A police officer who faced six felony and two misdemeanor charges of using police surveillance equipment to tape three women undressing and taking showers at his home pleaded guilty to two felony charges Tuesday in Portage County Circuit Court.
Michael Kosobud, fired as a city of Adams police officer in September, was charged a year ago with hiding a "pinhole camera" -- on loan from the Adams County Sheriff's Department -- behind a soap dish in the bathroom of his Friendship home.
He then secretly videotaped the three women, including two with whom he was having live-in relationships and one who was a friend, according to a court complaint and a news release from the office of the attorney general. The videotaping happened four times between 1999 and 2003, according to the Justice Department's Division of Criminal Investigation agents.
One of the women discovered three unmarked videotapes mixed in with other tapes while cleaning in September 2004. One video showed her naked in the bathroom on two occasions, first in March 2003.
Another video showed a different woman undressing, showering and putting on her clothes in the same bathroom in April 2000. A third video featured a woman who, with her husband, had stayed at Kosobud's residence in 1999. She also been taped undressing, taking a shower and then dressing again.
Kosobud, 43, told investigators he made the tapes using equipment from the Sheriff's Department and the Adams Police Department, where he worked as a police officer since 1987.
In a search, state investigators found a screw hole to a soap dish "consistent with the view reflected in all three of the videotapes." They also discovered a portion of a bathroom mirror had been rendered transparent, and behind that portion there was a space in the wall where a camcorder could be placed, according to the complaint.
Kosobud pleaded guilty to charges of intentionally making videotapes of one nude woman and possession of videotapes of the three victims. The law prohibiting making videotapes without the knowledge of someone in "a circumstance where she/he had a reasonable expectation of privacy" did not exist when two of the victims were taped, according to the news release from the office of the attorney general.
The maximum penalty per felony is a fine of $10,000 and three years and six months in prison.
Kosobud, who has been free on $2,500 cash bail, will be sentenced Feb. 13.
His lawyer, Bruce Rosen, said the tapes were "historical" and had not been shown to anyone. The surveillance equipment had been removed by the time the tapes were discovered, he said.
In 1995, Kosobud was sentenced to 18 months of probation and fined $1,500 on charges stemming from the sale of a stolen satellite television system. He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and one misdemeanor count of concealing stolen property.
According to news articles, Kosobud was charged with lying to an Adams County sheriff's deputy who was investigating the theft of a satellite television system from the Adams-Columbia Electrical Cooperative. He claimed to have bought the system from someone at a bar before he sold it to an area supper club.
Adams City Manager Robert Ellisor said Kosobud had been a police officer there since May, 1987, and was suspended without pay in December 2004, and fired Sept. 20. According to court records, he also faces charges from last September of driving while intoxicated.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio - A grand jury indicted a former Union County sheriff's deputy on three charges of sexually abusing three girls.
Terry Wertz, 47, of Marysville, is charged with having sexual contact with a 9-year-old and a 14-year-old in 2004 and forcing a 16-year-old to touch him sexually between March 2003 and October 2004.
Authorities began investigating after a girl told a counselor that a family member touched her inappropriately, Marysville assistant police chief Glenn Nicol said.
Wertz worked as a full-time deputy for about 11 years, leaving in 1994. But he remained a reserve deputy with the sheriff's office.
Wertz has been on administrative leave since the investigation began in October 2004 and has not performed any duties, Chief Deputy Tom Morgan said in a statement.
In 1992, Wertz was suspended without pay for 16 days and later demoted to patrol duties for inappropriate contact with a rape victim whose case he was investigating.
Marysville is about 30 miles northwest of Columbus.
EAST RIDGE, Tenn. A Chattanooga police officer charged in a rape that was reported to East Ridge investigators last month has turned himself in.
Evansville officer facing several charges (Published Tuesday, December 6, 2005 10:26:43 AM CST)
FLORENCE, Ala. A Lauderdale County grand jury has indicted former Florence Police Captain Spence Butler on a first-degree perjury charge. The charge is a Class C felony.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A state trooper was ordered held without bail on felony charges he had sex with two 14-year-old girls before he joined the police agency, authorities said.
Juan Carlos Zaragoza, 25, was arrested Thursday by Newport News detectives in Fredericksburg, where he lives. He was off-duty.
Zaragoza was charged with three counts of illegal carnal knowledge. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
The alleged incidents occurred in Newport News in 2003 and 2004 and involved consensual sex, city police said. Zaragoza has been a Virginia trooper for two months.
Zaragoza was suspended without pay until the case is resolved, a state police spokesman said.
WAYNESVILLE - A police officer charged with felony indecent liberties with a child pleaded guilty today to a lesser offense and will not serve time in prison.
A judge gave Thomas Edward Chandler, 46, of 64 Middle Ridge, a suspended jail sentence, unsupervised probation and prohibited him from serving as a law enforcement officer after he pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault on a female.
The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation found Chandler touched a teenager member of the Waynesville Police Department’s Explorers program twice. A Grand Jury indicted him in September.
District Attorney Michael Bonfoey said the state agreed to the plea because the investigation did not show the touching sexually gratified the former officer. The state would have to prove gratification to convince a jury that Chandler was guilty of a felony sex crime. He will not have to register as a sex offender under the plea deal.
The prosecutor also said the teenager’s family did not want to proceed with a trial.
Bonfoey said police officers and firefighters witnessed the officer touching the teenager but did not stop him.
“If sworn police officers didn’t think it was enough to stop it, how are we going to convince a jury?” he said.
Chandler, through his attorney, Bill Jones, said he had no comment about the guilty plea. He has been fired from the police department but will receive a pension when he reaches retirement age for 20 years of service.
Jones called the acts “horseplay.”
“It got out of hand,” he said. “But there was nothing of a purely sexual nature.”
