Reagan County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 8/1/2012
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
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Deputy Sheriff Josh Mitchell was shot and killed as he and other officers searched for a suspect in Big Lake, Texas, shortly after 6:00 pm.
The suspect was encountered in the 1100 block of Main Street and he opened fire on Deputy Mitchell, fatally wounding him. Deputy Mitchell succumbed to his wounds while being transported to a hospital in San Angelo.
The suspect barricaded himself in a nearby home and remains at large.
Deputy Mitchell is survived by his wife.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Reagan County Sheriff’s Office
320 North Plaza Avenue
Big Lake, TX 76932
Phone: (325) 884-2424
BLACKSBURG, Va. Aug 2 2012 - Blacksburg Police are trying to figure out who set off a pipe bomb near the Virginia Tech campus early Wednesday morning.
Lt. Steven Taylor told WAVY.com police responded to the 400 block of Harrell Street at about 2:50 a.m. after they received a call from someone who reported hearing a gunshot or explosion. When they arrived, officers determined an improvised explosive device detonated near several parked cars. One of the vehicles received significant damage, but no one was hurt.
A sports utility vehicle appears to have been targeted, according to Rich Marianos with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. A motive is unknown at this time.
Virginia State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several other local law enforcement agencies are assisting the Blacksburg Police Department.
Investigators have not identified a suspect in this case.
They said it happened between March and May of 2011. While a lot of details are being withheld, soon Stephanie Lang will have to answer to those charges in front of a federal judge.
“It’s pretty bad especially if you can’t speak and tell somebody that you are in pain, if you are just laying there, that’s awful,” said Dawn Rich, whose stepdad was a veteran.
Federal prosecutors filed charges against Lang last week. A spokesperson for the VA Medical Center in Louisville would not release what position Lang held at the hospital, but said she is no longer an employee.
According to court documents, during a three month period in 2011, Lang drained morphine from vials and filled those vials with saline. While both liquids are clear, saline, a salt water solution, is far from the drug used to relieve severe pain.
“I just can’t believe it,” said Rich.
For people like Rich, a charge like this hits too close to home. “My stepdad was a veteran,” said Rich. “He died of war problems and if they were giving him saline instead of pain medication that would have been terrible, because he could not speak when he was laying there on his death bed for three weeks.”
It’s unclear how many, if any, patients were affected by this. The documents state Lang tampered with the morphine with, “Reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of bodily injury.” Hospital officials won’t release how much morphine was taken.
WAVE 3 attempted to contact Lang and her attorney for comment, but we weren’t able to reach them.
“I think they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Rich. “I mean it’s just not right.”
Lang is currently not in custody, but she is expected in federal court for her initial appearance on August 14, 2012.
Recently retired Troy police officer charged with sex crimes against children www.privateofficer.com
Pike County AL Aug 2 2012 A former Troy Police officer is charged with committing multiple sex crimes on a child younger than 12 years old.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation and Pike County Sheriff’s Office arrested 61-year-old Willie Toney, a recently-retired member of the Troy Police Department, on Wednesday and charged him with first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
According to a press release from Attorney General Luther Strange’s office, all the alleged crimes were perpetrated on a child younger than 12.
The attorney general’s office presented evidence to a Pike County grand jury, which led to Toney’s indictment Wednesday.
Toney is being held at the Pike County Jail.
The case is being prosecuted by assistant attorneys general Kelly Hawkins and Stephanie Billingslea of the attorney general’s criminal trials division.
According to the release, if Toney is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for each count of first-degree rape and sodomy, and up to 20 years in prison for each count of first-degree sexual abuse.
The Troy Police Department declined to comment on the matter Wednesday evening.
Representatives of Strange’s office could not be reached for comment.
INDIANAPOLIS IN Aug 2 2012- A security guard has died following a fire early this morning at a north side liquor store.
Indianapolis firefighters and Metropolitan Police are on the scene at Community Spirits Liquor Store at West 38th Street and North Capitol.
The female store clerk told investigators the security guard who had worked at the store for the past six months had been acting strange most of the night but did not say much.
Shortly before closing time around 2 AM. the clerk said the guard pushed her into the lobby of the store, closed the door, and began breaking bottles. When she was able to look into the room, she said she saw flames.
