Friday, April 27, 2012

Protective Order Filed Against Tulsa Officer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

An emergency protective order was filed against a Tulsa police captain accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.
The new allegations come just weeks after he was suspended for sex acts on the job that happened three years ago.

04/27/2012 Related Story: Tulsa Police Chief: No Access To Suspended Officer's Personal Computer

News on 6 spoke with the officer and his attorney.

Captain Shawn King says he is not ready to get into the details of the allegations made against him. But his attorney says they're false. He says it's all part of a plan by an angry ex-girlfriend to ruin King's name.

An Osage County judge granted an emergency protective order against Captain Shawn King on behalf of Keena Roberts and her minor children. The order was filed late Friday.

"What's happened today is evidence of Ms. Robert's ongoing and continuous vendetta against Capt. King since their break up," wrote King's attorney Scott Wood.

Wood says King and Roberts ended their relationship sometime in the past six months. And says that ever since, Roberts has gone to great lengths to "attack" his client.

Wood says the protective order is another example of that. But the accusations in that order are serious.

Read More About Protective Orders in Oklahoma

Roberts' attorney alleges that King molested one of Roberts' underage children. In the protective order, the attorney confirms that King is accused of groping, kissing and forcibly raping the child with his fingers.

Roberts' attorney alleges the incidents happened many times over a period of several years. The allegations surfaced after the child spent time in therapy.

King's attorney calls the allegations false and outrageous.

"Another example of how desperate Ms. Robert's is to wreck havoc on Captain King's life," Wood said in a statement.

Earlier this month, King was suspended a week without pay after TPD Chief Chuck Jordan says King engaged in sexual activity in his patrol car. That incident happened in 2009.

An interoffice memo from Chief Jordan's classifies the activity as "Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer."
"No allegation was made to the police department regarding any criminal activity, including activity involving children," Scott Wood said.

A hearing for a permanent protective order is set for May 22, 2012, in Osage County. But King's attorney is hoping to get a quicker hearing.

He says depending on the outcome, his client make take legal action against Roberts. As of now, Captain King is still reporting to work as a shift supervisor in the Gilcrease Hills Division.

Former Ohio Officer Charged with Sex Crimes Against Minor

A former Ohio police officer has been charged with multiple sex crimes against a minor.

Media outlets report Friday's charges of rape, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and eight other counts stem from his relationship with a woman who was a minor when he allegedly began sexually abusing her.

The reports say the 43-year-old Heath man used to be an officer in Hebron and Union Township in central Ohio.

He is accused of having a decade-long sexual relationship with a girl, now 26, when she was 8 and he was an officer.

Officials handling a child support case became suspicious when they learned the oldest of the couple's three children was 10.

The Associated Press is not naming the man to avoid identifying a suspected victim of sexual assault.

Three NY State Troopers Suspended for Prostitution

An internal investigation into alleged misconduct has led to the suspension of three State Troopers.

A State Police press release says Titus Taggart, 41, allegedly organized parties that may have involved the promotion of prostitution. The alleged incidents happened when Taggart was off duty. Taggart is assigned to Troop T in Buffalo, which patrols the Thruway.

A NYS Police spokesman in Albany confirms for 13WHAM News that Taggart's father, Arthur, was a 34-year veteran of the State Police who retired in 1997 as a Colonel who served directly under two past superintendents.

Two troopers who are assigned to the Troop T Henrietta barracks have also been suspended without pay.

Jeremy Smith, 34, and Michael Petritz, 33, are accused of misconduct.  A State Police press release says they were not involved in organizing the parties.

The suspensions are the result of an internal investigation and the NY State Police spokesman added that a parallel criminal investigation is also underway.  He would not comment on the status of any other investigations by outside agencies.  The spokesman was unaware how many Troopers could be caught up in the ongoing investigations.

Numerous media reports have cited sources that claim the women involved were brought into Western New York from Canada.

Criminal charges have not been filed.

Nisqually Tribal Officer Arrested for Hit and Run

A Nisqually tribal police officer was arrested Friday morning, suspected of DUI and hit and run.

Police say the man was off duty and driving his own car when he apparently swerved off 183rd Avenue Southwest and ran over two mailboxes around 2 a.m.

Witnesses say he drove away from the scene. He was arrested minutes later.

“A cop should know better than that,” said Faye Hull, who was awakened by the sound of the car hitting her mailbox..

“Drinking and driving don’t mix,” said Hull, “And cops know the rules.”