Jones said the deal allows Chandler, a single parent, to be with his family.
“It allows him to go on with his life and raise his son,” he said.
Assistant District Attorney Cortney Escaravage, who handled the plea, said the victim’s family did not want to comment about the case.
Bonfoey said the conviction shows police are not immune to prosecution.
“You can’t violate the law,” he said. “We don’t sweep things under the rug in the 30th District.
The Waynesville Police Department’s Explorers program teaches teenagers and young adults about police work through on-the-job training and community service. It is open to ages 14 to 21.
Explorers wear police-style uniforms and often help with traffic control during parades or festivals on Main Street.
Older Explorers ride along with patrol officers.
The post's community service includes collecting food and supplies for soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan and helping local charities take care of their buildings and grounds.
Contact Ostendorff at 452-1467 or jostendorff@CITIZEN-TIMES.com
ALEXANDRIA - A Bunkie police officer arrested earlier this month on charges he allegedly took a teenage girl to Georgia has been dismissed by the department, Bunkie Police Chief Mary Fanara said.
The Town Council has voted unanimously to approve a recommendation made by Fanara that Frederick O. Armstead, 42, be dismissed.
"We arrest people for doing what he did," Fanara said. "I will not tolerate it. He was a good officer, but he messed up.
"What he did does not reflect the department. What he did was an individual action. We are not going to defend or make excuses for what he did."
Armstead, who had been on the force since 1996 and is a U.S. Air Force reservist, was an officer in Cheneyville and Simmesport before coming to Bunkie.
Armstead also was a part-time officer with the Lecompte Police Department at the time of his arrest, Fanara said. Lecompte Police Chief Frankie Spears could not be reached for comment.
Fanara said she plans to hire another officer. The department has received a number of applications, she said.
Armstead had known the girl's family for years, her mother said.
Originally published December 18, 2005
Deputy charged for improper touching
Published Sunday, December 18, 2005
By Brian Knox
A Wise County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday for improperly touching a female inmate.James Wesley Harrison, 45, of Alvord was fired the same day after investigators at the sheriff’s office, along with Texas Ranger Dewayne Dockery, found evidence of misconduct. Harrison was charged with violating the civil rights of a person in custody/improper sexual activity with a person in custody – a state jail felony.Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Kay Swaim set a bond of $10,000. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said he requested a personal recognizance bond, and Harrison remains out of jail.Walker said that an investigation began after a female inmate complained that Harrison, a jail transport officer, touched her sexually while transporting her and two male inmates from Tarrant County to the Wise County Jail on Sept. 29.Investigators interviewed the 38-year-old female inmate along with other inmates.“We came up with enough people that we interviewed to have probable cause to terminate him and file charges,” Walker said.He said more inmates, including many of the female inmates Harrison has transported, will continue to be interviewed to make sure there were not other incidents of improper conduct.Harrison had worked for the sheriff’s office for five years, working as a jailer for three years before becoming a patrol deputy for eight months in 2003. He returned to the jail as a transport officer last year, Walker said.Harrison’s wife also works at the sheriff’s office as a records clerk.Walker said Harrison had never been in trouble in his five years at the sheriff’s office.“He was a good, dedicated employee,” he said. “ ... We never had a discipline problem with him.”While Walker said the arrest does not bring good publicity to the sheriff’s office, the department “is not going to hide anything.”“It’s unfortunate, but it’s not something we’re going to put up with,” he said. “We’re held to a higher standard in my opinion.”Walker said the investigation will continue and will eventually be given to District Attorney Jana Jones to be brought before a grand jury.Harrison could not be reached for comment.
By: Associated Press
RIVERSIDE -- A former Riverside police officer who is charged with sexually assaulting four boys has rejected a plea agreement that could have given him a sentence of 100 years or more in prison.Adam James Brown's attorney announced in a hearing Friday that his client had turned down the plea after indicating earlier this week he would agree to plead guilty in the case.
A former school resource officer and volunteer wrestling coach at Ramona High School, Brown, 32, faces 65 felony counts alleging he sexually assaulted the boys over four years.
"This was really mean what he did today," Allison Nelson, Riverside County supervising deputy district attorney, said outside court.Superior Court Judge Richard T. Fields urged Brown to weigh the decision, saying that he's seen defendants reject a plea agreement then unsuccessfully try to get it back."I would ask that you consider very carefully what you are doing," Fields said.Darryl Exum, Brown's attorney, said outside court that Brown does not want to put the victims through a trial or hearings, "but at the same time a sentence of 30 years concurrent with his federal sentence, he believes would be fair."A federal judge in Wisconsin sentenced Brown to 30 years in prison in July for his role in an Internet sex ring that preyed on children. Investigators said Brown flew to Beaver Dam, Wis., in 2002 to have sex with boys who were supplied by a Wisconsin man he had met on the Internet.Brown pleaded guilty to two of four charges as part of a plea agreement.
Ronald Lusk, 50, is charged with two counts of sexual misconduct of a minor, as well as one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.
The charges filed with the county prosecutor's office say Lusk had sex with a 15-year-old this past summer.
His bond was set at $3000.
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A former San Diego police sergeant will spend one year of house arrest for having sex with two 16-year-old girls, 10News reported.
Toby Peale Freestone, 40, was sentenced after pleading guilty Monday to statutory rape.
Court documents say the girls were given alcohol and one was unconscious when the crimes were committed last year.
Freestone will spend five years on probation after his house arrest.
He can never serve as a police officer again.
By Jason King Daily Herald Staff Writer Sat Dec 24, 9:24 AM ET
A Round Lake Beach police officer has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of a sexual assault case against him in Kenosha County, Wis.
Officer Kevin Dybowski was suspended Thursday by the village's fire and police commission.
Dybowski, 28, of 1157 South West Wells 7, Lake Geneva, is charged with repeated second degree sexual assault of the same child after he was arrested Dec. 7 by Kenosha County Sheriff's police.
