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“Another Nigger fried. No big deal.”
-- April 16, 2011, Statement by New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.
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Posted: May 28 2015 2:28 PM ET - Updated: June 07, 2015 09:07:41 PM PDT
It Ain't Sosa!
Bronx, N.Y. -- A Bronx, N.Y., police officer who also works as a pastor and was facing multiple charges for allegedly being in a relationship with a 16-year-old girl was cleared of all charges Wednesday, the New York Post reports.
A judge cleared Vladimir Sosa, an officer with the 46th Precinct, after prosecutors reportedly could not prove that he had a sexual relationship with the teen, whom he reportedly met while she was attending a youth program at the Iglesia Metodista Libre el Remanente, where he is a pastor.
“There was not enough credible evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt,” a spokeswoman for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said, according to the Post.
According to the report, Sosa’s lawyers claimed that they submitted an audio recording last month in which the girl admitted that she was 17, and not 16, when she began her relationship with Sosa. New York’s age of consent is 17, the Post notes. Investigators also went to the Dominican Republic, where the teen is originally from, and reportedly discovered the detail while checking birth records.
The victim accused Sosa of using his position in the church to encourage a sexual relationship.
Sosa was arrested in March and faced charges of rape, sexual misconduct, sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. The girl’s family said that the teen suffered from the relationship—which her mother discovered and reported after finding disturbing texts on the teen’s phone.
Posted: 7:33 AM EDT, Thu March 27, 2014 - Updated: 6:00 AM PDT, Thu March 27, 2014
Windermere, Fla. (WCJB) -- Brandon Goode, 18, and Alexandria "Alex" Hollinghurst, 17, both of Davenport, Florida, are accused of fatally shooting a police officer before apparently committing suicide. Windermere police Officer Robert German called for support after witnessing Goode and Hollinghurst -- who had been reported missing -- walking along a street early Saturday. But when backup arrived, German was found lying on the ground, suffering from a gunshot wound, according to Polk County authorities. German, 31, was later pronounced dead at an Orlando hospital; the teens' lifeless bodies were discovered under brush not far from where German had been shot, county authorities said.
The days leading up to the celebrated officer's death weave a complicated web that has left investigators puzzled over what happened. A five-year veteran with the Windermere Police Department, German had just returned to the force after being on "light-duty status" following surgery for an injury he suffered several months ago, Windermere Police Chief David Ogden said. Just two days before the shooting, the two teens ran away from home, leaving only letters behind for their families to find. "To my loving parents, I am sorry for all the pain and misery I have brought you both, not just now but from these past few years as well," begins Brandon Goode's note, hand-written in neat, even letters. "I don't want to go through life knowing because of my mistakes that I amounted to nothing and was there fore (sic) a disappointment. Don't take that as me putting the blame on you because that is the furthest thing from the truth. Both of you have been so amazing with your constant help and support through my life."
"I love you with all my heart," the letter reads. "Please don't be sad, this is what I want now, I get to die peacefully with the woman I love, the woman of my dreams, my fiancé (yes we were engaged!). I miss you both so much already." Hollinghurst penned loving missives addressed to her sister and father, but to her mother, she directed a bitter letter that suggests the two had a turbulent relationship. "Thank you, for trying to talk and understand me after me being honest, after trying to fix things, thank you for turning a conversation about depression and suicide into something about you," the letter says. "If I had stayed another minute I would have painted the walls and stained the carpets with my blood, so you could clean it up." Once the letters were found, the couple's parents called police to alert them to the teens' disappearances.
Using cell phone tracking technology, Kissimmee police officers found the two parked in Goode's car. When the officer asked Goode to step out of the automobile, he "cranked the vehicle, put the vehicle in drive and sped away," according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office incident report. Later that day, Kissimmee police filed a warrant to charge Goode with resisting a law enforcement officer without violence and reckless driving. The next day, German encountered the duo in Windermere, just west of Orlando. German stopped them and called for assistance, police say. The responding deputies found German "lying on the roadway, mortally wounded," the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. The deputies performed what is called a tactical rescue, using a patrol car to shield their fallen comrade. They allegedly heard two gunshots during this response. Upon searching nearby woods, Orange County sheriff's deputies found Brandon Goode and Alex Hollinghurst dead, lying in some brush, from what are believed to be self-inflicted wounds.
Unanswered questions remain after Brandon Goode's death and still haunt his parents. Goode's parents acknowledged the tragedy in their statement. "Words do not exist to express the measure of our sorrow and sadness," Ricke and Connie Goode said in a statement issued Wednesday to Corrupt Justice™ media affiliates. "Whether mental illness, substance abuse or something else, we are a family searching."
"We cannot comprehend the senseless loss of Officer German's life, the death of Alexandria Hollinghurst and for our family, the loss of our 18 year old son, Brandon," the note says. "Our deepest sympathy and our heartfelt prayers go out to the friends and family of Officer German. We are so, so sorry to them for what happened and they will be forever in our prayers. We know a community grieves and like everyone else in our community, we ourselves are struggling to understand this most horrific tragedy. We have no answers, only questions."
