Sunday, May 10, 2009

Michael Dodd Accuses Three Troopers of Brutality

A Cambridge man has filed a complaint with Massachusetts state police accusing three troopers of brutality during a traffic stop in Watertown last month.

Twenty-five-year-old Michael Dodd says he had to go to a hospital to get treatment for a broken wrist and multiple abrasions and contusions after he posted bail at the state police barracks in Brighton on April 29.

Dodd says he was on his way home after working late at his family's restaurant when a trooper pulled him over for a cracked tail light. He says two more troopers arrived, and he claims the three officers beat him with their feet, fists and flashlights.

State police officials say Dodd had to be subdued because he became combative. Authorities say they stand behind the troopers, but they are investigating the incident.

Deputy Kevin Duke Arrested for Possessing Child Porn

A Kenner police detective's race to find a 13-year-old girl he thought was about to be molested ended in the arrest of a reserve East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy.

It turned out the girl did not even exist. Instead, police say, the deputy himself was going online and pretending to be that girl, even sending out nude photos of her. The reserve deputy, Kevin R. Duke, 51, of Greenwell Springs, was arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.

Detective Rob McGraw with the Kenner Police Department says officers arrested a different man on a charge of computer-aided solicitation of a minor. That man, he says, was allegedly using his computer web camera to broadcast live images of himself masturbating. The man thought he was showing that camera image to an underage girl, McGraw said.

When they arrested the man in that particular case, McGraw says the man confessed that he had also been chatting online with a 13-year-old girl in Baton Rouge who had sent him nude pictures of herself. McGraw said he immediately began searching for that girl. "We thought we were trying to find a real little girl to save her from being molested," the detective said. Detectives say they determined the photographs of that 13-year-old girl were being sent from Duke's home in Greenwell Springs, just outside Baton Rouge.

When detectives arrived at the home, they say Duke admitted that he was going online pretending to be a 13-year-old girl and sending out nude pictures of a girl in that age range. Following his arrest, Duke's commission as a volunteer reserve deputy was immediately revoked and his badge was seized, said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Hicks. Investigators say the reserve deputy confessed to both sending and receiving child porn using his home computer.

Deputies say they found more than a dozen images of child pornography on Duke's home computer. "Approximately 15 images of child pornography," the investigator said in the report. "The images depicted juveniles between the approximate age of 7-13 engaging in sexual activity. During an interview of the accused, he admitted possessing, sending and receiving images of child pornography."

Video: Child porn arrest - Kevin Duke

Former Officer Benjamin Roberson Found Guilty of Teen Rape

A former Greenville police officer has been found guilty of the sexual battery of a 14-year-old girl who became pregnant.

The verdict against 26-year-old Benjamin Roberson was returned by a Washington County Circuit Court jury late Friday afternoon. A sentencing date hasn't been set.

Roberson was arrested in July 2007. He responded to a call from the child's mother that her daughter had run away. Roberson assisted in locating the juvenile and transported the then 14-year-old to the police department where she was booked.

The sexual act occurred when Roberson was transporting the teenager back home.

After he was arraigned on the sexual battery charge, Roberson was fired from his job.

Information from: Delta Democrat Times,

Former Deputy Jemal Barker Arrested for Raping Inmate

East Baton Rouge sheriff's detectives have arrested a former deputy for allegedly raping a parish prison inmate.

Sheriff's officials say Jemal Barker, 40, of Denham Springs will be charged with aggravated rape and malfeasance in office by sexual misconduct.

Barker allegedly forcibly raped an inmate on Sunday using his stun gun as a weapon.

A fellow deputy notified the administration of the alleged abuse.

An investigation was conducted, and the deputy was fired prior to his arrest.

Officials say Barker had been employed with sheriff's office since October 2007.

He was assigned as a shift corporal in security at the parish prison.