Pedophile Langlade County Wisconsin Deputy Sheriff Michael Brayton Arrested, No Longer With Department, And Charged After Sex And Sexual Activity With Children

July 12, 2012

ANTIGO, WISCONSIN — A former Langlade County sheriff’s deputy was arrested and charged with 22 felonies Tuesday for alleged sexual activity with teenage girls.

Bail was set at $50,000 for Michael Brayton, 25, of Gleason. A judge ordered that he have no contact with girls younger than 18 if he makes bail.

Brayton remained in custody after his court appearance and does not have a listed phone number. Online court records do not list whether he has an attorney.

The charges include four counts of sexual assault of a child under 16, two counts of child enticement and 16 counts of exposing his genitals to children.

All are linked to incidents with four girls, ages 15 to 18, the Antigo Daily Journal reported ( ).

The 32-page complaint alleges a pattern of behavior with girls from Elcho High School and heavy use of social media including Facebook and text messaging. It alleges Brayton and the girls became friendly and their relationships escalated to trading explicit photographs and several instances of physical contact with one girl.
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Pedophile Veteran Miramar Florida Police Officer Capt. Del Los Rios Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Preforming “Sex Check” Exam On 15 Year Old Girl In The Backseat Of His Patrol Car

July 2, 2012

MIRAMAR, FLORIDA – A Florida Police captain was arrested Friday on charges he made a 15-year-old girl strip naked in the back seat of a car for a “sex check” to prove she wasn’t having sex, reports said.

Capt. Juan De los Rios was charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct involving a child for making the girl strip naked, show her private parts and allow him to inspect her body for bruising after finding her talking with a 19-year-old boy in the backseat of a car on Jan. 18, according to a Broward State Attorney’s Office report obtained by the Sun-Sentinel.

De los Rios, 46, faces up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, authorities said.

The girl and her friend were in the back of a car parked in the back of an industrial park after school when De los Rios approached them, looking through the window, according to an affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald.

“Were you having sex? What were you doing here?” The girl told police De los Rios said to her after making the two roll their window down, the affidavit said.

“No, no, no, officer no,” the affidavit said the girl told De los Rios.

De los Rios, an 18-year police veteran, then allegedly told the girl he needed to check. When asked for clarification, the officer told her he needed to “see inside” and forced her to strip naked so he could perform the exam. The girl complied out of fear, the affidavit said.

A veteran Miramar Police captain was arrested Friday after he made a teen get naked to prove that she was not having sex in the back seat of a parked car, authorities said.

Finished with his “exam,” De los Rios told the teens to go home, reports WTVJ.

The girl was initially afraid to report what happened until convinced to by her older sister, the station reported. Her parents immediately told authorities.

“She was probably so intimidated by this police officer to even think that she had to do that,” outraged Miramar resident Josie Huff WTVJ. “It’s disgusting. It’s just unbelievable.”

De los Rios turned himself in at the Broward County Main Jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest yesterday and is being held on $30,000 bail, the Miami Herald reported.

A veteran Miramar Police captain was arrested Friday after he made a teen get naked to prove that she was not having sex in the back seat of a parked car, authorities said.

Investigators told the paper they have obtained a video tape, the paper reports that its quality isn’t enough to identify those involved, but body language is consistent with the allegations.

The teens have not been identified and a department spokesperson told the paper that De los Rios has been suspended without pay “pending the outcome of the investigation.”

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California Lawmakers Defy Logic And Common Sense With Bill That Would Allow More Than 2 Parents Per Child

July 2, 2012

CALIFORNIA – Beaver had June and Ward.

Ricky had Ozzie and Harriet.

Mom and Dad, same-sex couples or blended families, California law is clear: No more than two legal parents per child.

When adults fight over parenthood, a judge must decide which two have that right and responsibility – but that could end soon.

State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents.

“The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today,” the San Francisco Democrat said.

Surrogate births, same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are changing society by creating new possibilities for nontraditional households and relationships.

Benjamin Lopez, legislative analyst for the Traditional Values Coalition, blasted Leno’s bill as a new attempt to “revamp, redefine and muddy the waters” of family structure by a leader in the drive to legalize gay marriage.

“It comes as no surprise that he would try to say that a child has more than two parents – that’s absurd,” said Lopez, whose group calls itself a leading voice for Bible-based values.

Under Leno’s bill, if three or more people who acted as parents could not agree on custody, visitation and child support, a judge could split those things up among them.

SB 1476 is not meant to expand the definition of who can qualify as a parent, only to eliminate the limit of two per child.

Under current law, a parent can be a man who signs a voluntary declaration of paternity, for example. It also can be a man who was married and living with a child’s mother, or who took a baby into his home and represented the infant as his own.

Leno’s bill, which has passed the Senate and is now in the Assembly, would apply equally to men or women, and to straight or gay couples.

Examples of three-parent relationships that could be affected by SB 1476 include:

• A family in which a man began dating a woman while she was pregnant, then raised that child with her for seven years. The youth also had a parental relationship with the biological father.

• A same-sex couple who asked a close male friend to help them conceive, then decided that all three would raise the child.

• A divorce in which a woman and her second husband were the legal parents of a child, but the biological father maintained close ties as well.

SB 1476 stemmed from an appellate court case last year involving a child’s biological mother, her same-sex partner, and a man who had an affair with the biological mother and impregnated her while she was separated temporarily from her female lover.

Designating multiple parents in such cases could enhance the child’s prospects for financial support, health insurance or Social Security benefits, thus reducing the state’s potential financial responsibility, supporters say.

In bitter breakups involving two unfit or incapacitated parents, a judge might have more flexibility to keep a child out of foster care by recognizing the existence of another parent, Leno contends.

The key factor is a child’s best interest: SB 1476 does not force judges to do anything, it only provides them with discretion to recognize multiple parents if doing so not only is beneficial, but is required for a child’s well-being, Leno said.

Californians give judges great power to split families with the stroke of a pen, so there is a duty to do it right, said Ed Howard, senior counsel for the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law. “And we can’t get it right if we’re forcing judges to rule against their judgment.”

Opponents counter that the issue is complex and that allowing multiple parents in one section of law inevitably raises questions that could spark litigation in other sections.

Tax deductions, citizenship, probate, public assistance, school notifications and Social Security rights all can be affected by determinations of parenthood, notes the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.

“This bill, in our opinion, if passed, will cause significant unintended consequences,” said Diane Wasznicky, the group’s president and a family law attorney in Sacramento.

Assemblyman Donald Wagner, an Irvine Republican who opposes SB 1476, noted it could spark litigation, say, in a case of a wrongful death of a child with four potential parents and determining who has a claim.

Karen Anderson, of the California Protective Parents Association, said the legislation could result in a child being bounced among multiple adults in a bitter family breakup.

“It’s hard enough for children to be split up two ways, much less multiple ways,” she said.

Attorney Catherine Sakimura of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a co-sponsor of SB 1476, said judges would be required under the bill to consider a child’s stability in awarding custody and visitation.

SB 1476 states that concerns about child stability “may mean that not all parents share legal or physical custody.”

Wasznicky counters that it makes no sense to declare someone a parent, essential to a youngster’s well-being, but then “cut that person out” of the kid’s life.

“Either someone is vital enough in a child’s life to be labeled a ‘parent’ and have certain rights and obligations to the child, or the person is not,” she contends.

Ellen Pontac, a Davis gay-rights activist, said she and her wife, Shelly Bailes, each had two children when they began their relationship 38 years ago. She understands how someone can function as a child’s parent but accrue no legal rights. Government should accommodate changing times, she said.

“I just think that people should be able to create their own lives,” she said.

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Pedophile Former Cartersville Georgia Police Officer James Scott Arrested, Charged With Child Molestation And Other Offences

June 30, 2012

BARTOW COUNTY, GEORGIA – A former police officer who has career ties to Cartersville Police Department as well as the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has turned himself in to deputies on several warrants, including child molestation, taken for his arrest.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sgt. Jonathan Rogers confirmed James Scott’s surrender to deputies Monday when approximately five warrants were served against him.

Scott, according to CPD Public Information Officer Lt. Mark Camp, “worked for several departments, including the Cartersville Police Department, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas Police Department and the Kennesaw Police Department.” He served with CPD from July 1997 until September 2011.

A request for Scott’s personnel file from CPD was delayed Monday until the department’s employee who manages such files returns to the office to process the request sent by The Daily Tribune News on Monday afternoon.

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7 And 8 Year Old Children And Counselor Leaving Washington DC Summer Camp Lunch Program Shot By Savage Black Beast Trying To Kill Another Man

June 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – The children were returning from lunch, marching in line and singing songs when the bullets started to fly.

A 7-year-old boy was shot in the right shoulder. An 8-year-old was struck in the right ankle. A counselor was hit in his left thigh but managed to usher the group of about 30 children to safety, D.C. police said. The shooting victims were expected to survive.

The children and their counselor were apparently caught in a spray of bullets fired by one man at another for reasons that aren’t clear, police said. The gunman fired at the second man as he ran toward the children in the 1900 block of Savannah Street SE, police said.

Police were looking for a black male wearing a white T-shirt, possibly with a ponytail. They were also looking for the man targeted by the shooter.