Second degree sexual assault of a child charges are filed when the victim has not yet reached the age of 16.
Dybowski faces a maximum fine of $100,000 and 40 years in prison if convicted.
Kenosha County Sheriff's representatives could not be reached for comment.
Round Lake Beach Police Chief Doug Larsson said he was alerted by Kenosha County authorities following the arrest.
"This is an off-duty allegation. Nothing happened while he was on duty," Larsson said. "This charge does not reflect the high standards, morals and character of the Round Lake Beach police department. We are fully supportive of Kenosha County's investigation and will cooperate in any way we can."
Dybowski's attorney, James P. Martin of Lake Geneva, was not available for comment.
Larsson said Dybowski has been a Round Lake Beach officer for four years, working as a patrol officer on the day shift.
Larsson declined further comment on the pending case, or on Dybowski's work history.
"He's not been charged yet through the (Round Lake Beach) police and fire commission," Larsson said. "The commission won't see charges from me until I know about the court case."
Dybowski is scheduled to appear in court in Kenosha County on Jan. 18.
Suspended: Officer has worked there for 4 years
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SALEM, Ore. — A former Salem police officer is facing charges of rape, strangulation, kidnapping and sex abuse, according to officials at the Marion County District Attorney's office.
Sterling Van Ness Alexander, who quit the force last year, was arrested Thursday by Oregon State Police and is being held without bail in Clackamas County.
The charges stem from an incident involving a female acquaintance more than two years ago, while Alexander was a police officer, but not while he was on duty, said Courtland Geyer, a deputy district attorney. Geyer said the woman did not report the incident until earlier this year.
Salem police Lt. Chuck Bennett said Alexander resigned last year in lieu of being fired for a "violation of department policies and directives."
Bennett said the termination was not related to the crimes with which Alexander is charged.
The state Board of Public Safety Standards and Training revoked Alexander's police certification in April after allegations that he violated moral fitness standards during his time with the Salem Police Department, according to board minutes.
A Fort Gibson police officer was suspended with pay Friday after being served with a temporary protective order filed by a woman who alleges the officer was stalking her.
Fort Gibson Police Chief Richard Slader said he suspended Kelly Pierce when he learned the officer had been served with the protective order. The suspension is temporary, pending the outcome of the hearing for a permanent order, which is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Muskogee County District Court. Pierce referred questions to his lawyer, who could not be reached.Clara Abigail Carr, also known as Abby Winchester, of Fort Gibson said Pierce has been following her since the beginning of December.“Every time I turn around in the past two weeks he is there — either in his cop car or his truck,” Carr wrote in a signed statement given to the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office investigators. “I do not feel comfortable or safe in Fort Gibson.”Carr told investigators Pierce has followed her for distances of 5 miles or more, on her way to work, to lunch and shopping. “Before the case was filed, I never seen him anywhere,” Carr said in her statement. “This is scaring me and making me doubt his intentions.” In a Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office offense report filed with Carr’s petition for a protective order, Investigator Tim Brown said Carr “is the complaining party against Pierce in a case involving allegations of child sexual abuse.”Brown said that case is under investigation and would not comment further. No criminal charges have been filed against Pierce.Two other witnesses who gave statements to sheriff’s investigators regarding the alleged stalking said they have seen Pierce drive by Carr’s home as many as five times each day. They corroborated Carr’s statement that Pierce follows her around Fort Gibson when she is out.
Originally published January 14, 2006
Posted on Sun, Feb. 12, 2006
“I like to work in small departments, and I’ve had the opportunity to move on. I don’t even mind the crisis management. It’s just this back-to-back stuff that gets me.” Richmond Police Chief Terri McWilliams
RICHMOND, Mo. — It happens all too regularly.
When police in this Ray County community haul in an angry drunken driver, the first words out of his mouth often are, “You’re all a bunch of child molesters!”
Such is the legacy of two child molestation cases that have battered the department and challenged the police chief over the past two years.
Rick Enss, a former sergeant and 10-year department veteran, pleaded guilty recently in a child exploitation case. A second officer, Wayne D. Jenkins, hadn’t finished his first year on the job when he was charged in November with molesting a teenage girl. Jenkins has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.
Drunken slurs don’t ruffle Richmond Police Chief Terri McWilliams, but she’s noticed some fall-out from the two high-profile cases.
In the fishbowl of small-town life, she’s hearing, and investigating, more complaints than ever about her officers. Plus, with Enss’ resignation and the unexpected death of a beloved police captain in May 2004, she lost 40 years’ worth of investigative experience in a single month.
Richmond’s predicament is not unheard of elsewhere. Missouri departments, large and small, have had to respond to sexual misconduct allegations against their officers, state disciplinary records show. And though those instances are rare, each chief has had to figure out how to restore the public’s trust.
McWilliams said recently that with the help of municipal and civic leaders, she’s tried to reassure the community that it’s being served well by a police department that, though bruised, remains effective. She’s also working hard to raise professionalism in a department that currently has only 11 full-time officers.
Still, the steady stream of crises has taken a toll.
“I like to work in small departments, and I’ve had the opportunity to move on,” McWilliams said. “I don’t even mind the crisis management.
“It’s just this back-to-back stuff that gets me.”
Crisis after crisis
McWilliams, 41, grew up in Raytown and graduated from Raytown High School and Central Missouri State University. Her first tour in Richmond came in 1990, when she worked undercover on a three-county drug task force.
Later, moving to an 11-county task force, she concentrated on person-to-person drug buys in rural areas.
“It was a field day,” she said. “If I went to Trenton, I could buy drugs all day long.”