The first fire units on the scene reported heavy smoke and an eyewitness report of a person trapped inside.
The injured guard was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital. Efforts to revive the victim were unsuccessful.
The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes. Damage to the liquor store is estimated at $125,000.
The identity of the security guard has not been released pending notification of family members.
The fire and the death remain under investigation.
U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael Cotter said the international investigation seized 414 kilograms of cocaine and 29 kilograms of ecstasy, and 17 people were arrested in the U.S. and Canada, making it one of the largest drug busts on either side of the border.
“This is certainly the largest seizure both here in Montana and Saskatchewan,” Cotter said in a news conference in Great Falls.
Authorities revealed details of the operation and the investigation for the first time as U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon sentenced one of the ring’s drivers to five years in prison Monday.
Cotter and officials from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Department of Homeland Security , the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Border Patrol described how from 2009 until last fall, the ring would use rental vehicles to transport cocaine from southern California to small border outposts in Montana. The cocaine would then be delivered across the border and driven to British Columbia for distribution.
The suspects also hid ecstasy and marijuana from British Columbia in vehicles that would head south into the United States for distribution.
The estimated street value of the drugs seized is $17.5 million, Cotter said.
Authorities first became aware of the ring after an arrest was made at a border post last year, said Aaron Heitke, deputy chief of the Border Patrol in Montana.
Cotter and Mercer Armstrong, the officer in charge of the RCMP F Division in Saskatchewan, said the investigation shows the need for interagency cooperation to control illicit drug smuggling through the remote 585-mile-long (941-kilometer-long) border between Montana and Canada.
“I certainly wouldn’t want to say that it’s the beginning of an epidemic, but certainly the nature of our border makes for the possibility for criminal organizations to look at that border area to be able to carry out the goals that they have,” Armstrong said.
The alleged ringleader, Brock Palfrey of Silverstar, British Columbia, is awaiting trial in Canada on charges of importing cocaine into Canada, possession with intent to distribute and criminal organization, Armstrong said. Two other alleged co-conspirators are awaiting trial in Canada and a third has negotiated a plea deal.
Two Canadian men have been sentenced in Montana after negotiating plea deals. On Monday, Haddon sentenced Christopher Chambers to five years in prison after Chambers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export cocaine.
Chambers drove a scout car that accompanied the rental cars carrying drugs from California to the border.
Haddon gave Chambers a lower sentence than federal guidelines recommend after Chambers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export cocaine. The judge said he factored in that Chambers had not been in trouble before and also the support shown by the 30 friends and family members from Canada who were in the courtroom.
A contrite Chambers pledged to be a “better son, a better husband and a better man.”
“My actions in this conspiracy were inexcusable and very immature,” he told the judge.
Haddon previously sentenced another Canadian, Gregory German, to 7 ½ years in prison for his role in the drug smuggling ring.
Authorities said more arrests could follow.
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. Aug 2 2012
A 56-year-old former drama teacher was arrested after Brevard County deputies said he had a sexual relationship with a student while still employed.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dennis Turner after the victim said she had a three-year sexual relationship with Turner beginning when she was 15.
Deputies said Turner had a sexual relationship with a student while he was employed as a drama teacher at Edgewood Junior-Senior High School.
The victim said that incidents occasionally occurred during school hours and on school property, deputies said.
Investigators believe the conduct occurred until the victim graduated from the school.
The investigation began at the end of the school year after the school received information from concerned parents.
Turner resigned from his position at Edgewood before the end of the school year.
Turner was charged with 126 counts of sexual battery of a person under 18 years of age while in custodial authority.
He is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail with a bond of $4,400,000.
Investigators believe there may be other children who may have been victimized by Turner and are requesting anyone with information about potential victims to contact the Special Victim’s Unit at 321-633-8419 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.
Miami Fla Aug 2 2012 Miami-Dade police officers and federal agents knocking at the front door of a possible marijuana grow house off Coral Way Tuesday night found themselves in the middle of a gun battle with a suspect who opened fire from a nearby parked car — striking one officer three times in the abdomen.
Several officer and agents — who neighbors said seemed to be working undercover and out of uniform — returned the gunfire, killing one man just outside the home.
A bulletproof vest may have helped save the life of the unidentified narcotics unit detective, who was flown by helicopter just after 7 p.m. to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center, where a cadre of fellow officers, relatives and friends quickly gathered.
