By Matthias Gafni
MARTINEZ -- Disgraced former California Highway Patrol officer Sean Harrington victimized more women than he has been charged with, his attorney said Friday, minutes after Harrington pleaded not guilty in a nude photo scandal that has rocked the law enforcement agency. Harrington not only secretly forwarded racy cellphone photos on two female suspects' phones to himself, he also took pictures with his own phone of other arrestees' explicit phone photos, attorney Michael Rains said outside the courtroom in Martinez.
"He indicated there were a couple of instances where he took his own phone and took a photo of the pictures (on women's phones)," Rains said, providing the first corroboration in the CHP scandal that photos were captured by another method, and that there could be women who are unaware they were victimized.
Former California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Harrington walks away after his arraignment on felony computer theft charges was postponed at the Wakefield
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"I don't know if we know who they are," Rains said of the other women. "He made a number of arrests."
The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office found that Harrington made 13 arrests of female suspects this year, Rains said.
Harrington, 35, of Martinez, did not speak to the media. He was joined by his wife in court as he entered the not guilty plea on two felony computer theft charges. Rains set two future hearings in December and told visiting Judge Garrett Grant: "Our anticipation is to resolve this case by then." Rains said he's been discussing a possible plea deal with prosecutors; the "not guilty" plea allows those negotiations to continue.
A solemn Harrington said, "I understand," when the prosecutor advised him he was waiving his right to a speedy trial. Harrington faces three years and eight months in prison. He is out of custody on $10,000 bail.
In his interview with investigators, Harrington, who has resigned, called the photo stealing practice a "game" among CHP officers in Los Angeles and in his most recent position in the Dublin office.
Harrington has admitted to his own actions, but has since downplayed the involvement of other officers and now says he only knew of "rumors" that others participated in such an activity.
Prosecutors have decided not to charge two of his Dublin CHP colleagues who received one or more of the photos from Harrington, a move that has rankled an attorney representing one of the alleged victims, and surprised other legal experts.
Rains said he agreed with the prosecutors' decision not to press charges against officers Robert Hazelwood and Dion Simmons as co-conspirators.
"There had to be an agreement before this occurred," Rains said. "I think the DA made the right call with the state of the evidence."
As far as his client telling investigators the "game" was widespread throughout the state agency, Rains reiterated Harrington only was referring to "rumors" he heard while at the Los Angeles office. When asked what his client meant when he told investigators, according to court documents, that he "learned" the practice while in Dublin, which does not reference a rumor, Rains declined to elaborate on whom he learned it from.
Was his client covering for fellow officers?
"I don't think he's ever ... backtracked with what he said," Rains said. "He has always said, 'This is what I did.'"
Contra Costa Deputy District Attorney Barry Grove has said his office interviewed many officers of the Dublin office and civilians, but found no evidence that anyone other than Hazelwood and Simmons received photos from Harrington.
The CHP has said the "game" was isolated to the Dublin office. A CHP spokeswoman Friday said the state agency's probe into the scandal continues and she could not comment on specifics about the number of officers disciplined until it was completed. Previously, the agency said one other Dublin-based officer besides Harrington was pulled from patrol duties.
Rains said Harrington, a married father of two, realizes his whole life will change.
"It's tough. He's now given up a career he's thoroughly enjoyed, and by all accounts was good at," Rains said. "He understands the consequences ... (of) his conduct."
-- Staff writer Malaika Fraley contributed to this story.
MELBOURNE, Fla. —A former Melbourne police officer was arrested Friday and accused of selling K-2. Police said they found out that Joseph Cirino had been selling the synthetic marijuana, also called spice, at the Funky Buddha Smoke Shop over the last 18 months. Cirino turned himself in at the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Thursday on charges of sale of imitation controlled substance and racketeering.
PUEBLO, Colo. - Authorities said a Rocky Ford police officer was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder in a deadly October shooting.
James Ashby, 41, was arrested without incident at the La Junta Police Department by members of the 16th Judicial District Critical Incident Team, according to prosecutors.
A warrant was issued for Ashby's arrest in connection to the shooting death of Jack Jacquez, 24, on Oct. 12, in Rocky Ford.