When the crank epidemic hit rural Missouri, she took down bathtub meth labs with such furious efficiency that in 2000 she drew the attention of a George magazine writer. The writer, who was profiling a Wisconsin chemist who had written a bestselling underground guide to manufacturing meth, used McWilliams as the voice of law enforcement to describe the chemist as a “loaded gun.”
Returning to Richmond as police chief in 2003, McWilliams replaced a chief who would die of cancer in January 2004. Fortunately, Capt. Cevie Due guided her toward attending the right meetings and cultivating the proper civic leaders.
A 30-year police veteran, Due was for many the face of Richmond law enforcement.
McWilliams’ first crisis struck May 21, 2004, when Due died in a car accident. His death hit the community hard. Coupled with the death of the former chief, it also left McWilliams with little hard information about a long closed and inconclusive investigation into sexual misconduct against one of her most senior officers, Sgt. Rick Enss.
“You can’t go back and ask the former chief, ‘What do you think in your gut?’ ” McWilliams said. “I couldn’t pull up any old information on the case.”
A month after Due’s death, Enss cornered McWilliams to say he again faced allegations. A girl Enss had known for years had just returned from church camp, where she had shared some personal problems with a camp counselor.
McWilliams immediately called in the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team, which often helps local authorities investigate child exploitation cases.
Enss remained on duty for a couple of weeks, until the state team gave McWilliams its first report. With that, she immediately suspended Enss and asked for his badge and his gun.
In federal court last month, Enss acknowledged that McWilliams also had asked him to return a laptop computer. But before returning it, Enss admitted that he had viewed “child pornography on the computer one last time and then attempted to destroy the evidence … on the laptop.”
An officer’s fall
Enss, now 42, generally was considered a good cop. After returning from a tour with an Army field artillery unit in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, he earned respect from co-workers and awards from the department.
“Everybody knew him, and everybody liked him,” McWilliams said.
But Enss had secrets.
Enss admitted at his guilty plea that he had started molesting a 5- or 6-year-old girl in 1994. About seven years later, he began “sessions” with the girl at his home computer. She sat with Enss while he called up adult pornography and images and child porn movies.
The molestation intensified, culminating in sexual intercourse with the child, whom, Enss admitted, he had groomed for the experience. On his hard drive was a copy of the “Pedophile’s Handbook,” a vile 11-page manual on training children to become quiet victims of sexual abuse.
Even after state authorities charged him with 14 counts of sexual misconduct with children, and he was ordered to stay away from the girl, he continued to reach out, this time via e-mail.
He contacted her using his own name and the alias “Troy,” whom she assumed to be a teenage boy. When she realized it was Enss, she begged a state victim’s advocate for help.
“I don’t want him contacting me,” she wrote. “It scares me to know he can still contact me.”
Within days, federal authorities indicted Enss on federal child pornography charges and for using the Internet to entice a child to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
The charges battered the department and its chief, McWilliams said.
“You come out of it with some serious trust issues,” she said. “You question your own professionalism. ‘Why didn’t I see this? Why didn’t I know?’ But some people are good at covering up.”
In November, a second officer, Jenkins, was charged with molesting a girl between May and July.
McWilliams cannot say much about the Jenkins case, because it still is in the courts. She noted, however, that he had passed a background check. The department investigated him after hearing reports that he had been flirting on duty and engaging in inappropriate behavior.
Again, she handed the investigation to the state — this time the Missouri Highway Patrol.
“You go through the anger stage, then the guilt stage, then you go back to anger,” McWilliams said.
Only a tiny fraction of Missouri officers ever face misconduct allegations at the state level, records show. Serious infractions tallied over five years involved only about 1 percent of Missouri’s 17,000 licensed officers.
However, sexual misconduct is one of the most common transgressions. A Kansas City Star review of more than 200 Missouri police misconduct cases since 2000 found that 20 percent involved sexual misconduct, on par with violence as the largest categories.
Two other categories, stealing and alcohol-related offenses, followed closely.
Most often when an officer is disciplined by the state, it’s for failing to fulfill continuing education and training requirements. However, when professional misconduct is alleged, sexual misbehavior is one of the biggest reasons.
In its review, The Star examined the public files of hundreds of police misconduct cases filed with the state Administrative Hearing Commission.
Comparing those reports against lists of officers whose licenses later were revoked, probated or suspended by the state Peace Officers Standards and Training program provided a surprising look at the conduct that ends police careers in Missouri.
In Missouri, about half of the 43 sexual misconduct discipline cases involved children, including child pornography, molestation and deviate sexual intercourse with a child.
Kenneth J. Novak, an assistant professor of sociology, criminal justice and criminology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, said violence-related crimes and offenses such as stealing probably are more common among police officers. But Missouri’s high proportion of police sexual misconduct cases reflects how serious the offense is considered in police culture, he said.
“There are certain kinds of sins that are unforgivable by a police administrator, chief among them would be sex offenses,” Novak said.
Even before the Jenkins case began to again roil the department, McWilliams began to raise professionalism through better hiring, assuring that her officers were well-equipped and by talking publicly about confidence in her officers and issues facing the department.
She has zero tolerance for misbehavior. In a city the size of Richmond — population 6,043 — word of a police problem gets around quickly. Hiring qualified candidates to fill her three open positions is a priority, she said.
“I’ve had applicants with DWI convictions,” McWilliams said. “But in a small community, with the two issues I’ve had, I can’t bring those people on. In a small town, we can’t afford that risk.”
She’s toughened the hiring process, adding more interviews, psychological tests and more probing written tests to get a better feel of a candidate’s policing skills.
Additional training also is important, but expensive. She constantly looks for free training opportunities. During a recent week, the department worked shorthanded while several officers attended training in Warrensburg.
And though she thinks her department is reasonably well-equipped — always an important officer morale issue — McWilliams is looking forward to a new police station that’s in the works. Over the years, the department has bounced through a number of temporary quarters, some better than others, but none completely satisfactory. A building with proper holding cells and doors that lock shows officers that the department cares about their safety, McWilliams said, and they’ll give a little more to the job.