Goode was arrested earlier this year for possessing alcohol while underage and possession of marijuana and had been arrested in 2012 for an aggravated assault on his mother, according to incident reports from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Posted Nov. 28, 2012 at 7:36 p.m., updated Nov. 30, 2012 at 01:23 a.m. PST
Memphis, TN -- A rape and incest case involving a Memphis police officer grew even more disturbing Wednesday when information surfaced that his parents also have been arrested in the case.
Henry Monger Jr. (pictured left) and his wife, Barbara, were arrested Oct. 18. Monger Jr. was charged with two counts of rape of a child, three counts of rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Barbara Monger was charged with coercion of a witness in the case. Monger Jr. remains jailed on a $500,000 bond, while his wife has been released.
Police officer Cornelius Monger, 33 (pictured left) faces charges of rape, incest and statutory rape by an authority figure following an investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit. He was released on $100,000 bond Tuesday after turning himself in to authorities earlier that day.
According to an affidavit, the elder Monger, 61, stands accused of raping three family members, beginning when each of them was a child. He allegedly began assaulting one girl at the age of 5, another at the age of 12 and the third at the age of 15. His wife, according to the affidavit, was aware of the actions and even witnessed at least one assault.
Records show that Cornelius Monger, who was hired by the Memphis Police Department in July 2006, performed adequately for the department, earning satisfactory marks in all evaluated areas of his performance.
However, he was issued a written reprimand last month when he failed to respond to a dispatcher who tried to reach him over the radio 26 times over a period of six minutes. Otherwise, Monger's file is clear.
Records show that Monger filed for a business license in April for Cre-8-tive Minds Day Care, although it was unclear whether he was actually operating the business.
He began studying at the University of Tennessee-Martin in the fall of 1998 and took classes until the spring of 2004. Monger earned college incentive pay from MPD for his university credits despite a 1.92 grade-point average.
Monger earned failing grades in introductory criminal justice and principles of law enforcement, but got A's in his karate, marksmanship and flag football courses. Monger also received an A in a class focusing on socially deviant behavior.
So far this year, 20 other police officers have been arrested for a range of criminal charges. Police Director Toney Armstrong promised to continue to "weed out" officers who violate the law. Both Armstrong and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton have promised sweeping reviews of the department's disciplinary and hiring policies following the spate of arrests this year.
Posted: November 27, 2012 - 7:32 p.m. - Updated: November 29, 2012 - 7:05 PM PST
Memphis, TN -- A Memphis Police officer has been arrested for rape and incest in a case involving a 16-year-old girl. Cornelius Monger, 33 (pictured above, center) has been charged with rape, statutory rape by an authority figure and incest. Monger turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon, and is being held on $100,000 bond. This is the latest arrest of a Memphis police officer in a year in which at least 20 others have been charged with a variety of offenses.
In a statement, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong condemned the officer, calling him a "criminal."
"It sickens me to know that an officer of the law has violated the innocence of a child. This individual calls himself a Memphis Police officer; I call him a criminal. The actions of this individual will undoubtedly bruise the image of the Memphis Police Department, but the citizens of Memphis must recognize that those officers that choose to violate the law only represent a small percentage of officers. Your Memphis Police Department is comprised of over 2,400 officers that choose to do good. We will continue to work hard to serve the citizens of Memphis, and we will continue to weed out those who violate the law."
The Shelby County Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Unit began investigating the case in October after multiple sources reported that Monger was engaged in "inappropriate sexual contact with a member of his family," according to a release from the Sheriff's Department.
Witnesses and a victim came forward to corroborate the allegations, the department said, adding that the abuse began when she was 16.
City officials announced last week that they would conduct a wide-ranging review of Memphis Police Department policies, beginning with discipline. Officials will also look at best policing practices in other cities.
Monger, assigned to the Old Allen Station, has been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
He has been employed by the Memphis Police Department since July 10, 2006.
Published: May 11, 2012 | Updated on: May 15, 2012 | 16:39 PDT |
Georgia -- A police officer in Georgia is under criminal investigation for allegedly kicking a woman who was nearly nine-months pregnant in the stomach before charging her with obstruction of justice. In an incident report filed on Dec. 12, 2011, Dekalb County Police Officer Jerad Wheeler wrote that he gave "three verbal commands to 'Get back'" to Raven Dozier. The woman was in her third trimester at the time and visibly distraught over witnessing Wheeler taser her brother, Darius Usher, in response to a domestic disturbance. Wheeler wrote that Dozier began "moving aggressively," prompting the officer to "kick her in the stomach to push her back," just as he was "taught to do in the Academy," according to the report. "At the time of the altercation it was very dark and Ms. Dozier had a larger shirt on," Wheeler wrote in his report. "I could not tell by the sight of her at the time that she was pregnant."
