Fairfax County Cop Convicted of Forcibly Sodomizing Ex-Girlfriend

Fairfax County Cop Convicted of Forcibly Sodomizing Ex-Girlfriend
As we've been saying for years, the Fairfax County Police are out of control

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Metro police officer charged with rape

A Metro Police lieutenant was arrested on Friday after being indicted on charges of raping a woman with whom he had a long-term relationship.
Police said Lt. Curtis Watkins, 36, was taken into custody before noon Friday after a three-count rape indictment accused him of having non-consensual sex with the alleged victim once in 2012 and twice in 2013.
Watkins was decommissioned on Jan. 27 after becoming the subject of an investigation by both the Sex Crimes Unit and Office of Professional Accountability after the victim, 40, who was in a relationship with Watkins from 2008-2013, contacted police.
The Office of Professional Accountability investigation is nearing completion. He is expected to be officially administratively charged with violating police department rules and regulations next week, for which he will face a disciplinary hearing with a potential sanction of termination.
"Members of this police department deeply value the trust and confidence placed in us by Nashville's citizens," Chief Steve Anderson said in a news release. "Our commitment to the community absolutely required thorough criminal and administrative investigations of this employee while he was in a restricted assignment with no police authority. As reflected by the indictment and the administrative investigation, the MNPD took this matter very seriously."
Watkins had been assigned to the Madison Precinct's Investigations Unit prior to being decommissioned. He has been on desk duty at police headquarters since Jan. 27.
Watkins is a 15-year veteran of the department. He was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and lieutenant in 2013.

He is currently jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Fair Bluff officer suspended without pay in peeping case

Fair Bluff officer suspended without pay in peeping case
FAIR BLUFF - A Fair Bluff police officer has been suspended without pay as he awaits arrest on a charge of secret peeping, consulting Town Manager Al Leonard said Friday.
Brian Beauchaine is charged with 10 counts of the felony in a warrant obtained by the Lake Waccamaw Police Chief Scott Hyatt said Friday. Hyatt said to explain why the warrant has not been served would violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal law that restricts access to health information.
Beauchaine was reported missing during the evening of June 4, soon after a camera was found in the victim's Lake Waccamaw home, Hyatt said. Police believed then that Beauchaine could be a danger to himself, Hyatt said.
Police located Beauchaine later in Leland.
Hyatt said the victim was not aware of the hidden camera and was photographed between April 1 and June4.
Details about the victim will not be released for now, Hyatt said.
Leonard said Hyatt's employment status will be reviewed by the

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Woman accuses NYPD cop of assault, false arrest and pressuring her into a date, files $150M lawsuit

Erica Noonan, 31, is suing the city and Police Officer Carlos Becker, who's accused of pulling her over because he found her attractive, using a cell phone to video tape her rear end while she was handcuffed at a precinct, and pressuring her into a date by promising to clear up her case. The lawsuit also names a slew of other violations.


The Bronx woman wooed by a hot-to-trot NYPD highway cop during and after her drunk-driving arrest sued the officer and the city Thursday for $150 million.
Erica Noonan, 31, says Police Officer Carlos Becker pulled her over on Fordham Road on March 11, 2013, because he found her attractive, videotaped her rear end with his cell phone while she was handcuffed at a police precinct and then pressured her into a date by promising to clear up her case.
“I’m going to talk to the district att on Monday,” Becker, 31, wrote in one of hundreds of text messages he sent her, according to the Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit. “Let’s just hang. I gotta get u in a better mood.”
During the March 24 date, Becker ordered Noonan a drink that made her feel groggy, she says.
She woke up in the officer’s bed the next morning with a black eye and almost no memory of the night, according to her
Noonan says Becker used his power and status as a cop to lure her into the romantic rendezvous.
“I am deeply saddened and hurt by the acts of Officer Becker against me,” she said. “It is my sincere hope that the NYPD takes measures to ensure that another citizen is not violated, as I was, at the hands of a police officer.”
Noonan’s lawsuit accuses the officer and the city of excessive force, negligent training, assault, battery, false arrest, rape, libel, malicious prosecution, abuse of authority, harassment and other violations.
“We will review the lawsuit,” a city Law Department spokesman said.      
Noonan’s DWI charge was dropped last week, her lawyer Stephen Drummond said.
Becker was cleared in December of misdemeanor official misconduct in connection with Noonan’s arrest when a Bronx judge ruled that the cop’s videotaping of the woman’s backside was reprehensible but not an unauthorized use of a police function.
The judge said the officer committed several other acts that could have been characterized as misconduct but let Becker walk because Bronx prosecutors had built their case around the filming incident.
The lawyer who represented the cop in his criminal case declined to comment Thursday. Becker himself couldn’t immediately be reached. The NYPD didn’t respond to questions about Becker’s status.
“Police officers are entrusted with the solemn duty to protect and serve the public,” said Drummond. “Here Officer Becker abused that trust by placing his personal desire about his oath, and for that he and the NYPD must be held accountable.”

