Sunday, November 19, 2000

Senator David Jaye - domestic assault - Macomb County

Also See:


Senator David Jaye - Ousted from Michigan Senate [May 24, 2001]

http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2001/05/senator-david-jaye-ousted-from-senate.html
Senator David Jaye - Arrested for assaulting fiancee [April 12, 2001]

Senator David Jaye - Sentenced for March 05, 2000 drunk driving charge [July 2000]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2000/07/senator-david-jaye-sentenced-macomb.html


 
In November 2000, while Senator Jaye was on probation for his March 05, 2000 drunk driving conviction, he reportedly assaulted his fiancee in a Bay County gas station. The assault was witnessed by an employee. Part of the assault was captured on the gas station's surveillance cam.

After this incident, Jaye was pulled over and arrested by the police for driving on a restricted driver's license -  a violation of his probation.
 
 







Jaye didn't hit me, fiancee tells court
She doesn't recall what she said to police
The Blade
Toledo Ohio
Associated Press
August 3, 2001

Shelby Township, Mich. - David jaye's fiancee testified yesterday that the former state senator did not hit her during the two incidents that prosecutors point to as violations of Mr. Jaye's probation on a drunken driving conviction.

Sonia Kloss testified as part of Mr. Jaye's probation violation trial, which got under way yesterday.

He was expelled from the Senate in May after most of his fellow senators said he no longer deserved to serve, in part because of three drunken driving convictions and allegations he hit Ms. Kloss.

The trial in Macomb County Circuit Court could decide whether Mr. Jaye of Washington Township must run for his old seat with a probation conviction on his record. If Judge Douglas Shepherd determines Mr. Jaye violated his probation for a 2000 drunken driving conviction, Mr. Jaye might have to finish serving his sentence.

That could mean spending 10 1/2 months in jail. Mr. Jaye, who insists he hasn't violated his probation, has filed to run for the Sept. 11 special election to determine his successor in the Senate.

Mr. Jaye called yesterday's proceedings "double jepordy" because he was subjected to Senate hearings over the alleged incidents.

Yesterday Ms. Kloss appeared confused and upset through much of her testimony. Her hands shook as she looked at transcripts. She had to take two breaks while testifying.

Although she denied Mr. Jaye hit her during an April 12 incident in Florida or during a Nov. 19 incident at a Bay County, Michigan gas station, she admitted she had been drinking heavily before both events.

When asked if she told police that Mr. Jaye hit her after the November incident, she said: "I was up for 36 hours. I was drinking all night and partying. I don't know what I said." She said Mr. Jaye did pull her to the car but did not hit or kick her. "He yelled and screamed. He wanted to get me in the car," Ms. Kloss said.

Proceedings were to resume Friday morning."
 
 
 

                 






Jaye Failed to convince fellow senators he had come clean
May 25, 2001
The Argus Press
Owosso MI
Kathy Barks Hoffman
Associated Press

Lansing, Mich. [AP] - Sen. David Jaye might still be sitting in the Senate next week if he's convinced his fellow senators he's come clean.

Several of the 33 senators who voted Thursday to expel the Macomb County Republican said the outcome might have been different if they hadn't thought he was lying about striking his fiancee, Sonia Kloss.

They pointed to the police testimony saying Kloss had bruises on her face after an April 12 dispute with Jaye outside her home in Fort Myers, Fla.

They brought up the eyewitness account of an 18-year-old clerk at a Bay County gas station who took a day off school to tell a Senate investigating committee he saw Jaye strike Kloss as the two were leaving the station's mini-mart last November.

They didn't buy Kloss' comments that Jaye had never struck her, or Jaye's argument that because Florida authorities decided not to bring formal charges against him and he'd never been charged in six months for the Bay County incident, he should be left off the hook.

For Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow and many others, the evidence added up to one thing: Jaye had hit his fiancee.

"Once it was clear he did, it was over," DeGrow said after the vote. "He continues to deny it. He'll probably always deny it. But it [his denial] isn't true."

DeGrow, R- Port Huron, said the outcome may have been different if Jaye had walked into his office the week after his April 12 Florida arrest, admitted he'd hit Kloss twice and asked for help straigtening out his life.