Wheeler placed Dozier in the back seat of his vehicle and brought her to the police station. Authorities gave her a choice. "They asked me did I want to go to jail or to the hospital," Dozier later wrote in a complaint filed with the Dakalb County Police. "I said I wanted to go to the hospital." Doctors could already see contusions and spotting, according to her attorney. The attorney says that the infant became ill within the womb as a result of defecation from the impact. Following the hospital visit, police returned Dozier to the station "where she was refused by intake," according to the police report. Authorities gave Dozier a court date and released her. Two weeks after being kicked in the stomach, Dozier prematurely delivered her child by C-section.
Records show that Dozier filed a complaint with the DeKalb police department's internal affairs unit, but authorities never investigated the incident. Instead, four supervisors and an internal affairs detective approved the actions, stating that the use of force met policy, media sources reported. Approximately six months later -- following an overlooked internal affairs complaint and a premature birth by C-section -- Dozier is suing the county as the district attorney investigates Wheeler's actions.
"This officer is just another loose cannon," Dozier's attorney told media sources. "And I don't know how a 180-pound pregnant woman comes at you aggressively." The attorney says that Wheeler, at the advice of his supervisor, arrested Dozier because he would "need to be justified" for kicking a pregnant woman if "something were to happen to the baby." Police charged Dozier with obstruction and disorderly conduct, a "higher charge than the guy they tased," the attorney said. The Dekalb District Attorney's Office has since dropped the charges against Dozier, who is now suing a county where her attorney says police officers are "off the chain."
On Thursday, three other Dekalb county cops were charged with beating teenage suspects, some of whom were in handcuffs at the time, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Wheeler is also the focus of two other questionable incidents in which he is accused of killing an innocent family's leashed dog and forcing a 53-year-old woman's face onto a police vehicle.
Posted: Posted on: 7:47pm on May 8, 2012| Updated on: 6:01pm PDT on May 13, 2012
"Child Whistle Blowin'!"
Happy Valley, PA -- The Penn State football assistant whose report of Jerry Sandusky allegedly attacking a child in the showers led to Joe Paterno's firing said in a court filing Tuesday that he is suing the school. The "writ of summons" filed by a lawyer for Mike McQueary (pictured below, right) who described it as a whistle-blower case, but the brief document was not accompanied by a full complaint that would lay out the allegations. The filing was first reported by a local media outlet on its website. McQueary's attorney did not respond to a phone message at his office late Tuesday. His father, John McQueary, declined to comment on his behalf. Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre said school officials were unable to comment because they had not seen the complaint.
Penn State's trustees have said they fired Paterno as coach partly because of his response to the incident. Paterno reported the matter to administrators Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, which trustees have called "his minimum legal duty" and "a failure of leadership." Paterno was fired as coach in November and died in January of lung cancer. McQueary, then a graduate assistant, has said he complained to Paterno of seeing the boy in a locker room shower naked with Sandusky. He testified in December that he believed Sandusky was molesting the boy and "having some type of sexual intercourse with him," but added he was not "100 percent" certain they were having intercourse because of his vantage point. McQueary, who was a receivers coach, was placed on paid administrative leave by the school after the three men were arrested in November. All three have pleaded not guilty.
Pennsylvania prosecutors said Monday they now believe the alleged shower assault took place a year earlier than they first claimed. The attorney general's office said in a court filing that investigators concluded the alleged attack took place around Feb. 9, 2001. Previously filed court documents, including a grand jury report issued before Sandusky's arrest dated it March 1, 2002.
Child Lovin' Cops!
Posted: 5:04 PM EDT | Tue May 15, 2012 | Updated on: 10:20 PM PDT | Tue May 15, 2012 |
FBI Child Porn!
Carmel, Indiana (WCJB) -- A former supervisory FBI agent has been arrested and jailed on child pornography charges. Donald Sachtleben was taken into custody and charged Monday after a nationwide undercover investigation of illegal child porn images traded over the Internet. The arrest was a result a months-long probe, said the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Joseph Hogsett. "The mission of our Project Safe Childhood initiative is to investigate and prosecute anyone found to (be) engaged in the sexual exploitation of children," Hogsett said in a news release. "No matter who you are, you will be brought to justice if you are found guilty of such criminal behavior."
A federal complaint alleges 30 graphic images and video were found on Sachtleben's laptop computer late last week when FBI agents searched his home, about 23 miles north of Indianapolis. According to the criminal complaint, a federal-state joint task force had been investigating an Illinois man allegedly trading child porn images as far back as September 2010. That suspect was arrested in January, and a search of his computer reportedly led to Sachtleben (pictured below, right) who was using the e-mail name pedodave69. According to the affidavit, an e-mail from that account was sent to the Illinois suspect last fall, along with nine images of child porn. "Saw your profile on (a file sharing network). Hope you like these and can send me some of ours (sic). I have even better ones if you like." Prosecutors say Sachtleben sent that e-mail. Sachtleben's wife was interviewed by agents during the execution of the search warrant and denied any involvement with child porn. She was not taken into custody. The 54-year-old resident of Carmel, Indiana, has pleaded not guilty and has a detention hearing in federal court Wednesday.