Late Tuesday, the officer was said to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery. Miami-Dade police spokesman Detective Roy Rutland said that, after the surgery, the officer was recovering and had his family by his side.
Miami-Dade police said they went to the home along with the FBI to check out a narcotics tip.
Meanwhile, officers and K-9 units swarmed the scene of the shooting at Coral Way and Southwest 60th Avenue. The body of the dead man remained outside the house, and as night fell police set up a command post as they searched for possible companions of his. An armored SWAT truck, portable floodlights and an FBI response team also arrived.
The shooting took place as nightfall approached, a time when many nearby residents had just returned home from work. Many said they had the TV on when they heard the gunfire. Some mistook it for firecrackers.
Miami-Dade police and FBI agents arrived at the home about 7 p.m., police spokesman Detective Javier Baez said. They went up to the front door of the home, which had a small yard with a Royal Poinciana tree and a circular driveway.
About the same time, Baez said, a man in a car parked near the house started shooting at the officers.
The officers returned fire, killing the man in the car. A second man, who was inside the house, was also taken into custody.
The names of the dead suspect and the wounded officer were not released Tuesday night. Police described the detective as a veteran.
One neighbor, who did not give her name, said she was at home with her dogs when she heard the gunfire. She went outside and saw two people on the ground bleeding. Police told her to leave her home immediately. Others who lived on the block were kept away from their homes well into the night.
Another neighbor said he was watching the Olympics shirtless and in shorts when an officer knocked on his door and said he had to get out now. He had to borrow a shirt from a neighbor.
Luis Fajardo, 52, said he was coming home when he saw at least 30 police cars filling up the otherwise typical West Miami-Dade neighborhood of single-family homes, trees and a park.
“You never think that this would happen in your neighborhood,” said Mike Gonzalez, 53, who lives about a block away from where the shootings took place.
Afterward, police combed through the neighborhood and appeared to approach the house as if a person might have been barricaded inside. Baez said police did not have a third person but were taking every precaution to make sure there wasn’t another suspect.
Neighbors watched in astonishment at the massive police presence on their block. Those who spoke to The Herald said they had no idea a marijuana grow house was in their midst.
“I’ve never seen this before,” said Carlos Rios, 45, who lives on the block. “This is a family-type neighborhood. We’re all in shock at all this.”
Birmingham police officer indicted for use of excessive force for two 2007 incidents www.privateofficer.com
Corey L. Hooper, 34, was indicted on charges of depriving the civil rights of two individuals while acting under his authority as a police officer, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley announced in a joint statement. The two incidents occurred in 2007 while Hooper was a Birmingham officer, according to the indictment. Hooper is still employed by the police department, most recently as a burglary detective.
“Most law enforcement officers respect the laws they are sworn to enforce and they perform their duties honorably every day,” Vance said. “We will prosecute those few who abuse their law enforcement powers and violate the civil rights of others who are in their custody,” she said. “The public must be able to trust those who enforce the law.”
Hooper’s attorney, Everett Wess, said that Hooper will enter a plea of not guilty to the charges at an arraignment hearing. That hearing is to be held Aug. 16.
After learning of the initial investigation, Hooper was assigned to administrative duties, according to a statement from the Birmingham Police Department this afternoon. Additional action is pending internal review, according to the statement.
“We were notified at the onset of their investigation and we fully supported their efforts in conducting their investigation,” Chief A.C. Roper said in the news release. “One thing is for sure, this indictment does not reflect upon the hundreds of officers working hard every day to make Birmingham a safer city.”
The indictment charges Hooper with using excessive force on Aug. 4, 2007, against an individual identified in the indictment as “L.C.” Hooper injured L.C. with electro-shock by using an X26 Taser stun gun against him, according to the indictment.
The indictment charges Hooper also used excessive force on Sept. 6, 2007, when he repeatedly struck a man, identified as “M.G.,” with his hands and fists while M.G. was handcuffed and secured in the backseat of a patrol car, according to the statement.
If convicted, Hooper could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count, according to the statement.
Last year a federal jury in a civil trial of a lawsuit filed against Hooper found that Hooper had used excessive force against Martez Gulley during a 2007 arrest. The jury awarded Gulley $71,290 in the case. Hooper appealed and the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which on July 13 affirmed the district court decision in the case.
