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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.
“Due to the sensitive nature surrounding these charges, and

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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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WATCH: WASHINGTON COP SHOOTS UNARMED MAN

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Antonio Davis, 25, was shot by cops in Spokane, Washington on September 18, 2017. Davis was unarmed.
Newly released body camera footage of the shooting was made available on Wednesday.
Officers Tucker Seitz and Chris McMurtrey were in a vehicle pursuit with Davis. Davis refused to stop because he had felony warrants.
Davis eventually wrecked his vehicle and took off on foot along with his passenger.
As Seitz and McMurtrey zerored in on Davis they yelled for him to stop and threatned to shoot him.
It was then that cops say Davis charged at Seitz prompting him to shoot Davis.
Seitz never turned his body camera on, so his vantage point is not avalable, but the video we do have is from McMurtrey.
Davis can be heard saying, “You shot me, I ain’t gonna move. I ain’t gonna move. Oh, my god. Call an ambulance … Call an ambulance, please.”
Capt. Brad Arleth of the Spokane Police Department said that it is not uncommon for officers to forget to turn on their body cameras. The Captain went on to say:
“Officers assumed Davis was armed based on previous bulletins from Nevada that said Davis was wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and shooting at a vehicle. The bulletin also mentioned Davis was a suspect in a homicide and that the weapon in that homicide had not been found.”
A 9mm gun was found in Davis’s vehicle upon the shooting.
On Dec. 5, 2017 prosecutors determined that the shooting was justified and decided not to press charges against Seitz. Prosecutors said it was,
“Reasonable for Officer Seitz to use deadly force, because Davis presented a serious and immediate threat,”
the prosecutors added,
“There is no indication Officer Seitz acted out of malice or lacked a good faith belief in the correctness of his actions. Therefore, no criminal liability attaches and no criminal charges

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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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Iowa State Representative Fired for DUI Arrest

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Iowa State Rep. Francis “Chip” Baltimore was fired on Monday after his weekend arrest on drunk driving, reports 13 News. Rep. Baltimore was removed as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee by House Speaker Linda Upmeyer.
PINAC News first reported on Rep. Baltimore after he was arrested on Friday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and carrying a firearm while intoxicated.
Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement regarding changes to the House Judiciary Committee:
“I have removed Rep. Baltimore as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Rep. Nunn will take over as Chairman for the remainder of session. Serving as a committee Chairman is a privilege that requires a higher level of trust and responsibility. Drinking and driving is unacceptable behavior that endangers the lives of all Iowans who wish to travel our roads safely. Rep. Baltimore’s actions were clearly irresponsible and he is being held accountable.”
Baltimore, also issued a statement regarding the change:
“From the moment I made the horrible decision, I have taken full responsibility for it and accepted any and all consequences resulting from it. Speaker Upmeyer and I have spoken several times over the last few days, and I wholeheartedly agree with and support her decision concerning the chair position of the House Judiciary Committee, as it is the right thing to do. I will work with Chairman Nunn to make the transition as smooth as possible. I do not want my situation to be a distraction from the work of the committee. And that’s exactly what it would have been, and that’s not necessary. The work of the committee needs to go on, because it does a lot of great work”
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds had this to say concerning the situation:
“It starts with admitting that you’ve made a mistake, and he’s done that. It starts with taking responsibility, and

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Watch: Kansas Police Captain Arrested for Hitting Teenage Referee During Basketball Game

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. A police captain in Wichita, Kansas got angered at a female teenage referee and ran on the game court deciding to take matters into his own hands.
And it was all caught on video, as seen here.
Now the Wichita police captain has been arrested for battery and disorderly conduct.
KWCH 12 reports that the incident occurred on January 13 at a youth league basketball game in which Captain Kevin Mears shoved a 17-year-old girl refereeing the game.
Mears didn’t agree with a call and ran on to the court to grab his son off the court, but the teenage referee blew the whistle to alert Mears to leave the court. Angered at the teen referee for doing her job, Mears decided to push the young girl.
The teenage ref then ordered Mears off the court yelling, “Get out, get out!” Mears yells back shouting, “Get out of my way.”
It appears Mears can dish out orders, but can’t take them.
In a statement, Augusta City Prosecutor Benjamin Winters said:
“The case was investigated by the Augusta Department of Public Safety. The investigation included numerous witness statements as well as video evidence. I would stress that at this point these charges are merely allegations, and Mr. Mears is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty”
The Wichita police Department released this statement:
“In accordance with a new directive Mears remains on unpaid leave pending the outcome of criminal proceedings and an internal review. According to policy we will review the incident to determine if department policies were violated, after the completion of the criminal proceedings.”
Mears is the head of the Wichita Police Department’s East Patrol bureau. Mears is now on unpaid leave.  He faces a first court appearance on both charges at 1 p.m. Feb. 13.
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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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Motel 6 Chain Sued For Releasing Guest Information to Feds