The shooting occurred at around 2 a.m. at Jacquez' house on the corner of Third Street and Swink Avenue. His relatives said the officer followed Jacquez into the house, forced open the front door and the two got into an argument inside.
"(Jacquez) was standing next to his mom, his back turned toward the officer and then (the officer) shot him twice in the back and then pepper sprayed him. Then they hand cuffed his fiancée, for reasons I don't know why. And the mom went to call the cops and the cop took her phone and threw it against the wall," said Sara Lindenmuth, Jacquez' sister-in-law.
Ashby was placed on administrative leave after the fatal shooting.
A criminal records check by 7NEWS showed that Jacquez has prior arrests for assault, receiving stolen property, DUI, marijuana possession, driving with a revoked license and being a habitual traffic offender.
In 2005 and 2006, two women in Otero County were granted permanent restraining orders against Jacquez, barring him from ever contacting them. A third woman obtained a temporary protection order against the man, according to court records.
The investigation, which has been conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the La Junta Police Department, the Otero County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol, remains ongoing.
Circumstances surrounding the shooting are detailed in Ashby’s arrest warrant; however, the document has been sealed by a judge and prosecutors said specifics cannot be released at this time.
Ashby is being held on $1 million bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 19.
A Davie police officer shot himself in the foot late Saturday when his "off-duty weapon" accidentally fired while he was inside Geronimos Bar & Grill on University Drive, police said Sunday. The officer, who was off-duty at the time, was taken by Davie Fire Rescue to a nearby hospital and treated for his injuries, according to Davie police Capt. Dale Engle.
By By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press Published: November 16, 2014, 11:45 am
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford officials and plaintiffs in a 1969 civil rights lawsuit against city police have agreed to extend federal oversight of the police department for another two years. It may be one of the longest-running cases of its kind in the country.
The lawsuit in federal court accused police of inflicting violence, intimidation and humiliation upon Hartford citizens based on race and ethnicity. It resulted in a 1973 consent decree and federal oversight requiring improvements in the police department.
The decree was to expire Oct. 31, but plaintiffs’ alleged police were still not complying. City councilors also want the decree stay in place until the police department hires more minorities.
Police cruiser in pursuit raced through residential area at high speeds to cut off suspect before he got to I-495, eyewitness says.
By Mary Ann Barton (Patch Staff)Updated November 18, 2014 at 2:12
UPDATE 3:40 p.m. Editor’s note: The Fairfax County Police Department sent an email to Patch clarifying Saturday’s actions by Fairfax County Police in Kingstowne:
“In the interest of presenting a bit more additional information, I stress that anytime an officer is involved in an incident there is a full internal review and I am unable to comment as to particular elements such as “at-fault” in this situation (or other ongoing situations that our agency reviews), “ said Lucy Caldwell, FCPD spokeswoman.
“But, I can clarify for you and your reader that this incident was a ROBBERY, not a shoplifting case,” she said.
“Also, our officers did NOT “tbone” this suspect; that is NOT how this accident took place.”
“Finally, police officers- ours and all agencies in general- have an obligation to make apprehensions in these cases for the greater good of society and to keep people from harming others in future crimes, that could take place….”
When Fairfax County Police responded Saturday afternoon to a call about a shoplifter at Walmart in Kingstowne, did they ever respond.
One resident said Tuesday she thought the police response was overkill for the crime, with an unmarked police cruiser racing through a residential neighborhood at high speeds to cut the suspect off before he could reach I-495.
The shoplifting incident — a Maryland man reportedly took electronics from the store and displayed a knife — took place on a Saturday afternoon, with many residents out and about in the area.
Read: Alleged Shoplifter With Knife at Kingstowne Walmart Leads Police on Chase
Once the call went out for help from police a little before 3 p.m., police responded in force with about eight cruisers eventually on the scene, according to the witness.
The resident says a police cruiser going at high speeds, cut through a residential neighborhood on Crown Royal Drive and Oakwood Road in Kingstowne to try to stop the suspect before he reached the Beltway.
“I don’t think it was smart or safe, to give chase in a residential area,” the resident said.
