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Connecticut Female Cop Arrested for Punching Man in Face, Busting Lip

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

The Office of the Chief State’s Attorney confirmed that a New London, Connecticut police officer was arrested on Monday for punching a man in the face giving him lacerations on his lip.
NBC Connecticut reports that Officer Deana Nottand, 50, was charged with third-degree assault in the June 2016 incident. Now, over a year and a half later Nottand is finally being formally charged for her actions. Nottand has been with the New London Police Department for 17 years.
In June 2016 a man was being placed under arrest for an assault charge that incurred during a bar fight. Once in handcuffs and in the back of a police cruiser, the man was punched in the mouth by Officer Nottand.
And as a result, the 37-year-old man sustained a laceration to his lower lip.
In December 2017 Nottand was suspended for the excessive force incident. 
But on Monday Nottand was officially arrested for the encounter by inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, on a warrant charging her with third-degree assault. Her court date is scheduled for February 1.
 
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Florida Cop Gets Life in Prison for Paying to See Girl Raped

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

I will start off by saying that this story brought tears to my eyes, so much so that I didn’t know that I could finish writing the story. Nevertheless I have a job to do and it requires a tough skin.
A former Jacksonville, Florida police officer has been sentenced to life in prison for paying a Texas woman to sexually abuse her 3-year-old daughter and send photos to the officer.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office sent out a news release noting that former Jacksonville Police Officer Michael Eugene Williams was sentenced on Monday. He pleaded guilty in June 2017 to sex trafficking of a child.
The investigation began after the sheriff’s office received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A search of Williams’ mobile home on Normandy Boulevard uncovered hundreds of child pornography images and videos. 450 images and videos of child pornography were found on Williams’ cellphone, along with an explicit 18-second video of a young naked girl, court documents state.
In February 2016 the 61-year-old Williams met the Texas woman on the internet and asked her to photograph the sexual abuse of her then-3-year-old daughter and to sell the images to him. The mother consented and sent over 50 videos and pictures of her sexually abusing her own daughter.
Williams would ask the mother to send photos of the little girl performing sexual acts on the mother and other people also. Prosecutors say that Williams sent at least 19 Western Union wire transfer payments to the mother.
Williams received life in prison and the woman received 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.
As part of his sentencing Williams was ordered to pay $194,905 to the victim, who is still a child, and forfeit electronic equipment used in the sex trafficking, including a

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Miami Officer Arrested for Running Ponzi Scheme on Other Cops

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A Miami cop was arrested by the FBI this week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as he tried to board a flight to Costa Rica– skipping town to avoid prosecution for his Ponzi scheme loan company.
Miami Police Department Officer Dermis Hernandez, 41, ran a Ponzi scheme that targeted active and retired cops. But it was one of Hernandez’s colleagues who tipped off investigators that something wasn’t right about the officer’s investment practices.
Hernandez is the second Miami police officer arrested in 2018 so far. Officer Adrian Santos was arrested in January for doing cocaine at popular Miami nightclub E11even.
The Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that Hernandez owned and operated a Costa Rican loan company that deceived clients into expecting returns of over 20 percent.
But federal prosecutors said his company was a scam. He used the proceeds from his company to enhance his personal lifestyle and payback early investors.
FBI Agent Sarah Halleran said,
“In truth, Hernandez and his co-conspirators used the investor funds for personal enrichment and to pay the returns of other investors.”
Hernandez lured clients to invest in his company; he claimed the investments carried little to no risk. Hernandez’s company purportedly provided high-interest loans to property owners in Costa Rica.  But Hernandez showed potential clients fake papers that depicted that his company had property rights in Costa Rica.
Clients would then invest in Hernandez’s company under the guise that they were going to be repaid.
One of Hernandez’s clients paid him $10,000 from a personal police retirement fund; the client expected a 20% return on the investment per year, but of course that investment return never came.
Another victim told FBI agents he was guaranteed a 24 percent return on his personal investment of $125,000, but only received $17,000 back in interest payments.
An officer that invested with Hernandez didn’t get his expected return and then went

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California Cop Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with Minor

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A California cop was arrested over super bowl weekend for sexual crimes involving a minor.
The Sacremento Bee reports that on Saturday, Officer Matthew Huff of the Stockton Police Department was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges, including contacting a minor to commit a felony, sending harmful matter to seduce a minor and annoying or molesting a child under 18.
“These actions are a major departure from the values and professionalism of the Stockton Police Department. Accountability is critical to maintaining public trust,” said Joe Silva, public information officer with the department.
The department said that the charges reveal intent, but that Huff never acted on the intent.
No details have been released pertaining to the nature of the crimes, nor have police released information on how they became aware of the officer’s actions.
Officer Huff’s father is a detective with the police department. Officer Huff also has a brother that happens to be an officer with the department. They are the first family to have three members sworn into the Stockton Police Department.
Huff is married with a young child. 
Huff was released on a 253,000 bond and has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. 
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North Carolina Cop Robs Bank and Gets Arrested 5 Min. Later