Hooper also has one other civil case in federal court pending against him regarding excessive force.
COLLEGE PARK, Ga.Aug 2 2012 – A good Samaritan died Tuesday afternoon after trying to help an elderly man involved in a car crash.
Amonrasi quickly pulled over and jumped out of his car to help the man, but lost his footing and slid down the hill, landing directly in the path of an oncoming train. He couldn’t get up fast enough; the train hit him and severed both legs. Amonrasi died four hours later at Grady Hospital.
The driver, Sinkfield, suffered several broken ribs but his family expects him to be released from the hospital this week.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Sinkfield’s son Moya. “He was just an angel today. He lost his life being an angel.”
“That is DeKai. I could believe that,” said Alberto Roberts, Amonrasi’s cousin.
“We knew that if he left this world, it was going to be doing something for someone.”
Moya Sinkfield said his father “blacked out” during the accident and couldn’t remember much of what happened. He did not know why he ran off the road.
Obed L. Jipmou, 23, of Quarry Street, is facing two counts of impersonating a police officer after a victim alerted authorities to his suspicious nature, Capt. Jeff Shumate explained.
On July 23, the first incident took place at a local convenience store, Shumate reported, where Jipmou allegedly approached a customer, identified himself as an FBI agent and asked the victim for sensitive, personal information such as her Social Security number and date of birth.
Jipmou was displaying a badge he had obtained from the Internet and had a holster on his hip containing what appeared to be a firearm, when he approached the customer, Shumate added.
Because of the suspicious nature of the incident, the victim questioned Jipmou’s request and after receiving a vague explanation, complied and provided Jipmou with the requested information.
Thursday, police were contacted by a resident on Woodlawn Avenue who reported a man claiming to be an FBI agent was searching her home, police explained.
The second victim told police that Jipmou came to her home and informed her he was conducting an investigation into recent robberies that had taken place in the area. Because the woman’s small children were in the home with her, Jipmou allegedly requested she send the children outside so he could speak to her privately inside the home, Shumate said.
Police said Jipmou proceeded to inform the homeowner he needed to conduct a search of her residence, and as he was in the process of doing so, the victim contacted police who arrived on the scene while the suspect was still inside the home.
The fake FBI badge, the holster and firearm — which turned out to be a BB gun — were recovered by police after arriving on the scene; Jipmou was subsequently arrested for impersonating a police officer.
The charges leveled against Jipmou are misdemeanor offenses, Shumate said, and if convicted, the sentence does not require jail time. If convicted, Jipmou could receive a fine of no less than $100 and not exceeding $1,000 for each count.
“We will continue to investigate these incidents in an attempt to determine what Jipmou’s motive was for the information he was requesting,” Shumate said. “I think there are numerous things he could have done with that information, but we are unsure at this time why he was obtaining this information. Depending on the findings of this ongoing investigation, additional charges against Jipmou are possible.”
Shumate offered a few tips to safeguard oneself against similar crimes.
“A law enforcement officer in uniform can easily be identified as such, especially when they are in a marked police car.
“However, there are officers who work undercover, drive unmarked cars and dress in street clothes, so if you encounter one of those officers, you can always request to see identification. All agencies give their officers IDs that clearly state specifically what agency that officer works for,” he explained.
“In this case, it’s very obvious if you saw the subject, that he probably was not a law enforcement officer. If you should find yourself in a similar situation, it is in your best interest to confirm their legitimacy,” he concluded.
Shumate asked any other victims of similar crimes, or if anyone had been approached by Jipmou presenting himself as an FBI agent, to contact Beckley Police at 304-256-1708 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867.
Jipmou was released after posting $500 bond.
Source:Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Boca Raton Fla Aug 2 2012 Authorities said they arrested three people in connection with a Boca Raton Victoria’s Secret theft in which $9,000 in merchandise was stolen.
Michelle Feliciano, 42, Danny Torreira, 22, and Leonidas Herrera, 24, were arrested Saturday and charged with grand theft, according to online records. The three remain in jail in Palm Beach County.
Osmany Benitez, a security officer at the store located at 6000 West Glades Road, called Boca Raton Police to report the theft. Benitez told officers two men and one woman fled in a Nissan Sentra and Cadillac Escalade. The vehicles were located at a nearby gas station, police said.