McWilliams thinks she has the support of Richmond’s civic and business leaders to remove any taint that the recent scandals put on the department. And despite the headache of adverse publicity, she thinks that meeting the issue head-on is the best response.
But just staying out there — shopping in Richmond stores and eating with her family in local restaurants — also can be a powerful tonic for the chief of a small department that has taken some knocks.
In May, McWilliams was leading the annual Mushroom Festival parade, driving slowly and waving to the crowd. Returning her wave on the sidewalk was a little girl, not much older than 5. The girl turned to her mother and said something that McWilliams could hear from the car.
“Look, Mommy, that’s our police chief.”
That gave McWilliams chills.
“I’ll do anything for that little girl.”
this is so sickening!!! all you've got to do is watch the news. but the worst? you know that what's reported is merely the tip of the iceberg!
Robert Wright, 40, of Oakville had been in custody since his arrest inside the Toys R Us store near Dorval Rd. in Oakville.
A publication ban prevents reporting details of today's bail hearing in a Milton courtroom and why Wright was released.
Wright, who police sources said works in Traffic Services, is to return to a Burlington courtroom May 9.
The officer has been suspended with pay while Toronto police conduct their own internal investigation.
Halton police kept his identity secret in case their investigation showed there was a relationship with the victims.
Had this been the case, his identity would have remained under a publication ban to protect the victims.
“We’re satisfied that releasing his name now won’t compromise other victims,” Halton Det. Sgt. Chris Perkins told The Star today in an interview.. “We didn’t release his name until we spoke to certain people.
“Officers are now satisfied that the releasing of such information will not compromise the identity of young people who may have been victimized.”
Police allege that a man exposed himself to several children inside the toy store.
When officers arrived just after 7:15 p.m., they located the suspect still inside the store. He was taken into custody and a criminal investigation was started.
Wright, who was off duty at the time, was charged with committing an indecent act and two counts of possession of stolen property.
Investigators continue to examine the case and Perkins said additional charges could be laid.
Officer Richard Dimond was charged last month with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Palmyra girl who was the victim in two other sexual-assault cases he had been investigating. Dimond was charged with one felony count of sexual abuse of children/possession of child pornography and one misdemeanor count of corruption of minors.
He was suspended from his job indefinitely with pay on Feb. 17. His resignation was effective yesterday.
The supervisors said they had come to an agreement with Dimond regarding his resignation but declined to discuss specifics.
The 32-year-old Dimond, who lives in North Cornwall Township, admitted to having had a romantic and sexual relationship with the girl that started when she turned 16 in December, according to the criminal complaint against him.
A preliminary hearing date for Dimond has been set for April 21 at 9:30 a.m. before District Judge Kim Wolfe
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A Henrico County police officer has been arrested on sexual-misconduct charges and suspended without pay pending the outcome of his case.
Mike Fisher, a Henrico robbery investigator, was arrested Tuesday in Hanover County, according to Henrico police Capt. Jim Fitzgerald.
Henrico is conducting its own investigation into the allegations, Fitzgerald said. The case stems from incidents that allegedly happened in 1993 and involved a child.
Fisher has been a Henrico police officer for more than 20 years.
The two additional felony charges brings to eight the number of alleged victims in the case against William Robert Taylor.
The defendant, who is out of custody on $250,000 bail, is charged with eight counts of soliciting bribes, two counts each of rape with a foreign object and sexual battery and one count of attempting to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime.
Taylor, over an 18-month period, allegedly propositioned some of the women he detained by repeatedly asking them what they would do to avoid jail.
In one instance detailed in a Feb. 3 arrest warrant, a woman Taylor detained for petty theft last September at an El Cajon department store told police that he forced her to disrobe and perform a sex act in the back seat of his patrol car while he stood outside and watched.
According to the warrant, the woman told police she believed “she had no option but to comply” with Taylor's alleged demands.
Police have contacted more than 300 potential victims and were seeking nearly 50 others, according to court documents.
The potential victims include every woman who had contact with Taylor in the course of his job, El Cajon police Sgt. Charles Merino said. He said police are investigating Taylor's actions dating to 2003.
According to the court documents, police began investigating Taylor in November, when a woman complained of how he had treated her after arresting her.
Taylor, a police officer for three years, was placed on unpaid administrative leave soon after his Feb. 3 arrest.
El Cajon Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren rescheduled a readiness conference for May 18 and a preliminary hearing for July 6.
WISE - A former police officer for Coeburn and St. Paul was indicted by a Wise County grand jury Tuesday on sexual misconduct charges, including allegations involving minors.
Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chad Dotson said Jason Estle Jackson, 27, P.O. Box 311, St. Paul, worked previously for the St. Paul Police Department before serving the last three years or so with the Coeburn Police Department. Dotson said the CPD terminated Jackson from the department several weeks ago when the Virginia State Police began to investigate allegations of misconduct against four females ranging in age from 14 to 19.
Charges filed Tuesday carry a combined maximum sentence of life plus 43 years. Dotson said they include an allegation of Jackson pulling a young female driver over for suspicion of driving under the influence and giving her the option of sexual favors or DUI charges.
The grand jury's charges against Jackson include:
•On or about March 5 of this year Jackson allegedly sexually abused a 14-year-old girl, a felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison; and on the same day "did with lascivious intent ... knowingly and intentionally, proposed that a child under the age of 15" expose herself, a felony punishable by 10 years in prison.
•On or about June to August 2005, Jackson allegedly engaged in consensual sexual intercourse with a child 15 or older, a Class I misdemeanor with a maximum of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
•On or about January 2005, Jackson allegedly sodomized a female of undisclosed age "against her will by the use of force, threat or intimidation," a felony punishable by life in prison.
