Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Several DeKalb Officers Accused of Having Sex While on Duty

Several DeKalb County police officers are under invesatigation, after being accused of having sex while on duty.

A source close to the investigation gave CBS Atlanta a videotape which showed a police officer meeting up with a woman miles outside his jurisdiction.

The tape, which was shot by a private investigator, shows an officer pulling into an RV park in Gwinnett County.

According to sources, the sergeant seen on the video was on duty. The sergeant goes inside the trailer with a woman. The two are inside for 2 and half hours. The officer then comes out of the trailer, kisses the woman goodbye and drives off.

On Wednesday, Police Chief Bill O’Brien and Public Safety Director Wiz Miller confirmed the investigations. But they said, at this point, they aren't sure if the incident on the video happened while the officer on the clock.

“One thing we do have to keep in mind is that we do have some police officers that are assigned take home vehicles. So, we don’t know if it was an on-duty or off-duty incident,” O’Brien said.

Several hours later, the sergeant and the woman were seen meeting up again at the sergeant's house.

The incident is one of two involving police officers in the last six months.

The second incident involves several officers at the south precinct.

An on-duty officer was accused of driving to an off-duty officer's house to have sex. According to our source, the officer made a cadet wait outside in the patrol car.

“The first thing you have to do is to reaffirm in their minds that they ave to be held to a higher standard,” Miller said.

The accused officers are still on the street until the investigations are complete, officials said.

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Former Officer Alex Ramirez Pleads Guilty to Charges

A former Dearborn police officer accused of fixing tickets and accepting bribes pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Alex Ramirez, 42, of Dearborn faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for embezzlement by a public official, misconduct in office, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice, larceny in a building and bribery charges, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Maria Miller said Wednesday.

One of his codefendants, Hassan Hojaije, agreed to testify against him in exchange for 2 years of probation. According to the 21-year-old Dearborn man, Ramirez would look up the names of people who'd received parking tickets and have him contact the drivers, offering to get rid of them for $400. This happened close to two dozen times, Hojaije testified.

Ramirez, a cop for two decades, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. July 28 before Wayne County Circuit Judge Margie Braxton.

Investigators said two other men also participated in the scheme: Isoam Nimer, 28, of Dearborn, who pleaded guilty to attempted obstruction of justice, and Hasan Chamara, 21, of Dearborn, who is charged with the same offense and may have fled the country.

Former Trooper Robert Czora Charged with Stealing Jeep

A former New York state trooper has been charged with possession of stolen property after a lengthy investigation into a stolen jeep, according to New York State Police.

Robert W.Czora, 41, of Morrisonville, was arrested Wednesday after police said they found stolen items at his home.

The arrest was a result of an investigation that began Jan. 20 when a 2007 Jeep Wrangler was reported stolen from the dealer lot of Mountain View Motors in Plattsburgh, police said. The Jeep was recovered two days later with the wheels and tires missing.

On May 29, while executing a search warrant on Czora's residence on an unrelated matter, police said they said Jeep wheels and Bridgestone Dueler tires underneath a rear deck of Czora's home.

The wheels and tires were taken as evidence and were identified by the owner of Mountain View Motors as the stolen tires.

Czora was released on an appearance ticket and is due back in court June 11.

Czora pleaded guilty to official misconduct in 2007 after he pulled a woman over and told her to pay him $300. Police said Czora told the woman he needed her to pay the money as bail for a speeding ticket.

In court, Czora said he returned the money to the woman after he found inquiries were being made into the case.

Czora was based out of the Valcour State Police barracks for 15 years, but was suspended after the incident.

Police are asking anyone who has purchased items from Czora online or personally in Vermont or New York to call police at 518-561-3761.

Other Stories:
November 29, 2007: Trooper Pleads Guilty In Official Misconduct Case
November 16, 2007: Trooper Arrested For Official Misconduct
October 31, 2007: State Trooper Suspended

Former Officer Michael Miles Accused of Having Sex with 14-Year-Old Boy

A former police officer and volunteer teacher was arrested Tuesday, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. Michael Gregory Miles was an officer with the Oak Hill Police Department.

Eyewitness News learned the school did not do a background check on Miles before he started working with kids. Miles is related to the school's owners.

Michael Miles was a police officer, he was family and he was trusted, but the relationship he started with a 14-year-old boy from Edgewater's Private Discovery Academy, has led to three felony charges against the former officer.

"You would never think he was creepy or anything like that, where you would think something was going on. Never, never in a million years," said administrator Nancy Solman.

Edgewater investigators said the affair started at the school last year, after Miles had resigned as an officer.

Court documents show the boy was at Spruce Creek High School in April when he revealed the affair to classmates.

He and Miles then told police everything. They said they met first in the parking lot of a local grocery store.

Later, it was a more secluded place, a heavily wooded area in a residential neighborhood. They used email and MySpace to set up the meetings.

"With him, you would have never thought anything because he was with law enforcement. That's the whole thing; he had that whole law enforcement background," said Solman.

The school has cameras inside and officials said Miles was supervised when he was with students.

Police say they don't have any reason to believe there are any other victims. These are not the first charges against Miles.

He is supposed to be in court later this week on charges of grand theft and impersonating a police officer, something he's accused of doing after he quit as an officer in Oak Hill.