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Authorities said Herrera, whose aunt is Feliciano, admitted that the three would steal merchandise together and that he and Feliciano committed two previous thefts. Torreira refused to speak with officers and Feliciano denied any involvement, according to authorities.
More than $9,000 in merchandise was recovered in the Sentra, which was rented by Feliciano. She and Herrera were also charged with previous retail theft crimes, police said.
WARTBURG TN Aug 2 2012 - Officials dedicated a memorial marker Wednesday morning honoring a Morgan County correctional officer killed in the line of duty.
The memorial for Wayne “Cotton” Morgan is outside the Morgan County Correctional Complex.
Morgan was shot seven years ago while escorting an inmate from the Roane County Courthouse. The inmate’s wife, Jennifer Hyatte, killed Morgan during an escape plot and was sentenced to life in prison.
“Cotton was an inspiration to everyone who knew him,” said Gary Murray, a friend and co-worker of Morgan. “He was a person that would inspire people to do a good job, and tell him about his Christianity, and his walk in life. I didn’t know anyone who didn’t know him who didn’t love him.”
Morgan’s wife was presented with a special plaque in her husband’s honor, and Murray sang his favorite hymn, “Amazing Grace.”
The memorial reads: “In honor and memory of the service and sacrifice of Wayne Cotton Morgan”. It was engraved on a stone from the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex, where Morgan worked, before it closed in 2009.
“I think it’s important that we have this memorial here for the new employees coming in the new correction offices, so they can see what his life was about, and who he was, and hopefully learn from his legacy,” said Feddie Seavers a counselor at the complex who knew Morgan.
Employees at the complex collected funds to purchase the memorial. Morgan was a 28-year employee of the Department of Correction and two years away from retirement when he was killed.
“He was a great man,” said Murray. “He was my hero.”
Hyatte’s husband, George, also was sentenced to life in prison for his role in Morgan’s death. He is a career criminal.
During this stand down, all nuclear operations are on hold. All nuclear materials will also go into vaults while plant workers focus only on security.
The order by B&W Y-12, and supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration, is due to security lapses that allowed protesters to get inside the plant’s highest security area on Saturday morning.
Former SC teacher arrested after exposing himself to a child at vacation Bible school www.privateofficer.com
CENTRAL SC Aug 2 2012 — A former Upstate high school teacher was arrested after police say he exposed himself to a child at a vacation Bible school.
Central police arrested Kevin Derossett of Liberty on July 20 after an incident on June 18 at an A.L.I.V.E. vacation Bible school event, according to statement from Central Police Chief Kerry Avery.
Derossett was a volunteer camp counselor at the time of the incident and resigned that position the day after he was confronted on June 18, Avery said.
A child came forward and told police Derossett exposed himself to the child, said Central Police Chief Kerry Avery.
Derossett is out of jail on a $7,500 personal recognizance bond.
He is a former teacher at Liberty High School, according to the Pickens County School District.
“The School District of Pickens County has been notified of the arrest of Kevin Derosett,” said Kelly Pew, superintendent of the school district, in a statement. “Derosett resigned his position in early July, prior to his arrest. The district was notified by the Central Police Department of the accusations against Derosett at the time of his arrest.”
Police said they think there may be other victims because so many children were involved in the vacation Bible school event.
EAST HARTFORD CT Aug 2 2012
Jessica Lee Motulski, a former East Hartford High School math teacher, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female student.
Motulski was placed on administrative leave on May 30 and resigned less than a week later, officials said. The two charges are misdemeanors.
According to court records, Motulski was arrested on Thursday by East Hartford police and was released on bail.
Motulski, 28, lives in Glastonbury, where some of the encounters between her and an 18-year-old student occurred, according to the arrest warrant.
On May 29, the warrant says, Motulski’s soon-to-be ex-husband, Joshua, told the East Hartford Board of Education about his wife’s relationship, and a few days later he presented Glastonbury police with letters he said his wife wrote to the victim.
“Although I am absolutely terrified by what lies ahead I find myself somewhat relieved,” Motulski wrote in a May 31 letter to the victim, according to the warrant. “I know that I face jail time and that my education career is over but with all said and done I would do it all again.”
