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New Castle Police Officer Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teens

Richard L. Corbin, 35, is accused of giving alcohol to a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl. He then allegedly had sex with both girls, police said.

Corbin was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and furnishing liquor to minors.


Former sheriff's deputy indicted in sex case

An Ulster County grand jury has indicted a former county deputy sheriff on charges he sought sexual favors from a girl under the age of 17 in exchange for ignoring a crime, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Jeffrey P. Geskie, 27, of Hurley, was indicted on charges of receiving a bribe and committing a criminal sexual act, both felonies, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor.


Former corrections director gets 2 years for taking payoffs

The former head of the Illinois prison system was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday for taking payoffs from lobbyists.

“What I did was absolutely wrong,” said Donald Snyder, who admitted pocketing $50,000 from lobbyists when he was director of the Illinois Department of Corrections.


Former Fayetteville Officer Sentenced

A former Fayetteville police officer, fired after he became the target of a child-pornography investigation, has been sentenced to 15 years, 8 months in federal prison.

Jeremy Boyd Grammer entered a guilty plea five months ago to a charge of distributing child pornography through his home computer.


LSU police officer investigated

A spokesman for LSU police says Lieutenant Thomas Fife was placed on paid administrative leave July 19 after special agents searched his office.

The affidavit says Fife accessed multiple images of child pornography almost every day while at work.


Officer who shot boy pleads not guilty

A San Diego police officer claims caution prompted him to unload five bullet rounds at an 8-year-old boy and his mother during an off-duty traffic dispute, but prosecutors Tuesday called it a case of "apparent road rage."

Frank White pleaded not guilty to one felony count of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and one misdemeanor count of drawing a concealed weapon in public.


Paperwork snafu lets DUI-charged judge off hook

An Atlanta Municipal Court judge arrested on drunken-driving charges earlier this year will not lose his license for refusing to take a sobriety test because an Atlanta police officer failed to turn in paperwork documenting the refusal, the judge’s attorney said.

Judge Andrew Mickle would have had his license suspended for one year for refusing to take a chemical test of his blood, breath or urine during his March 24 arrest.


Ex-officer charged with pocketing seized cash

According to an affidavit that Greensburg police officer was David L. Scudder. It's alleged that he did not put the money into evidence but instead into his own pocket.

Surveillance video shows the phony promoter handing the money over to then officer Scudder. But the court document says, in his investigation report, Office Scudder claimed the phony promoter gave the money back to fans.


Internet Sting Leads To State Patrolman's Arrest

Police say a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol tried to convince what he thought was a girl on the Internet to have a sexual relationship with him.

Detective Crystal Schwartz said trooper Justin Tolman, 22, began communicating with her decoy profile soon afterwards. He allegedly indicated he was interested in sex and made graphic sexual statements and sent lewd photos.


Police officer accused of running drug houses remains jailed

Clay Adams, 36, of Altamonte Springs, is accused of operating marijuana-grow houses. He was arrested earlier this week. According to charging documents, Adams operated two grow houses and transported the drugs, keeping his police credentials ready should he be challenged.


Officer resigns while under investigation

A rear-end collision last month left a Rogers police officer out of a job Friday. Officer Billy Williams resigned from his position, according to Police Chief Steve Helms, while under investigation for failing to report the on-duty crash.

Williams checked the conditions of Perez and his passenger and, upon their contention that they were not injured, left the scene without filing a report.


Trooper Charged With DUI Resigns

The Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper accused of causing a deadly crash has resigned his position.

Police say Edward Lattin was under the influence of marijuana when he caused the crash last month near Tropicana and Rainbow. One person was killed.


Bond maintained for former Waukegan cop

Earlier this week the Second Judicial District Appellate Court in Elgin denied a request by Delatwan Haynes’ attorney to lower a $2 million bond.

Haynes was arrested in late June, following allegations that he groped and assaulted a Waukegan woman in a vacant Lewis Avenue parking lot, while he worked the midnight shift this January.


Detective suspended for watching porn

An investigation revealed William Burris had accessed pornographic websites while on and off duty through a city-issued computer.

Burris even admitted to claiming overtime while watching porn.


Police: Pa. trooper sought sex with girls 8 and 10

A state trooper tried to solicit sex with 8- and 10-year-old girls and planned to bring candy and toys to their meeting, authorities working an Internet child-sex probe charged Thursday.

Cpl. Albert Silveri III, 39, of Aston, initiated conversations online with an undercover officer posing as the girls' mother, officials said.


Plainview's Ex-Police Chief Sentenced

Shawn Goodwin of Russellville was initially charged with rape, after his family's teenage baby sitter filed a report. The girl, now 15, was 13 at the time of the crime.


