Thursday, July 16, 2009

Officer Cleveland Reynolds Arrested for Rape and Sodomy

A West Precinct officer has been charged with rape and sodomy, Birmingham police announced this evening.

A 23-year-old woman told police that Officer Cleveland Reynolds, who has been with the department for a year, sexually assaulted her while he was on duty.

Reynolds, who works the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $120,000.

Police said the assault happened on July 9 in the western part of the city. Police spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams declined to provide additional information about the incident.

Williams said he did not know if Reynolds has an attorney.

Reynolds is on paid administrative leave.

Howard Goldstein Arrested on Child Sex Charges

A 10-year-veteran advanced medical technician at the Nassau County Police Department tried to seduce an investigator posing as a 13-year-old girl through chats over the Internet, Nassau police said, adding that he sent explicit pictures and sexually graphic language during the exchanges.

Howard Goldstein, 38, is charged with eight counts of first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to a minor and 11 counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child.

He was being held on $82,500 cash bail or bond after he was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead Thursday.

He pleaded not guilty. He was represented by the Legal Aid Society and is due back in court Monday.

Investigators said Goldstein thought he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl, but was actually corresponding with an officer.

The exchanges began in July last year with a New York State Police investigator in Albany. Nassau police arrested Goldstein Wednesday night.

"They were posing as a 13-year-old female and they got hits on this person," said Nassau police spokesman Det. Lt. Kevin Smith. "This particular unit scans the Internet for child predators. . . . That individual made sexually explicit comments via the Internet."

Goldstein, police said, eventually tried to arrange for the girl to take a Greyhound bus to Penn Station and then a Long Island Rail Road train to Rockville Centre.

He never followed through on the plan to meet the girl Tuesday, police said, but officers arrested him the next day.

"Subsequently that individual was locked up" after his ambulance bureau shift was finished and while he was on his way home from work, Smith said.

Deputy Christopher Pierce Arrested for Online Sexual Conversations

A former Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputy has been arrested in Ulster County. Police there say Christopher Pierce had numerous sexual online conversations over the last few months with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. That person was actually an undercover sheriff's deputy.

Pierce is now charged with one count of attempted disseminating indecent materials to a minor. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department helping in the investigation by seizing three computers and other computer related evidence from Pierce's home in Clay.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department tells Action News Pierce resigned from his job on Wednesday, before he was arrested. Pierce worked in the Jail Division.