Glastonbury police passed on information about two specific sexual encounters between Motulski and the student — one of which allegedly happened at East Hartford High School — to East Hartford police on July 16, the warrant says.
Motulski is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Manchester on Aug. 15.
WICHITA, Kan.Aug 2 2012 – Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita plans to increase its security by installing four new X-ray machines.
The installation will begin Friday. The Wichita Eagle reports ( http://bit.ly/OBRiAQ) three of the machines are scheduled to be installed by Aug. 14, with the last operational by Aug. 22.
Keith Osborn, of the Transportation Security Administration in Wichita, says passengers should expect delays and some narrow walkways when during construction.
Houston TX Aug 2 2012 —KHOU 11 News has learned two patrol officers with the Houston Police Department are now in custody for allegedly stealing cocaine and other illegal narcotics from drug dealers.
Officer German Ramos, 36, and Officer Kendrick Ferguson, 33, were arrested Tuesday night after a lengthy investigation by HPD’s Internal Affairs Division, HPD confirmed.
Both officers were assigned to HPD’s Northwest Substation and were on duty when authorities confronted them.
One officer was arrested in the substation parking lot and the other was apprehended while traveling in his personal car along the Katy Freeway.
Sources tell KHOU 11 News that the two patrol officers have been with the department for only a few years.
Both officers have been relieved of duty with pay pending outcome of the investigation.
Neither has been formally charged yet, but charges are expected later today.
A security guard at Kohl’s department store in the Avon Commons shopping center called police when a man carrying a baby stole merchandise and ran out of the store. Police were told the man “had thrown the baby into his vehicle” and drove off recklessly.
Police saw the car being driven recklessly on Ohio 254 near Ohio 83 and started to chase it at 3:35 p.m. Less than a minute later, police said they would cut off the chase because of the inherent danger of a crash, but just then the car went through a red light at Ohio 254 and 611 and crashed into another vehicle. The impact pushed the second car into a third vehicle.
The suspect, the baby, and the driver of the second car were all injured in the crash and taken to local hospitals.
The suspect is expected to be charged with robbery, drunken driving, child endangering and related offenses.
The names and extent of injuries of the other victims were not available.
TEHACHAPI, Calif. Aug 2 2012– Amber Failla, 36, was arrested on Friday for having sexual encounters with several of her California City High School students.
On Friday, the California City Police Department went to her home on Basil Place in Tehachapi and arrested the math teacher.
She is accused of oral copulation of minors under 16 years old and for sending harmful and excplicit matter to minors.
23 ABC spoke to a 15-year-old who lives across the street from Failla, She said she is disgusted by the allegations.
“I think it’s wrong and disgusting. They aren’t supposed to do things with you, they are supposed to give you advice, and they aren’t supposed to be your boyfriend or girlfriend and be that kind of a relationship. They are supposed to be more of a friend relationship than anything else,” said neighbor Andrea Ordaz.
Police obtained a search warrant at her home and seized computers and cellphones.
Investigators said Failla’s relationships with the students date back to over a year.
Lisa Gilbert, the superintendent of the Tehachapi Unified School district, said Failla was a substitute teacher in Tehachapi from July 2007 through July 2010.
At this point neither the school district nor the Tehachapi police department have received any complaints filed against Failla.
Phoenix police say 28-year-old Kimberly Ali was taken into custody Tuesday at her home. She’s being held on suspicion of nine counts of sexual conduct with a minor and five counts of sexual abuse.
Police say the mother of the alleged 14-year-old victim discovered what appeared to be “sexting” type messages on her daughter’s cellphone.
The girl attends Sonoran Sky Elementary School where Ali teachers special education, but she’s not one of Ali’s students.
Detectives learned the relationship between Ali and the teen began with social media contact as early as April and evolved into alleged sexual contact from July 14 to July 26.
Police didn’t immediately know Tuesday evening whether Ali had a lawyer yet.
Arthur Roldan, 28, was collared in Brooklyn around 8 p.m. and charged with rape, menacing and assault, the sources said.
Roldan allegedly attacked the woman in a parking lot on Staten Island around 11 p.m. Tuesday, the sources added.
Roldan, who has been on the force for six years, works in a Brooklyn precinct.
Sources said he is known to the victim, but their relationship was not immediately clear.