“Certainly we don’t think they were shooting at 6-year-old children,” said 7th District Cmdr. Joel Maupin.

Police combed a parking lot and grassy area about 50 yards from where the children were shot. More then two dozen police cars were on the scene.

The shooting occurred shortly after noon near the heart of the Villages of Parklands, a neatly manicured public housing area.

The children, ages 6 to 12, had been attending the Villages of Parklands community summer camp. Most of the group lived in the Orchard Park neighborhood. The counselor, in his 40s, was an area pastor who worked for the Villages of Parklands, neighbors said.

The group was returning from a federally funded meals program. It was the first day of the three-month DC Free Summer Meals Program available to poor children around the city.

Neighbors said they heard the children singing “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” and then nearly a dozen gunshots.

“I’m so afraid,” said Angela Agnew, holding her 1-year-old grandson. “It’s terrible. You can’t bring your kids outside without worrying about getting killed.”

Barry Lynn said he expects more shootings as the summer heats up.

“Due to the economy, people are hungry, people are desperate,” Lynn said. “You are going to see a lot of these senseless shootings.”

The management company for the public housing apartments, William C. Smith & Co., did not return calls for comment.

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New York City Police Officer Rosandre Burgher Arrrested, Charged After Homosexual Sex With Young Boy

June 23, 2012

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – New York Police Department officer Rosandre Burgher was arrested in upstate New York for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy, the New York Post reports.

Burgher, 26, who works in The Bronx, was arrested in the town of Wallkill on Tuesday.

“It is alleged that this officer had a relationship with a 16-year-old male, a consensual relationship. This person [the 16-year-old victim] calls directly to Internal Affairs Bureau, makes allegations,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a press conference on Friday, according to The Post.

“Internal Affairs Bureau goes and meets with Wallkill police department and works in conjunction with them and an arrest was made,” Kelly said.

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Veteran Harris County Texas Deputy Constable Henry Ervin Williams Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Drunk Driving With 4 Year Old Child In Car – Found Unconscious Behind Wheel On Roadside With Motor Still Running

June 22, 2012

HOUSTON, TEXAS – A Harris County deputy constable was suspended from duty after being charged with driving drunk with his 4-year-old son in the car with him, Local 2 Investigates reported on Friday.

Precinct 3 deputy Henry Ervin Williams, 34, who has patrolled northeast Harris County neighborhoods for the past three years, was booked on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.

Harris County sheriff’s deputies said they got a call around 4:30 pm. Thursday that a man was passed out behind the wheel on the roadside off Stonefield Manor and C. E. King Parkway.
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Deputies said they arrived to find the engine running, but they were unable to get a response from the driver.

After knocking on the glass with their flashlights, deputies finally got the attention of Williams, who was in his personal car and off duty.

The 4-year-old child was in the passenger seat, according to the police report.
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Pedophile Former Charlotte County Florida Deputy Sheriff Ken Barton Charged With Child Pornography – Previously Investigated After Affairs With Children

June 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE COUNTY FLORIDA – The Charlotte County Sheriff is giving us more in sight into the arrest of a former deputy who is now behind bars. Charged with possessing child porn, Ken Barton was accused of sexual misconduct while he was on the job. Allegations came to light in 2007 when a girl came forward calling barton “Uncle Ken” and claimed that in the early 1980’s when she was 6 to 10 years old, Barton had sexually assaulted her. The investigation into that accusation subsequently led to another accusation that Barton had carried on an affair in the early ’80s with a young lady in the Explorer program in Englewood which Barton was running.

An internal affairs investigation in 2007 of then deputy Ken Barton sustained the allegations of the affair with the teen, but back then the affair was not considered a crime.

“We did not have a crime so we were actually investigating policy violations,” said Sheriff Bill Cameron.

On the original allegation, The sheriff says the department found enough evidence to file a warrant request with the State Attorney’s office, but the State Attorney’s Office says there was not enough evidence to build a case a quarter of a centery after the alleged crime. They also pointed out that the memory of the victim left quite a few gaps in her story.

As for this latest case, Sheriff Cameron was quick to point out that his agency participated with the F.B.I. in Barton’s arrest yesterday.

“The innocent images task force that is doing these investigations- i have a detective assigned to that task force,” said Cameron.

He was also quick to distance his agency from Barton pointing out that the crimes that Barton have been accused of happened five years after Barton left the agency.

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Pedophile Veteran Troy New York Police Officer Sgt. Patrick Rosney Suspended After Arrest In New York City While Seeking Sex With 14 Year Old Girl

June 3, 2012

TROY, NEW YORK – A Troy police sergeant has found himself on the other side of the law. Patrick Rosney was arrested by New York City Police. They say he entered a chat room this week and believed he was talking with a 14-year-old girl who was actually an undercover police officer.

He is accused of trying to solicit sex.

The 26-year veteran is charged with attempted dissemination of indecent material to minor and endangering the welfare of a child.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said the case is taking a toll on the department.

“Officers today after the arrest was made. We’ll continue to do so throughout the day at other role calls. As you can imagine, they’re angry. Certainly take into consideration sympathies for his family but we’re a strong agency, we’re an agency of character and we’ll get through this. We do expect a rough ride obviously but there’s a lot of anger,” said Chief Tedesco.

Rosney has been suspended without pay. He was taken to Queens on Friday for arraignment.

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Marysville Washington Police Officer Derek Carlile Charged In Shooting Death Of His 7 Year Old Daughter – Moron Left Loaded Handgun With Safety Off In Car Full Of Kids

May 26, 2012

MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON – Prosecutors charged a Washington state police officer Tuesday in the accidental death of his 7-year-old daughter, saying it was unconscionable for him to leave his loaded handgun loose in the family van, where the girl’s younger brother grabbed it and shot her.

Marysville police officer Derek Carlile could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of second-degree manslaughter, a charge that involves criminal negligence.

Carlile “failed to heed … a substantial risk that death would occur when he placed and left his loaded, unsecured revolver in an enclosed van with four children inside,” Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Lisa Paul wrote in charging papers.

“Though the undeniable tragedy and grief that has stricken the defendant and his family is staggering, compassion must be balanced with accountability,” she wrote.

The shooting occurred March 10 while the van was parked at a store in Stanwood. Carlile and his wife were outside the van when the 3-year-old, who had a fascination with guns, got out of his booster seat, grabbed the weapon and shot his sister Jenna in the torso, investigators said. The safety of the gun was off, they said.

Carlile’s attorney, David Allen, said the family was disappointed in the charging decision. Carlile takes full responsibility for his daughter’s death, but his actions weren’t criminal, Allen said.

“This is a double tragedy for the Carlile family that not only lost Jenna, but now also faces the possibility of losing Derek to prison,” Allen wrote in a news release.

The charging papers say the 31-year-old Carlile, a police officer since 2009, had worked until 2 a.m., then woke up that morning to go antique shopping with a friend. He was late returning from the shopping trip, and he and his family had to rush to get ready to attend a wedding reception.

When he got into the van, he placed his personal .38-caliber revolver – not his service weapon – in a bin on the floor between the driver’s and front passenger’s seats, a space typically reserved for cups and keys, the deputy prosecutor wrote.

His wife asked what he was doing because he usually wore the gun or placed it in a locking compartment on the driver-side door. She later told investigators that she assumed he moved the gun after she brought it to his attention.

On the way to the wedding, the family stopped at the art studio and store in Stanwood. Carlile’s wife, Forrest, went inside, and Carlile spoke with the owner, the same friend with whom he had gone antique shopping that morning.

Carlile heard the gunshot, and another daughter, age 5, got out of the van, saying something about the boy, Jenna and the gun. Carlile ran to the van, opened the sliding door, and saw Jenna slumped over, still wearing her seatbelt. He tried to save her life, but she died at a hospital.

Carlile later refused to let detectives speak with his other children, and prosecutors used a special court proceeding to compel the testimony of the 5-year-old. She told them she and her older sister remained in their seats while the 3-year-old ran up and grabbed the gun, the documents state.

“She said she heard a boom and saw smoke coming from the victim,” Paul wrote.

Detectives did not interview the 3-year-old because of his age. The other child in the car was a 1-year-old.

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Monroe County New York Deputy Sheriff Paul Doser Arrested After Drunken Wreck With Child In Car

May 26, 2012

HAMLIN, NEW YORK – A Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy is facing felony DWI charges under Leandra’s Law.

The sheriff’s department says Sergeant Paul Doser, 40, was arrested after sheriff’s deputies responded to a crash on Brick Schoolhouse Road in Hamlin. When Police arrived they came across the overturned vehicle in the field.

Doser had two passengers in the car, one of which was a 6-year old. He child was transported to an area hospital as a precaution. Doser and the other passenger were uninjured.

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Former Barnstable Massachusetts Police Officer Edmund Scipione Sentenced To Just 6 Months In Prison For 7 1/2 Hour Drunken Drive With 9 Year Old Boy In Car

May 26, 2012

TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS – A former Barnstable police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison for taking a 9-year-old boy on a 7 ½-hour drunken car ride to a youth baseball game.

Edmund Scipione pleaded guilty Thursday to drunken driving and child endangerment in connection with the ride last July that ended with the frightened boy jumping from the vehicle in Swansea.