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Desperate people do desperate things. A North Carolina cop acted under that notion when he robbed a bank at gun-point on Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy Jeff Athey, 51, of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for robbing the F&M bank in Rockwell, NC.
Athey’s past includes working as a private security contractor for Blackwater in Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars.
WXII 12 News reports the robbery happened at the F&M Bank just after 3:30 pm. According to Rockwell police, Athey walked into the bank and pulled out a black Glock 42 handgun.
Athey then pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. Athey got away with only $1,000 before driving away in a silver Mustang vehicle. But just 5 minutes later he was arrested at an intersection. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office fired Athey hours after his arrest.
Davidson County Sheriff David Grice released this statement:
“I am shocked and appalled as anyone else about Mr. (Jeff) Athey’s behavior. During his employment with our agency he gave no indications that this type of behavior could occur. We’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior, obviously, and we don’t tolerate anybody who violates the law or violates the policies at the sheriff’s office. They’re not going to be employed with me if they do.”
Athey was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center, charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and placed under a $500,000 bond.
The Rockwell Police Department was assisted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, Granite Quarry Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Las Vegas Cop Sexually Assaults Family Member then goes on SWAT Standoff with Police

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

What happens in Vegas is not staying in Vegas for this story, because a Las Vegas cop sexually assaulted his family member for years.
And the officer barricaded himself in his own home once he found out police were on the way to arrest him– prompting an hours long standoff.
Officer Bret Theil, 38, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was arrested on Thursday morning after he barricaded himself at his house to avoid being arrested for sexually abusing a member of his family from August 2005 to January 2017.  The victim was just 7 years old when the abuse began.
Thiel was tasked with guarding the door of gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel room during the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting massacre at the  Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Theil earns a whopping 6-figure salary of $150,000 annually. But that figure will soon be $0 as Theil is expected to be fired.
On Wednesday February 7, 2018 Theil was at his Corn Creek Canyon area home when he got a call from his job that he had been indicted by a grand jury on several charges related to sexual assault of one of his minor family members. Thiel agreed to turn himself in, but never did.
Instead Thiel  sent a threatening email to his victim and then barricaded himself within his home claiming he was suicidal, reports Las Vegas Now.
So Las Vegas police arrived at Thiel’s home to apprehend him around 6pm. The SWAT team was even dispatched to try to extract Theil from the home. But he was not coming out easily as he stayed barricaded for 11 hours.
It was not until 5am the next morning that Thiel finally surrendered and accepted his fate.
Details about Theil’s charges have not been released yet because of the ongoing investigation.
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Seattle ICE Immigration Attorney Arrested for Stealing Immigrants Identities

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Chief Counsel Raphael Sanchez for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Seattle was arrested for stealing immigrants’ identities and then paying his bills with the stolen information.
Sanchez resigned on Monday and had his first court appearance on Thursday.
Sanchez devised a scheme to use immigrants’ identities in order to defraud financial institutions including American Express, Bank of America Citibank, Discover, and JPMorgan Chase, according to a charging document, which was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Sanchez stole the identities of seven people in various stages of immigration proceedings to defraud credit card companies.
Prosecutors with the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section investigated the incident. The Public Integrity Section pursues efforts to combat corruption by public officials.
In or around October 2013 to October 2017 Sanchez stole and used the identifies of seven immigrants for his own financial benefit.
The charging document contained few specifics about the allegations, but did give one example: It said that in April 2016 Sanchez stole the name, Social Security number and birth date of a Chinese national.
Sanchez then sent an email from his government account to his Yahoo account that included personal information pertaining to the Chinese national identified only as R.H. The information Sanchez sent included an image of R.H.’s U.S. permanent resident card, the biographical page of R.H.’s Chinese passport and a utility bill in R.H.’s name from Puget Sound Energy.
Sanchez is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, both are felonies.
ICE in Seattle has been at the forefront of illegal immigration. They arrested dozens of undocumented immigrants in September’s Operation Safe City, which was a four-day effort in which the administration targeted “sanctuary cities” around the country, including Seattle, where local officials do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
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Virginia Port Authority Officer Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A married Virginia Port Authority officer was arrested on Feb. 14 after police searched his home and charged the officer with 40 counts of child pornography.
WTKR News reports that Officer John Princeton, 51, of the Virginia Port Authority Police Department was specifically charged with 27 counts of possessing obscene material with a minor, and 13 counts of producing, distributing or financing child pornography.
The officer is facing charges from incidents dating back to 12 months.
Details are not yet available, but the Port Authority issued this statement on Thursday:
“The Port of Virginia has been advised by the Virginia Beach Police Department that a Virginia Port Authority Police officer was arrested on Feb. 14, 2018. At this time, the port has placed the officer on unpaid administrative leave and is conducting an internal investigation. The Virginia Port Authority Police Department will cooperate with the Virginia Beach Police Department’s ongoing investigation.”
Princeton is currently being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.
His trial is set for April 12.
 
