioned Irizarry during a dinner conversation on Sept. 14, prompting the co-worker to exchange several text messages with Irizarry while the two women were at a Fort Morgan restaurant.
According to the alleged victim, Irizarry continued sending messages to her co-worker the next day, asking if she (the alleged victim) was “hot” and whether she would be ”interested in a (sexual) threesome with him and another.” The co-worker, whose name has not been released, told police that Irizarry sent nude pictures of himself to her cell phone along with the text message “Ask if she (the alleged victim) can handle this.” According to the affidavit, the woman refused to look at the nude photos of Irizarry that her co-worker attempted to show her.
Later the same day, the woman told her friend that she “wanted to get wasted” after having a bad day. She says she accepted an invitation to Irizarry’s Fort Morgan home, and sent him a text message stating “Just no threesomes. Drunk or not. Haha.” The woman told police she remembered Irizarry giving her two alcoholic drinks shortly after she arrived at his home, but she didn’t know how much alcohol was in each drink because they were mixed with Coke. By 10:30 p.m., the woman’s co-worker says she (the alleged victim) was too drunk to walk and had to be physically carried to a bedroom.
According to the affidavit, the woman vomited on herself and on the bedding shortly after she laid down on the bed. Irizarry claims the woman was unable to stand, so he lifted her while her co-worker “removed the bedding.” He says they left her on the bed in her bra and underwear. While the alleged victim’s co-worker took the bedding home to be washed and to retrieve clean clothes for her, Irizarry is accused of getting into the bed with the woman and fondling her underneath her underwear. “I did not say ‘no’ and did not physically push Izzy away,” the woman told investigators, but she did say that she was “very drunk and did not feel well.”
The co-worker admits that Irizarry joined her and the alleged victim in bed and says he began sexually touching both women. She told police that her friend was “very out of it,” and says she told Irizarry that she hadn’t seen anyone “that drunk since high school.”
The alleged victim told police that she called her primary physician the next day and went to the Sexual Assault Response Advocates for a rape exam. She says she decided to file a report with police “even though she was very afraid that she was assaulted by a police officer,” who she knew to be the chief of police of Log Lane Village. She says she received a text message from an unknown number while she was being examined, asking “Did you make it okay? How is work sexy?” She says she finally called the number after receiving several text messages discussing the events from the previous night.
During the recorded phone conversation, Irizarry admitted to having sex and knowing that one of the women was drunk and vomited “from excessive alcohol.” According to the police report, Irizarry began to downplay her condition, saying he “didn’t think she was that drunk.” The Log Lane Police Department didn’t immediately return calls about the alleged incident, and referred media sources to the department’s attorney.
Published: 11:33 PM on 22nd September 2011; Updated: October 15, 2011 - 12:54 p.m. PDT
A correctional officer has been charged with raping a 10-year-old girl almost 15 years after the crime was committed after more than 200 untested rape kits were uncovered.
Robert Buchanan, 45 (pictured above, center) is accused of the predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in suburban Harvey, Illinois in 1997. The girl would now be in her mid-20s. The alleged victim now lives out of state.
The untested rape kits - evidence collected in sexual assaults - were recovered when the Harvey Police Department was raided by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, the sheriff’s office and the Illinois State Police in 2007. 'Clearly for victims of sexual assault, this has been an absolute debacle on the part of the Harvey Police Department,' she said. Steve Patterson, a spokesman for Sheriff Tom Dart, said Buchanan was a correctional officer at the time of the incident but has been on duty-related disability leave since November 2010.
Under arrest: Cook County correctional officer Robert Buchanan was arrested after police uncovered 200 untested rape kits Buchanan allegedly sexually assaulted the girl over a period of seven months and in August 1997 the child told her mother and was taken to a hospital. Investigators questioned the defendant and released him without charges, according to the state's attorneys office. The rape kit taken from the alleged victim was never sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for testing. Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said investigators obtained DNA from Buchanan this year that matched DNA in the rape kit. A total of 14 defendants have now been charged based on evidence obtained from the rape kits seized from Harvey, Daly said.
Published: 11:48 p.m. EDT, September 21, 2011; Updated: October 15, 2011 - 12:31 p.m. PDT
A New York City police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a 10-count indictment that charges him with raping a teacher at gunpoint while he was off-duty in upper Manhattan. Michael Pena, 27 years old, was arrested shortly after the alleged incident, at about 6 a.m. on Aug. 19 in Inwood. According to the indictment, Mr. Pena approached the 25-year-old woman and asked her for directions to the subway. He then grabbed her and brandished his gun, led her to a courtyard of a building and allegedly raped her, the indictment said. Mr. Pena's attorney said there is no forensic evidence to tie his client to a rape and said witness statements "seem to conflict with one another."
"Frankly, the charges are dramatically at odds with his personality," said the attorney, who knew Mr. Pena (pictured above, center) when he was a part-time doorman at the lawyer's Upper West Side residence. In 2008, Mr. Pena became a police officer in the 33rd Precinct in Manhattan, authorities said. He has been suspended without pay, police said. He is being held on $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond. Mr. Pena has been charged with several counts of rape, criminal sexual act and predatory sexual assault.
