Tuesday, April 10, 2012

NM - Former Santa Fe officer (Mike Eiskant) accused of being a 'creeper', caught masterbating in his cruiser

Mike Eiskant
Original Article

04/09/2012

By Gadi Schwartz

Another complaint has surfaced against the former Santa Fe police sergeant suspected of masturbating in his squad car.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has obtained a recent New Mexico State Police report, detailing new allegations of harassment against an 18-year-old employee of a local coffee shop by former Sgt. Mike Eiskant.

According to the report, the employee told police Eiskant made her feel uncomfortable and told her "he doesn't like her having a boyfriend and that he noticed her boyfriend driving her car around a lot."

The report is the latest in a stack of complaints against the former traffic sergeant.

Last week, a 4 On Your Side Investigation exposed a dash cam video in which Eiskant is believed to be masturbating while on patrol (below) along side one of the busiest streets in Santa Fe.

The dashboard camera captures the sound of a zipper, the sounds of texting and audio of graphic sex talk from Eiskant who is alone in his car.

Some officers who worked with Eiskant said they are not surprised.

Former officer Shannon Brady told 4OYS that Eiskant had a reputation for being a "creeper" and stalking women.

Brady said she even tried to bring a harassment complaint against Eiskant years ago to Santa Fe's human resource division.

That complaint was handled by then human resource compliance officer Raymond Rael.

Rael has since been promoted to chief of police.

"They had plenty of opportunities over the course of many years to do something about it and they refused to," Brady said.

The former officer said when she went to file her claim, Rael asked her if she was, "doing this only because of all the rumors against Mike Eiskant stalking women and offered mediation with Eiskant which she declined."

Rael told 4OYS that since he has been chief, he was unaware of other complaints against the former sergeant.

"I did not have prior knowledge and if I did I would have acted," Rael said.

The chief said he was informed about problems with Eiskant only when the attorney general began investigating Eiskant for stalking women last year and launched an internal affairs investigation.

Eiskant was never disciplined or put on administrative leave. Instead, Eiskant was allowed to start cashing in on all of his accumulated leave and will officially retire in November.

4OYS also asked about Eiskant being assigned the badge number 69 which he was given when promoted to sergeant.

"Is it possible that it is coincidental?" Rael said. "I suppose, but I can't speak to that issue one way or another."

4OYS also took the video to Santa Fe City Councilor Bill Dimas for his reaction.

"The moment that they found out he should have been placed on some type of administrative leave," Dimas said after reviewing the video.

Last week, Eiskant pleaded no contest to ten misdemeanor counts in a case brought against him by the New Mexico Attorney General's Office, including stalking, harassment and false imprisonment.

One of those counts was for harassing Shannon Brady.

Brady said the charge stems from the same incidents that the chief dismissed when he was working at the city.


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