Sachtleben is currently an Oklahoma State University visiting professor, according to his online resume. He is director of training at the school's Center for Improvised Explosives, but all references to his work have now been removed from the university's website. There was no indication from the school as to whether it had suspended him. Calls to the university and his Indianapolis attorneys were not immediately returned. He had been an FBI special agent from 1983 to 2008, serving as a bomb technician. He worked on the Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber investigations, according to his university biography. A separate LinkedIn profile filled out by Sachtleben says he is an "accomplished investigator with more than 25 years of experience in FBI major case management, counter terrorism investigations, bombing prevention, post blast investigations and public speaking." If convicted, Sachtleben would face up to 20 years in prison on the charge of distribution of child porn, and an additional 10 years for possession. The case is U.S. v. Sachtleben (1:12-mj-316).
FBI officials in Washington had no comment on the arrest.
Posted on: May 9, 2012 | 22:20 PDT | Updated on: May 12, 2012 | 15:35 PDT |
Child Pornography PD!
Long Beach, Calif. (WCJB) – Long Beach police say an officer who was arrested last month for investigation of possession of child pornography has been arrested again for several sexually-based offenses. A police department statement says Officer Noe Yanez (pictured left) was arrested Wednesday and was being held on $951,000 bail. Yanez was first arrested and booked April 19 for possession of child pornography following an investigation into alleged inappropriate contact with a minor. Authorities say Yanez was re-arrested after Long Beach police continued their initial investigation and interviewed additional victims. The department says Yanez has been suspended without pay since the first arrest, and will remain on suspension pending the outcome of the internal and criminal investigations.
Posted: 11:40 PM, May 7, 2012 - Updated: 05:40 PM, May 10, 2012 PDT
Meemken House Predator!
ANOKA, SC — Phil Meemken will lose his job as a Stearns County sheriff’s sergeant and will have to live the rest of his life as a registered predatory sex offender. Three young people who accused Meemken of sexual assault will have to live with the knowledge that he will avoid prison and the equivalent of a life sentence he could have gotten if convicted of the charges against him. The longtime Stearns sergeant pleaded guilty Monday to one count of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and two gross misdemeanors for providing alcohol to minors. The felony conviction will mean the loss of his peace officer’s license and his career in law enforcement. The plea came as jury selection was about to begin in a trial that was scheduled to last at least two weeks. It also came with a lengthy explanation in court about why prosecutors in the Anoka County Attorney’s Office decided to settle the case.
The victims and Meemken (pictured left) were so drunk during the incidents that it would have been difficult to convince a jury of what really happened, Anoka County prosecutor Wade Kish told Stearns County District Court Judge Vicki Landwehr. The incidents weren’t reported right away, and then there were significant delays in getting the case to trial. It led to a plea that clearly didn’t sit well with the victims who were in court Monday. And Paul Young, head of the violent crimes division in the Anoka County Attorney’s Office, understands. He was involved in the decision to settle the case short of trial. “We hope over time (the victims) can sit back and say that we did the best we could in a very challenging case with a lot of evidentiary issues,” Young said outside of court. “No result is perfect. But the certainty here, based on the evidence, is the best of a bad situation.” And prosecutors involved in the negotiations that led to Meemken’s guilty plea Monday will have to live with a difficult decision to take a plea that sees 21 of the felony counts against Meemken dismissed.
Posted: Wed, May. 9, 2012, 8:49 PM - Updated: Sun, May. 13, 2012, 6:55 PM PDT
OLD FORGE, Pa. - Officials in an eastern Pennsylvania county have announced the arrest of a local police chief in an indecent assault case involving a minor. Lackawanna County officials told media sources on Wednesday that Old Forge Police Chief Lawrence Semenza (pictured above, cuffed) was charged with aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and related counts. Officials said in a news release that the charges stem from incidents involving an underage girl between November 2004 and March 2007.
A 23-year-old woman walked into the district attorney's office during the first week of May (2012) to report that she'd endured years of sexual abuse inside the police and fire departments of a northeastern Pennsylvania town. Within days of the report, state police had arrested the police chief, a captain and a former volunteer firefighter in Old Forge, a Scranton-area borough with about 8,300 residents. The FBI has joined the investigation, and Lackawanna County prosecutors say there may be still more arrests as authorities work to confirm details of the accuser's story.
Deputy District Attorney Jennifer McCambridge said Capt. Jamie Krenitsky, 34 (pictured below, left) and a former volunteer firefighter, Walt Chiavacci, 46 (pictured below, right) both of whom were arrested last week, are also facing charges. McCambridge declined to say whether any additional accusers have come forward, but confirmed the investigation is ongoing. "It's certainly possible there could be other charges or other arrests," she said. McCambridge, the prosecutor, said the suspects' jobs played a role in the alleged abuse. "Your moral compass isn't developed at 14 and we can't expect them to look at things through the same prism of wisdom and experience that we as adults do," she said. "That's where their positions of authority would have had such a huge impact on what happened."