Scipione was a coach on the boy’s baseball team and was driving him to an all-star tournament in Rehoboth.

The Cape Cod Times reported that Scipione, 42, was sentenced to 30 days for drunken driving and five months for child endangerment.

He resigned from the Barnstable police in September.

Scipione apologized in court, saying he was “remorseful, guilt-ridden and ashamed.” He has been receiving treatment.

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Pedophile Veteran Las Vegas Nevada Police Officer Garrett Vandereecken Arrested And Charged With Lewdness With A Child

May 23, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – A Las Vegas Metro police officer was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and charged with lewdness with a minor under 14.

Police said Garrett Vandereecken voluntarily surrendered and was booked at the Clark County Detention Center.

The details surrounding Vandereecken’s alleged crime were not immediately released. Detectives from Metro’s Juvenile Sexual Abuse Detail made the arrest.

Vandereecken, 43, has been a patrol officer with Metro for the past four years.

“He has been relieved of duty without pay pending the outcome of both the criminal charges and the investigation, both of which remain ongoing,” a Metro spokesperson said in a release.

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Crazed Volusia County School Officals Take Child’s Asthma Inhaler – Nurse Refused To Give It Back During Severe Asthma Attack – Mother Arrives To Find Son Collapsing Against Wall Of Nurse’s Office

May 23, 2012

DELTONA, FLORIDA – Volusia County School officials stand by a Deltona High School nurse’s decision to refuse a student his inhaler during an asthma attack, citing a lack of a parent’s signature on a medical release form.

“It’s like something out of a horror film. The person just sits there and watches you die,” said Michael Rudi, 17. “She sat there, looked at me and she did nothing.”

He said the school dean found his inhaler during a search of his locker last Friday. The inhaler was still in its original packaging — complete with his name and directions for its use; however, the school took it away because his mother hadn’t signed the proper form for him to have it.

School leaders called Sue Rudi when her son started having trouble breathing. She rushed to the office and was taken back to the nurse’s office by school administrators and they discovered the teen on the floor.

“As soon as we opened up the door, we saw my son collapsing against the wall on the floor of the nurse’s office while she was standing in the window of the locked door looking down at my son, who was in full-blown asthma attack,” Rudi said.

Michael Rudi said when he started to pass out from his attack, the nurse locked the door.

“I believe that when I closed my eyes I wasn’t going to wake up,” he said.

The Director of Student Health Services, Cheryl Selesky, said that parents must sign the medical release form each year, which allows students to carry their prescribed drugs with them in school.

This year, the district had no record of his Rudi’s signature, said Selesky.

“I mean its common sense if I saw an animal on the street in distress I would probably stop to help, why wouldn’t she help a child,” Sue Rudi said.

But Rudi is a senior, and his mother said the district has had records of his asthma throughout his years in the school.

She thinks her son could have died because of a technicality.

“How dare you deny my son something that we all take for granted, breath,” said Sue Rudi. “Why didn’t someone call 911?”

Selesky said the district is looking into whether proper procedures were followed by the school, and while nurses can’t give medications without the proper authorization, it is district policy to call 911 when a student cannot breath.

Selesky could not explain why 911 was never called.

“I understand if you can’t give it to him call 911,” Sue Rudi said. “Why did you not call 911?”

Sue Rudi said she worries about the next student caught in a similar situation, and has filed charges against the nurse with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

“I want to press child endangerment charges for something they did to my son,” Rudi said in the 911 call.

Local 6 reached out to the school district officials for more information, but they declined to interview.

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Douchebag Colwyn Pennsylvania Police Officer Trevor Parham Arrested And Charged After Attacking Unarmed Child With His Taser Weapon – Kid Was Cuffed Behind His Back, Shackled, And Cuffed To A Bench – Latter Texted Another Officer “Got Tased In The Cell LOL”

May 17, 2012

COLWYN, PENNSYLVANIA – A police officer from Colwyn Borough, Delaware County, has been arrested after a tasing incident involving a juvenile a few weeks ago.

The Delaware County District Attorney’s office arrested officer Trevor Parham (right) on charges of simple assault and official oppression after taking a juvenile into custody on April 24th.

Parham put a teenager into a holding cell that night and handcuffed the boy’s hands behind his back. His feet were also shackled and cuffed to the leg of the bench where the boy was sitting.

The affidavit says that when the teen began kicking at the cell, Parham tased him.

Parham admitted to detectives that he also texted a fellow officer saying, “got tased in the cell LOL.”

Parham is now free on $25,000 bond. The investigation is continuing.

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Pedophile Butte County California Deputy Sheriff Earl Klapperich Arrested For Seeking Sex With A Child

May 17, 2012

GRIDLEY, CALIFORNIA – District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Sheriff Jerry W. Smith announced today the arrest of Earl Klapperich, 27, for allegedly agreeing to meet with a minor for the purposes of engaging in a lewd act. Klapperich, a deputy for the Sheriff’s Office, was arrested on Friday evening, May 11, 2012, by investigators from the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.

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TSA Labels 18 Month Old Girl A Terrorist, Removes Her And Parents From JetBlue Flight

May 10, 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – Eighteen-month-old Riyanna has been called a lot of things: cute, adorable and now … a suspected terrorist.

She was called that on Tuesday night at the Ft Lauderdale Airport. She and her parents had just boarded a JetBlue flight when an airline employee approached them and asked them to get off the plane, saying representatives from the Transportation Security Agency wanted to speak to them.

“And I said, ‘For what?'” Riyanna’s mother told only WPBF 25 News on Wednesday. “And he said, ‘Well, it’s not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no fly.’ I said, ‘Excuse me?'”

Riyanna’s father was flabbergasted.

“It’s absurd,” he said. “It made no sense. Why would an 18-month-old child be on a no-fly list?”

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Riyanna’s parents, who asked not to be identified, said they think they know the answer to that question. They believe they were profiled because they are both of Middle Eastern descent. Riyanna’s mother wears a hijab, a traditional head scarf. That’s why they have asked to remain anonymous. They said they’re concerned about repurcussions. That said, they are both Americans, born and raised in New Jersey, just like their daughter.

Riyanna’s parents said once they were taken off the plane, they were met by TSA agents and made to stand in the terminal for about 30 minutes.

“We were put on display like a circus act because my wife wears a hijab,” Riyanna’s father said.

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Veteran Utah National Guard Recruiter Arrested After Seeking Sex With Teen Via. Text Messages

May 8, 2012

RICHFIELD, UTAH – A Utah National Guard recruiter was arrested for soliciting sex from a Sevier County teen via text messages.

The Utah National Guard confirms that Richfield-based recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Wade Argyle, was arrested May 4 and booked into Sevier County Jail on suspicion of solicitation of a minor via text messages.

The UNG said that Argyle has been a full-time recruiter for seven years, and that he joined the Utah Guard in 1999.

The UNG said they were cooperating fully with authorities, and have turned over Argyle’s government-issued computer and mobile phone to investigators.

The UNG said Argyle has been placed on paid administrative leave and will have no involvement in recruiting activities and no access to Utah Guard facilities during the investigation.

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Pedophile Veteran Woodland Park New Jersey Police Officer Steven Vigorito Jr. Charged With Seeking Sex With 12 Year Old Girl After Sending Her Explicit Photos Of Himself In Uniform

April 25, 2012

WOODLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY – 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. 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. A message left after-hours for the public defender who represented him at the arraignment was not returned.

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 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.”

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Crazed Wichita Kansas TSA Agent Detained And Accused 4 Year Old Girl Of Having Gun – Declared Her A “High Security Threat”

April 24, 2012

WICHITA, KANSAS – Of all the many complaints about airport security and the TSA, one of the most common is that they make little distinction between plausible security threats and passengers unlikely to be doing anything wrong.

And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line.

The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a ‘high security threat’, while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down.

When asked about the overbearing treatment the girl received, a TSA spokesman did not apologise and insisted that correct procedures had been followed.

Four-year-old Isabella’s horrific experience in Wichita earlier this month was recounted on Facebook by her furious mother Michelle Brademeyer.

The family was in Kansas for a wedding, and was travelling home to Montana with Ms Brademeyer’s mother.

Ms Brademeyer and her two children had passed through security when the grandmother was detained after triggering an alarm on the scanners.

Isabella then, according to her mother, ‘excitedly ran over to give her a hug, as children often do. They made very brief contact, no longer than a few seconds.’

The young girl was immediately detained by security agents, who apparently shouted at her that she would have to be frisked too, and refused to let her mother explain what has happening.

Ms Brademeyer wrote: ‘It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter.’

In her terror, Isabella tried to run away rather than face a full body pat-down, which unsurprisingly enraged the TSA officers further.

One officer even told the girl’s mother that the airport would have to be shut down and every flight cancelled if the four-year-old did not co-operate.

They also apparently described the little girl as a ‘high security threat’.

As Isabella was taken into a side room for a pat-down, accompanied by her mother, she could not stop crying and refused to let the agents touch her.

An officer repeatedly said she had ‘seen a gun in a teddy bear’ in the past, in an apparent attempt to justify the situation.

Ms Brademeyer continued: ‘The TSO loomed over my daughter, with an angry grimace on her face, and ordered her to stop crying.

