A Chattahoochee police officer was fired from his job hours after Georgia law enforcement charged him with rape, child molestation and aggravated sexual battery.
Robert Sizemore, 50, of Faceville, Ga., was terminated by Chattahoochee Police Chief Vann Pullen July 18 following his arrest in Decatur County, Ga. Sizemore had worked for the Chattahoochee police since Nov. 27 of last year.
Authorities in Georgia say Sizemore is accused of committing those sex offenses on a girl under the age of 14 on July 17, the night before he was arrested.
According to authorities, Sizemore was alone in a house with the girl that evening, acting as her babysitter. She is related to Sizemore by marriage, authorities said.
Sizemore had threatened suicide early Saturday following the accusation, Georgia authorities said, but eventually surrendered himself peacefully at a hotel in Bainbridge, where he had checked in that morning. Guests had been evacuated and a SWAT team dispatched there as the situation developed.
As of Monday afternoon, Sizemore had been taken to a hospital for medical treatment related to his suicide threat.
Chattahoochee Police Chief Vann Pullen was summoned to the hotel by Georgia law enforcement officers to assist their team in getting Sizemore to surrender Saturday. But Pullen said Sizemore gave himself up before Pullen was called upon to speak with him. Sizemore walked out of the room and was taken into custody, leaving a handgun behind in the room, Georgia authorities said.
Pullen and officers in Georgia say they have a high degree of confidence that what the victim alleges is true, based on some undisclosed circumstances related to the incident.
Georgia authorities indicated further charges may be pending against Sizemore.
Sizemore worked as a correctional officer for the Florida Department of Corrections from August 2007 to July 2008, and as a police officer with the Blountstown Police Department for ten years, from 1982 to 1992.
Pullen said Monday he blamed himself for not being able to see warning signs that he shouldn’t have hired Sizemore back in November.
“We’re going to do what we can to assist (Georgia authorities) and make sure justice is attained,” Pullen said. “I have no sympathy for (Sizemore) and no excuses are going to be made. There’s no doubt I shouldn’t have let this guy be here … I feel like there was some lack of something that I didn’t pick it up somewhere…
“We’ve got to do better than this, letting someone like this get this kind of power,” Pullen said. “I’m the one that hired him, and I just gotta take this pill. But I’m not the one with the real problem. The victim and her mother are the ones with the real problem.”
Authorities said mental health services are being offered to the family.
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Delaney said Martinez was allowed to change out of his police uniform before he was booked and placed in the police lock up.
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Authorities say the offer sounded simple but chilling.
“She was driving on a revoked license, and he made a deal that he wouldn’t arrest her if she did the evil deed for him,” LaFollette Police Chief Ben Baird said. “He told her she had to have sex with him, and he’d let her go. I guess the arrest went the other way.”
Jeremy S. Cross turned himself in Tuesday to face charges of raping a woman at gunpoint during a traffic stop.
A Campbell County grand jury indicted Cross, a former LaFollette police officer, last week on charges of aggravated rape, official oppression and two counts of official misconduct.
Cross had worked for the department for about three years when he pulled the woman’s car over July 5 on North Tennessee Avenue, Baird said.
Authorities said Cross forced the woman to have sex with him behind some warehouses on nearby Howard Armstrong Lane under threat of arrest if she refused.
“There was a patrol rifle in the seat, and he would have been carrying his service weapon,” the chief said. “He apparently cut his (incruiser video) camera off, which is a violation of our rules and regulations.”
Baird said he called in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation the same day he learned of the woman’s complaint.
“It happened on a Friday,” the chief said. “She filed her complaint on Monday around 2 p.m. By 4 p.m., we had the TBI investigating.”
He said he didn’t know whether TBI agents recovered DNA evidence from either car.
Cross resigned soon after the investigation began. He’d previously worked as a deputy in neighboring Scott County and had no history of discipline problems other than a few minor write-ups for such offenses as showing up late for court, the chief said.
“I’m going to send a message to everybody that I don’t tolerate this sort of behavior from anybody. It’s a stain on everybody who wears a badge up here.
“We have 20 other people in this department, and most everybody here is very professional. If they’re not, I don’t keep them long.”
Cross remains free on $50,000 bond.
He could make his first court appearance Sept. 8.
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Investigators said it happened on the east side last Friday.
Officer Anthony Smith is facing seven felonies including rape and sexual misconduct. The Marion County prosecutor said Smith is the tenth metro police officer to be charged in the past four months.
Investigators said former police officer Anthony Smith first made contact with the victim at a gas station on 21st and Emerson. Smith told the victim she had pretty teeth. The victim left and drove toward I-70. That’s when police said Smith pulled her over for an outstanding warrant.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Smith told the victim he could lock her up, but wouldn’t if she rode with him on a few runs.
“This officer used his authority, his position to satisfy his own selfish desires rather than protect someone who needed protection,” said Chief Michael Spears of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department.
Investigators said Smith eventually took the victim to his “spot” in an east side industrial park where he allegedly raped her.
“I’m sickened by his conduct. Literally sickened,” said Chief Spears.
Police said they didn’t find the used condom at Smith’s spot, but they did find unused condoms in his trunk. Police are also trying to figure out if Smith has brought other victims to his spot in the past.
“We will continue to look at other traffic stops he’s made in the past,” said Chief Spears.
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said, “The alleged conduct is egregious and Officer Smith is not above the law.”
The prosecutor said Smith admitted to having sex with the victim in his police car, but claims it was consensual. The chief dismissed him from the force on Monday.
In wake of the recent arrests with in the metro police department, the prosecutor’s office has set up the Justice Integrity Hotline at (317) 327-5437. The prosecutor said it’ll allow people to report misconduct without going to the police.
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The officer is in Kings County jail, facing a dozen molestation and rape charges.
He’s an officer in the small Kern County city of Maricopa but he’s accused of molesting children in Lemoore. Detectives say they’ve identified three victims and believe there could be more.
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Garry Ferguson pleaded not guilty to twelve charges of unlawful intercourse with a minor, lewd acts with a child and forcible rape.
Ferguson was arrested at his parents Bakersfield home on Friday.
Ferguson returns to court on the 19th and until then he is being held on $500,000 bail.
Kings county detectives say the suspect is being investigated for similar crimes in that area.
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According to investigators with the Clayton County police, a neighbor claims 27-year-old Edward Rabb raped and sodomized her at his house after she used his shower.
“Her hot water heater had gone out and she had actually gone over to use the shower,” said Officer Tim Owens.
After that shower, the woman said she tried to leave and that’s when the assault happened.
According to the police report, she said she told Rabb to stop and that it wasn’t what she wanted but he forcably raped her and according to the police report he used police maneuvers to restrain her.
“The way that he was holding her on the bed, that he did force her arm behind her according to the report,” said Owens.
Rabb’s attorney, Lance Tyler, announced in court they would be requesting bond and pleading not guilty.
In court Thursday, Rabb didn’t say anything and his attorney had no comment on the charges. Officers said Rabb claims the sex was consensual.
Clayton County police said it’s tough when one of their own is accused of a crime but, “If someone has done something wrong regardless of your profession or where you stand in it you have to pay the consequences,” said Owens.
Rabb has been placed on administrative leave with pay and he could lose his job after a hearing with the police chief. He will be back in court for a preliminary hearing in two weeks.
He is currently in the Clayton County Jail without bond.
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