Edison officer charged with pressuring woman for sex after 911 call sues to keep his job

By Mark Mueller 

An Edison police officer facing the loss of his job for seeking sex from a woman he met during an emergency call has filed suit against the department, demanding his return to duty and the dismissal of the charges against him.
Patrolman Anthony Sarni, 39, has been suspended with pay since October, when his superiors charged him administratively with engaging in misconduct and lying to investigators.
In his suit, filed Friday in Superior Court in New Brunswick, Sarni contends the department waited too long to charge him, violating the so-called 45-day rule. Under state law, the suit states, investigators have 45 days to charge an officer once sufficient evidence has been collected to support the counts.
Sarni was interviewed by internal affairs on July 26, 2013, when he ultimately admitted propositioning the woman. He was charged departmentally Sept. 27, a full two months later, according to the suit.
The officer’s lawyer, Steven Cahn, also contends his client should not have been charged with lying because, while he initially withheld some information, Sarni came clean before the interview concluded.
"He was worried because everything in Edison ends up in the press, and he was reluctant to discuss a personal incident, but ultimately he told them everything they wanted to know," Cahn said.
In the suit, Cahn cites a transcript of the internal affairs interview in which investigators thank Sarni for his truthfulness.
"Okay, I want to thank you on the record," Lt. Joseph Shannon tells Sarni, according to the transcript. "I know this was difficult. I know you (sic) a lot of things going through you (sic) mind and I can appreciate some of your positions being a father and a husband. Ultimately, I want to thank you for your candor."
The case remained in limbo until last month, when Sarni received a letter announcing the department’s intention to fire him, The Star-Ledger reported at the time. Cahn said he told his client, a veteran of the Marine Corps, it was time to push back.
"This guy has been suspended for eight months on charges I don’t think could ever be sustained," the attorney said. "There have been negotiations about what to do with it, but nothing got resolved. My assessment was it’s time to go on the offensive."
In addition to his reinstatement and the dismissal of the counts, Sarni is seeking to recoup his legal fees.
Police Chief Thomas Bryan declined to comment on the suit.
The incident that led to the charges occurred Sept. 11, 2012.
Sarni, a 10-year veteran who makes $118,000 annually, was one of several officers to respond to a report of a disturbance at the Extended Stay America hotel in the Raritan Center. There he met the alleged victim.
Once his shift ended, Sarni returned to the hotel in uniform and allegedly pressed the woman to engage in a sexual encounter, law enforcement officials told The Star-Ledger last year. The woman rebuffed him and filed a complaint, the officials said.
The woman later told investigators she did not want to go forward with her claim, Cahn said, but the case "seemed to take on a life of its own."
Cahn called Sarni a good police officer who has received numerous commendations and who has repeatedly displayed bravery and intelligence on the job. In this one instance, Cahn said, Sarni simply made a mistake.
"It was an unfortunate incident," the lawyer said. "He made a mistake in judgment on a personal level, and it essentially had very little connection to work. It was a personal issue off duty. If he wasn’t a police officer, nobody would have cared."
Since his suspension, Sarni has lost out on at least $25,000 in overtime and other pay for off-hour details, Cahn said.
Sarni was one of two officers targeted for termination last month. The other, David Pedana, was alleged to have sent racist text messages, some of them directed at fellow officers.
Both officers are entitled to a hearing before any termination takes effect.

The Fair Bluff police officer who was missing for about 24 hours last week is facing felony secret peeping charges.

Brian Beauchaine is accused of using a secret video camera to take inappropriate photos of an unsuspecting person in his Lake Waccamaw home April 1 through June 4, according to Lake Waccamaw Police Chief Scott Hyatt.
Authorities are unable to serve the charges at this time, but Hyatt said he could not explain the delay due to HIPPA, an act that protects health information.
Hyatt said the SBI is examining items that may lead to further charges.
Beauchaine was reported missing the evening of June 4. Hyatt said Beauchaine left his home after someone found the hidden camera. He was found the next night outside a Leland restaurant.
"It's always upsetting when there's an officer that's involved in a crime like this, or any crime for that matter," Hyatt said. "But we always hope that the community will understand that's just one bad apple out of a lot of officers that are doing a very good job everyday."
Capt. Richard Lawson of the Fair Bluff Police Department was unable to advise if Beauchaine was still employed there Friday morning.
"I don't know. I know he was suspended," said Lawson, who explained he had just returned to the office after being away for several days

