Saturday, September 20, 2008

Deputy Sgt Jeffrey Roberts Terminated for having Inappropriate Relationship with teen


A Madison County sheriff's deputy was forced to turn in his badge amid allegations he had what the sheriff termed "an inappropriate relationship" with a teenage girl.

Deputy Sgt. Jeffrey Roberts was terminated on Monday, according to Sheriff Clayton Lowe.

Lowe said in a statement Thursday that an internal inquiry was launched. He said he also notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Roberts, who also serves on the Colbert City Council, allegedly had a relationship with a 16-year-old female.

Lowe said the district attorney will determine whether Roberts will face charges.

Deputy Christopher Hibbs Indicted for Using Taser on Handcuffed Suspect


An Orange County sheriff's deputy has been indicted for allegedly using a Taser on a suspect who was handcuffed inside a patrol car.

Christopher Hibbs, 45, of Corona, is charged with one felony count of assault and battery by a public officer and one felony count of assault with a Taser.

Hibbs made a brief court appearance Friday and will be arraigned next month.

His attorney says he's innocent and was simply doing his job. He is on administrative leave.

Prosecutors allege Hibbs used the Taser once on Ignacio Gomez Lares on Sept. 13, 2007, when the man didn't give Hibbs his full name.

Lares was eventually sentenced to more than two years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for lying to Hibbs.

Deputy Ronald Henry Charged with Inappropriately Touching Woman

A Henderson County Sheriff’s Department deputy surrendered to authorities Wednesday after a complaint from a woman who said he inappropriately touched her in the Judicial Complex Annex in Athens.

Ronald J. Henry, 62, was charged with official oppression, a Class A misdemeanor. He was released Wednesday after posting $2,000 bond.

According to Texas law, a public servant commits official oppression if he, acting under color of his office, intentionally subjects another to sexual harassment. Henry’s employment with the HCSD has been terminated, Lt. Pat McWilliams said.

“It’s a bad deal,” McWilliams said concerning Henry’s actions. “Sometimes people do stupid things and sometimes they do bad things.”

HCSD received a complaint Tuesday from a 28-year-old woman who said she had taken a friend to the adult probation office. While she was waiting in the lobby area, a uniformed male deputy approached her. The woman told authorities she went into the public restroom and when she exited, she was inappropriately touched by the deputy.

The sheriff’s department turned the case over to Texas Ranger Trace McDonald for an investigation. McDonald quickly came back with his findings, and Henry was arrested at the courthouse.

“Technically all investigations are ongoing until they go to the grand jury, but he completed the footwork,” McWilliams said.

McWilliams said the sheriff’s department does a background check on new hires and a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education certification is required for peace officers.

Henry was hired by the sheriff’s department in 2003. In 2006, he became a transport officer. Transports are made to the various courts, various doctor’s and dentist’s offices, hospitals, other jails and prisons and other locations. The county had four transport deputies prior to Henry’s dismissal.

Officer Under Investigation After Killing a Jack Russell Terrier

HALTOM CITY — An internal investigation is under way after a Haltom City police officer fatally shot a Jack Russell terrier Monday afternoon while officers were serving a search warrant.

The officer, who was not identified, remained on duty, police said Friday.

But family members at the house where the shooting occurred said Friday that Willy, the 40-pound terrier, never attacked the officer.

"I was sitting on the couch when the door busted open," said Don Burns, 85, of Haltom City. "I heard someone say, 'Everyone on the floor. Police.’ "

Burns said Willy was sitting in a chair, jumped down and stood in front of the officer when he was shot. "It all happened so fast," Burns said. "But he [Willy] never attacked the officer."

Burns noted that another dog in the room, a pit bull terrier named Janie, ran to a bedroom when she heard the gunshot.

Haltom City police Sgt. Terry Stayer said Friday that a preliminary report on the incident showed that the animal was aggressive. The incident happened Monday afternoon in the 5300 block of McQuade Street.

Just four days earlier, police had arrested Dustin Keeble at the house on suspicion of stealing a car, evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

Keeble, 20, has nine convictions ranging from theft to assault with bodily injury dating to February 2005, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. He was last sentenced to six years in prison in April 2007 for unlawful possession of a firearm, theft and burglary, records show.

Police have responded 65 times to the house since March 2003, according to Haltom City police records.

Haltom City police were involved in another dog shooting in June.

Kevin Valenzuela was shot by a Haltom City police officer’s stray bullet intended for his dog. Officers had gone to Valenzuela’s North Richland Hills house in the 3400 block of Willowcrest Drive to arrest his friend Jaime Moreno on suspicion of burglary, police have said.

A Haltom City officer fired two shots at Valenzuela’s 80-pound pit bull terrier when the dog charged at him, officials have said. The dog was grazed, and Valenzuela was shot in his left leg and grazed on his right.