The unmarked police car raced through the residential neighborhood and “T-boned” the SUV the suspect was driving, smashing his car into the SUV at the intersection of S. Van Dorn Street and Oakwood, near the entrance to I-495, according to the local resident who watched the scene unfold in front of her eyes while she was stopped in traffic.
After slamming into the SUV to stop the alleged shoplifter, the police car’s bumper went flying into the intersection and the SUV spun and rolled over several times and landed upside down, she said. “The police all had their guns drawn, standing out in the road,” she said.
The resident said she estimated that traffic was tied up for the next five hours.
Debris in the intersection, which included possibly stolen merchandise including a flat-screen TV and boxes from the SUV, was also not all cleared from the roadways, the resident said. The eyewitness said that some of the trash was left on the scene.
Millvale, Pa., police officer Nicole Murphy was wrong in repeatedly Tasering a drunk, handcuffed suspect, her ex-partner testified. (YouTube)
The lead prosecution witness in a federal trail for a suspended Pa. police officer was none other than her ex-partner. But there was no thin blue line on this case.
The officer testified that Millvale police officer Nicole Murphy was wrong for thrice Tasering a drunk, handcuffed suspect.
According to WTAE in Pittsburgh, Officer Casey Bonincontro told the federal jury in the civil rights case tha
In addition, Bonincontro was identified as the person who recorded a cellphone video of Murphy using a Taser on the handcuffed, drunken man – the key piece of evidence which garnered media attention and generated public outrage and federal scrutiny in the Allegheny County case.
According to WTAE, Bonincontro testified that Murphy, his former partner, shocked prisoner Thomas Smith three times. But the officer used the words "she assaulted him" to describe in court each of the three times she used the Taser on the suspect.
The officer also described her use of force as excessive and testified that the prisoner was under control, the news station reported.
More from WTAE: Bonincontro testified that the prisoner was a loud nuisance, hitting his own head against various surfaces, but not a threat to police.
Bonincontro told the jury that he didn't criticize Murphy while in the presence of the prisoner or emergency medical technicians but later told her ''that wasn't cool."
If found guilty of violating Smith's civil rights, Murphy could face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
If she is found guilty of the felony, she would not be able to work in law enforcement, even if she was not sentenced to prison.
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A former Detroit police officer, accused of sexually assaulting a woman while responding to a domestic violence call, has been sentenced to prison.
Deon Nunlee was sentenced today by Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans to serve 19 months to 15 years in prison for the October 2013 alleged assault. His attorney, Antonio Tuddles, said Nunlee previously pleaded guilty under a plea agreement to misconduct in office and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Nunlee was accused of assaulting a woman, who had called 911 after reportedly being assaulted by her boyfriend.
The victim in the case, who is not being identified by the Free Press, testified in a preliminary examination earlier this year that she called 911 because her boyfriend was upset and damaging the home they shared.
Nunlee pulled the woman's pants down against her will and forced her hands on his penis in the early morning hours of Oct. 30, the woman testified.
By Jan Skutch
A federal prosecutor on Monday called the case against former Savannah-Chatham police chief Willie Lovett one of “police corruption …arrogance and … greed.”
“It’s a very simple picture of a cop that was on the take,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Durham told a U.S. District Court jury.
The government contends Lovett and carnival operator Randall Wayne “Red” Roach schemed from 2004 until Sept. 27, 2013, when Lovett abruptly retired, to pay for protection from police while Roach cheated customers through such games as Razzle Dazzle, where players could not win.
“Razzle Dazzle is a scam,” Durham told jurors.
Lovett, 66, is on trial on charges that he protected an ongoing commercial gambling operation from law enforcement over 10 years and made false statements to FBI agents during a subsequent investigation. He remains free on bond.
The case, which is expected to last about five days, resumes today before Judge William T. Moore Jr. and the jury.
Defense attorney Joshua Lowther told the jury Monday that Roach was required to provide security for his traveling carnival and initially used Savannah-Chatham police Sgt. Gregory Capers to find officers to provide that security.
Lovett was one of the officers Capers used, and when Capers left Lovett took his role, Lowther said.
He said payments prosecutors relied upon for their case were simply payments for security purposes and that Lovett did not know that Roach was involved in gambling.