Attorney pleads guilty to bank fraud

Federal prosecutors say a Hartford attorney has pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud for rigging bids on Fleet Bank's sale of distressed loans.


Chief: Officers Dismissed For Misconduct

Police Superintendent Warren Riley announced that officers Donyell Sanchell and Ashely Terry were no longer members of the department.


KSP sergeant charged with drunkenness, resisting arrest

Sgt. Timothy Moore, who is assigned to the Ashland KSP post, is charged with alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


Chicago cop arrested for extorting tow truck drivers

A Chicago Police officer was charged today with extorting up to $800 a week from a tow truck company — the second cop busted by the feds in a widening investigation of the towing industry.


Fired Louisiana Officer May be Charged in Taser Death

A police officer shocked a handcuffed man nine times with a Taser after arresting him on a cocaine charge.


Acting chief fires 2 Fort Worth officers

The Fort Worth Police Department has fired two officers, including one who was found asleep in his patrol car at a Burleson intersection.


Former officer denies juvenile restraint charge

The charges follow a three-month investigation by Vermont State Police after allegations that former Capt. Heidi Nelson, 42, of Westminster, had a relationship with a 17-year-old student in Nelson's law enforcement class at the Windham Regional Career Center.


Third Houston police officer indicted in bogus summer camp scam

A Harris County Grand Jury indicted Houston Police Officer Nedra Hall Friday for aggravated perjury on the summer camp case. Hall, along with two other officers, is accused of taking funds for an allegedly bogus summer camp for hurricane evacuee children.


Former officer pleads guilty to same charges

A former Tulsa police officer pleaded guilty Friday to the same charges on which he was convicted before that outcome was overturned on appeal.


2 HPD officers accused of stealing from police union

Ronald Martin, 51, the union's former board secretary, and Houston police officer Jeff Larson, 39, are accused of stealing cash, cashing checks, using credit cards and pocketing profits from vehicle sales — all from the union's coffers.


Hoboken cop faces molestation charge

A Hoboken police officer has been charged with molesting two girls over a period of years beginning when one was as young as 9 years old. Police Officer Michael Miranda was suspended from the force after being arrested on the sexual assault charge by the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office's Special Victims Unit.


Treasury Dept. Lawyer Indicted on Drug Charges

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Joseph McRae, of Annandale, was arrested in May after he bought two ounces of methamphetamine for $4,200. They say McRae arranged with an undercover investigator to buy another ounce the next day and two more ounces every week after that.


Bail set for trooper in DUI fatal crash case

Bail was set at $50,000 today for a Nevada Highway Patrol sergeant accused of smoking marijuana before crashing his vehicle while off-duty, killing one person and injuring two.


Officer Accused Of Threatening Starbucks Managers For Free Coffee

An internal police investigation found that Daytona Lt. Major Garvin received free coffee for about two years from a city Starbucks coffee store.

However, when recently denied free coffee from new management, Garvin allegedly told managers that he could change the police department's response time if they refuse to give him complimentary drinks.


Canton Troopers Accused Of Cheating On Exams

An Ohio Inspector General report says state troopers assigned to the Highway Patrol's Canton post cheated on yearly exams required for law enforcement officers who give breathalyzer tests.


Former cop gets 10 years for molesting young girl

Jack Himes Sr. pleaded guilty last month in Onondaga County Court to a single felony sex count.


Police Chief Timoney Faces Another Rebuke

What Chief Timoney dismissed as "perception" in an August, 2007 news conference becomes cold reality Tuesday evening when Miami's Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP) takes up a report alleging nine violations of law or department policy by the chief of police.


Cop faces 3 corruption counts

Officer Michael D. Roberts, 57, was put on paid administrative leave in April. On Monday, he was indicted in U.S. District Court on two counts of "deprivation of honest services wire fraud" and one count of "unauthorized access to a protected computer."


Appeals court upholds $15M award to 3 LAPD officers caught up in 'Rampart' scandal

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a $15 million award to three officers who accused the Los Angeles Police Department of wrongly arresting them and making them scapegoats during the notorious Rampart scandal.


Silverton, Ore., officer jailed on sexual-abuse complaint

Officer Tony Gonzalez was arrested Sunday and is being held without bail on multiple counts of sexual abuse.


Hamburg man pleads guilty to missing drug money while he was Lykens police chief

Chris W.R. Wade, 40, of Hamburg pleaded guilty before President Judge Richard A. Lewis in Harrisburg to theft and related charges.

Wade, who was named police chief in Lykens in January 2005, was fired in January.


April trial date set for trooper in fatal crash

Robert Higbee's cruiser was traveling nearly twice the posted 35 mph speed limit on Stagecoach Road when he ran a stop sign and crashed into the two sisters' minivan. He was not using his lights or siren.