  By Joel Currier and Susan Weich 
CHESTERFIELD • A Chesterfield police officer secretly videotaped men in a gas station restroom stall, lured anonymous sex partners to his home through Craigslist ads and posted dozens of voyeuristic and pornographic videos to his own website, authorities say.
David Cerna, 33, of the 4000 block of Jessica Drive in Wentzville, who had served the Chesterfield Police Department for six years without raising suspicions of superiors, was charged Friday with invasion of privacy in St. Louis and St. Charles counties.
Chesterfield police say that over several months, Cerna collected videos from a spy camera he installed in a men’s restroom at the Mobil On The Run gas station on Clarkson Road south of Chesterfield Mall. Some of those videos and dozens more taped with sex partners at his home in Wentzville were hosted on his porn website.
Investigators say they have identified some victims and are looking for more.
The investigation stemmed from reporting by Post-Dispatch partner Fox 2 News, whose reporter, Chris Hayes, made police aware of the video camera on May 30.
Using Hayes’ information, online comments from one of the alleged victims and the help of the St. Charles County cybercrimes task force, police traced the address of the computer server hosting the website that aired the videos to Cerna’s home. Cerna was arrested Thursday night at his home by his fellow officers.
“We of course are deeply saddened and disturbed that one of our officers acted in such a reprehensible manner,” Chesterfield Police Chief Ray Johnson said in a statement. “However, once we learned of his involvement, we acted swiftly to minimize the possibility of any additional victims; and to hold Officer Cerna accountable for his actions.”
The video camera at the Mobil and Cerna’s website were removed during the department’s week-long investigation, police said. His record had been clear of any previous violations that would have raised suspicions.
Charges in St. Charles County stem from Cerna’s now-defunct website, police say. Cerna has admitted to the crimes and told investigators he placed ads on Craigslist posing as women wanting casual sex, and would send photos of a woman he didn’t know to men who responded.
After sending photos, Cerna provided a cellphone number and sent text messages from that number, giving his home address with instructions on what to do when men came to the front door.
Cerna said he would record video of men having anonymous oral sex with Cerna through a hole in a door. As many as 60 men visited his home over 18 months, Cerna told police.
At this time, two of those men, both 24, have been identified, police said.
Cerna told police that in January, he bought a domain name from a web hosting company and created a site where he would post about 40 videos at a time.
Reaction to the charges against Cerna ranged from dismay to apathy to disgust.
Tracey Hughes, a spokeswoman for Wallis Companies, which owns Mobil on the Run stores in the St. Louis region, visited the Chesterfield station on Friday.
She said the company is “dismayed that an individual would take it upon himself to breach that privacy” of workers and staff. Hughes said staff and customers use the same bathrooms at the Mobil On the Run in Chesterfield.
“We value our customers’ privacy and our employees’ privacy,” she said. “We have a great relationship with the Chesterfield Police Department.”
Bob Nichols, who left the Mobil On the Run on Friday with a fountain soda and a snack, said that learning of Cerna’s charges was disappointing but, sadly, not surprising.
“It’s crazy, but I wish I could say I was shocked,” said Nichols, 54, of Fenton. “It’s almost sad that it doesn’t shock you anymore.”
Jared Steeples had a different take.
“That’s nasty,” said Steeples, 21, of north St. Louis County, who works at a nearby pizza shop and was stopping by the Mobil on a break Friday. “I’ll still buy stuff from