Prosecutors contend that Lovett, first as a police major and later as police chief, would visit Roach every day during such events as St. Patrick’s Day and that Roach would pay him $400 a day.
During one sequence, Lovett visited the operation six times in four days, Durham said.
On the stand Monday, former Savannah-Chatham undercover police officer Jeffery Ryan testified that during St. Patrick’s Day 2004, he found Roach’s operation at Bay Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when Lovett in full uniform showed up, threw his body across the gaming table and said, ‘No, no they’re closed.”
“We were quite surprised,” Ryan said, describing his reaction was one of “shock and disgust.”
When asked why he had not responded, Ryan said. “Who would I tell and pretty much he was known for, how do I say, retribution.”
Other testimony showed that Roach had a city of Savannah business license for Magin Midway with an address at 501 W. Bay St., which is at MLK Boulevard.
And carnival worker Emerson Healy, who said he worked for Roach for 20 years, said Roach had paid Lovett a “patch” on numerous occasions.
He explained the a patch is paid to a person “who takes care of everything. … Down here it’s usually the police. You don’t have to worry about nothing.”
Healy conceded on that he had a criminal record for robberies and assault and had done prison time.
He became a carnival worker in the later 1980s, he said, explaining he “had some legal problems and had to get out of town.”
Durham told jurors the activity was referred to as “squashing the beef” of police interference and said in the present case it was prompted by Roach’s phone calls to Lovett.
Roach, a 63-year-old carnival worker from Long County who was named in the same indictment, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on Sept. 19. He is expected to be a key government witness against Lovett.
Also expected to testify for the government is co-defendant Kenny Amos Blount, 66, of Snellville.
He pleaded guilty Aug. 11 to his role in the scheme and was sentenced to five years probation.
Lovett was police chief from 2010 until he abruptly retired Sept. 27, 2013, after 40 years as a police officer in the face of a sexual harassment complaint filed by a department officer in a move that triggered major shake ups in the department.
A new chief, Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin, took over last week.
By WYTV Staff
WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A former Warren police officer was sentenced Monday morning on theft-related charges. Reuben Shaw was sentenced in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to two years probation after he pleaded guilty in September to theft, falsification, dereliction of duty and criminal trespass. Proescutors said Shaw went into a locked garage on Kenwood Avenue last year and had a 1969 Chevrolet Nova inside towed to a garage on Palmyra Avenue without permission in order to restore it. As part of his plea agreement, Shaw agreed to resign and give up his police certification.
A Boston cop is still collecting his paycheck despite being convicted last month of soliciting a prostitute in Lynn, in the latest example of a city employee sent home on paid administrative leave.
Detective Lysander E. Wright, 50, was found guilty Oct. 9 by a Peabody jury of paying for sexual conduct, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $5,000.
Wright was armed with a handgun and had only $7 cash on him when Lynn police arrested him in his Toyota for soliciting oral sex from an undercover cop in March 2013 and agreeing to pay her $20, according to court records.
The Herald reported last month that Wright, who has taken home $215,000 while out on paid administrative leave, and district fire Chief Edward A. Scigliano, who has taken home $376,000 while out during his 28-month criminal probe, were among 57 city workers paid a combined $2.5 million while ordered to not report for work pending disciplinary action.
“He has resigned effective 11/28/2014. He remains on Administrative Leave until that date,” Boston police spokesman Lt. Michael McCarthy said in a statement of Wright. “If he refused to resign, a termination hearing would have been scheduled and he would have remained on Administrative Leave until at least that date.”
Meanwhile, Boston fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn said he has moved to strip Scigliano of his salary immediately after he was indicted Thursday on charges of defrauding the department of nearly $50,000.
Finn, a 30-year Boston Fire Department veteran tapped by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in July to lead the department, said Scigliano acted as an “independent operator” in charge of the training academy on Moon Island.
Scigliano, who was drillmaster of the fire academy from 2005 until May 2012, when he was promoted to district chief, is accused of ordering from one BFD vendor $14,000 worth of items — including a Jenn-Air gas grill, a 52-inch Samsung HD TV and a Sam’s Club living room set — that he took for personal use. The department’s former point man on fire truck purchases, he also allegedly instructed another vendor who owed the city $32,000 in refunds to write the checks to his credit card companies.