The woman approached prosecutors on May 2 and told them she'd had sexual contact with members of the police and fire departments starting in 2004, when she was 14 years old. An arrest affidavit says that Semenza, then a police sergeant and fire captain, met the teen when she became a junior firefighter. Semenza trained her and became a mentor, and soon was taking her out for coffee and buying her expensive fire equipment, including a helmet that cost hundreds of dollars. Within months, the relationship turned sexual, documents say, with multiple encounters in the firehouse kitchen, living area and shower beginning when the girl was 15. Semenza plied her with jewelry, including a Claddagh ring and a Maltese Cross charm and gold necklace, according to police. It's not clear how the alleged relationship broke off.
Semenza was in custody and it was unclear whether he had an attorney. A woman who answered the phone at his home hung up on a caller seeking comment.
While none of the suspects are accused of using force, Kristen Houser, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, said child predators often employ more subtle forms of coercion. And there's an inherent imbalance of power between a police officer and any civilian, much less a minor, she noted. "I'm just not sure how any teenage child would feel like they have a right or a place to not comply with a police officer," she said. Such cases "become even more egregious and outrageous because what path is left to those victims? Can I report it, will people believe me, what kind of danger will I put myself in if I tell his colleagues he's been doing this?"
Posted: Fri. May 4, 2012 (EDT) - Updated: 11:03 PM PDT, Thurs. May 3, 2012
Old Forge, PA -- The second-highest-ranking member of the Old Forge Police Department and a member of the borough's volunteer Fire Department were charged Thursday with sexually assaulting the same 15-year-old girl between 2004 and 2005. Old Forge police Capt. Jamie Krenitsky, 34, 19 Casey Ave., Old Forge, was arraigned on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors and later posted $25,000 bond for his release from Lackawanna County Prison. Walter Chiavacci, 46 (pictured below, right) of Old Forge, was charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. His bail information was not available late Thursday.
Following each of their arraignments, preliminary hearings for Capt. Krenitsky and Mr. Chiavacci were scheduled for May 9.
Corrupt Justice™ does not identify victims of alleged sexual assault. The investigation began Wednesday when the victim, now 23, reported the sexual assaults to the Lackawanna County district attorney's office. In an interview with investigators Wednesday, the victim explained she and Capt. Krenitsky (pictured left) became friendly through her involvement with the borough Fire Department. In January 2005, about the same time Capt. Krenitsky was promoted to captain, their relationship became sexual, she said. Over the course of about six months, Capt. Krenitsky and the victim would walk into the bunk room of the Fire Department - which is in the same building as the Police Department, 310 S. Main St. - lock the door behind them and the on-duty officer would take off his police belt, according to the complaint. Then, the two would remove their pants and perform oral sex on each other, according to the complaint. After outlining the allegations during the interview, the victim placed a recorded phone call to Capt. Krenitsky during which he admitted to the sexual activity the victim had described to investigators and repeatedly apologized, telling the victim that he "never wanted to hurt her," according to the complaint.
Soon after, investigators were at Capt. Krenitsky's Casey Avenue home, where he agreed to come in for an interview at the district attorney's office. There, Capt. Krenitsky admitted to being in the Fire Department bunk room with the victim, according to the complaint, but denied performing oral sex on her. Asked if she had performed oral sex on him, Capt. Krenitsky responded: "I would have to say yes," according to the complaint.
Hours later on Thursday, investigators from the state police and the Lackawanna County district attorney's office took Mr. Chiavacci into custody and he agreed to speak with them about the allegations against him, according to a criminal complaint. Mr. Chiavacci told investigators that he was at a party with the 15-year-old in July 2004 and he noticed she was very upset over breaking up with her boyfriend. After asking her if she would like to go for a walk to talk about the issue, Mr. Chiavacci and the 15-year-old girl went outside in a wooded area near Burger King, according to the complaint. Mr. Chiavacci tried to kiss the girl, but she turned her head away, at which point Mr. Chiavacci put his hands inside her underwear and touched her inappropriately, according to the complaint.
Old Forge Mayor Michele Avvisato said Capt. Krenitsky was suspended without pay and that Police Chief Larry Semenza was put on administrative leave with pay because he is also under investigation, though she would not elaborate on why he is being investigated. When asked about Ms. Avvisato's comments, Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola declined to comment on whether Chief Semenza was under investigation. A message left on Chief Semenza's cellphone was not returned Thursday. Mr. Jarbola said Thursday afternoon that the investigation remains open and that additional arrests may be forthcoming. He would not say whether any of the remaining persons of interest are also members of the Old Forge Police Department.
Officer Kim Buggey, a 9-year veteran of the Old Forge Police Department, was named officer-in-charge by Ms. Avvisato in Chief Semenza's absence. Chief Semenza's leave and Capt. Krenitsky's arrest and suspension leave the department with three full-time officers, including Officer Buggey, and 13 part-time officers, Officer Buggey said.
On Thursday night, Old Forge Borough Council held an executive session with borough solicitor William Rinaldi and Ms. Avvisato. After the closed-door meeting, the mayor made about a minute-and-a-half-long statement, saying she and council "are certainly concerned for the victim and her family." The mayor, who noted she discussed the arrest with borough officials during the executive session, also said they are "shocked" and cooperating with authorities in the investigation. The mayor added that Capt. Krenitsky is suspended without pay until council meets at its "regular meeting and takes further action." Council's regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15. After reading her statement, she and council members refused to answer questions.