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North Carolina Police Helicopter Pilot Arrested for 8 Counts of Child Sex Offense

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A Charlotte, NC cop  sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl for years. And the whole time he was in the air flying the police helicopter looking for criminals.
Perhaps the eye in the sky doesn’t lie, because now he is the criminal.
Officer Matthew Porter, 54, of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department  (CMPD) was arrested on Tuesday after being charged with 8 counts of first degree sex offense and 20 counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
The victim, now 17, reported the incidents in Nevada, where she now lives. The victim told officials with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office that she was assaulted by Porter, whom she described as a family friend, between July of 2010 and December of 2013. The victim lived in Charlotte during that time, police say.
On Feb. 8, 2018, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office contacted CMPD with this information and CMPD immediately began an investigation. Detectives caught a plane to interview the victim in Nevada, as well as, family members there and in North Carolina.
On Tuesday morning, detectives interviewed Porter at CMPD headquarters and then placed him under arrest.
Porter, who is assigned to the Aviation Unit, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. He has been employed by CMPD since July 26, 1995. There is no indication these incidents occurred while he was on duty. In 1997 Porter began flying the police helicopter.
Statement from Chief Kerr Putney:
“I am disappointed that one of our officers is accused of this very serious offense. We represent the law and absolutely will not tolerate one of our own violating it. It’s our job to protect this community. We have no place in our ranks for anyone who would violate the trust of a child in this manner.”
Porter is the second law enforcement officer to be arrested in Charlotte within the past 5 days.

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California Cop Steals $100,000 from Department by Falsifying Overtime

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Simi Valley Police Officer Robert Longdon, 44, was arrested for stealing more than $100,000 in public funds by lying on his time sheet about overtime, police say.
The California cop has been with the Simi Valley Police Department since 2008 and was once officer of the year. Prior to the aforementioned Longdon was a officer with the LAPD.
Longdon was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing more than $100,000 from the department by allegedly lying on his time sheet about his overtime hours worked.
Longdon turned himself in to authorities at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and was subsequently arrested then booked into jail, Simi Valley Police say.
KCLU reports that from March 2014 to September 2017 Longdon put in overtime hours that he didn’t actually work. In total Longdon falsely claimed to have worked 61 ten-hour shifts, police say.
The department discovered inconsistencies on his time sheet and in August asked the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office to look into it further. Longdon has been on paid administrative leave since the investigation began. But, on Tuesday the investigation concluded and the decision was made to arrest Longdon.
Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone said this regarding the matter:
“This is embarrassing. No chief of police or no police officer wants to be in the position I’m in right now. We’re being transparent about it, we’re communicating about it and we’re letting the due process of the law take its course.”
Longdon is charged with four counts of felony grand theft and one count of felony attempted grand theft. There is no word on any termination plans for Longdon.
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California Cop Steals $100,000 from Department by Falsifying Overtime

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Simi Valley Police Officer Robert Longdon, 44, was arrested for stealing more than $100,000 in public funds by lying on his time sheet about overtime, police say.
The California cop has been with the Simi Valley Police Department since 2008 and was once officer of the year. Prior to the aforementioned Longdon was a officer with the LAPD.
Longdon was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing more than $100,000 from the department by allegedly lying on his time sheet about his overtime hours worked.
Longdon turned himself in to authorities at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and was subsequently arrested then booked into jail, Simi Valley Police say.
KCLU reports that from March 2014 to September 2017 Longdon put in overtime hours that he didn’t actually work. In total Longdon falsely claimed to have worked 61 ten-hour shifts, police say.
The department discovered inconsistencies on his time sheet and in August asked the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office to look into it further. Longdon has been on paid administrative leave since the investigation began. But, on Tuesday the investigation concluded and the decision was made to arrest Longdon.
Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone said this regarding the matter:
“This is embarrassing. No chief of police or no police officer wants to be in the position I’m in right now. We’re being transparent about it, we’re communicating about it and we’re letting the due process of the law take its course.”
Longdon is charged with four counts of felony grand theft and one count of felony attempted grand theft. There is no word on any termination plans for Longdon.
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North Carolina Police Helicopter Pilot Arrested for 8 Counts of Child Sex Offense

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

A Charlotte, NC cop  sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl for years. And the whole time he was in the air flying the police helicopter looking for criminals.
Perhaps the eye in the sky doesn’t lie, because now he is the criminal.
Officer Matthew Porter, 54, of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department  (CMPD) was arrested on Tuesday after being charged with 8 counts of first degree sex offense and 20 counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
The victim, now 17, reported the incidents in Nevada, where she now lives. The victim told officials with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office that she was assaulted by Porter, whom she described as a family friend, between July of 2010 and December of 2013. The victim lived in Charlotte during that time, police say.
On Feb. 8, 2018, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office contacted CMPD with this information and CMPD immediately began an investigation. Detectives caught a plane to interview the victim in Nevada, as well as, family members there and in North Carolina.
On Tuesday morning, detectives interviewed Porter at CMPD headquarters and then placed him under arrest.
Porter, who is assigned to the Aviation Unit, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. He has been employed by CMPD since July 26, 1995. There is no indication these incidents occurred while he was on duty. In 1997 Porter began flying the police helicopter.
Statement from Chief Kerr Putney:
“I am disappointed that one of our officers is accused of this very serious offense. We represent the law and absolutely will not tolerate one of our own violating it. It’s our job to protect this community. We have no place in our ranks for anyone who would violate the trust of a child in this manner.”
Porter is the second law enforcement officer to be arrested in Charlotte within the past 5 days.