Ocoee police officer arrested

Orange County Deputies have arrested an Ocoee Police officer after allegations were made that he committed a sex crime against a woman he met at a party this past Monday.


Experts suspect police covered up alcohol use by driver in crash

Police officers took no steps to question driver Sandra Woodall, a former San Jose cop, about possible intoxication and did not conduct a field sobriety or blood test.


Officer faces drug charge

Gerald "Jerry" McClurg, 40, of Walnut Lane, a Russellville address in Littleville, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.


Mount Gilead police officer arrested for thefts

Morrow County deputies searched the residence of third-shift village police officer Joe Hughes. The stolen property, a single-axle trailer and several air-conditioning units, were behind Hughes' residence.


Md. State Trooper Charged with Growing Pot

A Maryland state trooper has been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance after police found a cultivated marijuana plant growing outside his home.


Police chief suspended over concerns

The city met Monday night to discuss Chief John Crone’s involvement with the non-profit group Cops for Kids – a mentoring program which brings together kids and police officers.


Former trooper found guilty of DUI

A former Virginia State Police trooper who resigned from his job the day after he was arrested for driving under the influence will have an ignition interlock system placed in his vehicle for up to a year.

Lance Todd Rosenbaum, 27, of Riner was arrested after he crashed his pickup truck.


Hearing shows informants profited in Action Rags raid

Alford made the remarks after Special Agent Calvin Bradford, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testified how one undocumented informant who worked at Action Rags USA for three days was paid $1,200 for information. Another, who worked for three months, earned $10,000, and a third was paid $2,000.


Sheriff 'disappointed' deputy's DUI charge

Thirty-one-year-old Jason Chance was charged early Thursday morning after he allegedly hit a parked truck and left the scene of the accident.


Richland County Deputy Arrested For DUI and Hit and Run

According to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Dennis Quinn has been fired after being arrested for driving under the influence and hit and run.

Quinn has been charged with driving under the influence, having an open container of beer or wine, failure to maintain proof of insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.


Parole officer facing charges in ump attack

A state parole officer, Parole Officer Thomas Millford Lambert, has been charged with assaulting a 14-year-old boy umpiring a youth baseball game in Jersey City and he allegedly told the boy the police would do nothing because he is "the police," officials said.


Ex-Bpt. cop has shot at being rehired

A former city police officer, fired after he was charged with choking a former girlfriend, will be allowed to carry a gun if he is rehired by the Police Department, a judge ruled today.

Douglas Bepko, a 13-year veteran of the police force, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Brian Fischer to a one-year suspended term followed by two years probation for the misdemeanor charge of breach of peace.


Police: APD Officer Shoots, Kills Security Guard

Cobb County Police detectives said an Atlanta police officer, Officer John Freeman, shot and killed an unarmed security guard at an apartment complex, and that the officer faces charges of murder and aggravated assault.


Former prosecutor sentenced in mortgage theft

Joseph James Scafidi, 53, of Warminster, was sentenced to serve 18 to 36 months in state prison and five years on probation, ordered to pay $42,000 in restitution to the homeowners, and forbidden to work in the mortgage or any other financial business.

Scafidi, who once worked as a public defender and deputy district attorney in Bucks County, was disbarred in 1996 after he embezzled $264,000 in real estate settlement fees from a Fort Washington title company. He served a 10- to 23-month prison sentence.


D.C. Officer Arrested, Accused of Assault, Abduction

Officer Kelvin Barksdale, a tremendously popular patrol officer on Capitol Hill, is held without bond in the Prince William County jail.



A state trooper took road rage to a whole new level - writing up five phony traffic tickets to a Brooklyn man as payback after getting into a heated argument with him over a parking spot, authorities said yesterday.

Lester Hooper, 35, wrote the summonses - alleging traffic violations in three Westchester towns from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6 - without ever pulling over Derrick Perry, according to the Westchester County DA's Office.


Former Sheriff Long Asks Sentence Under 10 Years

The attorney for former Sheriff Billy Long is asking that the "safety valve" apply to his case so that he will receive a prison sentence under the 10-year minimum he is currently facing.


New trial date set for three ex-police officers

The three ex-officers are charged in a federal indictment that accuses them of using their positions and skills as police officers to commit wire fraud by selling stolen property for which money was transferred electronically to bank accounts. Other charges involve illegal sales of drugs and guns.


Police Officer Charged With Rape

Robert Soroka, 28, was arrested after a 28-year-old acquaintance accused him of raping her.


Prosecutors to drop 20-plus cases over rogue cops

Prosecutors began dropping charges Tuesday in at least 20 drug cases because three narcotics detectives are among four city police officers arrested this month.