Seattle cop who posted sex pics of ex-lover wants his job back


 In the first interview since his arrest last year, a Seattle police officer who was fired after posting sexually-explicit photos of an ex-lover online said he would like understanding, forgiveness, and his badge back.
David Blackmer, 44, claims the city was in violation of his union contract when Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey fired him last month.
Blackmer, of Snohomish County, was an 18-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department when he was arrested in July 2013 for investigation of felony identity theft, domestic violence and cyberstalking.
According to court documents, Blackmer, who was married at the time, began an affair with a woman he met on Match.com in the fall of 2012. The affair ended when the woman confronted him at his home on July 17, 2013, and exposed the relationship to his wife.
The woman contacted Seattle police after Blackmer created a fake Facebook account under her name and used it to post graphic, sexual photos she sent during their relationship.
In a deal with prosecutors, Blackmer pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cyberstalking and domestic violence on Dec. 19, 2013, and spent 59 days in the Snohomish County Jail.
The Seattle Police Department placed Blackmer, who was a member of the Criminal Investigations Unit, on paid administrative leave while the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) investigated his actions.
He was ultimately fired by Interim Chief Bailey on May 5.
Blackmer, who is a member of the Seattle Police Officers' Guild (SPOG), claims that his termination violated a section of his union contract (3.6 B, 1-2) that requires OPA to complete its investigation within 180 days. After that time, according to the contract language, "no discipline may result from the investigation."
According to a Seattle Police Department memo, OPA investigators thought the 180-day deadline to wrap up the Blackmer case was April 15. Blackmer, however, claims that OPA miscounted and that the investigation should have been completed more than 20 days earlier, on March 22.
Blackmer said some may see it as a technicality, but he sees it as a blatant violation of the rules.
"The same department that says, ‘You have to know everything in the manual (...) and we're going to enforce these rules and if you violate them you're going to be disciplined,' is the same department that has to abide by its own rules as far as the contract goes," Blackmer said. "Both sides have to abide by the rules, not just one side."
The police guild agrees with Blackmer and will represent him in arbitration, a set of hearings officially referred to as a Disciplinary Review Board.
Guild President Ron Smith said this is not the first time OPA has bungled the 180-day deadline. In fact, he said half of the cases currently set for arbitration involve alleged violations of the 180-day rule.
One such case involves a finding of dishonesty against an officer. According to the guild, it took OPA 292 days to complete their investigation.
Another case set for review involves an officer convicted of driving under the influence. Once again, Smith said OPA failed to complete the investigation on time. Should the guild succeed in that case, Smith said Blackmer stands a good chance of getting his job back.
"I'm not so much defending David, I'm defending David's right to be treated fairly and by the terms of the agreement," Smith said.
Although he does not believe Blackmer is fit to serve as a police officer, Smith said he has a duty to protect the contract on behalf of the guild's 1,250 members.
"Once (Blackmer) chose to take the actions that he chose, he forfeited the right and the honor to wear the Seattle Police Department uniform and the badge that goes with it," he said. "But I have a duty of fair representation for all my members regardless of what they did, regardless of who they are."
'I accept what I did'
Blackmer said he has come a long way since the decisions he made last year that landed him behind bars.
He admitted that his actions were "retaliatory."
"In retrospect, I should have stepped back from the situation and really thought about what I did," he said in an interview with KIRO Radio at his home near Everett.
Blackmer detailed how he used a fake Facebook page to post sexually-explicit photos of his mistress following an encounter at his home. He said he used her name on the account, uploaded a photo of her on the profile, and then added several of her friends and family members so they could see the graphic images.
"They were not flattering to her," Blackmer said of the photos.
"Obviously, I apologize for what I put her through. It was wrong and I'll take responsibility for that," he said.
Blackmer did, however, disagree with some of the information the woman gave investigators.
He said she knew he was married early on in their relationship.
"I explained to her about being married, she was OK with that," said Blackmer, who claims he told the woman he planned to divorce his wife after the younger of their two children went off to college.
Blackmer described his relationship with the woman as "unhealthy" for both of them, and admitted to KIRO Radio that he was involved with other women as well.
"I see where I was destructive and I needed to stop," he said.
Following his arrest, Blackmer sought 30 days of treatment at a facility in Stuart, Florida for "attachment disorder," which he claims prevented him from being able to form normal, healthy relationships.
Blackmer said had he not been contacted by SafeCallNow.org, a 24-hour crisis intervention service for public safety employees, he would have killed himself the day after he was arrested. He said he planned to rent a car, drive out of town, and take as many pills as he could.
He said as hard as it is to believe, the ordeal has actually saved his marriage.
"This is what it took, something so terrible like this, to get my attention," he said. "I accept what I did and I am suffering for it and there's been a lot of tears and a lot of sadness and a lot of hurt, but there's been a lot of growth out of it."
Blackmer said he truly thinks he deserves to have his job back.
"I do, and that comes with the caveat of paying penitence, admitting my wrongdoing, being proactive and going to the domestic violence classes and participating," he said. "Everybody has their problems. Police officers are human too and we have our problems just as much as everybody else does."
He said he hopes he can be forgiven.
"To the public, and to the men and women of SPD, I apologize for my actions," he said. "I was caught up in something really bad, that fortunately I was able to get out of."
OPA has 'ultimate responsibility' for investigations
The 180-day deadline laid out in the collective bargaining agreement is one that the Office of Professional Accountability should be familiar with. In fact, investigators are routinely reminded of the importance of meeting the deadline throughout the review process.
In a July 2013 memo on the Blackmer case, Lieutenant Jim Fitzgerald, assigned to the Office of Professional Accountability, stressed the importance of completing the internal investigation into Blackmer on time.
"This investigation is TIME-SENSITIVE," read the memo. "Any investigation that results in discipline must be fully completed within 180 days from the time of classification(...)."
The same memo said that OPA would maintain "ultimate responsibility for the quality, thoroughness, and timeliness" of the investigation.
"It's beyond me how, when it's spelled out in plain English on paper, especially in a case like this, they could fail to take seriously the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and make sure that they did their due diligence on behalf of the people of Seattle," said SPOG President Ron Smith.
Smith said the guild would not have represented Blackmer in an appeal if they did not believe OPA had missed the 180-day deadline. He added that the guild would gladly have given OPA an extension on the timeline had investigators asked.
"If I fail, at this point, to provide Dave Blackmer with an appeal process to challenge the city's failure to meet a basic 180-day timeline, then the next time they decide to discipline somebody, why should they abide by the 180-day timeline?" he said.
Pierce Murphy, head of the Office of Professional Accountability, declined an interview for this story, except to say that his office sometimes disagrees with the guild over how investigations are conducted. He would not acknowledge the guild's claims that a deadline was missed in the Blackmer case.
"If the arbitrator rules in favor of the guild, the city will have no choice but to either put David Blackmer back to work or to work out some type of alternate arrangement with him," Smith said. "As unfortunate as it is, the real blame lies at the foot of the door to the Office of Professional Accountability."
Should Blackmer succeed in arbitration, not only could he be reinstated to full duties, but the city may be required to pay him for lost wages. According to public records, Blackmer had an annual salary of $101,385 in 2013.
"This once again demonstrates the need for significant improvements to our police discipline and accountability process," said Mayor Ed Murray, who was briefed on the Blackmer case.
The Seattle Police Department and the City Attorney's Office, which will represent the city's interests at arbitration, declined to comment.
Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who chairs the city's public safety committee, is currently working to help reform the OPA system. Vinh Tang, a spokesperson for Harrell, said his office is considering recommendations from the Community Police Commission that would modify the 180-day timetable.