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Virginia Port Authority Officer Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

A married Virginia Port Authority officer was arrested on Feb. 14 after police searched his home and charged the officer with 40 counts of child pornography.
WTKR News reports that Officer John Princeton, 51, of the Virginia Port Authority Police Department was specifically charged with 27 counts of possessing obscene material with a minor, and 13 counts of producing, distributing or financing child pornography.
The officer is facing charges from incidents dating back to 12 months.
Details are not yet available, but the Port Authority issued this statement on Thursday:
“The Port of Virginia has been advised by the Virginia Beach Police Department that a Virginia Port Authority Police officer was arrested on Feb. 14, 2018. At this time, the port has placed the officer on unpaid administrative leave and is conducting an internal investigation. The Virginia Port Authority Police Department will cooperate with the Virginia Beach Police Department’s ongoing investigation.”
Princeton is currently being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.
His trial is set for April 12.
 
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Seattle ICE Immigration Attorney Arrested for Stealing Immigrants Identities

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Chief Counsel Raphael Sanchez for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Seattle was arrested for stealing immigrants’ identities and then paying his bills with the stolen information.
Sanchez resigned on Monday and had his first court appearance on Thursday.
Sanchez devised a scheme to use immigrants’ identities in order to defraud financial institutions including American Express, Bank of America Citibank, Discover, and JPMorgan Chase, according to a charging document, which was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Sanchez stole the identities of seven people in various stages of immigration proceedings to defraud credit card companies.
Prosecutors with the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section investigated the incident. The Public Integrity Section pursues efforts to combat corruption by public officials.
In or around October 2013 to October 2017 Sanchez stole and used the identifies of seven immigrants for his own financial benefit.
The charging document contained few specifics about the allegations, but did give one example: It said that in April 2016 Sanchez stole the name, Social Security number and birth date of a Chinese national.
Sanchez then sent an email from his government account to his Yahoo account that included personal information pertaining to the Chinese national identified only as R.H. The information Sanchez sent included an image of R.H.’s U.S. permanent resident card, the biographical page of R.H.’s Chinese passport and a utility bill in R.H.’s name from Puget Sound Energy.
Sanchez is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, both are felonies.
ICE in Seattle has been at the forefront of illegal immigration. They arrested dozens of undocumented immigrants in September’s Operation Safe City, which was a four-day effort in which the administration targeted “sanctuary cities” around the country, including Seattle, where local officials do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
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Las Vegas Cop Sexually Assaults Family Member then goes on SWAT Standoff with Police

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

What happens in Vegas is not staying in Vegas for this story, because a Las Vegas cop sexually assaulted his family member for years.
And the officer barricaded himself in his own home once he found out police were on the way to arrest him– prompting an hours long standoff.
Officer Bret Theil, 38, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was arrested on Thursday morning after he barricaded himself at his house to avoid being arrested for sexually abusing a member of his family from August 2005 to January 2017.  The victim was just 7 years old when the abuse began.
Thiel was tasked with guarding the door of gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel room during the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting massacre at the  Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Theil earns a whopping 6-figure salary of $150,000 annually. But that figure will soon be $0 as Theil is expected to be fired.
On Wednesday February 7, 2018 Theil was at his Corn Creek Canyon area home when he got a call from his job that he had been indicted by a grand jury on several charges related to sexual assault of one of his minor family members. Thiel agreed to turn himself in, but never did.
Instead Thiel  sent a threatening email to his victim and then barricaded himself within his home claiming he was suicidal, reports Las Vegas Now.
So Las Vegas police arrived at Thiel’s home to apprehend him around 6pm. The SWAT team was even dispatched to try to extract Theil from the home. But he was not coming out easily as he stayed barricaded for 11 hours.
It was not until 5am the next morning that Thiel finally surrendered and accepted his fate.
Details about Theil’s charges have not been released yet because of the ongoing investigation.
“Due to the sensitive nature surrounding these charges, and

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North Carolina Cop Robs Bank and Gets Arrested 5 Min. Later

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Desperate people do desperate things. A North Carolina cop acted under that notion when he robbed a bank at gun-point on Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy Jeff Athey, 51, of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for robbing the F&M bank in Rockwell, NC.
Athey’s past includes working as a private security contractor for Blackwater in Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars.
WXII 12 News reports the robbery happened at the F&M Bank just after 3:30 pm. According to Rockwell police, Athey walked into the bank and pulled out a black Glock 42 handgun.
Athey then pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. Athey got away with only $1,000 before driving away in a silver Mustang vehicle. But just 5 minutes later he was arrested at an intersection. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office fired Athey hours after his arrest.
Davidson County Sheriff David Grice released this statement:
“I am shocked and appalled as anyone else about Mr. (Jeff) Athey’s behavior. During his employment with our agency he gave no indications that this type of behavior could occur. We’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior, obviously, and we don’t tolerate anybody who violates the law or violates the policies at the sheriff’s office. They’re not going to be employed with me if they do.”
Athey was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center, charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and placed under a $500,000 bond.
The Rockwell Police Department was assisted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, Granite Quarry Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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California Cop Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with Minor

