Tuesday, January 7, 2014

TX - Fort Worth officer (Douglas V. Campbell) charged with sexual assault is fired by police chief

Douglas V. Campbell
Douglas V. Campbell
Original Article

01/06/2014

By DEANNA BOYD

FORT WORTH - A police officer arrested in October on allegations of sexual assault by a public servant, official oppression and theft has been fired.

Douglas V. Campbell’s indefinite suspension from the Fort Worth Police Department took effect Dec. 23, according to Civil Service documents obtained Monday by the Star-Telegram.

Campbell, 33, is accused of sexually assaulting a prostitute, threatening another that he would take her to jail if she did not engage in sexual activity, and stealing $2 from an abandoned vehicle.

He was indicted on the sexual assault and official oppression cases Dec. 18 and remains free on bail awaiting trial in all three cases, according to Tarrant County court records.

Officer Campbell, of course, denies those accusations in the indictments and looks forward to his day in court,” said Jim Lane, his defense attorney.

Campbell has appealed his termination. His attorney in the appeal, Craig Driskell of the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, declined to comment Monday.

The department’s special investigation unit began investigating Campbell after receiving information in August from other officers that Campbell was possibly having sex with prostitutes.

Investigators began conducting surveillance of Campbell, then interviewing women with whom he had contact.

One prostitute told officers that Campbell had removed his penis from his pants and had told her to engage in sexual contact with him or he would take her to jail. She said the conversation stopped, however, when another officer drove up, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Another prostitute told investigators that Campbell had touched her and pulled her G-string between her legs, causing her pain, the affidavit states.

According to the disciplinary letter signed by Police Chief Jeff Halstead, Campbell admitted paying for sexual acts at least five times since being commissioned as a Fort Worth officer in 2007.

The theft charge stems from allegations that Campbell removed $2 from an abandoned vehicle that he had been dispatched to, then give it to a female friend whom he had arranged to meet there. The incident was recorded, according to the disciplinary letter.

Campbell also did not accurately report the chain of custody of narcotics found inside the van, the disciplinary letter states.

Halstead said an internal investigation sustained eight allegations of misconduct against Campbell.

His actions are a disgrace to our department, our city, and the policing profession,” Halstead said in an emailed statement. “I will continue to hold all employees accountable for any violations of policy that jeopardize the level of public trust within our community.”


UK - Nurse (Natalie Mortimer) jailed for ‘despicable’ false rape claim against her grandad

Natalie Mortimer
Natalie Mortimer
Original Article

01/06/2014

By David Scott

Gordon Ritchie’s life was left in tatters after scheming Natalie Mortimer lied to police, claiming he had subjected her to sexual abuse when she was a child.

But her mother, Susan Simpson, began to have doubts about the story and Mortimer, 25, eventually admitted that the allegations were false.

Mortimer had previously been told that she and her younger sibling would be entitled to a share of inheritance money from Mr Ritchie.

But she believed that she would get all the cash if her grandfather was sent to prison. Mortimer admitted wasting 175 hours of police time – at a cost to taxpayers of more than £3,000 – when she appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Jailing her yesterday, Sheriff Graeme Buchanan said she had committed a “truly evil” crime.

He said: “False allegations of rape and other sexual offences are very serious because they put doubts in the minds of jurors in genuine cases and they subject innocent people such as Mr Ritchie to a terrifying ordeal of suspicion and investigation by police.”

What you did to Mr Ritchie was truly evil and despicable and there is only one appropriate sentence for this behaviour and that is imprisonment.”

Mortimer, of Aberdeen, lodged complaints with police about her grandfather on various occasions between August 2012 and March last year.

She claimed he had repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted her.

Mortimer had lived with her grandfather and grandmother, Margaret, before she made the false accusations.

Mr Ritchie even paid for her to go to counselling when she began suffering mood swings. But she packed her bags and moved to London. She went to a police station in Chiswick and made the first of her false allegations.

Mortimer claimed to have been raped by Mr Ritchie over a two-year period when she was at primary school.

The distraught pensioner was on holiday with Mortimer’s 15-year-old half-sister when police began investigating the claims.

The former foster carer had to cut his holiday short.

He was then asked not to have any contact with children under 16.

Foster children who had been in his care previously were also questioned. Mortimer spoke to a string of detectives during the investigation.

But she later admitted to her mother that she had made the claims up and Ms Simpson went to the police.

Lynne Freeland, defending, told the court Mortimer was jealous of her half-sister, and realised she should have addressed those feelings a long time ago.

Ms Freeland said: “She is deeply ashamed and is embarrassed by her actions and has described it as greedy, selfish and cruel.”

Miss Mortimer has huge emotional issues.”

Sadly time can’t go back and she can’t turn back time on this horrendous crime.”

She understands that this will have torn lives apart.”


CA - Sex offender ordinance inspired by Phillip Garrido expected to be repealed in El Dorado County

Janice BellucciOriginal Article

Awesome job Janice, keep up the good work!

01/06/2014

By George Warren

PLACERVILLE - The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is expected to repeal a 2-year-old sex offender ordinance Tuesday to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The 2012 ordinance was inspired by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the county's most notorious sex offenders, who were convicted the year before of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her for 18 years.

The measure forbids registered sex offenders from coming within 300 feet of parks, schools, libraries, public pools and other places where children congregate.

"The ordinance that's on the books today is, in fact, unconstitutional," said attorney Janice Bellucci, who represents a 48-year-old sex offender from Pollock Pines who sued El Dorado County in federal court last summer.

"Phil Garrido is an extreme case and an extreme situation and unfortunately the ordinance that was passed by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is just too broad," Bellucci said.

The final item on Tuesday's agenda calls for county supervisors to repeal the ordinance as a condition of Bellucci dropping the lawsuit.

The repeal would become effective 30 days later.

Bellucci said she would begin discussions with the cities of Placerville and South Lake Tahoe, which followed the county's lead and enacted similar ordinances.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said he would help draft a new ordinance in the coming weeks, using recent court decisions as guidance, to craft a measure that will withstand another challenge.

"You go into it trying to be as careful as you can in terms of the drafting of it, but you can never anticipate everything that can come up," he said.

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