•On or about June to September 2005, Jackson allegedly sexually abused a 17-year-old female "by use of force, threat, intimidation or ruse," a maximum of 12 months and a $2,500 fine.
•On or about June to September 2005, Jackson allegedly exposed himself in a public place or a place where others were present, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Jackson turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon and was arraigned before Wise County Circuit Judge Tammy McElyea.
WACO -- A recently retired 20-year Waco police officer was charged with possessing child pornography.
Amador Gonzalez Jr., 44, was charged Monday with one count of possession of visual depictions of sexual activity by minors. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Gonzalez is free on $25,000 bail.
The charge came two months after federal agents discovered Gonzalez through an undercover child porn operation in Florida. Court documents say the agents searched Gonzalez's home in the Waco suburb Hewitt and found images on his computer storage equipment.
Waco police placed Gonzalez on administrative leave in February and he resigned the next day.
CANTON - A former Jackson Township police officer avoided jail time Monday as he was sentenced in Stark County Common Pleas Court on a sexual imposition charge, a third-degree misdemeanor.
Thomas Wyatt II, 37, received a 30-day suspended sentence, was fined $250 and was ordered to undergo counseling.
Judge Richard D.Reinbold Jr. also classified him as a sexually oriented offender, meaning he must register with law enforcement for the next 10 years as a convicted sex offender.
Wyatt, the son of former Canton Police Chief Thomas W. Wyatt, apologized to his family and thanked friends for their support before he was sentenced.
He was accused of having sexual contact with a female teen between 2001 and 2003. The offense took place in Canton and his job as an officer played no role, prosecutors have said.
The victim and the victim's family had requested that he receive no jail time.
Wyatt resigned from the Jackson department last month just before pleading guilty. The judge had delayed the sentencing until Monday pending a pre-sentence investigation.
Despite questions about whether Wyatt was treated differently because he was a former officer, Assistant Prosecutor Chryssa Hartnett said the charge and sentence were appropriate for the crime. It was important that he leave law enforcement and that was accomplished, she added.
``He's not getting a break,'' she said. ``He was treated exactly like any other individual.''
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California - Officer Stephen Gallagher, 49 a San Jose police officer was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for what the cases prosecutor called a disgusting crime, molesting his 11-month-old daughter.
Officer Gallagher, a 22-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department, was arrested after the childs mother reported the incident she had recorded the night before.
The mother had installed a hidden video camera, commonly known as a nanny cam, in the room where Gallagher was watching their daughter because she believed he might have been drinking around the toddler, according to court documents.
New York - A Bronx cop was charged with sodomizing a 13-year-old boy yesterday after a group of stunned passers-by caught him having sex with the youth near a baseball field.
Officer Luis Delgado, a 12-year NYPD veteran and a married father of two who just bought a new home in Orange County, was so unconcerned after being caught with the half-naked youngster that he allegedly told people who were walking by to "get the fuck away from me!"
When passers-by said they would call police, Delgado shouted back, "I am the police!" and continued to assault the teen, witnesses said.
After getting a 911 call, cops responded to French Charley's Park at about 5 p.m., police said. Residents said Delgado, 39, tried to run away after witnesses called the police and his fellow officers confronted him. Cops caught Delgado a few minutes later.
The FBI arrested of a veteran Hollywood police officer on charges of trying to buy two children for use as sex slaves. Officer Derek D. Roberts, 29, worked the past four years with the Hollywood force as a dispatcher and later as a patrol officer. He was arrested in Miami after agents said he arrived at a pre-set meeting place complete the deal with a cash payment and expecting the minors were at the hotel to have sex with him.
Officer Roberts earlier put a down payment for two children using his credit card. The FBI said Roberts was trying to import two children young girls from Latin America and they were to be used solely for sex. Roberts used a computer in his search, agents said.
Officer Michael Torres, has pleaded not guilty to four charges of sexual assault against a young girl and has been released without bail over the objections of prosecutors and the child's mother. Rejecting a request by Pierce County prosecutors to set bail at $50,000, Superior Court Judge Thomas Felnagle decided Tuesday to release Officer Michael Torres, on electronic home monitoring. The family fear Torres and have obtained a protection order prohibiting him from contacting them or her 11-year-old daughter. "He has taken the identity of my child and he gets no bail?" the mother asked after the hearing. "This is not fair justice." A Tacoma police officer since 2000, Torres remains on paid leave.
A former Carmel police officer who pleaded guilty to child molesting could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Officer Paul E. Terry, 53, Westfield, was sentenced Thursday to a total of 50 years in prison with 10 years suspended and 10 years of probation. Terry made no statement to the court, as he quietly listened to Hamilton County Superior Court Judge Daniel Pfleging read the sentences for one count of child molesting, a Class A felony, two counts of child molesting, both Class A misdemeanors, and one count of attempted child molesting, a Class C felony. Thirty-two other counts against Terry were dismissed in a plea agreement.
A former village police sergeant is in jail again, accused of sexually abusing a child. Officer Donald Wood, 50, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, for allegedly having sexual contact with a 4-year-old girl.
Investigators believe Wood had sexual contact with the child at other times over the past three years. Wood's is also suspected of having sexual contact with Barrington town residents, ages 7 and 10.
Officer Wood — who retired in 1994 after a 20-year career with the Penn Yan Police Department — was registered as a Level 3 sex offender after being convicted seven years ago of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy.
In that case, Wood pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse as part of a plea bargain and served a one-year sentence in the Yates County Jail.
09/30/2005 - Houston Texas - A former Harris County deputy constable was charged with sexual assault of a child.
Investigators said officer Eric Steven Spiller, 34, had a relationship with a teenage girl, which led to the charges and his termination.
Officials said the teenager's mother first filed the complaint.
