Tuesday, January 25, 2011
BOSTON - The former police chief of Salisbury is at the center of a sex and drug scandal, and that's just the beginning.
The results are in Monday night of an investigation into the former chief by the town, making him out to be as dirty as they come.
The report says 50-year-old David L'Esperance offered money and drugs in exchange for sex with three different woman, that he stole from crimes scenes, pocketing money and property, and that he interfered with justice. He ordered officers in his department to release suspects and alter police reports to protect his so-called friends while asking prosecutors to do the same.
There are 15 violations in all, and are believed to have been going on for several years.
“It’s very, very disappointing. In the end there is no way to mask that disappointment on my part, and I’m sure there are several people in town who feel the same way that I do. But the fact is that we took action,” said Neil Harrington the Salisbury Town Manager.
The town will now forward the report to the prosecutor’s office to see if they want to go after the former chief criminally.
- What? I sure hope so!
L'Esperance resigned last week, the day he was supposed to be interviewed for the investigation.
By Gary Craig
The sex offender — identified in court papers only as "Douglas S." — was clearly ready for release from a state psychiatric facility, according to a judge.
He had accepted the treatment and excelled in the programs. In fact, he was a model example that even offenders considered dangerous by the state — those civilly committed in a secured facility — can benefit from treatment and be released to community supervision.
Douglas S. even requested and received chemical therapy — chemical castration in essence — that experts said made the likelihood that he would commit a new sex crime less than 5 percent.
Despite all of that, state Office of Mental Health officials refused to release Douglas S. In fact, they would not even advance him to the fourth and final phase of treatment.
In a ruling released Dec. 22, Syracuse-based state Supreme Court Justice James Tormey blasted OMH officials for their handling of Douglas S. The judge questioned whether OMH officials have set such high barriers to release that offenders have little motivation to cooperate with treatment.
"There needs to be a light at the end of the tunnel for each of these patients who cooperate, accept, acknowledge and show their willingness to work with the system to correct their behaviors as such so they are no longer a substantial threat to society," Tormey wrote, and ordered that Douglas S. be released from confinement and put in the parole-based part of the civil commitment program.
Tormey has experience with civil commitment cases, handling close to 100.
"It is quite evident to this Court throughout these (civil commitment) processes for over 3.5 years, that the Office of Mental Health is not completing its medical treatment obligation to (Douglas S.) or others by denying any efforts of the individuals to be released," Tormey wrote.
- Just think about it, as long as they keep people locked up in prison outside of prison, they get paid!
Douglas S. is not alone: The state's civil commitment program is almost 4 years old, and no one has completed the four-phase treatment regimen. None have even entered the fourth phase.
By Andy Simpson
A former police officer has been jailed for life after a jury found him guilty for sex offences against children. He was told that he will spend at least 11 years in prison.
Daniel Lishman, from Northamptonshire, was convicted of serious child sex offences against minors. Coventry Crown Court heard how the 37-year-old manipulated his jobs as a TV licensing officer and a mobile dog-groomer to commit at least eight offences. Lishman was arrested following the attack of a -year-old girl in Warwickshire.
The court heard how Lishman managed to assault two girls after he posed as a police officer. All of the offences happened between 2001 and February 2010 and were all committed in Northamptonshire, except one.
Judge Peter Carr ruled that Lishman, a former police constable, would serve a minimum of 11 years in prison before he could apply for parole. Lishman stood at previous hearings where he was convicted 26 counts in total. He has asked that four others to be considered.
He was charged with rape and 12 counts of sexual assault, relating to 13 victims, three of whom had suffered disabilities. He was also found with hundreds of indecent child images. Lishman was arrested last April after he posed as a boiler engineer at an address in Warwickshire, and subsequently attacked a 12-year-old girl.