In papers filed in court Wednesday, prosecutors revealed statements Mr. Pena made to arresting officers the day of the alleged incident. The papers said he admitted to being drunk, directed officers to his car, which was parked next to a fire hydrant, and asked if there was "any way to fast track" his trial. He also expressed some concern about calling his "girlfriend."
"I didn't call anyone. I wanted to call my girlfriend but how am I going to call her when I got arrested for cheating with another girl?" he told a police sergeant at Metropolitan Hospital about 12 hours after his arrest, according to the court papers. The defense attorney said his client is engaged to a woman from the Dominican Republic who has a degree in architecture. He said she "stands by" Mr. Pena.
In the days after the alleged rape, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the allegations against Mr. Pena were "very disturbing" and said an investigation was under way to see if he was connected to other assaults in the area. On Wednesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. called the allegations "truly shocking."
"It is all the more disturbing that the defendant in this case was a law enforcement officer sworn to protect the citizens of this city," Mr. Vance said in a statement.
Hoppin' a Beef!
Published: 11:48 p.m. EDT, September 18, 2011; Updated: October 15, 2011 - 2:31 p.m. PDT
New York - A former NYPD officer once acquitted of rape, has also dodged criminal charges relating to heroin possession after prosecutors decided not to pursue the case. Kenneth Moreno, 41, a former New York City police officer acquitted of rape, will not face additional criminal charges for heroin possession, prosecutors said this past Monday. The heroin was discovered during a search of his precinct locker after he was arrested for rape in 2009.
Moreno (pictured above, right) and his attorney argued that the locker was shared by several other officers. The former officer was facing misdemeanor charges for possession of two packets of heroin until the Manhattan district attorney's office abruptly decided to drop the case. Prosecutors reportedly said they did not see a need for pursuing the case.
Moreno was one of two NYPD officers recently charged with raping a drunken fashion executive in her apartment. Former officers Moreno and his partner Franklin Mata, 26 (pictured above, left) were acquitted this past Spring on charges of raping the fashion executive after being summoned to help her home when she became very drunk during a night out celebrating a promotion on December 7, 2008.
Moreno was accused of having actual intercourse with her while Mata stood watch.
Moreno and his partner Mata, where originally facing rape and burglary charges but were acquitted of those charges and convicted on lesser charges of official misconduct (a misdemeanor offense) for repeatedly returning to the woman's apartment while telling police dispatchers they were elsewhere. The two were fired by the NYPD just hours after being found guilty of official misconduct. Moreno was sentenced to a jail sentence of one year on the official misconduct charge while his co-defendant, Mata, was sentenced to 60 days in jail. Both are free on bail while they appeal the court's decision.
Published: 11:48 p.m. EDT, September 8, 2011; Updated: October 15, 2011 - 2:44 p.m. PDT
West Babylon, NY - An auxiliary police sergeant of the New York City Police Department was arrested on Monday by Suffolk County authorities for allegedly owning and promoting child pornography. NYPD auxiliary police sergeant Patrick Steiner, 42, of West Babylon, was arrested by the Suffolk County Police Department on Monday for having digital pornographic images of children. According to the media sources, detectives with the Computer Crimes Unit conducted an undercover sting operation that traced people who traded online child pornography. Detectives allege that Steiner had in his possession numerous digital video images of children performing sex acts. He has been charged with five counts each of possessing a sexual performance by a child and promoting a sexual performance by a child. Each count is a felony charge.
Along with being a volunteer sergeant with the NYC auxiliary police, authorities say Steiner worked for Starlight Entertainment, a disc jockey music service that provides entertainment at parties and special events.
He is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip, Long Island. The New York City Police Department's auxiliary police to which sergeant Steiner (pictured left) was a member of is a subdivision of the NYPD itself and serves as an all-volunteer, unarmed reserve police force. According to the NYPD, auxiliary police officers, " provide extra "eyes and ears" for the Police Department by performing uniformed foot, vehicle and bicycle patrols. They are trained to observe and report conditions requiring the services of the regular police. Whenever possible, they assist in non-enforcement and non-hazardous duties."
Auxiliary police officers do not have peace officer status or police powers of any sort. As such, they can not effect arrests, search and seizures or issue summons. They assist the NYPD with uniformed patrols and provide traffic and crowd control at vehicular accidents, fires, demonstrations and other major events. Many members of the auxiliary police are civic-minded citizens of the city who want to see less criminal activity in their communities. Whereas the younger members tend to use the auxiliary police force as a stepping-stone or as a way to test-drive a law enforcement career before making a decision to become a NYPD police officer. The NYPD Auxiliary Police program is the largest of it's kind in the U.S. with at least 4,500 members.
Movie Intermission! Conrad Murray Trial
Day 11, part 5 (2011)
Day 11, part 5 (2011)
Description: People of the State of California v. Conrad Murray Trial - Dr. Nader Kamangar, Sleep medicine physician Testifying: "Mr. [Michael] Jackson was receiving very inappropriate therapy in a home setting, receiving very potent therapies without monitoring...This cocktail was a recipe for disaster."