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

A California cop was arrested over super bowl weekend for sexual crimes involving a minor.
The Sacremento Bee reports that on Saturday, Officer Matthew Huff of the Stockton Police Department was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges, including contacting a minor to commit a felony, sending harmful matter to seduce a minor and annoying or molesting a child under 18.
“These actions are a major departure from the values and professionalism of the Stockton Police Department. Accountability is critical to maintaining public trust,” said Joe Silva, public information officer with the department.
The department said that the charges reveal intent, but that Huff never acted on the intent.
No details have been released pertaining to the nature of the crimes, nor have police released information on how they became aware of the officer’s actions.
Officer Huff’s father is a detective with the police department. Officer Huff also has a brother that happens to be an officer with the department. They are the first family to have three members sworn into the Stockton Police Department.
Huff is married with a young child. 
Huff was released on a 253,000 bond and has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. 
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Miami Officer Arrested for Running Ponzi Scheme on Other Cops

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

A Miami cop was arrested by the FBI this week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as he tried to board a flight to Costa Rica– skipping town to avoid prosecution for his Ponzi scheme loan company.
Miami Police Department Officer Dermis Hernandez, 41, ran a Ponzi scheme that targeted active and retired cops. But it was one of Hernandez’s colleagues who tipped off investigators that something wasn’t right about the officer’s investment practices.
Hernandez is the second Miami police officer arrested in 2018 so far. Officer Adrian Santos was arrested in January for doing cocaine at popular Miami nightclub E11even.
The Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that Hernandez owned and operated a Costa Rican loan company that deceived clients into expecting returns of over 20 percent.
But federal prosecutors said his company was a scam. He used the proceeds from his company to enhance his personal lifestyle and payback early investors.
FBI Agent Sarah Halleran said,
“In truth, Hernandez and his co-conspirators used the investor funds for personal enrichment and to pay the returns of other investors.”
Hernandez lured clients to invest in his company; he claimed the investments carried little to no risk. Hernandez’s company purportedly provided high-interest loans to property owners in Costa Rica.  But Hernandez showed potential clients fake papers that depicted that his company had property rights in Costa Rica.
Clients would then invest in Hernandez’s company under the guise that they were going to be repaid.
One of Hernandez’s clients paid him $10,000 from a personal police retirement fund; the client expected a 20% return on the investment per year, but of course that investment return never came.
Another victim told FBI agents he was guaranteed a 24 percent return on his personal investment of $125,000, but only received $17,000 back in interest payments.
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Florida Cop Gets Life in Prison for Paying to See Girl Raped

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

I will start off by saying that this story brought tears to my eyes, so much so that I didn’t know that I could finish writing the story. Nevertheless I have a job to do and it requires a tough skin.
A former Jacksonville, Florida police officer has been sentenced to life in prison for paying a Texas woman to sexually abuse her 3-year-old daughter and send photos to him.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office sent out a news release noting that former Jacksonville Police Officer Michael Eugene Williams was sentenced on Monday. He pleaded guilty in June 2017 to sex trafficking of a child.
The investigation began after the sheriff’s office received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A search of Williams’ mobile home on Normandy Boulevard uncovered hundreds of child pornography images and videos. 450 images and videos of child pornography were found on Williams’ cellphone, along with an explicit 18-second video of a young naked girl, court documents state.
In February 2016 the 61-year-old Williams met the Texas woman on the internet and asked her to photograph the sexual abuse of her then-3-year-old daughter and to sell the images to him. The mother consented and sent over 50 videos and pictures of her sexually abusing her own daughter.
Williams would ask the mother to send photos of the little girl performing sexual acts on the mother and other people also. Prosecutors say that Williams sent at least 19 Western Union wire transfer payments to the mother.
Williams received life in prison and the woman received 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.
As part of his sentencing Williams was ordered to pay $194,905 to the victim, who is still a child, and forfeit electronic equipment used in the sex trafficking, including a cellular

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Connecticut Female Cop Arrested for Punching Man in Face, Busting Lip

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

The Office of the Chief State’s Attorney confirmed that a New London, Connecticut police officer was arrested on Monday for punching a man in the face giving him lacerations on his lip.
NBC Connecticut reports that Officer Deana Nottand, 50, was charged with third-degree assault in the June 2016 incident. Now, over a year and a half later Nottand is finally being formally charged for her actions. Nottand has been with the New London Police Department for 17 years.
In June 2016 a man was being placed under arrest for an assault charge that incurred during a bar fight. Once in handcuffs and in the back of a police cruiser, the man was punched in the mouth by Officer Nottand.
And as a result, the 37-year-old man sustained a laceration to his lower lip.
In December 2017 Nottand was suspended for the excessive force incident. 
But on Monday Nottand was officially arrested for the encounter by inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, on a warrant charging her with third-degree assault. Her court date is scheduled for February 1.
 