Convicted murderer Jimmy Dac Ho had history of abuse, violence, documents show

By Kate Jacobson, Sun Sentinel

Before he was handed a badge and a gun as a police officer for Florida Atlantic University, Jimmy Dac Ho was no stranger to trouble in South Florida.
Fired from the Broward Sheriff's Office in 2004 after a violent fight with his wife, Ho spent two years trying to get another job as a police officer. He was rejected by at least seven departments because of his history at the Sheriff's Office before he landed at FAU in 2006.
 Once there, he racked up complaints of excessive force, intimidation and sexual harassment. Many of his problems involved women: Records show he was reprimanded for sending inappropriate text messages and making lewd comments to female employees and students.
Despite 14 written complaints, Ho was punished just once, after he forced a student who spit on a security camera to lick off the spit.
Ho's law enforcement career ended in 2011 after he killed escort Sheri Carter. Ho handcuffed her with his police-issue cuffs, shot her twice and left her to die in her Boynton Beach condo. A judge sentenced him to life in prison in May.
FAU officials have declined to discuss Ho's hiring or his tenure with the school police force. With the criminal trial over, the school now faces a wrongful death lawsuit from Sandi Cooper of Wellington, Sheri Carter's mother.
Cooper said the school should never have hired Ho.
"I'm trying to comprehend why FAU allowed this animal on the streets," she said. "I can't comprehend it."
Troubled beginnings
Ho's career in South Florida law enforcement spanned almost 20 years, and his personnel files from the three departments that employed him since 1995 paint a picture of a man who couldn't stay out of trouble.
He began at the Lauderhill Police Department in 1994, and left for the Broward Sheriff's Office in 2002.
Ho's first sign of trouble came in 1995. An internal affairs report from the Lauderhill Police in 1995 shows a woman said Ho touched her breast during a traffic stop. He then came over to her house several times and harassed her, she said, telling her she looked like "a streetwalker."
The report said there wasn't enough evidence to prove whether Ho ever touched the woman, but then-Deputy Chief Michele Riley said in a report Ho was at fault for commenting about the woman's appearance.
He was cited for failing to maintain a "standard of courtesy."
His tenure at the Lauderhill Police Department shows supervisors complained of sloppy work and error-riddled police reports, records show. But his annual reports also show Ho was given high marks for teamwork and for his knowledge of the job.
He left Lauderhill in 2002 for the Broward Sheriff's Office. Ho worked for BSO for two years before he got fired. He lost his job after his then-wife, Wendy Ho, called police during a domestic dispute at the couple's Pembroke Pines home in April 2004.
According to an arrest report, Wendy Ho told officers as she reached in to the refrigerator for milk, her husband slammed the door on her arm and stared into her eyes for more than a minute. The couple's two children were in the kitchen and they ran from the room in tears, according to the report.
In an interview with a Broward sheriff's investigator, Wendy Ho said her husband had been verbally and physically abusive in the past. The incident in April 2004 was the last straw because her kids at that time were old enough to realize what was going on, she said.
Ho's termination papers note that Pembroke Pines Police had been called to the Ho residence two times before the refrigerator incident, but responding officers never filed reports.
The Sheriff's Office fired him in September 2004. In a memo to then-Sheriff Ken Jenne, a lieutenant colonel said Ho's conduct was "unbecoming" of an employee, records show.
Court documents show Ho entered a plea agreement on the misdemeanor battery charge and was sentenced to five months of probation.
Hired again
Records from FAU show Ho applied to more than 10 law enforcement agencies around the country between 2004 and 2006. He worked security jobs on and off before landing an interview with FAU.
More than half of the agencies he applied to disqualified him for employment because of his history with BSO, according to hiring documents from FAU. Seven of the 11 agencies disqualified him immediately; the others had made no decision by the time he applied to FAU.
Within his first three years at the department, 14 recorded complaints were filed against him. Between 2007 and 2010, records show Ho made sexual innuendoes toward a residence hall employee, students and female officers.
Ho's personnel file indicates that his supervisors specifically addressed only three complaints and disciplined him for one.
In October 2009, Ho was suspended for two days without pay after he forced a drunken student who had spit on a security camera to lick the spit off with his tongue, records show.