About a half-dozen members of the public attended Thursday's meeting. "I was looking for some answers," Eileen Stefanko said. "I'm very disgusted about this." Robert Hughes said he is outraged and "very angry." "They have no respect for the taxpayers whatsoever," he said. Capt. Krenitsky's arrest Wednesday night was not the first time he was accused of inappropriate behavior toward members of the opposite sex. In February 2008, a former part-time female police officer with the department filed a federal sexual harassment lawsuit against Capt. Krenitsky and the borough, claiming he had asked fellow officers, both via two-way radio and in front of her, if they would either marry or have sex with her. The former officer, Michelle Venturi, later settled the case out of court for $125,000 in January 2010. Mr. Jarbola asked that anyone with any information regarding the case and the Old Forge Police Department or Fire Department contact state police at 963-3156.
PUBLISHED: FRIDAY, 6:39 AM, Apr. 28, 2012 - MODIFIED: FRIDAY, 5:39 PM PDT Apr. 28, 2012
Officer Phillip Garrido!
"I thought, 'That's not right.'"HEATH, OHIO -- A former police officer accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl that spanned 10 years and led to three children while he was on the force was arrested Friday morning. George B. Gibson, 43 (pictured left) last known address 1595 Heather-view Lane, Heath, is suspected of engaging in sexual contact and conduct with a young girl between Aug. 21, 1993, and Aug. 31, 2003, Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt said. The girl was 8 years old when the suspected sexual abuse began, Oswalt said. The girl, whom Gibson knew through her mother, was 15 years old when she first had Gibson's child, who now is 10, Oswalt said. They have two other children, ages 7 and 19 months, together, he said. Gibson worked as an officer for the Hebron and Union Township police departments while the suspected abuse occurred. His police officer certification was suspended in February 2006 because of inactivity, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
-- Hebron (Ohio) Police Lt. Larry Brooks commenting that after Officer George Gibson left the Hebron Police Department, Brooks said he would see Gibson in the Heath area with the (minor) girl, who looked young. Most notably, Lt. Brooks failed to take action, or notify law enforcement officials.
During his time in Union Township, he was disciplined for failing to respond to dispatches, resulting in Licking County Sheriff's Office deputies being sent in his place. Gibson left the department after a disciplinary hearing, Union Township Police Chief Paula Greene said. Greene said she did not know what Gibson did with his personal life but was concerned the alleged behavior occurred while he worked for the police department.
Hebron police officers also were unaware of the alleged behavior at the time, Hebron Lt. Larry Brooks said. After Gibson left the department, Brooks said he would see Gibson in the Heath area with the girl, who looked young. "I thought, 'That's not right,'" Brooks said. The alleged behavior was uncovered during Licking County Child Support Enforcement Agency proceedings when officials realized the pair's oldest child was conceived when the mother was 15 years old, Oswalt said.
On Thursday, a grand jury charged Gibson with one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, one count of rape, a first-degree felony, two counts of corruption of a minor, fourth-degree felonies, one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony, and five counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies. The indictment was sealed until Gibson's arrest Friday morning because authorities were concerned he might leave the area, Oswalt said. Gibson has hired an attorney and has not made a statement to Heath police, who investigated the incidents, Oswalt said. A bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 - MODIFIED: 4:48 AM PDT, FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
PATERSON, N.J. - A New Jersey police officer sent a 12-year-old girl explicit photos of himself in uniform and tried to set up a sexual encounter with her, days after meeting the girl while assisting her family in an unrelated police matter, authorities said Wednesday. Woodland Park Police Officer Steven Vigorito Jr. (pictured left) pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges ranging from attempted aggravated sexual assault to luring and enticing a child. He was being held on $250,000 bail following his arrest while on duty Tuesday night.
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said the girl's mother complained to the police department on Monday that the officer had made inappropriate comments to her daughter, had given her his private cellphone number and had asked her to text him. Woodlawn Park Police Chief Anthony Galietti said they immediately contacted the prosecutor's office, whose detectives posed as the girl and started exchanging texts with Vigorito. The texts became increasingly explicit over the course of several days, prosecutors said. Vigorito eventually texted the girl photographs in which he was exposing himself while wearing his police uniform and arranged to meet her for a sexual encounter, prosecutors alleged. The girl was never in harm's way, and never exchanged texts with the officer, Valdes said. "What is so disturbing about this, is the person who was to assist the family, ends up preying on the family," Valdes said.
The 39-year-old Vigorito has been with the police department for 12 years in Woodland Park, a small suburb about 15 miles from Manhattan. The town, known until a recent voter-approved name change as West Paterson, is a bucolic, leafy borough of neatly landscaped homes adjacent to Paterson, a grittier, more industrialized urban neighbor. Vigorito, who media sources reported is a married father of two, was arrested Tuesday night in the police station while on the night shift, according to Galietti, who said the patrolman was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
The arrest of one of the 25 officers on the force has shaken the small department, Galietti said. "It's very upsetting, when you have one of your own do something like this. It's very upsetting," he said. Galietti added that department officials had acted immediately upon receiving the family's complaint about the officer, and had no hesitation in alerting the prosecutor's office. "When this came to light we went into it head-on. We didn't care if it was one of our own," he said. "I'm the father of five kids, and this is wrong. It's a very inappropriate situation. Unfortunately, he (Vigorito) had a badge at the time."