"She was concerned by the relationship between the officer and her 16-year-old daughter," Precinct 4 assistant chief deputy Larry Shiflet said.
Spiller denied any wrongdoing, but an internal affairs investigation revealed the girl later admitted to sexual acts with the officer while he was on duty.
"His misconduct (occurred) while in a patrol car," Shiflet said. "The public is outraged. The police officers themselves are very disheartened. They're angry."
He was terminated in March. Officer Spiller had been with the department for 10 years.
NYPD cop who tried to set up a sexual encounter with an underage boy was caught when he turned up at the rendezvous site carrying condoms and lubricant, Queens.
The cop, 39-year-old officer Michael Costello, a youth officer, was ordered held on $25,000 bail following his arraignment in Queens.
Playing a five-minute "game" in a bathroom with a 12-year-old girl may cost a former Isle of Wight sheriff's deputy a year in prison.
Officer David Paul Sessoms, a 48-year-old, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Virginia State Police arrested officer Sessoms on a felony charge of taking indecent liberties with a child.
After he agreed to plead guilty, there was no need for the girl, who is now 13, to testify. In April 2004, Sessoms lured the middle schooler into the bathroom of the Isle of Wight satellite sheriff's office in Carrsville and "proposed an act of sexual intercourse" and other sexual acts, according to court documents.
He offered her $20 "to play a game for five minutes," said Melanie D. Franklin, the investigative state police officer in the case. The girl took the money, but Franklin wouldn't comment on what happened. "The plea was in his best interest," Barrett Richardson, Sessoms' lawyer, said after the trial. "It was offered, and we accepted it. Hopefully, this will result in suspended jail time."
VIRGINIA -- A former Hanover County sheriff's department chaplain and deputy faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for guilty pleas to sex offenses involving three girls.
Officer Gary Alan Rinehults, 61, pleaded guilty to charges of felony aggravated sexual battery and misdemeanor sexual battery involving two girls, ages 11 and 13.
Officer Rinehults also pleaded guilty to felony charges of forcible rape, forcible sodomy, animate object sexual penetration and aggravated sexual battery.
Those charges stemmed from the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl over a five-year period.
He is to be sentenced July 11.After serving as a chaplain for the Hanover Sheriff's Office, Rinehults, an ordained minister, decided to become a deputy, according to a department spokesman. He was hired as a deputy in June 1999 and worked for 3 years until Dec. 18, 2002.
A judge sentenced a former Palm Beach County deputy to life in prison for having sex with young boys he met at the sheriff's office youth training program. Officer Gervasio ``Julio'' Torres, 35, received the mandatory sentence for sexual battery on a child under 12. A jury convicted him earlier this year. Torres will be eligible for parole in 25 years because that was the law in 1993, when the charged crime occurred. Three men testified at trial that Torres abused them as youngsters. Prosecutors still plan to try Torres on other molestation charges.
PITTSBURGH - A police officer was charged with having sex with a girl from the time before she entered elementary school until she turned 14, police said.
OfficerFrederick Livingston, an Edgewood police officer, was ordered to stand trial on charges of statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children, rape and corruption of minors following a preliminary hearing this week.
The girl told investigators that Livingston, 38, of Penn Hills, had sexually abused her for years, police said.
PENNSYLVANIA -- A police officer who garnered sympathy after he was severely injured on the job last year has been charged with repeatedly molesting a boy. James Glenn Kane, a Hilltown Township patrolman, was arrested late Thursday after investigators interviewed the alleged victim, who is now a college student.
"The abuse of a child by a police officer is beyond my ability to comprehend. He did this over a period of six years," Gibbons said. She said Kane often stopped at the victim's house on the way to work and molested him.
Officer Kane, who was charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and other counts, was being held on $1 million bail. He faces a minimum of five years in prison if convicted but could get a much harsher sentence.
A veteran police officer was arrested and accused of soliciting sex online from people he thought were 14-year-old girls but who turned out to be undercover detectives. Officer Michael Farrell, 34, who is married to a police officer and has children, was charged with attempting to disseminate indecent material to minors, a felony punishable by four years in prison, and attempting to endanger the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
Farrell was arrested around 8:20 a.m. at a McDonald's restaurant in Queens. He expected to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl he had contacted in a computer chat room. The prosecutor said officer Farrell, a police officer since June 1992, had communicated online with five people he thought were underage girls, discussing the kind of sex he liked and talking about sexual accessories. He was meeting that girl for the purpose of engaging in sex acts. Instead, she said, Farrell met undercover detectives who were waiting to arrest him.
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A Sugar Land, Texas, police officer was charged with making unwanted criminal sexual advanced on a woman who he was supposed to be assisting.
A former Santa Fe, New Mexico, police officer was arrested on Saturday for trying to lure a child he met on the internet into a sexual encounter.
A New Brunswick Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was sentenced to two months of house arrest for a sexual assault.
A Vidor, Texas, police officer was indicted on a child pornography charge last week.
A reserve sheriff's deputy in Genesee County, Michigan, was sentenced to 60 days of house arrest last week for videotaping a friend's wife have sex with a 13 year old.
A Reno, Nevada, police officer was arrested last week for having sex with a 17 year old in his police cruiser.
A police officer in Saugerties, New York, was indicted this week n rape and misconduct charges.
A New York City police officer was arrested on Monday for the sexual abuse of his half-sister.
A police officer in San Diego, California, was arrested on Tuesday for having a sexual relationship with a teenager.
A police officer in Fernandina Beach, Florida, had child sex charges against him dropped last Wednesday in exchange for the surrender of his law enforcement certification.
A police officer on the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation in Arizona was arrested on Saturday for the sexual abuse of an 11 year old girl.
A New Jersey State Police trooper was arrested last Friday for photographing a woman while they were having sex and then sending the picture to one of his friends.
A police officer in Central City, Arkansas, was arrested last Thursday for the sexual assault of a 14 year old girl.
