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.

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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 — Officer Garrett Vandereecken

Metro Officer Arrested,  Booked into the CCDC

Charged with Lewdness with a Child Under 14

Released on Bond Less Than Six Hours later.

Metro Officer Garrett Vandereecken charged with lewdness.

Metro’s Juvenile Sexual Abuse Detail arrested 43-year-old Officer Garrett Vandereecken earlier this afternoon last week. The four-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently being held in the Clark County Detention Center, with a $100,000 bond was released from the CCDC in less than six hours after his arrest on a $100,000 bond. He was charged with one count of NRS 201.230  Lewdness with child under 14 years, a felony. Per LVMPD policy,  a felony arrest triggers an automatic unpaid suspension while the case is being adjudicated.

Vandereecken voluntarily surrendered to detectives downtown shortly before 3 p.m on May 22nd. and  was taken into custody without incident

Officials have not discussed the actions Vandereecken is being accused of, or what relationship he had with the alleged victim. If convicted, the officer faces a life with the possibility of parole after 10 years and a $10,000 fine.

Vandereecken has been employed with Metro for four years and was assigned to the Northwest Area Command, Patrol Division, according to a Metro official. Vandereecken was also part of the LVMPD’s winning team in the 2009, “Battle of the Bratwurst held at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino.

Metro Officer John Norman charged with open and gross lewdness in February.

This is the second time this year a Metro officer found himself facing lewdness charges. John Norman, a Metro Patrol officer, was arrested on felony charges of   NRS 207.190  Coercion and NRS 197.200  Oppression under color of office as well as misdemeanor charges of NRS 201.210  Open or gross lewdness. Norman’s arrest stemmed from allegations by two woman who claimed  that Norman forced them, on separate occasions, to expose their breasts during traffic stops.

According to Transparent Nevada taxpayers paid Garrett Vandereecken $104,651.10 in Total pay Pay & Benefits in 2011.