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Drunk Kansas Police Chief Arrested For Pointing Gun in Man’s Face

Friday, January 26th, 2018

It is unusual for a police chief to get arrested and tased, because they are the head of the department.
But the police chief of the Drexel Police Department in Missouri got drunk, started an argument with a man, pointed a gun in the man’s face, and then was arrested for it; not to mention the police chief was tasered in the process. Drexel is about an hour south of Kansas City.
KMBC reports that Police Chief Jonathan R.G. Carpenter, 39, was arrested early Wednesday morning and booked into the Cass County jail. Carpenter was off duty at the time of his arrest.
Cass County deputies were called to a convenience store to meet with the victim. The call was for a domestic disturbance.
The 911 caller stated that a man had pointed a gun at another man. Upon deputies’ arrival the male victim said that Carpenter started a verbal argument with him, pulled out a gun and pointed it at his face. Additionally the victim stated Carpenter was intoxicated when the argument occurred.
The victim is the son of Carpenter’s longtime girlfriend.
Deputies then arrived at the home of Carpenter on East Hickory Street in Drexel at 3 a.m. As deputies moved in to make the arrest, Carpenter began to resist so much that a deputy had to shoot Carpenter with a Tazer.
Deputies were finally able to arrest Carpenter on scene and charged him with unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated and resisting or interfering with arrest. Carpenter is being held in jail on a $7,500 bond.
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Texas Cop Arrested For Soliciting Undercover Cop For $60 Sex

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Search warrants released Tuesday shed light on new details of Waco, Texas Police Officer Willy Lopez’s arrest on a prostitution charge last week. Additionally the search warrant details an allegation that Lopez had previously recorded a woman cops know to be a prostitute having sex with him.
Lopez, 35, was arrested on Jan. 15 on a Class B misdemeanor charge of prostitution. A member of the Waco Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Lopez was expected to stop prostitution, but instead he used it to his advantage.
The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office conducted an online prostitution buy bust operation on backpage.com. Of all people, Lopez took the bait and arranged to meet the undercover cop for paid sex at a low ball price of $60 on Jan. 12, but Lopez spooked out and cancelled that arrangement.
But the warrant states that Lopez continued verbal interactions with the undercover cop for the next few days eventually scheduling a casual meeting at a restaurant on Jan. 15 near the Baylor University campus. At the restaurant, sheriff’s deputies moved in to make the arrest. Deputies obtained a search warrant for Lopez’s phone and discovered a video of him having sex with a known prostitute, according to the warrant.
The warrant states:
“Upon making contact, Lopez’s cellphone was sitting in his lap, with the screen open. His phone was removed from his lap and secured as he was being detained. There was an open text app called ‘Burner’ that did have [open communication with the undercover cop] active. Upon searching the phone, video of a female, known to me to be a prostitute, enters the room and begins to talk to Lopez about the room. The two individuals then begin to have sexual intercourse on camera.”
Now that Lopez has been burned himself, he is now on administrative leave.
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NORTH CAROLINA FEMALE COP KILLS HUSBAND, HUSBAND WAS COP TOO

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

It is not often that a cop kills a cop, especially when they are married to each other.
But a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy killed her husband in a domestic dispute on the Martin Luther King holiday. The police department revealed today that no charges have been filed yet and the case is still under investigation.
Deputy Sheriff Rataba Hawkins shot and killed her husband, Deputy Sheriff James Hawkins.
Rataba Hawkins has been with the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office since 2002 and is assigned to field operations. James Hawkins was with the office since 2005 and was assigned to arrest processing.
The shooting took place at the couples home on Ashley Meadow Drive in Charlotte, NC. on January 15, 2018.
Officers responded to a domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon 911 call. Officers then located Deputy James Hawkins inside the house with an apparent gunshot wound. Deputy James Hawkins was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic.
Rataba shot her husband with her sheriffs department issued gun. Apparently the too were fighting with each other and Rataba felt threatened for her life and fired fatal shots at her husband.
Spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department Anjanette Grube released this statement:
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is saddened to learn of the news concerning an open homicide investigation involving two MCSO deputies. Our hearts go out to their family as they cope and grieve with this tragedy. This is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigation so any questions concerning the investigation should be directed to CMPD. Because the MCSO family grieves with the Hawkins family, we will have chaplains available for our staff.
No arrests have been made yet. The Charlotte Police Department is investigating this case as an homicide. PINAC will stay on top of this story.
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MIAMI COP ARRESTED FOR SNORTING COCAINE IN CLUB