‘When my scared child could not do so, two TSOs called for backup saying, “The suspect is not cooperating.” The suspect, of course, being a frightened child. They treated my daughter no better than if she had been a terrorist.’

Isabella continued to cry, and officers said the family would have to leave the airport as the TSA was unable to frisk the four-year-old.

When a manager was called, he decided that the distraught Isabella could be checked alongside her mother, and let the family pass through security at last.

But their nightmare was not yet over, as on a connecting flight in Denver, an airport employee demanded to know which of the family was Isabella – and ‘looked really confused’ when the girl was pointed out to her.

Ms Brademeyer concluded her Facebook post by drawing attention to TSA rules against separating children from their parents, and added: ‘I feel compelled to share this story in the hope that no other child will have to share in this experience.’

When The Consumerist approached the TSA for comment on the bizarre incident, a spokesman said: ‘TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper current screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.’

Last month the agency came in for criticism when a video of a three-year-old boy in wheelchair having a full pat-down and being swabbed for explosives circulated on the internet.

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Pedophile Veteran Long Beach California Police Officer Arrested And Charged With Child Pornography After Seeking Sex With Teen While On Duty

April 21, 2012

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA – A nine-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department has been arrested on suspicion of felony possession of child pornography after reportedly meeting a teenager while on patrol and soliciting explicit photographs of the youth through electronic messages, police said.

Noe Yanez, 40, was taken into custody Thursday evening by Long Beach police after an investigation that began earlier this month. The alleged victim had told a school resources officer about the messages and authorities were alerted. Detectives served several search warrants in the investigation of Yanez’s home and other establishments for records of the communications.

Yanez first came into contact with the minor during the course of his work as a patrolman, police said. He initially contacted the teen through text messages and subsequently solicited inappropriate photographs of the victim, according to the department. Yanez was suspended without pay Thursday pending the resolution of the criminal and administrative investigation.

Sources familiar with the investigation said detectives have not ruled out the possibility of other victims. Department investigators have obtained computer data and phone records seeking to verify the extent of the activity, the sources said.

“Not only are the actions of this officer a violation of the law, they are a violation of the community’s trust and a violation of the principles of this department,” Police Chief Jim McDonnell said. “The men and women of this department take great pride in the good work they do every day with the community, and we will not allow the actions of this one officer to compromise that relationship.” McDonnell said the investigation is ongoing, but authorities i believed an arrest was warranted at this time.

The accusation comes one year after another Long Beach officer was booked after his wife found him having sex with a minor. That detective, Erik Alvarez of Upland, subsequently resigned and was convicted of having a sexual relationship with the girl since she was 15. He received a two-year sentence in state prison.

Yanez was being held on $20,000 bail Thursday at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail. Long Beach detectives are planning to present the case to the county district attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division, which specializes in prosecuting law enforcement officials and lawyers. Long Beach police declined Friday to release a photo of the officer or give more details about the victim.

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Tipton County Deputy Sheriff Jason Cochran Suspended Amid Investigation Into Sex With A Child

April 17, 2012

COVINGTON, TENNESSEE – A Tipton County Sheriff’s Deputy is suspended and under investigation after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Cochran is off the streets and on unpaid leave after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

“It’s still very much ongoing, there are still other witnesses and evidence that needs to be found and gathered,” said District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.

The sheriff’s department started an internal investigation last Monday, but Deputy Cochran has not been officially charged.

“All of the allegations regarding the contact were off duty, that is, they were not committed during the time when he was acting in his capacity as a sheriff’s deputy,” said Dunvant.

The alleged sexual contact between Deputy Cochran and the 17-year-old girl happened within the past two months.

District Attorney Mike Dunavant says if the allegations are true, Deputy Cochran will be charged with aggravated statutory rape.

If he is charged, an immediate warrant could be issued for Cochran’s arrest or the case could be presented to the Tipton County grand jury in July.

“This type of conduct will not be tolerated and is certainly not the current standard of quality employees at the Sheriff’s Office,” said Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley in a press release.

“Just as in this case, even when we have not received a complaint from a victim, we become aware of any questionable conduct by any employee we will request it to be investigated. I feel this is the only way to maintain the standards the citizens of Tipton County deserve and I demand it at the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office,” he said.

No one at the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department would speak on camera about the investigation.

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Crazed Milledgeville Georgia Police Arrested And Handcuffed 6 Year Old Girl For Temper Tantrum

April 17, 2012

MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA – Milledgeville police say they handcuffed an elementary school student for safety after she allegedly threw a tantrum.

According to the police report, kindergartner Salecia Johnson is accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture. The report says the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.
She was crying in the principal’s office at Creekside Elementary before police arrived Friday. The report says when the officer tried to calm the child, she resisted and was cuffed.

“Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that rule,” said Milledgeville Chief of Police Dray Swicord.

They took the child to the police station where she was charged with simple assault and damage to property. Because of her age, she will not have to go to court.

13WMAZ spoke with several other Central Georgia police and sheriff’s departments. None of them could remember handcuffing a child that young. They say the use of handcuffs would be at the officer’s discretion and based on whether the child is a threat to herself or others.

“A 6-year-old in kindergarten. They don’t have no business calling the police and handcuffing my child,” said Earnest Johnson, Salecia’s father.

“Call the police? Is that the first step? Or is there any other kind of intervention that can be taken to help that child?” asked Candace Ruff.

Police say they tried to contact Johnson’s mother but weren’t able to reach her.

Her mother, Constance Ruff. says her daughter was suspended and cannot return to school until August.

“She has mood swings some days, which all of us had mood swings some days. I guess that was just one of her bad days that day,” said Constance Ruff.

“She might have misbehaved, but I don’t think she misbehaved to the point where she should have been handcuffed and taken downtown to the police department,” said her aunt, Candace Ruff.

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Disgraced And Suspended Mount Sterling Ohio Police Chief Mike McCoy To Quit After Officer Scott O’Neil Used Taser Weapon Twice On 9 Year Old Boy Who Wouldn’t Put On His Shoes – Police Force Shut Down By Village Council Taser Attack

March 13, 2012

MOUNT STERLING, OHIO – Embattled police Chief Mike McCoy announced last night that he will soon resign from his village post, though he insisted it has nothing to do with the fact that one of his officers shocked a 9-year-old boy twice with a Taser last week.

McCoy, who was placed on paid leave late last week after he did not tell Mount Sterling Mayor Charlie Neff of the incident, said he wasn’t pressured to resign.

Instead, after an hour-long, closed-door meeting between his personal attorney and village officials, McCoy read a statement that said the village’s declining budget keeps him from doing his job.

He said he did nothing wrong by not immediately telling Neff what had happened because, as chief, he felt he needed to check into the incident himself first.

“I did what I was supposed to do to maintain the integrity of the incident,” McCoy said.

Neff said McCoy wasn’t asked to quit, but he added that the past few days “have been tough.” He said that lawyers are drafting a separation agreement and the council is expected to accept McCoy’s formal resignation at its meeting in two weeks. McCoy will not be reporting back to his $49,900-a-year job, though.

In the meantime, the entire part-time police force remains disbanded and the Madison County sheriff’s office will patrol the village. There was no discussion of hiring a new chief or bringing back officers, and last week’s incident is being reviewed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Among the 70 or so people at the meeting was Michelle Perry, whose son Jared was shocked by Mount Sterling police Officer Scott O’Neil last Tuesday morning.

Mrs. Perry didn’t comment, but her attorney, Tracy Comisford, said after the meeting that when O’Neil came to arrest her son for truancy, Mrs. Perry never expected that he would be subdued with a Taser. “She certainly never wanted this to happen,” Comisford said.

Village officials released the police report yesterday. According to O’Neil’s written account:

He went to the boy’s S. Market Street home about 8:30 a.m. to serve a complaint filed against Jared for truancy.

Jared — listed on the report as between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-8 inches tall and between 200 and 250 pounds — refused to cooperate. He begged his mother to let him go to school rather than with the officer, but Perry told her son it was too late.

O’Neil wrote that after repeated warnings, he pulled Jared from the couch, but he “dropped to the floor and became dead weight … flailing around,” and the boy lay on his hands to prevent being handcuffed.

O’Neil demonstrated the electrical current from the Taser into the air “as a show of force.” Then, he wrote, Perry told her son to do as O’Neil said or he would be shocked.

The report indicates that after being shocked once, Jared still didn’t cooperate and was shocked a second time. An ambulance was called, but Jared had no sign of injury; Perry signed a waiver for medical treatment. Jared was taken to the sheriff’s office, and a delinquency count of resisting arrest was added to his truancy charge.

As people left the meeting last night, many offered McCoy support and said they stand behind the police department. Resident Heather Rice said all the facts about what happened last week aren’t yet known, and McCoy has simply become a scapegoat.

“This isn’t about a Taser,” she said. “This is about forcing this village to lose its police force.”

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Disgraced And Suspended Mount Sterling Ohio Police Chief Mike McCoy To Quit After Officer Scott O’Neil Used Taser Weapon Twice On 9 Year Old Boy Who Wouldn’t Put On His Shoes – Police Force Shut Down By Village Council Taser Attack

March 13, 2012

MOUNT STERLING, OHIO – Embattled police Chief Mike McCoy announced last night that he will soon resign from his village post, though he insisted it has nothing to do with the fact that one of his officers shocked a 9-year-old boy twice with a Taser last week.