Finn called the Scigliano case an “embarrassment” to the department.
MENSAH M. DEAN
A PHILADELPHIA JURY yesterday convicted former police officer Kevin Corcoran of obstructing justice, a charge that stems from his heated arrest and quick release of an Iraqi War veteran last year.
The Common Pleas jury of five women and seven men found Corcoran not guilty of two other charges - false imprisonment and official oppression.
Corcoran, 34, a 10-year police veteran at the time of his dismissal in March, could receive 1-to-2 years in jail when sentenced on Jan. 9 by Judge Robert Coleman. He remains free on bail.
The two-day trial centered on Corcoran's clash with Roderick King and three of King's friends on 13th Street near Lombard just after 2 a.m. on March 31, 2013.
King, 31, an Air Force retiree, testified that Corcoran arrested him and took him for a ride to a darkened street after he and his friends complained that the officer nearly hit them with his marked SUV as they crossed 13th Street.
Corcoran testified that he arrested King for being drunk and disorderly, but he released him after King tearfully told him that he had served in Iraq - working on F-15 fighter jets.
"I felt bad for the guy . . . I said, 'I'm going to cut you a break,' " Corcoran testified Thursday.
King testified that he was not drunk and felt at the mercy of an enraged cop who slapped cellphones from his hand and a friend's hand during the dust-up.
Corcoran did not charge King with a crime and failed to document the incident, according to trial testimony.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner said the charge Corcoran was convicted of speaks to his arrest of King and his slapping the vet's cellphone to the ground.
"I think he was just one rogue police officer that, by no means, represents the entire Philadelphia Police Department that otherwise has outstanding officers that protect and serve every day," Bonner said after leaving court.
Defense lawyer Fortunato Perri Jr. said he planned to appeal because he believes the jury verdict is "inconsistent based on the evidence."
He added: "He was acquitted and exonerated of all the underlying offenses, so it would be inconsistent for him to be found guilty of obstruction of justice having to do with those offenses he was acquitted of."
Corcoran, a married father of two, appeared downcast upon seeing each juror stand to affirm the verdict.
His conviction marks the second week in a row that a former city cop has been found guilty of a crime.
Last week, Richard DeCoatsworth, 28, was convicted of simple assault. His ex-girlfriend testified that the once-celebrated cop punched and choked her during a May 2013 argument.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two married San Diego police officers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to commit burglaries while armed and on duty in order to steal prescription medications and other crimes.
Bryce Charpentier, 32, faces up to 14 years and Jennifer Charpentier, 41, originally faced up to 11 years and in state prison, but a judge Wednesday said each would now face a maximum sentence of 7 years, 8 months. They are scheduled to be sentenced January 30.
Both defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime -- possession and sale of a controlled substance -- selling or furnishing a narcotic substance and possession of a firearm by an addict.
Deputy District Attorney Matthew Tag said the defendants' decision to plead guilty to all charges came as a surprise.
"You know, police officers are human beings just like everyone else, so they can commit crimes as well, it's just unfortunate and it's a complete betrayal to the law enforcement community, and I expect them to think about that in state prison," the prosecutor told reporters outside court.
According to their guilty pleas, the Charpentiers admitted sending text messages to each other in order to set up burglaries in which they stole prescription drugs from people they had contact with while on duty. The defendants also admitted stealing Hydrocodone and selling the drug.
Jennifer Charpentier even offered to take over a narcotics operation from a drug dealer, Tag said.
Following their court appearance Wednesday, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman released the following statement:
Millvale Police Officer Nicole Murphy could face prison time
PITTSBURGH —A federal court jury convicted a police officer of violating a man's civil rights by using a stun gun on him three times while he was handcuffed.
Video that shows a police officer using a stun gun on a handcuffed man is being investigated by the Pittsburgh FBI office and the Allegheny County district attorney.
Wednesday's felony conviction of suspended Millvale Officer Nicole Murphy effectively means she'll never work as a police officer again, barring a successful appeal. It also means she'll likely face up to three years in prison when she's sentenced March 13, according to defense attorney Robert Stewart.