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The term “Turning up” is used by urban America that describes disorderly conduct via alcohol or illicit drugs. A Miami, Florida cop was arrested for “Turning Up” via snorting cocaine up his nose at a popular south Florida club known as E11even Miami.
The nightclub’s surveillance video confirmed his actions. The video hasn’t been released yet because it’s considered investigative file.
Officer Adrian Santos was arrested on January 9, 2018 for his involvement in drug use that occurred in November 2017. Santos was at E11even Miami on November 17, 2017 partying while off duty and not in uniform. But the Friday night turned bad for Santos when he began snorting cocaine on the dance floor. Club security noticed Santos inhaling a white powdery substance from a clear plastic bag.
Club security then notified officers that were on scene for general security. Santos was escorted outside of the club by security and turned over to waiting officers. It was at that moment that officers took Santos to the hospital to conduct a blood test, which tested positive for cocaine.
The arrest was delayed until the actual white substance was tested.
Forensic analysis positively identified the powdery white substance as cocaine on Monday January 8. Subsequently, Santos was arrested the next day.
Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement:
“Every police officer who has taken an oath to enforce the law also has a duty to respect and follow the law. There are no exceptions. [Tuesday’s] charges come after a vigorous criminal investigation undertaken by the Miami Police Department and the state attorney’s office aimed at ensuring the integrity of our law enforcement community.”
Santos is now suing the city claiming that he was forcibly made to take a blood test on the night in question.
Santos was charged with cocaine possession and he is suspended with pay pending termination.
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North Carolina Ex-Cop Writes Jail Letters to Teen Girl he Impregnated, Resulting in Further Prison Time

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

It is not uncommon for men to get lonely in jail, but a fired North Carolina police officer took it too far when he attempted to contact a now 15-year-old girl he impregnated.
James Blair, 51, is a former cop with the Lowell Police Department. PINAC News first reported on how he impregnated a 14-year-old girl in 2016.
Blair has been in prison since March 2017 after he plead guilty to felony statutory rape. He was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison.
Blair attempted to write his female victim a jailhouse style letter and he succeeded several times, sending the letters to family members with instructions to forward it to the teen victim.
Eventually, prison officials were able to intercept the letters before they even made it out of the prison.
But by then, Blair had already sent the girl several letters, even though the sentencing judge gave him specific instructions not to contact the victim.
Now he will have to serve an extra two years in prison.
Blair’s infractions are considered a Class B offense, which includes communicating directly, indirectly, via a third party, or in any manner with victims, or family members of the victims.
“I was amazed that he was stupid enough to do it,” said Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell
The victim’s mother stated the following about the concerning the letters:
“It makes me want to kill him. Whatever with jail. Jail doesn’t mean anything. The man is still doing it. Apparently he’s getting by with everything. I called the prison several times and said there’s letters getting out. Every time I try to push this back out of my mind, he just continuously does this. This child is (now) 15 years old. This has made her sick.”
But even while Blair was in jail awaiting trial, he attempted to contact the victim via

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South Carolina Cop Guilty of Killing Walter Scott, Sentenced to 20 Years

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The South Carolina cop who shot and killed a man as he was running away from him, later claiming he was in fear for his life because the man was trying to take his taser, was sentenced to 20 years in prison a federal judge ruled today.
And only because a witness happened to video record the shooting.
The video shows North Charleston police officer Michael Slager shoot Walter Scott as the 50-year-old man was running away from him in 2015, striking him five times in the back, killing him instantly.
The video also shows Slager walking about 17 feet to Scott’s lifeless body and dropping his taser gun next to it to make it appear as if he shot Scott during a struggle over the stun gun.
However, Slager was not aware that a man named Feiden Santana was video recording his actions, which is what led to his termination and prosecution.
According to The State:
The video, shot by an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who was passing by the vacant lot where the shooting took place, showed Slager coolly taking aim and firing eight shots at Scott, 50, as he fled. Five of the shots hit the fleeing Scott in the backside.
 
Slager’s attorney, Andy Savage of Charleston, introduced evidence during the hearing to contend that Scott had resisted arrest and posed a threat to the officer in the seconds before the shooting.
 
However, Norton gave greater weight to prosecution evidence showing Slager had lied about crucial facts and tried to cover up aspects of the shooting so Scott appeared at fault.
 
Had there been no video, prosecutors said, it is likely Slager would not have been prosecuted.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled that the shooting was second-degree murder as opposed to voluntary manslaughter, which is what Slager’s attorneys wanted.

Norton also said he will

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Virginia Cop Arrested for Downloading Personal Sex Videos from Phone of Suspect he Arrested

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A Virginia cop has been arrested for downloading private sex videos from the cellphone of a suspect he arrested.
Then sending the videos to his own phone.
Colonial Heights cop Bryan Glinn Drake, 30,transferred short videos from the phones of a suspect and his girlfriend he arrested on drug charges in March.
A lawyer for the arrested suspect stated that during the arrest Drake searched through the phone and found the videos, which were “short but of an explicit nature.”
The videos were taken by the girlfriend of the suspect Drake arrested.
Photo from Bryan Glinn Drake’s Twitter account, which was recently removed.
The downloads were discovered later on June 7th after the suspect was released from jail and checked his iCloud account.
That’s when he noticed three videos had been sent from his phone to a number he didn’t recognize and that the videos were transferred to the phone while he was still in jail.
After his defense attorneys investigated, they learned the number belonged to Drake.
Colonial Heights police launched an internal affairs investigation 12 hours later, which resulted in Drake being suspended and placed on paid leave.
“It is absolutely not the expectation,” Colonial Heights Police Chief William Anspach said.
“We’re just not going to stand for this kind of behavior.”
After being suspended, Drake never returned to work and effectively resigned, which means he could be hired in another jurisdiction since he wasn’t technically fired.
“In Virginia, you cannot lose your certificate that allows you to be a law enforcement officer for misconduct like this…In this case, even though I hear that the officer has resigned, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t become an officer in another jurisdiction,” Claire Gastanaga with the ACLU said.
Currently, the ACLU in Virginia is pushing for statewide legislation that would strip an officer’s ability to apply with another department after being found guilty of misconduct