Accused Cop Killer Strangled In Cell

Officials said seven guards had access to White at the time of his death, as did an unspecified number of supervisors.


Undercover Cops Allegedly Frame 4 On Drug Charges

Undercover police officers who arrested four men on drug charges are under investigation after surveillance video proved the men they arrested committed no crime.

The undercover NYPD officers are seen on video dancing in the street, then attempting to frame four innocent men.


Anti-Tobacco Lawyer Gets 5 Years For Bribery Scam

Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, the attorney who built his career by taking on tobacco, asbestos and insurance companies, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for conspiring to bribe a judge.


Second Indicted Officer Resigns From Huntsville Police

Wesley Little resigned two days after his partner, Ryan Moore, turned in his resignation.

Both Wesley and Moore are facing multiple felony charges for allegations that include drug possession, tampering with evidence and false reporting.


Officer Charged With Molestation, Aggravated Rape

St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy Jessie Hughes was arrested as a result of a complaint of an alleged rape of a juvenile, the Louisiana State Police Department said.


NY policeman charged after woman body-slammed

Federal prosecutors said Yonkers officer Wayne Simoes used excessive force when he grabbed the woman by the waist, hoisted her in the air and slammed her, face first, into a tile floor.


Grand jury indicts cop on child sex counts

Jay Simon, a six-year veteran of the Gurnee Police Department, was indicted Wednesday on charges stemming from an early June arrest.

The 36-year-old Round Lake Beach father of three was arrested by the Lake County State's Attorney's Office on allegations that he sexually assaulted two girls under 13 in 2006 and 2007.


IMPD Officer Arrested After 3-Month Investigation

Police said Officer Jason Barber, 32, sold a handgun to a known felon. He was taken into custody at his home in the 9000 block of Admirals Pointe Drive, police said.


Lawyer Yanchek found guilty of violating rules

Sarasota attorney John Yanchek has been found guilty by a Florida Bar referee of violating seven Bar rules including engagement in dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.


Sex charge brings 4-year sentence for former officer

Thirty-nine-year-old Darren Dempsey of Mansfield, also known as Darren Seligman, was sentenced Thursday in New Haven federal court. He pleaded guilty in April to using an interstate facility to transmit information about a minor.


Horry County officer charged with arson

Kyle G. Bell, 32, of Nichols is accused of setting fire to a tract of land belonging to the International Paper Co. off Bullock Trail in Longs on April 23, 2007, according to a statement released by the State Law Enforcement Division.


Waukegan Cop Charged With Rape

Delatwon A. Haynes, 32, of Waukegan, was order held on $2 million bond Monday, according to a release from the Lake County Sheriff's office.


FBI Charges 6 Puerto Rican Officers With Planting Evidence

Federal authorities have charged six police officers in Puerto Rico with planting evidence and building false cases against residents in a northwest coastal town.


Creston Police Chief Fired After Rape Allegations

City officials announced Tuesday that James Christensen would no longer lead the department. He had been on administrative leave while officials reviewed the case against him.


California K-9 Found Dead In Back Of Patrol Car

City and county authorities are investigating the death of a San Diego police dog whose body was found in the back seat of a patrol car at his handler's home.


Nye County district attorney cited for DUI after two wrecks

Nye County District Attorney Robert Beckett is facing a drunken driving charge in California -- and what figure to be some uncomfortable questions from his constituents -- after crashing two vehicles on the same desert highway six hours apart.


2 BSO Deputies Charged In Corruption Probe

U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta announced Monday that Deputies Richard V. Tauber, 37, and Kevin D. Frankel, 38, were charged with conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 kilograms of cocaine.


Police Chief Charged With Trying To Fix Traffic Ticket

Burns Police Chief Jerry Sumerour, Jr. is charged with trying to fix his stepson's traffic ticket.

Burns Capt. Larry Williams lost his job after the traffic stop. Williams stopped the teenager.

He gave Sumerour's stepson citations for speeding 60 miles an hour in a 30 mile per hour zone and reckless driving.


Ex-sheriff Maynor sentenced to six years

Glenn Maynor admitted lying to the grand jury during an investigation into allegations that members of the sheriff's department abused their authority.


Elgin police officer accused in beating resigns

An Elgin police officer, Chris Darr, accused of beating a handcuffed suspect in the back of a squad car has resigned.


Deputy arrested for sex crimes involving 3-year-old

Patrol officer Christopher Hoover, 24, was arrested June 5 and charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child.


Ocoee Police Chief Fired

The firing came after accusations surfaced that he took prescription drugs from a police department employee. He was also forced to take two days off without pay last year after Ocoee officials said he pointed a Taser gun at a coworker.