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 - Updated: Apr 15, 2012 11:27 PM PDT
Santa Fe, New Mexico -- Police sergeant Mike Eiskant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was recently caught on video (below) masturbating while he was on duty. The video was filmed by the dashboard camera of his cruiser. The video released to the media does not show the inside of the cruiser, but the audio is explicit. While having a very graphic sexual conversation with himself, the officer can be heard saying: “Oh, show me those big beautiful breasts, baby.” Authorities speculate that Sgt. Eiskant was looking at pictures of naked women on his cell phone.
Sgt. Eiskant recently entered a no contest plea in Bernalillo County District Court for two counts of attempt to commit a felony for false imprisonment, one count of stalking, two counts of harassment and charges for larceny and possession of marijuana. A statement from New Mexico Attorney General Gary King’s office said that Sgt. Eiskant promised he “will never again become a law enforcement officer anywhere in the United States,” as part of his plea deal. When Sgt. Eiskant was promoted to the rank of sergeant, he was issued the badge number 69.
May 13, 2012Update!
Cop Child-Rape Cover-up!
Florida -- Disgraced former Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor was sentenced this morning to one year in the Orange County Jail for official misconduct. Saylor faced as much as 20 years in prison. Judge C. Jeffery Arnold recommended work release for Saylor. If he is found to qualify, he will be allowed to work during the day and be housed in a "secure facility" at night. Saylor also will be placed on three years' state probation after his release. He was ordered to repay $5,000 in investigative costs, as well as assorted court costs.
Saylor accepted a plea deal last month in which he pleaded no contest to two counts of official misconduct, solicitation to commit official misconduct and solicitation to tamper with evidence. He also lost his law-enforcement certification. In return, the state dropped charges of bribery and unlawful compensation for official behavior against Saylor. He appeared to be trying to maintain his composure as he was fingerprinted, handcuffed and led from the courtroom by deputies.
Saylor was arrested and fired after a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation accused him of halting a child-sex investigation into a friend and urging one of his officers to destroy records. Scott Bush, Saylor's friend whose case sparked his firing, is charged with lewd or lascivious molestation and two counts of sexual battery on a child younger than 12. He is awaiting trial.
Published 4/22/2011, 10:59 AM; Updated: 04/23/2011 04:37:26 PM PDT
A central figure in the continuing corruption investigation of former Windermere police Chief Daniel Saylor was arrested Friday after being accused of forging a motorist's name on a traffic ticket. Raul Carvajal (pictured above, center) who recently was fired from the Windermere Police Department for undisclosed reasons, was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on one count of organized scheme to defraud, a felony, according to FDLE. Agents arrested him shortly after noon and took him to the Orange County Jail, where he was booked and held on $2,500 bail.
The arrest is the latest in the wealthy Central Florida community's scandal that prompted a shake-up of its 24-member Police Department. FDLE continues to investigate accusations of bribery, ticket fixing and evidence theft as well as two child-rape investigations Saylor is charged with shutting down as a favor to a friend, the accused rapist.
Carvajal's role in the corruption investigation involves an allegation that he delivered a $1,000 cash bribe to Saylor during a party last December at the chief's Sanford home. The money was a bribe that Saylor has been accused of demanding in return for his promise to hire a friend of Carvajal's before the man's law-enforcement certification expired in December, according to FDLE records released by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office. No criminal charges have been filed over the bribe allegation, which was documented by secretly recorded conversations between Carvajal, 40, and Officer Irvin Murr. Other secretly recorded conversations between Murr and Saylor led to the chief's arrest in January and subsequent firing, court records show. Before delivering the cash, Carvajal photocopied 10 $100 bills provided by his friend and police applicant Humberto Garcia of Kissimmee before Carvajal said he gave the money to Saylor.
Garcia was not hired by Saylor, who was arrested Jan. 12 on charges of giving unlawful compensation for official behavior and one count of official misconduct. Records show Garcia has never worked in Florida as a police officer and was turned down twice by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.
In a later recorded conversation, Carvajal told Murr he had been questioned by FDLE about the $1,000 payment and lied to agents by telling them it was a personal gift to his boss. Last year, Saylor had promised to fire Carvajal in May after Orlando police complained that Carvajal needlessly triggered a countywide emergency response by making a Signal 43 — RUSH: Officer Needs Help — radio call while working off-duty without jurisdiction at an Orlando apartment complex. The next day, Saylor changed his mind and let Carvajal remain a Windermere police officer, according to Orlando police records
February 17, 2011Update!
"If they nail me for official misconduct, I will go to jail, they will arrest me, and I will be done," , according to FDLE documents. "I'd get rid of whatever you have … It's called a shredder … you know what I am saying. Build a bonfire in the backyard."
-- Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor to Windermere police Cpl. Irvin Murr on Nov. 14, 2010.WINDERMERE, Fla. — Police Lt. Paul Conway resigned Friday from the scandal-rocked Windermere Police Department, calling his exit a selfless act to help heal the agency. "Paul was the number two man there and as long as he remained, a cloud would hang over him and the department," Conway's lawyer of Orlando, said Friday evening.
Police Chief Mike McCoy, who took command this week, accepted Conway's resignation after meeting with him and his attorney. The chief, who could not be reached Friday evening, replaced Chief Daniel Saylor (pictured left), who was arrested last month (January 2011) on corruption charges accusing him of shutting down a child rape investigation to help a friend. Conway had worked for Windermere for about 14 years. His resignation followed a meeting earlier Friday in which Shaeffer and the officer met with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which arrested Saylor.
Conway's attorney said he (Conway) will meet again with FDLE next week to demonstrate his complete cooperation with the investigation and willingness to testify in the criminal case against Saylor. No other Windermere police officers besides Saylor have been arrested. The attorney said his discussion with FDLE indicated, "There is no plan to bring charges against Conway either now or in the immediate future."
Court records released this week showed that a Windermere police officer who secretly recorded five conversations with Saylor for FDLE said Conway ordered him to tell the state Department of Children and Families that Windermere would not investigate the rape allegations against the chief's friend. Frantically trying to cover up why the rape investigations were dropped, Saylor began promising days off and even a possible promotion if the case detective would lie to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and destroy paperwork related to the case, according to records released by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office. What the brash cop with a tarnished past didn't know was that every word was being secretly recorded. "If they nail me for official misconduct, I will go to jail, they will arrest me, and I will be done," Saylor told Windermere police Cpl. Irvin Murr on Nov. 14, according to FDLE documents. "I'd get rid of whatever you have … It's called a shredder … you know what I am saying. Build a bonfire in the backyard."
The release of more than 140 pages of tape-recordings and interviews by FDLE with current and former Windermere police officers revealed for the first time the broad scope of the corruption investigation in Central Florida's wealthiest town.
Under Saylor's leadership since 2002, Windermere became known as a department willing to hire officers who resigned from other agencies rather than be fired for a range of misbehavior. Saylor resigned from the Melbourne Police Department in 1996 after being stopped in Orlando with a prostitute, records show. Several current and former officers told agents they feared Saylor would retaliate by ruining their careers if he found out they had talked. Officers talked about an "unspoken 'code of conduct' in the town of Windermere that certain 'privileged' families are granted immunity from the WPD and Chief Saylor, simply for being long-time residents …" according to a statement to FDLE from former Windermere police Cpl. Carl Head.
Various officers told FDLE that traffic tickets were regularly voided for residents and government employees. Murr claimed Bush's landscaping service began working on Saylor's home in Seminole County shortly after 2009 child-rape investigations against him were shelved. Kristin Zeigler-Harris, a former officer who investigated earlier child-rape allegations against Bush in 2003, told agents Saylor ordered her to give copies of all the records to Bush, documents show. And a former head of investigations advised FDLE agents to use caution about what they told Town Manager Cecilia Bernier. "The town manager and Chief Daniel Saylor are good friends and they ride motorcycles together," warned Clark Egerton, who now works as a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
Tuesday night, after the Windermere Town Council swore in McCoy as the town's new top cop, Bernier said she was not a friend of Saylor's, had not socialized with him or visited his home. She declined to comment on whether town police had voided traffic tickets for residents.
More charges possible
The investigation into Saylor began last summer when Head provided FDLE with a copy of the 2009 rape complaint that Saylor would not investigate despite requests by the state Department of Children and Families. FDLE investigative notes indicate agents intended to charge Saylor with witness tampering, a felony, for trying to persuade Murr not to assist in the state probe. Documents also show that agents intended to charge Saylor with bribery and tampering with evidence, both felonies. As of Tuesday, Saylor had not been charged with any of those crimes. Saylor's attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
In October, Murr told FDLE investigators that everyone on the Windermere police force knew that Saylor and Bush were friends and that they rode motorcycles together. On several occasions, according to FDLE, Murr and others had seen Bush enter the Windermere police headquarters through a locked employee entrance that required a key, making Murr suspect that Bush "has a key to the department."
In a recorded conversation with Murr in November, Saylor promised Murr a day-shift job and discussed records in the Bush case that Saylor told FDLE were lost but that Murr claimed he had thrown away. "But what I'm saying Irv is that you know what, I never came to you to your face and said drop the charges right now, did I ever come to you and say drop the charges? No, did you know Scott was my friend, probably yea but did I ever said drop the [expletive] charges let him go."
Saylor, 44, remains free on bail after being charged Jan. 12, 2011 with unlawful compensation for official behavior and official misconduct. His friend, Scott Frederick Bush, 50, was arrested the same day and charged with sexual battery of a child under 12 and lewd or lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 - crimes that could land him in prison for the rest of his life.
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