Officer who won lottery named in complaint against wife charged with promoting prostitution

Matthew Brown bought $1 million ticket at Super Stop on Kenmawr Avenue

RANKIN, Pa. —The Rankin police officer who bought a $1 million Powerball ticket is named in a police complaint against his wife, Jennifer Brown, who faces charges, including promoting prostitution through an Internet site called sixtynineentertainment.com.
Many Pittsburghers have likely driven past this store several times. A man who went inside and bought a ticket is $1 million richer.
The allegations stem from an FBI and local investigation into Internet prostitution from late 2012 through last June.
The Powerball winner, Officer Matthew Brown, was not charged, but he was named in the police complaint.
Among ads for lap dances and strip teases, court documents say the adult entertainment agency posted Internet ads on Pittsburgh Backpage Escort, a site where prostitutes solicit customers.
The complaint said the website is "known by law enforcement as a site where known female, male and transsexual prostitutes post ads soliciting for customer/johns."
Jennifer Brown's attorney, David Shrager, said his client has pleaded not guilty, and that the case lacks evidence and they're waiting for their day in court.
Shrager: "She worked scheduling bachelor parties, and these were meant to be legitimate bachelor parties that go on every day."
Reporter: "No prostitution?"
Shrager: "No prostitution."
Investigators said employees told them the Browns worked for sixtynineentertainment.com, with Jennifer Brown serving as the manager/scheduler who ran daily operations and Matthew Brown as the driver/security.
Reporter: "Winning the lottery puts them in the spotlight. Is that bittersweet because of the criminal allegations here?"
Shrager: "Bittersweet is a wonderful way of putting it. They would rather not have the money and have their good names back. This has been an emotional roller coaster for them, to say the least."
According to the police complaint, sixtynineentertainment.com employees provided information, saying, "Often drivers and employees would meet at Jen and Matt Brown's house ... waiting for appointments ... it was common knowledge Matt Brown was a police officer."
The complaint says the agency's owner listed Matt Brown in his phone as "police officer and employee of 69 Entertainment."
While investigators say Matthew Brown's Comcast account was used to post ads on PittsburghBackpage.com, Shrager says others had access to it, too.
"No evidence of illegal activity at their home," said Shrager.
"It's surprising, very surprising. I wasn't aware of this," said Rankin Police Chief Ryan Wooten.
Wooten said he hired Matthew Brown about a year ago before Brown's name showed up in the police complaint against his wife.
"I mean, I did his background check. I'm going to say that's unfounded. I'm pretty sure that's unfounded. I mean, you're going to have the good and bad. He's blessed with a lot of money. So someone is going to throw something negative in there, and that's the negative part," said Wooten.
When Pittsburgh's Action News 4 asked Matthew Brown about winning the lottery, he said, "I'll talk to you later."
Shrager said Brown plans to use the lottery winnings to invest in their children.
Pennsylvania Lottery spokesman Gary Miller said, after federal taxes, Matthew Brown will have $750,000.
Matthew Brown is still an active officer, and Wooten said Brown plans to stay on the force.
According to Allegheny County, Brown previously served with Allegheny County police from December 2002 through May 2013. The county would not say the reason for his departure, but when Pittsburgh's Action News 4 asked Wooten about it, he said, "It was mutual."
Moon Township police, City of Pittsburgh Vice Unit and the FBI Human Trafficking Joint Task Force were part of the investigation.
An FBI representative could not "confirm or deny whether an investigation is still going on."
Moon Township Police Chief McCarthy said his detectives did not not "have enough to charge Brown with anything."

Friday, June 6, 2014

Officer accused of rape had no disciplinary actions in personnel file, resigned May 24

Nichole Manna

According to his personnel file, the man accused of raping a 39-year-old woman in her apartment began his job at the Jackson Police Department on Feb. 19, 2013.
On May 15, 2013 he finish his field training. Gray was a patrol officer.
Everett L. Gray was indicted by the grand jury on a charge of rape on Monday.
According to a news release sent by the police department on Tuesday, officers learned about the allegations in April and Gray was placed on a paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
There was no paperwork in his personnel file on Wednesday to show this.
Gray resigned from his position on May 24.
According to a “resignation in lieu of termination of employment” form, Gray also requested pay for his accrued Annual Leave of 101 hours, per Mayor Jerry Gist’s authorized payment of leave for terminated employees, contrary to the City of Jackson’s Employee Handbook.
When Gray began at the department in 2013, his hourly pay was $18.59. Before his resignation, he was getting paid $20.21 an hour.
Gray’s personnel file shows he received completion certificates from FEMA, TASER, The POST Commission and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.
For his only job rating form, Gray either met expectations or exceeded standards for all job duties other than “Emotional Control,” which was checked off as “Not Observed.”
There were no disciplinary actions against Gray in his file. Gray was still in his two-year probationary period.
Investigators notified Gray of his indictment on Monday and he surrendered about 4 p.m.
Gray is scheduled to be arraigned and have a bond set on Monday in Madison County Circuit Court, Division II.
Gray was transported from the Madison County Jail to the Chester County Jail as a safety precaution for him because he is a former officer.
Police Chief Gill Kendrick said when officers apply for a position with the department, their acceptance is a conditional offer based on passing a psychological exam, physical exam and drug training.
Kendrick said Gray passed all of his tests before he was hired.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Former Hattiesburg and Lamar County police officer charged with rape