2 former TSA employees plead guilty in airport drug case

Two former employees of the Transportation Security Administration and a former Delta Air Lines employee assigned to Atlanta's airport have pleaded guilty in federal court to involvement in a drug-smuggling operation.


Officers Charged With Sex Abuse Dodge Media, May Lose Jobs

Police Chief James Christensen and Assist. Chief John Sickels are accused of second-degree sexual abuse. They are on paid administrative leave.


Jury finds former Ill. officer guilty of 4 rapes

A former Bloomington police sergeant whose home computer contained depictions of violent sex forced on women was convicted Wednesday of raping four women and stalking a fifth toward the end of his 17-year law enforcement career.


Fulton Judge, Forsyth Deputy Indicted On Human Trafficking Charges

Deputy Russell Garrett, 43, his wife Malika, 42, and her father-in-law, Judge D. William Garrett, 72, were indicted Wednesday on charges of human trafficking, alien harboring, witness tampering, and making false statements.


Collier judge throws Miami attorney in jail for contempt

“You operated as if your law license was a license to steal,” County Judge Mike Carr told Jonathan S. Schwartz, 49, of Miami, after Schwartz finished his testimony. “You took his $800, wanted more and left him at the mercy of the court.”


McColl police officer behind bars on drug charges

Jerry Smith faces charges of misconduct in office and trafficking cocaine.


Former BRPD lieutenant pleads guilty to distributing child porn

Lieutenant Paul Ruiz, a 26-year veteran of the force, resigned earlier this year when federal agents started asking questions.


Deputy arrested on DUI

A Polk County deputy sheriff was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving under the influence after another deputy found him passed out behind the wheel of his 2006 Nissan Pathfinder.


Ft. Lauderdale Cop Arrested For Lying On Report

Former police officer Robert Merkel, 45, faces one count of official misconduct, a felony, and one count of falsifying official records, a misdemeanor.


Howard officials probing cop’s shooting of teens

Howard County prosecutors are investigating the shooting of two teenage boys by an undercover narcotics officer who claimed his gun accidentally discharged during an investigation of suspected drug activity in Jessup.


Correction Officer Admits Role in Rikers Cover-up

Prosecutors say a Rikers Island jail officer has admitted turning off a surveillance camera so it wouldn't capture a fellow officer punching an inmate.

Authorities say Zito disabled the camera before another officer's attack on an inmate in October 2005. They say the assault was payback for a different inmate's slashing of another officer.


Missouri Officer Admits Sex Crimes During Polygraph Test

Leonard J. Cook passed the polygraph test to be a Rolla, Mo., city police officer. But instead of leading to a job, his answers could send him to prison.


Former Rockwall DA Convicted Of Theft

The conviction Tuesday is the second in three months for former Rockwall County District Attorney Ray Sumrow. He already faces four years in prison after his March conviction for theft by a public servant for stealing computer equipment and money.


Officer Resigns After Allegations of Hitting on Women During Traffic Stops

Patrolman Peter DeMedeiros, like many men, has a penchant for attractive women, but now he is accused of acting upon those impulses while on duty.


FBI Probes Towing Company Bribes To Chicago Cops

Officers rule at the chaotic scene of a traffic accident, helping the victims and, apparently, some have been helping themselves to a piece of the action.


Judge Charged With Falsifying Documents

A District Associate Court Judge in Scott County has been charged with falsifying public documents while working as an attorney in private practice.


Ex-Middletown Cop Sentenced On Sex Crime Conviction

Christopher Winters pleaded guilty last month to one count of attempted importuning, after he solicited a teenage girl for sex, authorities said.


Report: Police Cover Up In Child Porn Case

Atlanta officials released a report Wednesday that claims there was an attempted coverup in a case involving child porn and the husband of a police officer.


Washington Sheriff Charged With DUI

Washington County Sheriff Samuel Romano was arrested Wednesday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.


Anderson County magistrate, deputy charged with assault

South Carolina state police say an Anderson County magistrate and sheriff's detective have been charged with assault following a bar fight.


Utah prison sergeant accused of theft

Rick Nichols was booked into jail Friday after being accused of stealing a woman's Social Security money that she planned to use for a surgery.


SC Highway Patrolman indicted on federal civil rights violation

A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper seen ramming a suspect on foot with his patrol car has been indicted with violating the man's civil rights.


Arizona customs officer indicted for human smuggling

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix announced charges against 44-year-old Jose Magana of Yuma, and three others.


Border Patrol agent faces drug charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday that 34-year-old agent Reynaldo Zuniga of Harlingen was arrested and accused of smuggling 11 bricks of cocaine into the U.S.