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SOUTH CAROLINA PRISON NURSE ARRESTED FOR SEX WITH INMATE

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Prison nurses are hired to give medical attention to inmates, but one South Carolina nurse gave sexual attention to an inmate instead.
A Chester County Detention Center nurse was charged with having sex with an inmate and aiding an inmate’s escape from prison, according to a recently released Chester County Sheriff’s Office report.
Katherine Heckman, 38, was arrested on Nov. 28, 2017 following a 30 day plus sexual relationship with a male inmate identified as Sean Lyles, 33. Interestingly enough, Heckman is the daughter of jail supervisor Richard Odom. Odom is not part of the investigation because he had no knowledge of the encounters.
Cops received an anonymous email stating that from October 1st to November 27th Heckman and Lyles had a sexual relationship. Heckman took Lyles offsite on several occasions to have sex.
Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said:
“I will not allow this type of behavior. This is not going to be tolerated, this is the first and last time. We got on this quick, as soon as we heard about it, and put an end to it.”
Underwood said he is looking into how Lyles may have been able to leave the property and return unnoticed, and what supervision may have been lacking. Heckman was not a sheriff’s office employee, but a practitioner nurse from a company that contracts with the sheriff’s office to provide medical services at the detention center.
Heckman who is also an EMT has been suspended without pay by the Chester County EMS, pending the results of a criminal investigation. If Heckman’s EMT license is revoked because of this situation, the county will end her employment.
Heckman is charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate and escape/aiding escape from prison; she was booked and released on a $22,000 bond, according to jail records. Lyles, who is already serving time for an unrelated crime,

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South Florida Police Release Video of Deputy Shooting Ex-Girlfriend Incident

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

They dated for five months before she broke it off, claiming the deputy was too racist and controlling for her taste.
But Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Michael DeMarco ended up shooting her three times before turning the gun on himself.
Now police have released surveillance video footage of the moments leading up to her shooting on October 12.
DeMarco, 55, was on duty and in uniform when he pulled up in his unmarked patrol car and stepped out to confront Yuly Solano, 41, who was walking her dog inside the condo complex where they both lived.
“You treat me worse than a dog,” DeMarco told her before shooting her three times and turning the gun on himself, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Despite being shot twice in the chest and once in the arm, Solano survived the attack, although she is still recovering at a hospital.
The video released by Boynton Beach police on Friday does not include the actual shooting, but police say they did not edit the video, that the camera just happened to stop recording during the shooting.
The two had met in May 2017 at the Inlet Harbor Club condominium complex where they both lived. Solano’s daughter, Aryana Baluja, 18, said DeMarco was a nice guy in the beginning.
But then he began to reveal his racist side as well as his controlling side, expressing anger when his Peruvian girlfriend would speak Spanish to her family on the phone, thinking she was talking bad about him.
Solano said she broke up with DeMarco in September but he didn’t take it too well, calling and emailing her continuously to the point where she had to block his number from calling her,
She complained to the condo board about DeMarco as well as to Robert Rozzero, the condo’s maintenance man who witnessed the shooting.
According to the Palm

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Arizona Cops Omit Vital Details from Police Shooting Report of Daniel Shaver

Monday, November 20th, 2017

In the moments before an Arizona police officer opened fire and killed Daniel Shaver, the unarmed man begged police not to kill him.
“Please don’t shoot me,” Shaver pleaded as he crawled on his hands and knees towards the cops before one of them opened fire, killing him instantly.
Mesa police officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford later claimed he was in fear for his life because Shaver had reached for his waistband.
However, not only does Brailsford’s body cam video of the shooting does not show Shaver reaching for his waistband, according to his widow, Laney Sweet, who has watched the video multiple times during Brailsford trial on second-degree murder charges – police omitted to report that he begged for his life prior to being shot and killed.
Five police officers. Five police reports. Five police narratives. And not one mention of the victim begging for his life.
In fact, one police officer investigating the shooting testified that he found this suspicious, according to the Arizona Republic.

On Wednesday, Mesa homicide Detective Paul Sipe gave testimony that appeared to be damaging to Brailsford’s defense.
 
When a Mesa police officer shoots a person, the department investigates its own officer and forwards the investigation to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, which then decides if the officer should be charged with a crime.
 
In this case, Sipe led the investigation into Brailsford’s decision to shoot. Brailsford was charged by the County Attorney’s Office in March 2016.
 
Sipe told the jury on Wednesday that he became suspicious of the officers’ reports when he noticed they omitted “vital information.” Sipe didn’t specify what he was talking about and
Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel didn’t ask him to be specific.
 
But throughout the trial, Charbel has noted that of the five written reports from the officers on the scene, they left out that Shaver had cried and begged not

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