Uniformed Sexual Predators — Metro Officer Turned Sex Offender Sentenced to Two Years

“You are nothing short of…

… a sexual predator with a badge.”

-Judge Abbey Silver

John Norman,  who resigned from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after being charges were made by two women that they were forced to expose themselves to the officer during traffic stops, was sentenced to two years.

John Norman, "sexual predator with a badge."

John Norman, “sexual predator with a badge.”

Originally facing multiple charges, including 8 felonies, the two-year sentence was the most Judge Abbey Silver could impose after Norman pleaded guilty to 2 gross misdemeanors as part of  plea agreement with prosecutors. At the request of this two victims  Silver also order Norman must register as a sex offender.

After affirming his guilty pleas to the crimes of oppression under the color of office and open or gross lewdness, Norman told the court was never his intent to make  the victims feel threatened. However he went on to refer to himself as the true victim.

“The media has painted me as a monster out there lurking in the dark and violating women’s rights and other people’s rights,” Norman told the court, completely unaware of the damage he had done to his victims.

Clark County Judge Abbi Silver.

Clark County Judge Abbi Silver

“He ridiculed me. He humiliated me. He abused his authority. He knew what he was doing,” one victim tearfully testified. Both women told the court their experiences have given them a fear uniformed police officers.

Norman was represented by former Clark County District Attorney David Roger, who resigned last year to work for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association. The charges against Norman were filed less than one month after Roger left office last year.

These charges stemmed from allegations by two woman who claim Norman forced them, on separate occasions, to expose their breasts. One of the women also alleges he groped her breasts as well. After Norman’s arrest was made public, two other women came forward accusing  Norman of misconduct during similar traffic stops.

Assistant Sheriff Ray Flynn says the new allegations didn’t meet the standard to warrant criminal charges, but were investigated by detectives to determine if Norman had broken internal regulations along the lines of conduct unbecoming of an officer. Before that investigation was concluded, Norman resigned.

In 2011 Norman was paid $104,419.15 in total pay and benefits.

Uniformed Sexual Predators — Former Miss Nevada Forced to Bare All for LA Cops

L.A. County Deputies Don’t Know their ABCs

But They Sure Know How to Get Their Rocks Off

Forcing Former Beauty Queen to Bare All

Caleche Ranae Manos, Miss Nevada 2007, was humiliated when  Los Angeles County sheriff’s officers burst into the apartment she shared with her fiance and forced her to walk around her bedroom nude while the watched and made jokes..

Miss Nevada 2007 Caleche Ranae Manos

Manos and her fiancé, Eric Otto Ryder,  shared Apartment “C” in a Santa Monica apartment building which cops were investigating criminal activity, activity the couple was neither aware of or involved in. But on November 15, 2011, while the couple was sound asleep in their bedroom, several members of the LA County sheriff’s department were gathering outside their door, preparing to serve a search warrant. Not a single officer seemed to noticed the large letter “C” on the door. Had they been better versed in their ABC’s they would have realized the warrant they were to serve was for Apartment “A.”

Busting in the door of Manos and Ryder’s home the police quickly entered the bedroom, weapons drawn and woke the couple with shouts and threats of violence. Having no idea why the officers were in their home, the terrified couple feared for their lives as a group of armed thugs forced commandeered their bedroom and began barking conflicting commands.

Eventually L.A’s finest realized that not one among them had a firm grasp over the first three letters of the alphabet and realized they were  in the wrong place. However, this realization came after officers ordered the former beauty queen to reenact her winning swimsuit competition, just without the swimsuit.

As  Manos complied with the officer’s orders to get out of bed despite having slept in the nude. they cops joked about what a story this would make over the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. However, Manos and Ryder may just get the last laugh. They are currently suing the Los Angeles County and its Sheriff’s Department and taxpayers may end up paying dearly for the adolescent voyeurism of a few illiterate cops.

The suite claims that at “no time did the sheriff deputies offer an apology for the detainment, humiliation, rough treatment, and horror attendant to their invasion of the plaintiffs’ home without any probable cause.”

Manos and Ryder seek damages for negligence, false imprisonment and violations of civil rights and Constitutional violations. Manos also accuses the deputies of sexual harassment and discrimination, saying they only ordered her to get out bed naked because she is a woman.

In addition to seeking damages for negligence, false imprisonment, and civil rights and Constitution violations, Manos is accusing the deputies of sexual harassment, saying they only made her leave the bed because she’s a woman.

Manos “suffered and continues to suffer emotional distress, humiliation, mental anguish, and embarrassment,” as a result of the incident, according to the complaint.

Uniformed Sexual Predator — Officer Accused of Lewd Behavior Resigns

Las Vegas Metro Police

 Purging Itself of Bad Cops

at a Record Pace.

A Las Vegas police officer accused of stopping female drivers while on duty and coercing them into exposing their breasts and groping at least one victim resigned Tuesday, June 12.

Metro Officer John Norman resigned following charges of open and gross lewdness.

Police Sgt. John Sheahan confirmed today that officer John Norman is no longer employed with the Metropolitan Police Department.

Norman, 33, was arrested in February and charged with felony oppression under the color of law, gross misdemeanor oppression under the color of law, felony coercion and gross misdemeanor open and gross lewdness after two separate incidents in which he allegedly assaulted the women. In addition to those charges, officials in Metro’s Internal Affairs division are reviewing the claims of two additional women alleging some form of sexual misconduct. These incidents, which allegedly occurred during traffic stops as well, did not meet the standards required for criminal charges. While police have not yet released details regarding the latest allegations, investigators have been looking at whether Norman’s actions might have broken internal regulations.