Officer conduct scuttles cases

Detective Charles Hagee pleaded guilty in August 2006 to two administrative charges of conduct unbecoming a police officer. In October 2004, court documents allege, he responded to a woman's 911 call, even though he knew he was the subject of her complaint, and then attempted to misdirect other officers into chasing a fake suspect.


Gurnee Cop Arrested For Sexual Assault

Highly decorated Officer Jay Simon, was arrested at the Gurnee Police Department without incident about 12:25 p.m. on an arrest warrant, according to a release from Gurnee police. Simon, 36, the father of three, is charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony; one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony; and one count of aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor, the release said.


Creston police chief, assistant accused of raping bartender

Creston's two highest-ranked police officers were charged Friday in the alleged rape of a bartender in April at a local country club.

Police Chief James Alan Christensen and Assistant Chief John W. Sickels surrendered to Iowa Department of Public Safety officers in Des Moines. Christensen, 40, and Sickels, 38, were booked at the Polk County Jail on charges of second-degree sexual assault. Bail was set at $25,000 each.


Government Forbidden From Paying Judges Legal Expenses

Judge John Bell has been accused of sentencing folks to probation terms that required them to pay money to his brother-in-law's probation company.


Former Atlanta police officer sentenced for cash payoffs

The former officer, 26-year-old Daniel Betts of Rockmart, pleaded guilty in January to extortion.


Police chief's arrest is a major jolt to sleepy Northern California community of Blue Lake

In February, Humboldt County sheriff's deputies arrested Police Chief David Gundersen on suspicion of crimes in his own bedroom. Prosecutors have charged him with 33 counts, alleging that the chief repeatedly drugged his wife, a Blue Lake police sergeant, and forced her to have nonconsensual sex.


Former Chief Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Probation

The man who used to be in charge of keeping criminals off Lafayette streets, pleads guilty and is sentenced to probation. Former Lafayette Police Chief Randy Hundley signed a plea deal Monday morning.


Ex-Brunswick sheriff pleads guilty to federal charges

Authorities began investigating Ronald Hewett in December 2006 regarding allegations that he was misusing public funds by ordering deputies, while on duty, to perform manual labor at his house and to work on his election campaigns.


Class-Action Lawyer Gets 30 Months

Melvyn I. Weiss, the prominent class-action lawyer, was sentenced on Monday to 30 months in prison by a federal district judge in Los Angeles for his role in concealing illegal kickbacks to plaintiffs.


Dozens of Drug Cases Dropped Because Of Cop Charge

D.A. Keva Landrum-Johnson has decided to drop 37 cases, mostly involving alleged drug offenses, that then Officer Joseph Lusk handled. Lusk was arrested by the NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau in April on malfeasance charges for allegedly tipping off a woman about police surveillance of a drug hotspot.


Woodburn Officer Accused Of Exposing Himself

Neighbors said they called police when they saw Jose "Tony" Rodriguez standing in his doorway with his pants down, inappropriately touching himself.


Yonkers officer accused of brutality

A woman in Yonkers has filed a lawsuit after she says she as beaten unconscious by police officer.

The violent attack, captured entirely on surveillance video, resulted in Marquez' hospitalization with a fractured jaw, concussion, two black eyes and facial lacerations, as well as bruises and swelling over her neck, torso and numerous other parts of her body.


Reality catches up with an ex-cop who lied about 9/11 heroics

In the world of Fred Parisi, he's a heroic ex-New York City cop who rescued thousands of people at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and now runs a charity to help those who are sick from their time spent at Ground Zero.

In the real world, Parisi was a police recruit -- not a cop -- on Sept. 11, 2001, and he was in Brooklyn that day, not Lower Manhattan. Police said he has had a decade of trouble with at least four departments, and the K-9 handler award was revoked by the North American Police Work Dog Association after it determined the 40-year-old Jefferson man lied about being a K-9 handler.


Ex-Officer Sentenced For Sex With Woman He Arrested

A former Salisbury police officer convicted of misconduct for having sex with a woman he arrested was sentenced to a year in jail.

Twenty-seven year-old Tracy Ross Sparpaglione of Laurel was acquitted of rape, but found guilty on charges of misconduct in April.


Rochester Sergeant Arrested for DUI

Police Sergeant Michael Beery was arrested late last night for driving under the influence.


Suspended police officer gets 20 years in prison

Michael Ciresi, a suspended North Providence police sergeant, will serve a minimum of 20 years in prison after being sentenced today for several crimes, including two burglaries.


FBI Agent Faces Fraud Charge

An FBI agent from Phoenix was indicted in Los Angeles on 18 charges that accuse him of having an affair with the wife of a man he was investigating.