A Toronto police officer will stand trial after a decision to throw out the case against him was overturned last week.
A police officer in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, was arrested last Thursday and charged with child molestation.
A sheriff's deputy in Lee County, Florida, was arrested last Thursday for possession of child pornography.
A San Francisco police officer was charged last Wednesday with violating department policy by harassing a woman while he was on the job.
Two San Luis, Arizona, police officers were suspended last week over an incident of on the job sexual harassment.
A transit police officer in Washington DC was found guilty last Tuesday of raping a sex trade worker while in uniform.
A Dallas, Texas, police officer has been charged with the sexual abuse of children but has not yet been arrested.
A registered sex offender who was hired as a police officer in Blountsville, Alabama, pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of violating the state's community notification act.
A sheriff's deputy in Hampton County, South Carolina, was charged on Tuesday with sexual misconduct involving a female student at a school where he worked as a school resource officer.
A Charleston County, South Carolina, sheriff's deputy was arrested on Monday for repeatedly exposing himself to a neighbour.
A New York City police officer was arrested last Friday after he was accused of exposing himself to a group of teenage girls.
A Baltimore, Maryland, police officer who was already charged with rape was arrested for a second rape last Friday.
A Palm Beach County, Florida, sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday after he was involved in a drunken shooting over payment for a sex act.
A sheriff's deputy in Liberty County, Texas, was arrested last Thursday for sexual misconduct with a child.
A Jackson County, Michigan, sheriff's deputy who was arrested for the sexual abuse of a prisoner in February is now charged for his alleged sexual misconduct with a second woman.
A Riverside County, California, sheriff's deputy - whose arrest on sexual assault charges we told you about last week - was arrested again last Wednesday.
A former sheriff's deputy in Wake County, North Carolina, was charged this week with sexually assaulting a 14 year old boy.
A Daytona Beach, Florida, police officer was accused of groping a 16 year old girl last week.
A Beloit, Kansas, police officer was arrested last Wednesday for having sex with an inmate.
Police in Woodstock, Ontario, announced last Thursday that one of their officers was arrested on sex charges - four months ago.
A Fort Bliss, Texas, police officer was arrested last Tuesday when he went to a fast food restaurant to meet with a teenage girl for a sexual encounter.
Another Caroline County, Virginia, sheriff's deputy was arrested last Wednesday for inappropriate sexual activity with a minor.
A Riverside County, California, sheriff's deputy was arrested last Wednesday for on-duty sexual misconduct in November of 2004.
A sheriff's deputy in Davis County, Utah, was arrested on Monday for a number of sexual abuse offences.
A police officer in Jackson, Ohio, was sentenced to pay a 250 dollar fine and undergo counselling on Monday for the repeated sexual abuse of a teenager.
A sheriff's deputy in Caroline County, Virginia, was arrested last Thursday for child molestation.
By Randi Block/Staff Writer
The International Footprint Association sponsored Cops 'n' Kids Field Day at the Soto Sports Complex in Arroyo Grande on Sunday. The event featured several hands-on events for children. One of the highlights of the event was the landing of this California Highway Patrol helicopter. //Mike McAndrew/Staff
Wearing a black FBI vest and holding a machine gun Sunday was a dream come true for 6-year-old Jaycob Mahan of Atascadero, who already has aspirations to join a SWAT team when he's older.
“I like the big guns,” Jaycob said with a smile as he proudly showed off a picture of himself holding the weapon.
Bill Morlin Staff writerNovember 11, 2006
Detectives got conflicting information when they attempted to determine if a suspended Spokane police officer or his wife ever left their three children alone with a registered sex offender living in the family's home, newly released police records show.
Cpl. David Freitag has been on paid administrative leave since July 25, when Thomas A. Herman was arrested by FBI agents on federal child pornography charges.
Herman is accused in a federal indictment of using his computer and the Internet, while living in the police officer's home, to trade and download thousands of pictures of children being raped.
The 65-year-old sex offender is scheduled to stand trial Dec. 4 in U.S. District Court in Spokane. A pretrial conference is scheduled Monday afternoon before Judge Fred Van Sickle.
The Freitags each have a teenage son from prior marriages and are the parents of a 6-year-old daughter.
When their daughter was questioned by a specially trained child counselor, she "nodded her head yes" after being asked if Herman had ever taken care of her while her parents or older brothers were gone from the home, according to the detectives' reports.
"She told (the counselor) that Herman would watch her sometimes when her mom went to the liquor store or to the Smoke Shop," the reports say.
The child told the counselor she never played any games on Herman's computer and that he called it his "secret computer."
The girl didn't suggest she was inappropriately touched by Herman, the reports say.
When Freitag and his wife were separately interviewed by the same detectives, they denied ever leaving their young daughter or teenage sons alone with the registered sex offender, the newly released investigative reports say.
The police documents, obtained under the Washington State Open Records Act, reveal that Freitag agreed to talk with detectives from his department after hiring attorney Carl Oreskovich.
Freitag said he and his wife agreed to allow Herman to move into the basement of their home after a tax foreclosure forced Herman out of his late mother's house where he had lived, the reports said. Both Freitag and his wife told investigators they knew Herman was a registered sex offender who had been convicted of raping girls in the mid-1980s.
The police officer and his wife "set no specific date for Herman to move out, but they told him several times that this was a short-term resolution to his (financial) problem," the reports say.
The police officer said "that at no time has he had anything to do with child pornography or anything that Herman has been doing on the computer," Detective Mark Burbridge wrote after interviewing Freitag.
"When asked if Herman was ever left in charge of the kids, Freitag's answer was 'no,' " the report said. But later when asked if his wife may have left the children with Herman while Freitag was at work, the officer responded, 'To the best of my knowledge, no, but I'm not sure,' " the report said.
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