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Motel 6 is known for being a cheap motel.
But now the national chain is being sued by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for handing over thousands of motel guest’s information to federal officials.
Several Motel 6 locations in Washington routinely provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with confidential guest information, some of which occured on a daily basis. Some guest were even arrested based on the information provided.
PINAC News obtained the lawsuit which was filed on Wednesday in Seattle. The lawsuit details how since 2015 Motel 6 gave 9,000 guest’s information to ICE without any search warrants being issued for the information.
Motel 6 responded to the lawsuit saying: “[The information released was limited to] the local level without the knowledge of senior management. Motel 6 takes this matter very seriously, and we have and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the State Attorney General.”
Initial allegations from The Phoenix New Times pointed to Motel 6 locations in Arizona that were giving information to ICE. When Ferguson heard of the allegations in Arizona, he launched his own investigation into Washington Motel 6 locations that engaged in the same practice.
In fact, Motel 6 employees from Washington locations told Ferguson that “ICE agents circled any Latino or Latina-sounding names on the guest registry, and returned to their vehicles.” The agents would then run background checks on the circled names without any reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
“Washingtonians have a right to privacy, and protection from discrimination. I will hold Motel 6 accountable and uncover the whole story of their disturbing conduct,” Ferguson said.
The attorney general noted in the lawsuit that Motel 6 used unfair and deceptive business practices and violated Washington state privacy laws, while also noting that Motel 6 engaged in discrimination based on nationality. The Washington State Supreme Court considers guest information

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Florida State Trooper Has Sex with Man’s Wife in Patrol Car

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper resigned Wednesday in the midst of being investigated for having sex on duty with a crash victim.
The crash victim’s husband Robert Abruzzese blew the whistle on the affair after receiving a text message that was sent to his wife’s phone from Trooper Scott Maus. The latest sexual arrangement between trooper Maus and the woman occurred in a church parking lot.
NBC 8 reports that Mrs. Abruzzese got into a car accident on Dec. 8 on Date Palm Boulevard in Port Richey, FL Maus was the responding officer to the scene where four people went to the hospital for critical injuries. But in a strange twist Maus offered to follow Mrs. Abruzzese home to make sure she arrived safely.
Once at Mrs. Abruzzese’s house, Maus exchanged numbers with her. Within days flirtatious text messages began to erupt between the two.
On December 20th Maus and Mrs. Abruzzese met at the Magnuson Hotel on Highway US-19 for sex, Maus was reportedly off duty on this occasion. But then on Dec. 21st Mrs. Abruzzese and Maus had sex in the back of a church parking lot inside of Maus’s patrol car while he was on duty.
On December 22nd Maus sent a text message to Mrs. Abruzzese’s phone saying,
“‘So, do you like being my little whore for a trooper?’
But to Maus’s surprise Mr. Abruzzese had his wife’s phone at the time and replied to the text saying, “I don’t know, let me ask your supervisor.”
In a previous exchange with Mrs. Abruzzese, Maus wrote, “I love your hair and that dress. It really shows off your curves.” Mrs. Abruzzese responded, “You look hot in your uniform. I would love to see you with the hat on too.”
Maus then tried to even things over by offering to get Abruzzese out of traffic tickets via this text message:
“I am very

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New Orleans Cop Rehired after Shooting at Unarmed Man to Receive Three Years Backpay

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

A New Orleans police officer got his job back earlier today after he was fired in 2014 for shooting at a suspect that supposedly had a gun during a high speed chase.
The investigation revealed that the suspect did not have a gun and was actually attempting to flee from the officer, but the New Orlean’s  Civil Service Commission cited a lack of evidence to support the officer’s firing, reports WWL.
The officer’s attorney Kevin Boshea said his client was eager to return to police work.
Isaiah Shannon was a six-year veteran officer with the New Orlean’s Police Department when in 2013 he encountered a Chevrolet Impala in what he described as a high-crime area. Shannon was on a special task force designated to target hot zone crime areas.
The two occupants in the Impala were not wearing seat belts, so Officer Shannon and the other officers on scene attempted to make a traffic stop.
The driver of the Impala refused to stop as it ran several stop signs and red lights, eventually losing control and crashing into a pickup truck.
Officers were then able to force the driver out of the car and onto the ground.
But the passenger identified as Terrell Chapman ignored Shannon’s commands not to move and instead reached for a gun jumped in the back seat and ran from the vehicle, according to the officer.
Shannon said when he saw Chapman reaching, he pulled out his department-issued gun and fired a shot at Chapman, narrowly missing him.
But higher ranking officer Lt. Ken Burns stated that Shannon shot at Chapman after he was already out of the vehicle and running away.
There was private surveillance video that captured the encounter, but the footage was grainy and without audio. The video revealed Chapman exiting the vehicle and the crowd reacting to a gunshot.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison fired Officer Shannon in November 2014,

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