Joe Gordwin, 39, was arrested Thursday at the FBI office in Phoenix and was placed on administrative leave.


Causeway cop appeals demotion

The police officer, Cpl. Chris Dupont, who was demoted after he failed to test Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price for alcohol during an incident on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway last month is appealing his demotion to the Causeway Commission.

The mayor admitted he'd been drinking, and the officers allowed Price to call someone to drive him home. However, the officers did not subject Price to a field sobriety test, per departmental policy.


NYPD Captain Accused Of Exposing Himself

An NYPD captain has been suspended after allegedly exposing himself to a man in a subway bathroom, an incident that CBS 2 has learned isn't the first in which high-ranking police have faced sexual charges.


Chicago Cop: Lies Were Encouraged

Indicted Chicago police officer Keith Herrera says his superiors knew and encouraged him to lie on reports so questionable arrests would stand up in court.


Customs agents charged with smuggling at JFK airport

Customs supervisor Walter Golembiowski and officer John Ajello face narcotics, bribery and conspiracy charges in the case, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.


Fmr. state trooper charged with rape pleads to lesser charges

A former state trooper charged with raping an acquaintance in Clinton County was sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to lesser charges including simple assault.


Cumberland Police Officer Charged with Drunk Driving

The department says Patrolman First Class Eric Bittner continues to do administrative work pending the outcome of charges that include attempting to elude police, driving while impaired and driving under the influence of alcohol.


Indicted: Former City Attorney David Smith, Police Chief Bruce Ure face charges

Chief Bruce Ure and David Smith are accused of four felonies: misuse of official information, aggravated perjury, tampering with a witness and criminal conspiracy. Both were also indicted on official oppression, a misdemeanor.


Seminole County deputy faces trial for flushing son's marijuana

Seminole County drug agents accuse her of throwing away the drugs minutes after they called, saying her 16-year-old son had been singled out at school by a drug-sniffing dog.


Blood draw required if breath test refused

Anyone who refuses to submit to a blood-alcohol breath test this weekend will be required to have his or her blood drawn, authorities said Tuesday in reminding residents of a new program scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday.


Former Georgetown officer pleads guilty as part of deal

Jimmy Fennell walked out of the Williamson County Courthouse after surrendering his badge and his license to be a Texas lawman.

Fennell was Indicted by a grand jury because of what he did after responding to a domestic disturbance call in October 2007. A woman involved in the case accused Fennell of taking her to a park. She clams he forced her to dance and then was sexually assaulted.


Off-Duty Cop Who Shot Mom And Boy Back On Field Duty

An off-duty officer who shot an unarmed mother and her eight-year-old son is apparently back on the job.

The North County Times reports that 28-year-old Franklin White returned to field duty with San Diego police a few weeks ago.


Suit over officer's firing for sex in police car dismissed

A former Chattanooga police sergeant fired for having sex with a woman in his patrol car has agreed to dismiss his racial bias lawsuit against the city.


Vivian police officer arrested for burglary

A Vivian police officer has been arrested on charges he took furniture from a mobile home in a park he managed.


Off-duty cop accused of shoplifting

Carie Hooker, 39, was charged Monday with retail theft.


Ex-Maywood cop is charged with sexual assault

Ryan Allen West, 30, was arrested at his home in Riverside County and was being held on $665,000 bail.


D.C. Police Forced to Rehire Fired Officers

The firings were overruled by court judges and arbitrators because the internal affairs unit missed the 55-day deadlines for the final decisions on sanctions.


Norwich officer arrested on heroin charge in the Bronx

Veteran Norwich Police Lt. Michael Blanchette was arrested Friday in New York City on heroin possession charges, police said.


Department of Homeland Security Officer Arrested

Luis Francisco Alarid was arrested in the vicinity of Elrose and Dearborn without incident.

Alarid was arrested pursuant to a federal arrest warrant charging him with conspiracy to import a controlled substance and conspiracy to smuggle illegal immigrants.


St. Mary's Investigates Suspended Deputy

A St. Mary's County sheriff's deputy was suspended with pay last week amid allegations that he was intoxicated when he pulled over a Lexington Park ATV driver while off duty and assaulted him while another deputy watched.


Mayor: Officers in taped beating will be fired

Four Philadelphia police officers will be fired, two others will be disciplined and a supervising sergeant will be demoted because of the violent beating of three suspects caught after a shooting, the city's mayor and police commissioner said Monday.


Boston officer sentenced to 26 years in drug case

Roberto "Kiko'' Pulido, the rogue Boston police officer who enlisted two fellow patrolman in a brazen scheme to escort trucks bringing cocaine into the city, was sentenced today to 26 years in federal prison by a judge who said the defendant had disgraced his badge.