McCoy, who was placed on paid leave late last week after he did not tell Mount Sterling Mayor Charlie Neff of the incident, said he wasn’t pressured to resign.

Instead, after an hour-long, closed-door meeting between his personal attorney and village officials, McCoy read a statement that said the village’s declining budget keeps him from doing his job.

He said he did nothing wrong by not immediately telling Neff what had happened because, as chief, he felt he needed to check into the incident himself first.

“I did what I was supposed to do to maintain the integrity of the incident,” McCoy said.

Neff said McCoy wasn’t asked to quit, but he added that the past few days “have been tough.” He said that lawyers are drafting a separation agreement and the council is expected to accept McCoy’s formal resignation at its meeting in two weeks. McCoy will not be reporting back to his $49,900-a-year job, though.

In the meantime, the entire part-time police force remains disbanded and the Madison County sheriff’s office will patrol the village. There was no discussion of hiring a new chief or bringing back officers, and last week’s incident is being reviewed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Among the 70 or so people at the meeting was Michelle Perry, whose son Jared was shocked by Mount Sterling police Officer Scott O’Neil last Tuesday morning.

Mrs. Perry didn’t comment, but her attorney, Tracy Comisford, said after the meeting that when O’Neil came to arrest her son for truancy, Mrs. Perry never expected that he would be subdued with a Taser. “She certainly never wanted this to happen,” Comisford said.

Village officials released the police report yesterday. According to O’Neil’s written account:

He went to the boy’s S. Market Street home about 8:30 a.m. to serve a complaint filed against Jared for truancy.

Jared — listed on the report as between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-8 inches tall and between 200 and 250 pounds — refused to cooperate. He begged his mother to let him go to school rather than with the officer, but Perry told her son it was too late.

O’Neil wrote that after repeated warnings, he pulled Jared from the couch, but he “dropped to the floor and became dead weight … flailing around,” and the boy lay on his hands to prevent being handcuffed.

O’Neil demonstrated the electrical current from the Taser into the air “as a show of force.” Then, he wrote, Perry told her son to do as O’Neil said or he would be shocked.

The report indicates that after being shocked once, Jared still didn’t cooperate and was shocked a second time. An ambulance was called, but Jared had no sign of injury; Perry signed a waiver for medical treatment. Jared was taken to the sheriff’s office, and a delinquency count of resisting arrest was added to his truancy charge.

As people left the meeting last night, many offered McCoy support and said they stand behind the police department. Resident Heather Rice said all the facts about what happened last week aren’t yet known, and McCoy has simply become a scapegoat.

“This isn’t about a Taser,” she said. “This is about forcing this village to lose its police force.”

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Mount Sterling Ohio Police Chief Mike McCoy Suspended And Force Disbanded After Nutcase Officer Scott O’Neil Twice Used Taser Weapon On 9 Year Old Victim Who Wouldn’t Put On His Shoes

March 12, 2012

MOUNT STERLING, OHIO – Officials in the Madison County village of Mount Sterling expect a packed house tonight when the village council meets for the first time since suspending Police Chief Mike McCoy and essentially disbanding the police force on Friday.

Mayor Charlie Neff issued the suspensions after he was told that a village police officer had shocked a 9-year-old boy with a Taser earlier in the week during an arrest. Neff said McCoy should have immediately reported the incident to Neff and council members. He did not.

Officer Scott O’Neil, who used the Taser twice Tuesday morning on 9-year-old Jared Perry, did not respond to calls on Friday for comment. Village officials, however, released a copy of O’Neil’s report this morning.

The sheriff’s office had requested an officer check the boy’s S. Market Street address on because there was an outstanding unruly juvenile complaint filed against him because he was truant from school.

According to O’Neil’s written account: He arrived at the home just before 8:30 a.m. to take the boy into custody. Jared refused to cooperate and wouldn’t put on his shoes to go with the officer. He begged his mother, Michelle Perry, to let him go to school rather than with the officer, but Perry told her son it was too late.

O’Neil wrote that after repeated warnings, he pulled Jared from the couch but the boy “ dropped to the floor and became dead weight … flailing around.” The officer wrote that Jared — who is listed as between 5 foot 5 and 5 foot 8 inches tall and between 200 and 250 pounds — laid on his hands to prevent being handcuffed.

The report indicates that O’Neil warned that he would use the Taser, and demonstrated the electrical current into the air “as a show of force” to gain the boy’s cooperation. He wrote that Jared’s mother was telling her son to do as O’Neil said or else he would be shocked.

O’Neil wrote that after he shocked Jared the first time, he still refused to cooperate and so he was shocked a second time.

It took both O’Neil and the boy’s mother to get Jared to his feet, once handcuffed. He was breathing heavily but uninjured, and Perry signed a waiver of medical treatment. Jared was taken to the sheriff’s office and charged with delinquency counts of unruliness for his truancy and resisting arrest. O’Neil wrote that Jared’s mother thanked him for his help.

O’Neil said that he immediately notified Chief McCoy about what had happened. McCoy has not publicly commented since his suspension. Perry has not been able to be reached for comment.

The Madison County sheriff’s office is patrolling the village while it all is sorted out. Council President Lowell Anderson said council will have to decide tonight whether to permanently disband the force.

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Crazed Everett Washington Safeway Security Guard Tried To Get 4 Year Old Toddler To Read And Sign Form Saying She Is Banned From Store

November 24, 2011

EVERETT, WASHINGTON – A Safeway security guard is taking heat for the way he questioned a 4-year-old shoplifter in Everett.

Little Savannah Harp recently took a trip to the grocery store with her dad. While they were shopping, Savanna took a package of dried fruit from a shelf.

“She grabbed a bag of apricots – dried apricots – opened them, ate a couple, put it back and the security guard watched her do it,” said the girl’s mother, Alissa Jones.

Savannah’s father didn’t notice his daughter’s sticky fingers, but a store security guard did.

The guard stopped the pair as they left the store and led them back to a break room.

“He proceeded to tell them, ‘Your daughter stole and she’s banned from the store, and we’re pressing charges. And she needs to sign this form saying she understands she can’t come into any Safeways,'” Jones said.

Savannah can’t read or write, but the guard, whom Safeway had hired under contract, had her scribble on the paper just the same.

“It’s pretty troubling,” Jones said. “It’s not like she even knows what she was doing.”

Savannah’s parents aren’t the only ones concerned about the way the situation was handled. Company officials said they are outraged by the incident and have fired the security guard.

“Our policies on shoplifting are intended to protect our customers, but built on common sense. And everyone understands what common sense is,” said company spokesperson Cherie Myers. “We are as appalled as the parent is. Our division president was absolutely appalled, called the mom and apologized.”


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Stockton California Police Officer Lt. Frank Gordo Handcuffed And Shackled 5 Year Old Boy And Sent Him To Mental Hospital After Officer Instigated Incident With The Child

November 24, 2011

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA – Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old.

Michael Davis is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. His mother says it has led to fights at school. But when the school district said it had a plan to change Michael’s behavior, his mother says things went wrong.

“Michael is energetic,” Thelma Gray said. “He is one big ball of energy.”

Gray calls Michael a comedian. She says his biggest problem is his ADHD stops him from thinking before he acts or speaks.

“He’s very loving,” Gray said. “He’s a good kid and he’s not the discipline problem that he was made out to be.”

Those discipline problems include fights with other students, even throwing a chair.

Gray says the school, Rio Calaveras Elementary of Stockton, wanted to change that behavior by having Michael meet with a school police officer.

“He could come out and talk to Michael and the kids are normally scared straight,” said Gray, describing how she says the school district proposed the meeting.

But the meeting didn’t go as planned.

Gray says Michael was agitated when the officer entered the room, and the whole meeting ended with Michael arrested and cuffed, with zip ties on his hands and his feet.

“I was led to believe that Michael saw a police officer and attacked a police officer on sight,” said Gray, adding that that’s not what happened.

She knows because she ultimately obtained a copy of the police report.

In it, the officer, Lt. Frank Gordo, says he placed his hand on Michael’s and, “the boy pushed my hand away in a batting motion, pushed papers off the table, and kicked me in the right knee.”

When Michael wouldn’t calm down, Gordo cuffed Michael’s hands and feet with zip ties and took the boy to the Stockton Kaiser Psychiatric Hospital in the back of a squad car.

He had not called Michael’s mother or father at that point.

Michael was cited for battery on a police officer.

“I didn’t know until two or three weeks later that my son was zip tied,” Gray said.

Her ex-husband had picked Michael up from the hospital. When he arrived, Michael’s wrists were still zip tied behind his back.

KCRA 3 asked Rio Calaveras Elementary, the Stockton Unified School District and the Stockton Unified School District Police on multiple occasions to comment on what happened during Michael’s meeting with the officer.

Both the police chief and the school district said they could not comment.

The district said it could not comment because of privacy laws regarding students and because the San Joaquin County Grand Jury and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights were investigating.