By Ryan Moore
A former Lamar County Sheriff's deputy and Hattiesburg police lieutenant has been charged with one count of forcible rape.
Averal "Junior" Burnett, 47, appeared before Justice Court Judge Charles Greer for a bond hearing Tuesday morning in Lamar County. He was denied bond, as requested by the state, due to the consideration of alleged threats to law enforcement officers and victims along with being considered a flight risk.
During the hearing, Burnett stated, "I have not threatened anyone, I have sweat and bled with them (law enforcement officers present) and would never do anything to hurt anyone." He also added, "The only thing I ever questioned was the chain of evidence."
Burnett was taken into custody Sunday evening by Mississippi Highway Patrol officers and transported to the Pearl River County Jail where he was housed.
Burnett served the majority of his 22 years in law enforcement with the Hattiesburg Police Department and officially retired from the Lamar County Sheriff's department on May 16, 2014.
"When we became aware of the allegations, it was reported to us that it had allegedly happened in Lamar County. When we realized it involved a former employee, we instantly called the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations to handle the case," said Lamar County Sheriff Dany Rigel.
Rigel added that Burnett worked for their department less than a year before he had his time in with the state to retire from law enforcement.
The investigation is still ongoing, and is being handled by the Mississippi Bureau of investigations.

Cop to be sentenced next month for sex assault

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Sentencing of a former Titusville City Police officer who was convicted in February of sexual assault by a Jefferson County Circuit Court jury was continued to July 14.
Richard J. Wakefield IV, 58, of 115 E. Bloss St., was convicted of four counts of sexual assault from a June 12, 2013, incident in a home in Charles Town, W. Va. The conviction could potentially land him in prison for the rest of his life.
On Feb. 18, 23rd Judicial Judge David H. Sanders ordered Wakefield held in jail pending sentencing.

Wakefield retired from the Titusville Police Department at least eight years ago. He left the force as a patrolman

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Ex-San Bernardino cop convicted of sex crimes against prostitutes

Former San Bernardino cop convicted of sexually assaulting prostitutes while he was in uniform
A former San Bernardino vice cop was convicted Wednesday of forcing prostitutes to have sex with him while he was in uniform, federal prosecutors announced.
Jose Jesus Perez of Menifee was convicted of two counts of deprivation of rights under the color of law and a civil rights offense connected to sex with several prostitutes in 2011. He could be sentenced to life in prison when he returns to court Aug. 18, authorities said.
Prosecutors say Perez, 46, knew the prostitutes who worked in San Bernardino area and gave tips to fellow officers on how to conduct vice investigations.
But prosecutors said Perez's interest in the subject was more than professional.
"The charges in this case describe disgraceful abuses of police authority that simply cannot be tolerated in our society," U.S. Atty. André Birotte Jr. said in a statement after Perez was charged.
ostitutes, whose identities were not released, told investigators that they "engaged in the sex acts demanded by Perez only because they feared for their well-being because he was a police officer," according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office last year.
Perez, who was once a Los Angeles police officer, was fired from San Bernardino Police Department in December 2012 after an internal investigation into the allegations.
In an affidavit filed in court, FBI Agent Heng K. Liv alleged Perez encountered one prostitute while on patrol and asked whether she had any outstanding warrants and "other biographical information," including her phone number. Over the next several days, he sent a series of sexually explicit text messages to her, Liv wrote.
Liv alleged that on April 25, 2011, shortly after 1 a.m,  Perez, while in uniform and in his patrol car, pulled up alongside the woman as she walked down the street near a convenience store. He told her to go behind the store, where he allegedly touched her breasts while searching the woman's shirt, "in a way that caused [her] to believe that he was looking for a recording device," according to Liv's affidavit.
Perez then demanded that the woman perform oral sex on him, prosecutors allege. When she told him, "maybe next time," he grabbed her by the arm, and pulled her toward him, according to the agent's affidavit.
"No. We are going to do it now," Perez allegedly said.
Police Department GPS records showed that Perez's patrol car was in the location where and when the woman alleged the attack occurred, according to court documents.
Perez assaulted the second woman in 2011 on three occasions in August and September, prosecutors allege. The woman told investigators that she "feared that if she refused Perez's sexual advances he could and would make her life difficult," according to Liv's affidavit. The agent added that the woman told detectives that "prostitutes have a common understanding that they cannot tell a police officer 'no' if he requests sex."
The woman, who worked as a prostitute in San Bernardino "for many years," told investigators that Perez lured her to a vacant field, where he sexually assaulted her, Liv alleged. GPS data, again, confirmed that Perez's patrol car was in area where the woman alleged that assault occurred, the agent wrote.
Days later, Perez had intercourse with her at two motels, Liv wrote in the affidavit. During the second alleged encounter, Perez showed up to the room wearing street clothes but also possessing his gun, the agent stated.
In an interview with San Bernardino police detectives, Perez admitted to having sex with the second woman but maintained that the sex was consensual, according to Liv's affidavit. He denied having sexual contact with any other prostitutes.
Both Perez and the two alleged victims told investigators he had never paid for the sex acts, nor had he offered to pay for them.