"Law enforcement officers are sworn to uphold and obey the law," U.S. Attorney David Hickton said after the verdict, "Nicole Murphy did neither when she used a dangerous weapon to subdue a handcuffed defendant, thereby violating his civil rights."
Murphy acknowledged using the device on Thomas Jason James Smith after his arrest for public drunkenness in September 2012.
But Stewart argued the 30-year-old Murphy was justified because she was trying to stop Smith from banging his head on a desk and office cubicle. Murphy had said in official police reports, however, that Smith was combative and spat on her partner, which that officer has denied.
"I think the mere fact that she used a Taser on someone in handcuffs was enough for that jury," Stewart said. A defense expert on the police use of force had testified that Murphy was justified in using the stun gun to control the situation, even though Smith was in handcuffs.
Stewart called Murphy's partner, former officer Casey Bonincontro, a "liar" and said Bonincontro "sat there like a bump on a log" laughing and doing nothing to intervene as Smith sat handcuffed on the floor of the police station, spouting gibberish and banging his head.
Bonincontro testified that Smith hadn't spat on, attacked or otherwise threatened him, though Murphy used that as justification for stunning Smith. Stewart contends other witnesses showed Bonincontro got several details wrong.
"I don't know what they felt was so compelling," Stewart said of the jury, "especially the primary witness."
Bonincontro became the key witness because he recorded 52 seconds of the encounter, including Murphy zapping Smith a final time with the Taser. Although she expressed concern about Smith banging his head, Murphy also called him a "retard" before stunning him.
Bonincontro shared the video with his chief and another officer who had a beef with Murphy, who had sided against the other officer in a disciplinary matter. That officer leaked the video to Pittsburgh-area media outlets in early 2013, prompting the FBI investigation that led to Murphy being indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2014.
The charge she faced, deprivation of rights under color of law, carries a maximum 10-year sentence. Stewart said federal sentencing guidelines, which take into account the crime as well as Murphy's lack of a criminal record, suggest she'll face two to three years in prison.
Murphy remained free on bond after her conviction. She wiped her eyes as she left the courtroom, but didn't comment and avoided reporters by exiting through a rear courthouse door, as did several jurors. Other jurors, including the foreman, declined comment.
"I don't know what the jury hung their hat on," Stewart said, adding, "We're just extremely disappointed."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former Pawtucket police officer has been ordered to serve 2 1/2 years in prison on charges he assaulted and tried to strangle a girlfriend last year.
Stephen Ricco, 41, pleaded no contest Wednesday to the domestic assault and strangulation charges. The Rhode Island attorney general’s office dropped a charge of first-degree sexual assault. The paper reported the plea agreement was reached with the approval of the girlfriend.
A judge suspended the rest of Ricco’s 10-year sentence. Ricco was also issued a no-contact order and ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment and attend an intervention program for batterers.
The Anoka County attorney’s office is appealing as too lenient a sentence given to a former Minneapolis police officer who used the Internet to lure adolescent girls into sexual encounters.
Bradley Schnickel, 34, was sentenced in May to 30 months in prison, minus 197 days for time already served. According to the state’s sentencing guideline, the presumptive sentence was 10 years.
Many who were in the packed Anoka County courtroom in May, including victims and their families, were stunned when Judge James Cunningham sentenced Schnickel to less than one-fourth of the nearly 12-year sentence that prosecutors sought. Authorities had said there were 18 known victims, including two girls with whom Schnickel had sex, one 14, the other 16.
But Cunningham said he was convinced that Schnickel, who had been in counseling for more than a year, demonstrated that he is amenable to treatment. He didn’t give further explanation.
In 2013, Schnickel was sentenced to a year in the Hennepin County workhouse in a plea agreement, for sending nude photographs of himself to two teenage girls in that county.
He still has time left on his sentences.
“None of the judge’s reasons for deviating from the presumptive sentence are valid,” said Assistant Anoka County Attorney Bob Goodell, who wrote the brief submitted to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. “We don’t believe he complied with the law when making sentencing decisions.”