Sgt. John Sheahan

Norman has been on unpaid leave since charges were filed against him on February 1, His resignation essentially ends his Las Vegas law enforcement career which he had just begun in 2008. Sheahan assures the public that Norman’s resignation will in no way impede the IA investigation The ongoing internal investigation is will more than likely find Norman’s behavior constituted serious  violations of policy, “which will become part of his personnel file,” Sheahan said.

Sheehan took this opportunity to let the public know that the LVMPD is committed to bring accountability and transparency to a department plagued with secrets and cover-ups. While Sheriff Doug Gillespie has repeatedly promised voters he would bring reform to Metro, he has been plagued with incidents that exposed Metro as a department mired in cover-ups and rampant officer misconduct.

Officer Manor’s cruiser following the fatal 2009 crash

After he was caught lying to the public about officer James Manor’s culpability in 2009 traffic accident that claimed his life.  Gillespie was emphatic for days after the accident that both Manor and another officer had their lights and sirens on as they were making their way to the domestic violence call. Gillespie further defended Metro’s arrest of Calvin Darling,  an employee in the Bellagio’s engineering department, who was on his way home, on charges of drunk driving. After blood tests revealed Darling was not impaired and witnesses came forward adamant that neither of the Metro cruisers has their emergency lights on that night.

Following that incident, which cost taxpayers $120,000 to settle with Darling, Gillespie found himself in the midst of a rash of controversial fatal officer involved shootings culminating with a record number of  fatal incidents in 2011 and more than $6.5 million in taxpayer-funded settlements since 2008. However, despite his officers desperate attempts to avoid accountability, Gillespie has seemed willing to purge the department of rogue cops like Norman over the past few months.

Prior to Norman’s resignation, the department was expected to announce the termination of Metro Detective Timothy Nicothodes, who has been on unpaid leave following an accident he caused after a night of heavy drinking in Montana. Nicothodes plead guilty to a felony charge of criminal endangerment earlier this year and was scheduled to be formally sentenced late last week. The detective, whose wife, Deputy Chief Kathy O’Connor, is chief of staff to Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, was expected to be officially terminated once his sentence was officially entered into the Montana courts. Metro has of now, not announced the detective’s official termination.

Timothy Nicothodes’ Montana mug shot

Norman’s criminal case is now in the hands of District Attorney Steve Wolfson and the Clark County court system. On Monday, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing his case was bound over to District Court. His next court appearance was set for June 25, but has been delayed until mid-July.

Uniformed Sexual Predators — Ignorance Is Bliss

When It Comes to  Police Misconduct

It Would Appear That

Ignorance is Bliss

This week Albert Hernandez, a Silverado High School softball coach, was arrested,  accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a player on the team. While a police official told the Las Vegas Sun, ” said investigators had “no reason to believe” other victims existed,” they still are “asking anyone with information, including other possible victims, to contact detectives.”

A few days earlier, Marvin Juarez, a local soccer coach was arrested  on four counts of sexual assault with a victim under 14, one count of unlawful contact with a child and 11 counts of lewdness with a minor under 14. The charges all resulted from two visits the victim made to the coach’s home. Police said his arrest immediately triggered a search for addition victims. Police urged “any other victims to come forward, regardless of immigration status.”.

A similar request was made by investigators when ROTC adviser,  Douglas Young, was charged with sexual misconduct with a student earlier in the month.  Police also said that investigation was ongoing and asked “anyone with any information concerning this incident, or anyone who may be an additional victim, is encouraged to contact Metro’s sexual assault detail.”

This would appear to be standard operating procedure from law enforcement  investigating such cases. Even when Timothy Lawson,a teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Cimarron-Memorial High School, was arrested in late April and charged with one count of Open and Gross Lewdness and one count of Indecent Exposure, police made a call to the public for “anyone with any information about these incidents, or who may have been a victim, is asked to contact Metro.”

Metro Officer Garrett Vandereecken

That’s what makes the way police handled the arrest of Garrett Vandereecken on the single charge of Lewdness with Child Under 14 years old so confusing. After all Vandereecken’s charge stemmed from a repeated pattern of abuse with the victim over a span of four years, so one would think authorities would want to know if there were any additional victims out there. Yet, when he was taken into custody by Metro’s Juvenile Sexual Abuse Detail on May 22nd, Metro’s usual call out for more information and additional victims was not made.

One could pass this off as a simple oversight, but it seems this type of “oversight” has happened before, earlier this year, in fact. Back in February the LVMPD arrested John Norman on one count of misdemeanor Open or Gross Lewdness as well as a felony charge of Coercion, police once again were silent when it came to seeking out more information and additional victims.

While I hope it isn’t the case, the only thing that differentiates Norman and Vandereecken, from Lawson, Young, Hernandez or Jaurez is that the two people Metro showed no interest in finding additional victims were officers with The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. And that is often the case when it comes to criminal behavior by police. Despite clear evidence that police officers are just as likely to commit crimes and anyone else, and about three times as like to commit sexual assaults than the general public, investigators tend to take the “Ignorance is Bliss” stance and bury their heads in the sand.

No matter how often they try to tell the public otherwise, the truth is that police do everything they can to hold themselves and their brother’s in blue to lower standards than the rest of us,