“I have been around young children that when they can’t express themselves and don’t feel they’re being heard. They really need to make a loud statement in some way and it’s often a very physical statement.”
– UC Davis Professor of Education Shannon Cannon

Also, neither the district nor the Stockton School Police would comment on what procedures were in place to handle children with behavioral problems.

“Some of that’s really abstract,” said UC Davis Professor of Education Shannon Cannon, speaking on how young children react. “We need to try to make it a little bit more concrete,” she said, adding that young children are often more physical than vocal.

When KCRA 3 interviewed Cannon, her students were learning about dealing with problem behavior in the classroom. Cannon says she has seen children as young as 7 years old act out physically and they can get violent, even dangerous to others around them — but adds that it is important to have a behavioral plan in place as soon as the child is diagnosed.

She says children as young as 5 years old may not be able to tell an adult what is bothering them.

“I have been around young children that, when they can’t express themselves, and don’t feel they’re being heard,” says Cannon, adding that “they really need to make a loud statement in some way and it’s often a very physical statement.”

KCRA 3 obtained a copy of the U.S. Department of Education’s report on Michael’s arrest.

The report states that the Stockton Unified School District “delayed an evaluation of the student {Michael} which denied the student a fair and public education.”

They added that the school didn’t offer behavioral services to Michael or his mother, because “it would cost the district money.”

The report goes on to say that, whether or not funds are available through state or federal grants, the school district had an obligation to have Michael evaluated, which it failed to do.

As for Michael’s mother, Gray said she doesn’t want an apology from the district, she simply wants the school district to help her get Michael the education he’s entitled.

“I’ve been asking,” Gray said. “I’ve been begging for any assistance for Michael to get placed appropriately and this is what they chose to do.”

A juvenile court judge eventually dismissed the battery charges against Michael.

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Detroit Michigan Police Officer Joseph Weekly Charged With Shooting And Killing 7 Year Old Girl During Botched Police Raid That Included Video Crew From A&E Reality Show “First 48”

October 4, 2011

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley has been arraigned on charges of involuntary manslaughter and careless and reckless discharge of a firearm in the death of Aiyana Stanley Jones. The 7-year-old girl was shot and killed during a police raid in May of 2010.

The shooting made national headlines because police were accompanied by a camera crew filming the A&E reality cop drama “First 48.”

Weekley is a 14-year veteran who had been a member of the department’s Special Response Team (SRT) since 2004. He reportedly told his sergeant moments after the shooting, “A woman inside grabbed my gun. It fired. The bullet hit a child.”

But the Stanley-Jones family lawyer Geoffrey Fieger told the Detroit Free Press he was shown a video immediately after the shooting that shows police as the aggressors. The video in question has not been found was reportedly not investigated by police.

“All I know is that the [missing] video is pretty dramatic,” he said. “You can see the gunman shooting into the house from the outside.”

The video that police have “is very different,” he said. “It doesn’t show a thing.”

Fieger is arguing the shot came from outside of the house and struck Aiyana while she was sleeping with her grandmother on a living room couch.

The Michigan State Police conducted a 10-month investigation into Aiyana’s killing, and in March submitted a warrant request to prosecutors.The Detroit police department has also been federally sanctioned twice in less than a decade for excessive force and inhumane conditions at the city’s county jail.

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Former Section Alabama Police Officer Ryan Keith Evans Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges

July 8, 2011

SCOTTSBORO, Alabama — A former Section police officer faces various sex abuse charges after being arrested in south Alabama.

Officials say Ryan Keith Evans was brought back to Jackson County from Houston County on Thursday. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Jackson County on charges following charges of sodomy, enticing a child and possession of pornographic material.

Evans’ bond was set at $130,000. Jail officials say he has posted the bond and has been released.

Evans was employed as a Section police officer prior to 2009.

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Interrogation Of 7th Grader Without Parents Consent Included Secret Service And Tacoma Washington Police

May 17, 2011

TACOMA, WASHINGTON – A Tacoma seventh grader faced federal interrogation at school for what he posted on his Facebook page. His mom said it all happened without her knowledge or permission.

Timi Robertson said she had just finished lunch with a friend Friday when she got a phone call from her son’s school.

“I answered it, and it’s the school security guard who’s giving me a heads up that the Secret Service is here with the Tacoma Police Department and they have Vito and they’re talking to him,” Robertson said.

After Osama bin Laden was killed, 13-year-old Vito LaPinta posted an update to his Facebook status that got the Feds attention.

“I was saying how Osama was dead and for Obama to be careful because there could be suicide bombers,” says LaPinta.

A week later, while Vito was in his fourth period class, he was called in to the principal’s office.

“A man walked in with a suit and glasses and he said he was part of the Secret Service,” LaPinta said. “He told me it was because of a post I made that indicated I was a threat toward the President.”

The Tacoma school district acknowledged a Secret Service agent questioned Vito and that it was a security guard who called Vito’s mom because the principal was on another call. The school district said they didn’t wait for Vito’s mother to get there because they thought she didn’t take the phone call seriously.

“That’s a blatant lie,” Robertson said.

The teen’s mom says she rushed to Truman Middle School immediately and arrived to discover her son had already been questioned for half an hour.

“I just about lost it,” she said. “My 13 year-old son is supposed to be safe and secure in his classroom and he’s being interrogated without my knowledge or consent privately.”

The seventh grader said that once his mom showed up, the agent finished the interview and told him he was not in any trouble. Now he’s more careful about what he posts online.

His mother says she isn’t financially able to take legal action but hopes her family’s story raises awareness about the treatment she said her son endured.

The Seattle branch of the Secret Service did not respond to requests for comment.

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TSA Agent Photographed Searching 8 Month Old’s Diaper

May 11, 2011

KANSAS CITY – The Rev. Jacob Jester wasn’t trying to start anything.

But when he saw security screeners at Kansas City International Airport patting down a baby — a baby — he took a picture. And then he shared that picture on Twitter.

It went viral, and voila: Jester’s snapshot is the flashpoint of the day in the debate over who should be considered a threat to the flying public.

Not what he intended, Jester said Tuesday, after the image had been picked up by The Drudge Report and the Daily Mail in London, among others, and viewed nearly 300,000 times.

“I thought it was a curious situation,” said Jester, a pastor at a youth ministry in Independence. “I have a son about the same age — 8 months old — and I thought that I would not want that to happen to my own child.”

Jester had just cleared security Saturday afternoon on his way to Albuquerque, N.M., when he saw that the woman and young baby were about to be searched. The baby’s stroller had “alarmed” during explosives screening.

Jester tweeted his picture with the message: “Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport Pretty sure that’s extreme.”

His wife retweeted it. Another local pastor did, too.

The picture spread across Twitter as others, many with no connection to him, shared the image through retweets.

“The picture took on a life of its own,” Jester said.

The Transportation Security Administration, which has contracted with FirstLine Transportation Security to handle screening, issued a statement saying the officers followed proper procedures.

After the stroller set off the alarm, “officers followed protocol to conduct additional screening on members of the family, who were very cooperative,” the TSA said.

The agency said it has been reviewing its policies “to streamline and improve the screening experience for low-risk populations, such as younger passengers.”

Jester’s personal opinion: “An 8-month-old doesn’t pose a threat to airplane or national security. I am grateful for TSA’s willingness and desire to protect, but I believe in this instance that was extreme.”

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Medford Oregon Police Officer Tyler Terrell Chase Arrested, Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

April 8, 2011

MEDFORD, OREGON – A Medford police officer has been arrested on a sexual abuse charge for reportedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

The case was investigated by the Central Point Police Department. The details were released Thursday.

Officer Tyler Terrell Chase, 23, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

Both are misdemeanor charges.

Central Point police said the girl lives in Central Point.

“At the conclusion of our investigation, it is alleged that Tyler Chase had a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old female,” Central Point police Capt. Chuck Newell said in a news release.

Calls to Central Point police for comment were not immediately returned Thursday night.

A person commits third-degree sexual abuse when the victim does not consent to the sexual contact or the victim is incapable of consent because he or she is not 18 years old.

Chase was lodged in the Jackson County Jail Thursday on $8,000 bail.

He posted bail and was released.

According to the Medford Police Department’s weekly newsletter, Chase was hired by the department in 2009.

He previously served as a community service officer with the department and was assigned to North Medford High School as the school resource officer.

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Lakewood Colorado Police Assault 8 Year Old Boy With Pepper Spray

April 6, 2011

LAKEWOOD, COLORADO – Colorado police are defending their decision to pepper spray a crazed 8-year-old after the boy threw a violent tantrum in his classroom and threatened people with a sharp weapon.

The boy, identified only as Aiden, had been threatening, spitting and cursing at teachers in his second grade classroom in Lakewood, Colo., on Feb. 22 when schools officials called the cops.

When police arrived, the pint-sized perp was wielding a sharp piece of wood trim he had torn off the wall and was trying to stab teachers with it, cops said.

“I wanted to make something sharp if they came out because I was so mad at them,” the boy later told Colorado’s KUSA television. “I was going to try to whack them with it.”

Cops ordered the boy to drop the stick, but the boy refused, shouting, “Get away from me you f—ers!” police said.

Officer then sprayed the boy with two doses of pepper spray and handcuffed him.