Alabama sheriffs feed inmates on $1.75 a day

Back in the day of chain gangs, Alabama passed a law that gave sheriffs $1.75 a day to feed each prisoner in their jails, and the sheriffs got to pocket anything that was left over. More than 80 years later, most Alabama counties still operate under this system, with the same $1.75-a-day allowance, and some sheriffs are actually making money on top of their salaries.


Chicago Officer Fired for Keeping Parking Tickets

A Chicago police officer was fired last month after deputy sheriffs evicting him from his home in August 2005 found hundreds of foil packets with cocaine residue and almost 300 parking tickets he wrote up but never issued to drivers.


NOPD officer arrested for taking money and beating a motorist at a traffic stop

After an investigation by the Public Integrity Bureau, the NOPD arrested Rydell Diggs, a seven-year veteran of the force, according to a statement by the NOPD.


Piqua police officer dismissed

Since his employment began in October 2004, Brett Marrs has been involved in five on-duty crashes, being found responsible for all of the accidents. He was involved in three other on-duty vehicle-related crashes during his previous employment with the Purdue University Police Department in Indiana, according to police records.


Personnel tiff prompts judge to tote gun

Judge Mel Kemmer expressed his "vehement objections" about allowing bailiff Scott Niesley to return to work at the courthouse after the bailiff "threatened to 'put a cap in' Judge Kemmer'" and four other employees.


Investigation After Judge Tells Underage Drinker to Commit Suicide

A decision has not yet been made on possible disciplinary action against a Novi magistrate who suggested to an underage drinker that he commit suicide.


DA: Grand jury refuses to indict officer who admitted theft

A McMinn County Grand Jury refused to indict a former Athens police detective who investigators say confessed to stealing money from a police evidence locker.


Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Child Sex Charges

Garry Ferguson, 30, is still in jail in Kings County.

Law enforcement officials said in addition to the charges in Kings County, Ferguson is under a separate Kern County investigation for child sex allegations.


Drugs, weapons, evidence found in Solomon's locker

Marijuana, knives, handguns, pornographic magazines and evidence from sexual assault cases were among dozens of items found in police Chief Joseph Solomon's locker after he was fired last week.


Ohio AG resigns in face of possible impeachment, investigation into scandal-plagued office

Ohio's attorney general has resigned amid the scandal of a sexual harassment investigation in his office and his extramarital affair.


Fordland police officer charged with rape

A warrant for the arrest of Earl Leon Thompson, 42, Fordland, was issued Thursday following the filing of a complaint.


Ex-Dakota Co. deputy sentenced for careless driving

In August, Joshua Williams took a left-hand turn from the right-turn lane of Minnesota Highway 3 and hit 58-year-old Bill Wallace of Farmington.


Ex-Police Sergeant Accused of Multiple Rapes to Go on Trial

Four times between the winters of 2002 and 2005, a blue-eyed man wearing a ski mask and dark clothes crept quietly into the bedrooms of women in Bloomington, Ill., and raped them.


Ex-cop: Officers routinely lied to obtain search warrants

A former Atlanta police officer testified Thursday that narcotics officers routinely lied under oath when seeking search warrants, a practice that led to police killing a 92-year-old woman.


DPD Officer Faces Assault Charge

Officer Charles Porter was arrested Thursday. He's accused of using excessive force against Juan Vasquez, who suffered a lacerated liver, kidney injuries and broken ribs in an April 18 incident.


Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

Prosecutors say Adrian Mitchell was involved in an investment scheme.

He allegedly stole thousands of dollars through a real estate "Rich Properties" or "Rich Investments."


Police blotter: Officer charged with driving under the influence

Montgomery County police officer John Distel, 32, a six-year veteran, was arrested early Friday morning for driving his police cruiser under the influence of alcohol, Montgomery County police said.


Revere mayor fires police sergeant who fled scene of officer's slaying

A police sergeant who fled the scene after the fatal shooting of an officer last year, and then allegedly diverted an officer responding to the scene so he could get a ride home, was fired today by Mayor Thomas G. Ambrosino.


Lawyer's conduct focus of Florida Bar

John Yanchek, the Sarasota lawyer who made a name for himself helping Neal Mohammad Husani with a series of large real estate deals during the boom, is going to trial.


Philly officers taken off street after videotaped beating

More than a dozen police officers will be taken off the street as authorities investigate a video showing three suspects being kicked, punched and beaten after they were pulled out of a car during a traffic stop, the mayor's office said.


Calhoun Deputy Sex Scandal

A woman is accusing a sheriff's deputy of carrying on a sexual affair while on-duty. The woman claims the affair was usually conducted in a Calhoun County Sheriff's Office patrol car.