Saturday, August 22, 2009

Officer Anthony Rollins Will Get Public Defender

An Anchorage police officer accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty will get a public defender despite his $100,000 annual salary.

Superior Court Judge Phillip Volland on Friday said the case would be very expensive and Anthony Rollins cannot afford a lawyer to defend himself.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to revisit his initial decision granting Rollins, a 13-year officer, a state-paid attorney.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Rollins was paid $142,892 by the Anchorage police department in 2008.

Rollins, 41, was indicted last month on multiple charges of sexual assault and other offenses. He pleaded not guilty to 14 felonies and six misdemeanors.


Information from: Anchorage Daily News,

Correctional Officer Brandon Goodson Arrested for Child Molestation

A 33-year-old Clovis man turned himself in to Clovis Police Saturday morning, after detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest for child molestation. Brandon Goodson is currently free on bond.

Clovis Police learned of the molestation last Thursday. The incident allegedly took place on Aug. 12, in the 3200 block of Bellaire. The investigation led to the arrest of Goodson for child molestation, penetration with a foreign object on a victim under 16 years of age and oral copulation on a victim under 16 years of age. Clovis Police detectives are not looking for any additional victims.

The suspect and the confidential victim had recently met each other and corresponded via text messaging. The alleged victim's name was not released.

Goodson’s employer is Avenal State Prison, where he works as a correctional officer. The status of his employment is unknown.

Officer Hikeen Crampton Charged with Insurance Fraud

A Baltimore police officer who overcame the odds growing up in West Baltimore to patrol his old neighborhood, was indicted Friday on charges of insurance fraud and attempted felony theft, the state attorney general said.

Hikeen D. Crampton Sr., 30, of Rosedale, is accused of fraudulently claiming in late 2008 that his Cadillac Escalade had been stolen when he had traded it in for another vehicle. The indictment follows an investigation by the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, the insurance fraud division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the attorney general's office.

The charges were filed in Frederick County, where the claim was filed, said Shanetta J. Paskel, an official with the attorney general's office.

Crampton was profiled in a front-page article in The Baltimore Sun in 2001 after he graduated from the Baltimore Police Academy and requested a patrol assignment in his old neighborhood, a notorious drug zone. The youngest of 10 children, he graduated from Douglass High School and managed a McDonald's before joining the police academy.

"Some people ask me, 'Why do you want to come back?' " Crampton said at the time. "I want to help my community."

He received an award from Baltimore County last year after he observed the robbery of an armored car while off duty and caught the suspect, holding him until county officers arrived. In 2005, while working plainclothes in the Western District, he also arrested one of the stars of the infamous "Stop Snitching" video.

Anthony Guglielmi, a city police spokesman, said the Police Department learned of the allegations in June, when Crampton was suspended with pay.

"The allegations are concerning, but we have an obligation to see the system through and we're going to reserve comment until this is over," Guglielmi said.

Attempts to reach Crampton for comment were unsuccessful.

An arraignment has been scheduled for Sept. 25.

Sheriff Fires Deputy After Waitress Poses with Weapons on Patrol Car

An embarrassed Sheriff Gary Painter fired one Midland County deputy and suspended three others without pay after a scantily dressed waitress holding a rifle posed for photographs on the trunk of a patrol vehicle.

Round Rock officers were dispatched to the restaurant after someone reported the waitress with the weapon, which had been given to her by one of the deputies who had been attending a training session near Austin.

The incident occurred last week in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant, which promotes its "fun, friendly and sometimes flirty atmosphere!"

The deputies told Painter that they had about three to five beers each.

A fifth deputy who remained inside the eatery got a letter of reprimand.