Aiden’s mom, identified as Mandy, said that the boy had anger issues and that it was the third time teachers had called the cops after one of his tantrums.

Police spokesman Steve Davis defended the police.

“Our officers had to do something to diffuse the situation in a hurry before someone got hurt,” Davis told KUSA.

“I think the officers made a great choice that day in choosing the pepper spray,” he added.

Aiden’s mom said her son was treated like “a common criminal.”

“I’m sure what he was doing wasn’t right, but he’s 8 years old,” she told the station.

Mandy said the boy was transferred to a school with behavior problems and had been seeing a doctor.

“I got like anger things,” Aiden said. “It’s just who I am. I think it’s not ever going to go away.”

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Memphis Tennessee Police Officer Mutima Winters Arrested, Suspended, Charged With Brutally Beating Her 6 Year Old Daughter

April 6, 2011

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – Memphis Police Officer Mutima Winters is due in court Monday to face a charge of Aggravated Child Abuse.

Officer Winters, who is assigned to the Old Allen Station, has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation. She’s been on the force since December, 2008. She is currently out on bond.

The investigation started last week, after police responded to a call at Kate Bond Elementary School. According to the police report, a six-year-old said her mom “whipped her with a belt striking her in the face.” The police report says the girl had injuries to her “face and back, bruising to both thighs and healed welt type injuries to her back.”

The police report also says Officer Winters admitted to “striking the six-year-old with a belt on 3/31/2001.”

A woman at the address Winters gave police after her arrest told WREG News Channel 3 Winters did not live at the home.

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Montgomery Alabama Police Officer Will Owens Jr. Arrested On Child Sexual Abuse Charges

March 3, 2011

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — A Montgomery police officer was taken into custody by Alabama Bureau of Investigation authorities Wednesday evening on sexual abuse charges, reports WSFA today.

The arrested officer, 34-year old Montgomery Police Officer Will Owens Jr., is charged with second-degree sexual abuse and enticing a child to enter a vehicle/house for immoral purposes.

Owens, who worked in the patrol division since October 2008, resigned Wednesday evening, says the Montgomery Advertiser.

He was released on bond from the Montgomery County Detention Facility Thursday morning.

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Video Catches 7 Houston Texas Police Officers Beating 15 Year Kid

February 5, 2011

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Houston’s mayor and police department were on the defensive Friday, two days after graphic video came out showing several officers repeatedly kicking and beating a 15-year-old burglary suspect as he lay on the ground.

An internal police investigation of the incident last March led to the firing of seven police officers, said spokesman John Cannon of the Houston police department.

Two successfully appealed and returned to their jobs, said Houston NAACP President D.Z. Cofield.

Five other officers were disciplined in other ways, Cannon said. A Harris County grand jury indicted four of the officers this summer, based in part of the video.

Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos opposed the video becoming public and felt doing so might prejudice potential jurors and force the indicted officers’ trials to be moved out of the county.

Quanell X, a local activist, got hold of the surveillance tape showing the scene outside a storage facility and gave it to the media.

He said he had every right to obtain the footage and make it public.

“I will show my people what they deserve to see, and let the public see what you don’t want them to see,” Quanell X said

Mayor Annise Parker said the police leadership and city acted properly.

“I resent any implication that we were trying to hide the tape,” she said.

After viewing the footage, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr. fired the seven officers and a grand jury called for misdemeanor charges against four of them in June on misdemeanor charges.

Lykos told reporters Thursday there was not sufficient evidence to pursue more serious charges, such as aggravated assault.

“Without revealing what was presented to the grand jury, in order to have aggravated assault you have to have serious bodily injury or impairment or use of a deadly weapon,” she said. “None of that was apparent in this case.”

The tape, first shown Wednesday on CNN affiliate WTRK, shows the 15-year-old boy — being chased by police and falling to the ground after being upended by a moving police car. He then falls face first and places his hands on the ground.

A disciplinary letter from McClelland, dated June 23 and posted online less than two weeks later by CNN affiliate HTRK, says that the boy had his hands behind his head and neck area, in an obvious position of surrender.

Then, the letter adds and the tape shows, Officer Raad Hassan “then ran toward (the boy) and kicked him a total of 15 times,” then later kicked him more times in the groin area even after he “was handcuffed and no longer a threat.”

Several other officers, repeatedly kicking and punching the 15-year-old, who barely moved the whole time.

Like Parker, the head of Houston’s police union said the incident did not reflect on the make-up or usual activity of officers on the force.

“We have thousands of officers who do a great job every day and they’re not involved in this,” said Mark Clark, the union’s executive director. “It’s serious and it’s a reflection on the department.”

Cofield sharply criticized the police officers’ actions as well as how civic leaders had handled the case afterward during a news conference Thursday. That includes officials’ unwillingness to make the tape public.

“For us, what seems to be a tragedy (is) repeated one more time in Harris County,” he said.

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Selma Alabama Police Officer Christopher Harris Arrested And Charged With Raping A Child

January 12, 2011

SELMA, ALABAMA – A Selma Police Department officer faces charges of raping a child less than 16 years old but older than 12, according to a WSFA 12 News Montgomery report.

Christopher Harris was arrested by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and taken to the Dallas County Jail, where he remains under a $50,000 bond, WSFA reports.

The Grand Jury will take the case later this month, the report says.

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Montgomery County Virginia Police Officer Jason Cokinos Fined Just $185 For Speeding – Off Duty Cruiser Wreck Left 14 Year Old Boy Brain Damaged And A Quadriplegic

November 18, 2010

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, VIRGINIA – A Montgomery County police officer who hit and paralyzed a Clarksburg boy with his cruiser received a $185 speeding ticket and is now canvassing neighborhoods that show spikes in crime.

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Luis Jovel Jr. is a quadriplegic with permanent brain damage who needs around-the-clock medical care for the smallest of tasks, including eating and getting dressed.

State officials won’t say whether Officer Jason Cokinos was disciplined following the April 2008 incident in Clarksburg.

“Personnel information is subject to [state] confidentiality laws,” said Patricia Via, who represented Montgomery County in the Jovel family’s civil lawsuit against the county and Cokinos.

Cokinos’ case qualified under the state’s confidentiality laws once the county police department’s internal affairs division became involved, said Lt. Paul Starks, spokesman for Montgomery police.

“When the case is referred to the Internal Affairs Division, it’s considered a personnel matter,” he said.

Cokinos, who was 23 at the time, was speeding at 56 miles an hour in a 30-mile-an-hour zone when he struck Luis — who was crossing Springtown Road in front of his home.

Seven months later in November, a Montgomery County District Court judge found Cokinos not guilty of negligent driving or contributing to an accident.

Cokinos then pleaded guilty to driving 26 miles-per-hour over the limit and he paid a $185 fine, including a $25 court fee.

A police investigation concluded that the boy would not have been hit had Cokinos been traveling at the speed limit, however.

The county will pay the Jovel family $400,000 in damages. The amount of damages the family could request was limited to $200,00 per case by a state law that restricts the legal liability of local governments.

Cokinos was traveling to an off-duty job when he struck Jovel.

Starks said the case qualifies for limited liability because he was in his police cruiser and wearing his uniform.

“If you are in the [cruiser] you are not considered off duty,” Starks said. Cokinos is now serving on one of two “community action teams,” which ramp up patrols in areas of the county where officers identify an uptick in criminal activity.

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Drunk Russian Police Officer Hits Three Young Girls With His Car, One Of Whom Died After Being Run Over Again By Responding Ambulance

October 21, 2010

SIBERIA, RUSSIA – A RUSSIAN police officer hit three girls with his car while driving drunk in Siberia and one was killed after being run over by the ambulance sent to treat them.

The police officer, who was driving his personal car, ran into the three girls on Tuesday as they walked at night on the side of the road near Kargosok, a town in the Tomsk region, the local interior ministry said.

One of the girls, aged 15, was then run over and killed by an ambulance that arrived at the scene, the ministry said.

The other two girls were being treated in hospital for head wounds and were in stable condition, it said.

The incident was the latest in a string of scandals involving Russian police hitting pedestrians while driving drunk.

In a separate incident, prosecutors in the Kursk region south of Moscow said that a member of the local police had been identified as the driver who fled the scene after hitting and killing a 16-year-old girl with his car on Monday.

“The investigation has identified the person responsible for this accident as the assistant to the chief of police in the Sovietsky district, who was drunk,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

In April, a drunk police officer hit a woman and her nine-year-old granddaughter with his car near Moscow, killing the girl. In March, another drunk police officer ran into and killed a pregnant woman in Moscow.

Scandals involving Russian police officials – from murder to extortion to corruption – have increased in recent years.

Fatal traffic accidents are also frequent in Russia and are often linked to dilapidated roads, poor adherence to safety rules and drunk driving.

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Dumbass Pennsylvania State Trooper Nicholas Petrosky Leaves His Gun Within Reach Of His 4 Year Old Son, Who Shoots Himself

October 19, 2010

DONORA, PENNSYLVANIA – Channel 11 News learned Friday that the 4-year-old son of a Belle Vernon Pennsylvania State Trooper accidentally shot himself in the leg with his father’s gun Thursday night.

