Monday, November 03, 2008

State Trooper Christopher Stanton Arrested for Sodomy on 12 year old

A former state trooper was arrested Monday following a grand jury indictment on sexual abuse charges.

Christopher Lee Stanton, 36, of Troy, has been charged with two counts of sodomy after a Pike County Grand Jury indicted him last week.

According to Pike County District Attorney Gary McAliley, Stanton was charged with sodomy first degree for an incident that occurred when the victim was under 12 years old and sodomy second degree for one that occurred when she was older than 12.

Stanton resigned from the Alabama Department of Public Safety in August while under investigation by the Troy Police Department for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor. He was arrested by the TPD on Aug. 13.

Stanton had been a state trooper since 1997 where he was assigned to the Highway Patrol Division in Montgomery.

Officer Natiq Shah Accused of Raping Woman


Regional Police Officer (RPO) Nasir Khan Durrani on Monday suspended a sub-inspector (SI) for raping a woman and ordered registration of a case against him, said a police handout.

Raheena Bibi, wife of Muhammad Anwar, a resident of Shakrial, submitted an application to the RPO, complaining that Sub-Inspector Natiq Shah detained her at Nasirabad police post on the charge of helping the accused involved in some case and subjected her to physical torture.

She was produced before SP who after verifying the facts ordered the SI to release her immediately. After her release, Shah started visiting her house and criminally assaulted her a number of times.

According to Raheena, 35, the officer threatened that he will kill her husband in a police encounter if she did not “cooperate” with him.

Durrani directed DSP, Legal, Khalid Farooq Paracha to hold an inquiry and submit a report to him. After detailed investigations, the inquiry officer confirmed the allegations.

The RPO suspended Shah and ordered registration of a case against him.

Remand of terror suspect extended: Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) No II on Monday extended till November 13 judicial remand of a suspected terrorist facing charges of involvement in Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) attack case.

Having extended the remand of Hameedullah Mehsood of South Waziristan Agency, Judge Sakhi Muhammad Kahoot adjourned the hearing.

Wah Cantonment police arrested the accused for his alleged involvement in POF attack on August 21 that claimed more than 75 lives and injured over 100. The police have kept him in custody for 27 days for investigation.

Trial for Officer Matthew Romano to Begin Wednesday


The trial for Johnson City police officer Matthew Romano, who is accused of lying about getting injured on duty will begin on Wednesday. He is charged with two counts of filing a false police report.

On Monday, Romano waived his right for a jury trial. The six year veteran of the Johnson City police force was found with stab wounds at Calvary cemetery in December 2006. Investigators say

The trial for Johnson City police officer Matthew Romano, who is accused of lying about getting injured on duty will begin on Wednesday.

Romano told them he was attacked by a black man with dreads. This triggered a manhunt. Investigators determined later that his wounds were self-inflicted.

Officer Jose Vela says Sex was Consensual


A former South Texas police chief accused of sexually assaulting one of his officers testified Monday that the encounter was consensual and his attorney suggested the chief was the victim of a conspiracy.

Jose Luis Vela, 44, is accused of assaulting the officer after the man passed out drunk at a party at Vela's home in August 2006.

Vela threw more than 100 parties at his home during his decade-long reign as chief. The parties were often attended by his employees.

The former chief said Monday that the officer was a willing participant and the August 2006 incident was not their first sexual encounter. The Associated Press does not identify people who are victims of alleged sexual assaults.

When Vela's attorney Luis Singleterry asked if it had been sex between two consenting adults, Vela answered: "That's exactly what it was."

Asked if the officer had been passed out or unable to resist, Vela said the officer was "wide awake and doing the same thing."

Vela also countered two other former employees who testified last week that Vela has sexually assaulted them. In one case, Vela said it was also a consensual encounter and denied using any sort of device and in the other, he denied the employee's account entirely.

"I'm not a bad person," Vela said. "I don't consider myself to be a bad person."

Instead, Singleterry suggested that three of Vela's former employees had been brought together by Hidalgo County Sheriff's investigator Raul Cantu, who was retaliating against Vela. A week earlier Vela had suspended the investigator's wife, who worked for the Alton Police Department. Cantu testified last week that the incident with his ex-wife had no bearing on his investigation.

Each of Vela's alleged victims have said that they were approached about the investigation and none of them had reported the incidents to authorities. Singleterry also pointed out that each of the men had joined in a civil lawsuit against Vela and the city.

But prosecutor Hope Palacios painted Vela as an inexperienced chief running a department with such unqualified officers that they could not quit their jobs even after the alleged sexual assaults because they had little hope of finding new ones.

Asked if having a romantic relationship with one of his officers was unprofessional, Vela said that since it happened outside the workplace it was all right.

Vela's cross-examination is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning.

Accusations of bad record keeping and stealing confiscated alcohol ultimately cost Vela his job in September 2007. Vela testified Monday that he never instructed his employees to bring alcohol from the department's evidence locker to his parties.

Alton is a town of about 4,400 residents located 10 miles north of the Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley.

Officer Wayne Simoes Appears in Federal Court


Police Officer Wayne Simoes, indicted for using excessive force, allegedly violating the civil rights of Irma Marquez, appeared before White Plains Federal Court today.

The government was presented with additional evidence to refute the August 19, 2008 indictment against P.O. Simoes. The most pertinent among the evidence submitted are two video tapes which challenge the widely distributed video which shows P.O. Simoes lifting Ms. Marquez vertically into the air after grabbing her about her waist, turning her mid-air onto a vertical position, and thereafter slamming her body face down onto the floor in the bar from which the allegations are drawn.

P.O. Simoes' attorney, Andrew Quinn, Esq., said the video divulged to the public in August “doesn't tell the whole story.”

Quinn said, "The video the government handed over is significantly longer and shows a number of events."

P.O. Simoes is next expected to appear before the court on December 4, 2008, when a trial date could be set.

Detention Officer Jessie Baker Faces Bribery Charges

A detention officer who was dismissed from his job last week at the Nash County jail faces charges of taking bribes from an inmate.

Jessie M. Baker, 25, was sent home from work after admitting he had been smuggling cigarettes to an inmate for $30-a-pack. The jail is a non-smoking facility.

Sheriff Dick Jenkins said authorities were tipped off after other inmates complained the unidentified prisoner was getting cigarettes. Through investigation, officials learned Baker had been accepting $30 from an outside source for each pack of cigarettes he delivered to the inmate.

Baker was charged with two counts of accepting bribes from a prisoner, Jenkins said. Baker, who had worked for six months as a detention officer, was released from jail on a $30,000 bond.

“Of course you don’t want that to happen,” Jenkins said. “You have a detention officer bringing (cigarettes) in, what else could be brought in? That’s why he’s no longer with us.”

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Probation Officer Sydnie Maglaughlin Arrested for Theft, Possession

An eastern Oregon probation officer was arrested Thursday during an investigation by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office and the High Desert Drug Task Force.

Sydnie Maglaughlin, 36, of Nyssa was accused of possession of a controlled substance, third-degree theft and third-degree official misconduct, said a sheriff's spokeswoman. She posted $1,500 bail and was released from jail.

Maglaughlin was hired in 2004 as a corrections technician for the Malheur County Work Release Center, the sheriff's office said. She transferred to the probation office in 2006.

Maglaughlin is on administrative leave pending results of the investigation.