Goodell noted that Schnickel pleaded guilty to charges involving five victims in the Anoka County case, and that the presumptive sentence for only one victim would have been 30 months. It is unusual for prosecutors to challenge a sentence, but Goodell said the sentence was shocking and that another court needs to address it.
In his brief, he wrote that the sentence wasn’t proportional to the severity of the crimes. Schnickel relentlessly groomed minors for potential sexual encounters on the Internet, sent nude photos, offered alcohol in exchange for sex and obtained unauthorized background information on his victims, the appeal said.
Fred Bruno, Schnickel’s attorney, said he will ask the Court of Appeals to dismiss the county’s challenge. Cunningham had the case for nearly a year and knew the case “inside and out,” Bruno said, adding that the judge understood that the plea agreement had a sentencing range from probation to 142 months.
“We all knew this,” Bruno said. “We hope the judge will pick the low end and the prosecution hopes for the high end. This happens all the time. Now it’s buyer’s remorse.”
Sending a police officer to jail or prison for even one week is cruel and unusual punishment, Bruno said. There were multiple victims, and the prosecution could have decided to have a trial for each, he said.
Charles Locke was sentenced to 19 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. He said he was so exhausted from working so much that he could not stop himself.
BY RACHELLE BLIDNER
Charles Locke was sentenced to 19 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. He said he was so exhausted from working so much that he could not stop himself.
Former Cleveland Police Officer, Charles Locke, was sentenced to 19 and half years in prison after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with a teen girl..
Locke told the court that he “had no control” over having the relationship because it was “an emotional thing.”.
Locke blamed stress at work for videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl while in uniform..
Locke testifed during the trial of accused serial murderer Anthony Sowell in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in 2011..
A former Cleveland police officer said working too hard led him to videotape himself having sex in his uniform with a 15-year-old girl.
Charles Locke, 42, was sentenced to 19 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty last month to having a sexual relationship with the teen and videotaping two encounters.
"It was an emotional thing," Locke told the court Wednesday. "I had no control."
Locke said he was exhausted from working 90 hours a week when he met the girl at a recreation center, according to Raw Story. He served as a security guard there, in addition to his police duties.
The girl's family became suspicious when the two began spending a lot of time together at the recreation center and in his police cruiser, according to 19 Action News. Her parents said they heard rumors he had relationships with teens he met at the rec center.
Anthony Sowell was arrested by Charles Locke in 2009 on a rape and felonious assault warrant after the bodies of seven women were found in Sowell's home.HO/AFP/Getty ImagesAnthony Sowell was arrested by Charles Locke in 2009 on a rape and felonious assault warrant after the bodies of seven women were found in Sowell's home.
Locke was arrested in July and placed on unpaid administrative leave. He was fired after pleading guilty last month to five counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count of possessing criminal tools.
Videos of Locke's encounters with the teen were too graphic to show in court.
Locke is an "aberration," Carl Hartman, Internal Affairs investigator, said.
"He is a cancer among the proud, honest and hard-working members of the Cleveland Division of Police," Hartman said. "Charles Locke is a monster."
The girl said she is now struggling with depression.
"I trusted him a lot," the teen wrote in a letter to the court. "My mood now changes too much. I'm depressed. I'm sad, mad, and sometimes happy."
This case was the first time Locke was disciplined since he began working for the police department in 2007, attorney Deanna Robertson said. He gained notoriety in 2009 as the officer who arrested serial killer Anthony Sowell and testified at his trial.
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Opa-locka cop convicted of falsely imprisoning a youth counselor was sentenced Thursday.
German Bosque was sentenced to 364 days in jail followed by 4 years of probation. Bosque was convicted in June for what prosecutors said was the unjust handcuffing of Korey Davis in August 2011.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Miguel de la O allowed Bosque to be released on bond pending his appeal.
Bosque will not begin serving time until the appellate court upholds the judge’s ruling. His case could still be overturned by the appellate courts.
As reported by CBS4’s news partner the Miami Herald, in August 2011, Bosque reportedly punched Davis after an argument with his baby’s mother.
Officials investigating a controversial traffic stop in Sandusky say there are inconsistencies in a police officer's account of the incident.