Trial date moved for former SAPD officer accused of sexual assault

by Andrew Delgado / KENS 5

 SAN ANTONIO -- The trial date has been reset for the former San Antonio police officer accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old while on dutylast November.

A judge ordered the trial for Jackie Neal to be moved until August, to give counsel more time for discovery.
Last year, an unidentified woman claimed Neal handcuffed her, placed her into the back of his patrol cruiser and proceeded to rape her, following a traffic stop on San Antonio's south side.
Authorities arrested Neal a short time later, as he attempted to track down the victim after she contacted police. Neal, an 11-year veteran with SAPD, was suspended and fired from the department.
A KENS 5 I-Team investigation revealed that, prior to the alleged sexual-assault incident, Neal was suspended for an improper sexual relationship with a SAPD junior explorer. Explorers are individuals, between the ages of 14 and 21, who are interested in a career in law enforcement.
Neal also faces a federal charge of violation of civil rights for the November attack. He is also the defendant in a $10 million lawsuit filed by the alleged victim.
Neal and his attorney refused to comment on the delay Tuesday.

Part-time Hampden police officer, regional dispatcher suspended over sexual allegations

By Nok-Noi Ricker

HAMPDEN, Maine — A part-time police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of unlawful sexual contact, according to Hampden Police Chief Joe Rogers.
“On April 1, we received a report of unlawful sexual contact with a [person] over the age 18” implicating the officer, the police chief said Thursday morning. “We investigated the case and put [him] on administrative leave.”
The Hampden man is also a full-time dispatcher for Penobscot Regional Communications Centerin Bangor and has been been suspended from that job.
“He’s on administrative leave here,” Jim Ryan, PRCC director, said Thursday.
The Bangor Daily News is not naming the man because he has not been charged with a crime.
Hampden’s investigation into the complaint is complete, according to Rogers.
“We’ve referred it to the DA’s office for review and charges,” Rogers said, referring to the district attorney’s office.
Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Marianne Lynch, who is handling the case, said she could not release any details about the alleged crime. As of Thursday morning, no charges had been filed.

Ex-Tucson police officer's rape trial now in jury's hands

By Patrick McNamara

The credibility of the victim was the focus of much of the closing arguments on Thursday in the trial of a former Tucson police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty.
Benjamin Gaballa is accused of two counts of sexual abuse and two counts of sexual assault in an August 2013 incident. He’s on trial in Pima County Superior Court before Judge Brenden Griffin.
“She was in a position where she felt like she had no other option,” Deputy Pima County Attorney Frances Kreamer Hope said of the woman who accused Gaballa, 23, of raping her in a midtown parking garage where he had stopped on the way to jail after he had arrested the woman.
Prosecutors Kreamer Hope and Kellie Johnson portrayed the woman, whom the Arizona Daily Star has not identified, as the victim of Gaballa’s unwanted advances and coercion.
“ ‘Something for something,’ those were not (the victim’s) words,” Kreamer Hope said, referencing testimony in which the victim described how Gaballa said he could help her out.
The incident at the center of the trial occurred when the defendant and another officer were called to an apartment near North First Avenue and Prince Road in reference to a domestic disturbance.
There they found the victim’s then-boyfriend had called police to report her violations of a protection order.
The victim, an immigrant to this country and non-native English speaker, testified she did not read or understand the meaning of the order. She also testified she had been living with the man at the time and the two had sex shortly before police arrived.
Police arrested her, and Gaballa placed her into custody and set out to take her to the Pima County jail. The woman testified Gaballa suggested he could intervene in her case if she agreed to have sex with him.
Testimony from the victim and GPS data collected from Gaballa’s squad car showed that instead of driving to jail, he drove to a parking garage near East Grant Road and North Campbell Avenue.
There, the woman testified, Gaballa let her out of the car, removed her handcuffs and began fondling her breasts. She said he used a condom when her raped her standing at the passenger side of the car.
After the alleged assault, the woman attempted to flee, forcing Gaballa to chase her into Campbell Avenue.
Defense attorney Michael Storie said the woman’s lengthy criminal history and record of lying to police put her account of the incident into question. He counted at least nine times the woman has been arrested and her repeated violations of protective orders.
“She doesn’t respect our laws,” Storie said.
He also questioned the seemingly contradictory statements she made to police .
He also said Gaballa ended up at the parking garage because he made a wrong turn. Storie also said the woman had slipped out of the handcuffs and attempted to escape, which was the reason Gaballa had to stop before reaching the jail.
The prosecution said a police investigation determined Gaballa fabricated the story about an attempted escape.
Storie also said DNA evidence did not prove his client raped the woman.
He didn’t discount, however, that the two had sex. But he said if they had, it was part of an agreement.
“If you believe there was sex, it was absolutely consensual,” Storie said.
Kreamer Hope said the fact that Gaballa had arrested the woman and was taking her to jail was evidence that the sex was non-consensual. She also said the woman’s criminal past did not change the fact that Gaballa sexually assaulted her.
The jury began deliberation Thursday afternoon.