According to Donora police, Trooper Nicholas Petrosky was drying his son after a shower when the little boy grabbed his father’s gun, which had been placed on the bathroom counter.

Police said it was the trooper’s personal gun, not his state-issued weapon, that went off.

The child, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to Children’s Hospital for treatment. The family put a block on information from the hospital and the child’s condition was not immediately known.

“Micah, his name is Micah. We see him all the time,” said neighbor Paul Brown.

Brown said he didn’t hear the gunshot but saw the commotion afterward.

The boy’s injured do not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

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A-Hole Brooklyn New York Police Officer Alfonso Mendez Suspended After Stopping And Delaying Woman Rushing Dying Child To Hospital, Saying He Didn’t Know CPR, Not Providing Immediate Escort To Hospital

September 1, 2010

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – The NYPD has suspended a cold-hearted Brooklyn cop who failed to help a woman as she frantically drove her dying daughter to a hospital, police said.

Police Officer Alfonso Mendez, 30, who is assigned to the 84th Precinct in downtown Brooklyn, had his gun and badge taken and will likely face a departmental charge for failing to take proper police action, cops said.

The stunning announcement – which vindicated the grieving mother of Briana Ojeda, 11 – was a quick and surprising turn of events.

Tuesday morning, as the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau hunted for the mystery officer whom Carmen Ojeda blamed for her daughter’s death, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters not enough was known to determine if the man was an NYPD cop.

The probe suddenly came together within a few hours Tuesday afternoon – and Mendez, who was suspended without pay, later copped to having been the man in uniform who pulled over Ojeda in Cobble Hill Friday.

“It’s a shame that it took four days for this officer to reveal himself. And it should never happen to any other child,” said Briana’s father, Michael Ojeda, as he and Carmen left their daughter’s wake.

Briana, whose funeral is today, suffered an asthma attack while playing at a Carroll Gardens park.

Her mother called 911, but opted instead to drive Briana to Long Island College Hospital.

Mendez, who has been on theforce for five years and hadnot had a major disciplinary issue, stopped Ojeda after she turned the wrong way down a one-way street a few blocks from the hospital.

Ojeda, 35, of Boerum Hill, had insisted she was pulled over by an NYPD cop who acted surly and claimed not to know cardiopulmonary resuscitation – althoughall NYPD cops receive such training.

She said the officer followed her to the hospital, where Briana died about an hour after arrival.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said Internal Affairs Bureau investigators showed Ojeda and witnesses pictures of cops in the 76th Precinct, where the incident took place. No cop was identified as the culprit.

They next began reviewing gasoline purchases because cops from two neighboring commands routinely fuel up their vehicles at stations within the 76th Precinct.

Those records confirmed that following a court appearance, Mendez had stopped to fill up his vehicle before heading to the Brooklyn Bridge to relieve a cop at a fixed posting, Browne said. Mendez’s NYPD photo was then placed in a photo array for witnesses, who fingered him.

Browne said that, under NYPD regulations, Mendez should have reported he stopped Ojeda and escorted her to the hospital.

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Manhattan New York Criminal Court Judge And Former Prosecutor James Gibbons Quits In Disgrace After Fathering Child With Young Legal Aid Lawyer And Collection Of Porn Is Discovered On His Office Computer

August 27, 2010

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK – A cleavage-crazed criminal court judge – who fathered a son with a young Legal Aid lawyer – quit after officials found a massive porn stash on his work computer, sources said Thursday.

Disgraced Manhattan jurist James Gibbons, a whip-smart ex-prosecutor who once convicted rapists and killers, fired off a terse resignation letter last week after the nasty cache was uncovered.

“There was a lot of porn on his computer – all young women,” an investigator told the Daily News. “Lots of crotch and cleavage shots.”

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is scouring the vile files to determine if criminal charges are warranted – and are checking whether any of the women are underage.

Gibbons, 47, already had raised eyebrows with his ethics-skirting romance with Legal Aid lawyer Jeanne Emhoff, 31, who he fathered a son with weeks ago.

Emhoff’s Facebook page, which was pulled down Thursday, featured a photo of a man with a boy on his shoulder.

The porn revelation staggered the baby’s grandparents.

“This is going to break her heart,” Emhoff’s stepdad said of his wife. “She thinks the world of Jim. … This will destroy my wife.”

Gibbons – who was not arrested – was caught when a computer-monitoring system in the courthouse red-flagged his courthouse terminal, a law enforcement source said.

He was on paternity leave when the images were discovered and the computer seized.

During the 14 years he worked in the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Gibbons was well-known for his efficient handling of street crimes.

He also enjoyed a good reputation on the bench after his December 2001 appointment by departing Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

“He was a very careful judge on the law,” lawyer Adam Freedman said. “If he was using his state-issued computer for illegal activities, it would be uncharacteristic, considering how careful he is on the law.”

Despite the possible conflicts of interest between Gibbons and Emhoff, a source close to the case said, their affair was unrelated to the investigation.

“There is absolutely no link between the judge’s relationship with Jeanne Emhoff and any alleged criminal activity,” the source said. “One has nothing to do with the other.”

It was unclear when the porn was found on the disgraced judge’s computer, but sources said its discovery was just routine.

“In government agencies, and in many private sector firms, employers are able to monitor employee computer usage,” a source said.

Gibbons quit his position with a simple three-paragraph letter that offered no clues to his sudden nightmare.

“It has been a privilege to serve as a judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York,” he wrote. “Please accept this letter as a statement of my resignation of that office effective today.”

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New Jersey Department Of Corrections Holds “Family Day” At Sex Offender Prison – Where Of Course A Little Girl Was Molested By A Prisoner…

August 24, 2010

TRENTON, NEW JERSEY – The Department of Corrections is overhauling prison family programs in response to accusations a sex offender was able to inappropriately touch a 9-year-old girl during an event behind prison walls.

In addition, at least one corrections officer is facing disciplinary charges in connection with the incident, according to two state officials with knowledge of the case.

Family events were previously held like picnics where inmates and visiting relatives were able to mingle. But future programs will be heavily regimented and better supervised, Corrections spokesman Matt Schuman said.

“It won’t be as loosely run as it might have been,” he said.

However, Schuman said children will still be allowed to attend, sparking another round of criticism from a prison union leader.

The department launched its internal review of family programs following a Star-Ledger inquiry into the June 16 “family day” event at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a specialized prison for sex offenders in Avenel.

The annual program was attended by 210 inmates and 534 relatives, 116 of them children. Corrections officials said 30 officers provided supervision. During the event, convicted sex offender Claudio Gonzalez, 23, allegedly touched the 9-year-old niece of another inmate, documents obtained by The Star-Ledger show.

Gonzalez later told investigators he only “accidentally brushed” her breast while walking with the girl.

Investigators filed disciplinary charges of unauthorized physical contact and assault against Gonzalez, documents show. He is currently incarcerated at Northern State Prison, and one state official said he’s being held in administrative segregation for bad behavior.

The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office did not respond to questions on whether Gonzalez, who pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 2006, is facing criminal charges.

During family day Gonzalez did not have any visitors but was allowed to attend, according to a disciplinary report. That’s a violation of Corrections rules, Schuman said.

The department’s internal inquiry has led to disciplinary charges against at least one officer at the prison, according to two officials who were not authorized to discuss the investigation on the record.

Trent Norman, president of Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 105, which represents prison officers, said the union is planning to appeal the charges. Schuman declined to discuss disciplinary matters.

Corrections officials said family days help inmates stay connected with relatives, increasing their chance of success once they’re released. But they said events need to be re-focused on programmed activities geared toward preparing inmates to return to society.

At future events, Schuman said, staff members will show videos and answer questions about programs available to help inmates reintegrate into society. He also said security will be tighter.

“They want to restrict movements and keep everything in front of custody staff,” he said.

Children will still be able to attend, although Schuman said visitors will be asked to always keep their children close.

“If it’s going to be family day, they want to have children there,” he said. “But they want to make sure there’s adult supervision at all times.”

Jim McGonigal, president of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Supervisors Association, which represents sergeants, said the changes are good but insufficient.

“As a parent, I cannot fathom bringing a child into that atmosphere,” he said.

Schuman said family days are currently scheduled at East Jersey State Prison, also in Avenel, for September and October. More are planned at Southern State Prison in Bridgeton but dates have not been set.

The Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center is still allowed to have family events but none have been scheduled, Schuman said.

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Abbeville Alabama Police Officer Davey Jones Arrested, Suspended, Charged With Choking A Child Until He Passed Out – Son Of Headland Police Chief Mark Jones

August 25, 2009

ABBEVILLE, ALABAMA – Henry County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested an Abbeville police officer on a criminal complaint that he choked a 15-year-old boy until he passed out.

The sheriff’s office says 22-year-old Davey Jones turned himself in on Monday.

The boy’s mother signed a warrant charging Jones with misdemeanor reckless endangerment. He was released from custody after he posted a $500 bond.

Sheriff William Maddox says the boy did not require medical attention.

Abbeville Police Chief Mike Jones says Davey Jones was placed on administrative leave without pay.

Headland Police Chief Mark Jones, the father of Davey Jones, says the teenager and others had showed up uninvited to a home where his son occasionally stayed overnight.

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