Investigators from Lucas County say Sandusky police officer Christopher Denny left out vital information about the events leading up to Oct. 1 traffic stop and arrest of Andre Stockett, 34, of Huron, Ohio, and his girlfriend, Kathryn Denslow, 30, of Taylor, Mich., reports the Sandusky Register. Denslow previously was referred to as Kathryn Said.
One of those omitted details was Denny ran a warrant check on Stockett shortly before the stop even though he claimed during the stop that he suspected Stockett was someone else who had active warrants, reports the Toledo Blade.
Also, investigators said Denny and other officers said the car was stopped because its headlights weren't on, but dashcam video shows the lights were on, according to the Blade.
"Officer Denny stated first that he observed the headlights off, then that he wasn't sure, and finally that he did not know if they were on or or off," the investigators wrote.
Denny was placed on paid administrative leave on Oct. 8 after an internal review by Sandusky police revealed inconsistencies in his statements. A decision on his status should be made by midweek, the Blade reports.
A video of the arrest went viral on YouTube and has nearly 500,000 views.
Denslow's vehicle was pulled over at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 because her Ohio license plate number showed she had an expired Ohio driver's license, the Register reports. The couple's 2-week-old infant was in the backseat.
Denslow's license was valid, but tensions quickly rose as Stockett argued with Denny about whether the stop was justified.
Denny wanted to see Stockett's ID, saying he matched the description of a man wanted on felony charges. Stockett refused, saying he wasn't the man police were looking for and that he was not obligated to show police his ID.
As the argument escalated, Denny can be heard threatening to take the child and turn it over to children's services.
Both Denslow and Stockett eventually were charged with obstructing official business and released. Both have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to appear in Sandusky Municipal Court on Nov. 18.
On Monday, Stockett and Denslow appeared at a Sandusky City Council meeting and criticized Denny and the police department, the Register reports.
"We were subject to the most unprofessional, insubordinate, malicious traffic stop ever witnessed in the city of Sandusky," Stockett said.
By Kiran Chawla
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
A former narcotics officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department has been arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle and crime against the elderly. This arrest comes just four months after being released from prison after he was convicted in 2012 for stealing more than $27,000 from drug investigation evidence.
In April of 2011, evidence from more than half a dozen Baton Rouge drug cases went missing. Officer Michael Thompson was busted for stealing around $27,000 from drug investigations. He told investigators that he stole the money because he was addicted to pain medication and was using the money to buy pills.
Thompson was arrested and charged with malfeasance in office and seven counts of felony theft.
At the time of his first arrest, he had been with the Baton Rouge Police Department for five years. Officials with BRPD say Thompson was fired before he was taken into custody.
In October 2011, a grand jury indicted Thompson on 16 counts of felony theft.
In November 2012, Thompson was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $27,065 in restitution to the city of Baton Rouge. He was also sentenced to be on active supervised probation for three years following his release from prison. The sentence was part of Thompson's negotiated plea agreement.
He pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft that encompassed all of his criminal conduct.
Also during the investigation, it was revealed that several cases had to be dismissed because the evidence was missing.
Thompson was released from jail on July 13, 2014 and was to begin his active supervised probation that would last until 2017.
The former BRPD Narcotics Officer was arrested Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and crime against the elderly.
"We got a call that he actually took his father's car and apparently without permission, drove to his mom's residence," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD.
According to the arrest report, Thompson sat on his father while he was sitting on the couch and took his car keys from his pocket without permission. Thompson's father told officers his son has a drug problem and wants him arrested so he can be forced to seek help.
Thompson was found in the vehicle in the 200 block of Little John in the vehicle, but his mother was driving him back to his father's house.
Reports say Thompson admitted he did take the keys without permission, but he took them from the coffee table and not from his father's pocket. He told police he took the vehicle because he needed to go see his mother for a problem. Then Thompson also reportedly admitted he is addicted to heroin.
"It's an unfortunate thing, but it's sad to say, it's not uncommon," said Cpl. McKneely. "There are a lot of people out here who are addicted to prescription drugs. They are ruining their families, and their families are seeking to get them help."
Thompson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. No bond has been set at the time of this report.