Instead, Jaye insisted to his fellow Senate Republicans during an April 17 meeting that he had not struck Kloss.

During the Senate investigation, his lawyers showed an interview they'd taped with Kloss in which she said she had been hit in the face by a garment bag the two had been tussling over in Florida, not by Jaye.

They also showed a tape from the service station's surveillance system on which Jaye can be seen propelling Kloss out of the men's bathroom in the station's mini-mart, but not striking or kicking her.

Jaye insisted those were enough to prove his innocence, and that his other transgressions - three drunk driving convictions, verbal abuse of staff members and having six photos of his topless fiancess on his Senate-issued laptop computer didn't deserve expulsion.

But his fellow senators weren't looking for proof that Jaye hadn't erred. They wanted him to admit he'd done something wrong and get professional help.

"Things that used to be acceptable in harassment are not acceptable anymore," said Sen. Joanne Emmons, R-Big Rapids. "When I became convinced he hit her and lied, that crossed the line for me."

DeGrow has walked a delicate line of his own with Jaye ever since the brash, in-you-face state representative won a Senate special election in 1997. He kept private his letters admonishing Jaye and restored the committee assignments Jaye lost when he had to serve jail time last summer for his third drunk driving conviction.

But while Jaye's political stances didn't differ that much from his predecessor; the late Doug Carl, he didn't seem to fit very well into the smaller; more dignified world of the 38-member Senate.

Where he was just one colorful character among several in the 100-member House, Jaye's often caustic behavior toward Senate staff and other senators wasn't as easily overlooked in the Capitol's south wing.

That became even more truer as Jaye, under the spotlight of a six-member, bipartisan committee investigating his behavior, accused DeGrow of trying to shove him out of office in a political witch hunt.

When Jaye began insisting the 18-year-old clerk was a liar, most senators had heard enough.

"It drove home the drastic reality of what the pattern here was," said Senate Democratic Leader John Cherry of Clio. Instead of coming clean, he said, Jaye lied. Instead of taking responsibility for his actions, he tried to blame others.

Still, no one looked triumphant as the first vote to expel a senator in Michigan history passed 33-2.

"This was not a happy vote," said Livonia Republican Thaddeus McCotter, who headed the investigating committee. "This was not a vote somebody won."
 
 

                 













Hearings to resume whether Sen. Jaye should be expelled
The Argus-Press
Owosso, Michigan
Malcolm Johnson
Associated Press
May 9, 2001

Lansing, Mich. [AP] - A police officer from Florida, where state Sen. David Jaye is accused of hitting his fiancee, testified that the woman was cut and still bleeding when he arrived at the scene.

"She said he's hit her in the past," Corp. robert Macarelli of the Lee County sheriff's office said Tuesday. "She said she wanted him to stop beating her."

Jaye was arrested April 12 in Florida after a dispute with Sonia Kloss and spent the night in the Lee County Jail. Jaye denied he struck Kloss, and she has recanted any accusations against him.

The officer's comments came as a special state Senate committee held its first full hearing on Jaye's right to remain in the Senate. The hearing was to resume Wednesday.

Jaye attended the committee hearing with three attorneys but didn't comment. He issued a letter Tuesday complaining that the hearing violated his civil irhgts and right to due process.

When it concludes its investigation, the six-member bipartisan committee could recommend that Jaye be expelled, censured or reprimanded.

In the letter he issued, Jaye argued that he hadn't had enough time to prepare and complained about "capricious and arbitrary committee rules" that would prevent discussion of their legislators' conduct besides his own.

The resolution recommending that Jaye be expelled cites a series of drunken driving convictions, a pending domestic battery charge in Florida and what it termed "a recurring pattern of personal misconduct."

Jaye said in his letter that he is owed a presumption of innocence on the domestic battery charge. He promised Sunday to resign if the Florida court convicts him, but he said he expects to be acquitted and accused Senate opponents of violating his rights.

At the hearing Tuesday, Bay County Prosecutor Joseph Sheeran said he may resurrect the charges stemming for a dispute last Nov. 19 at a Bay County gas station between Jaye and Kloss.

Jaye, a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, was never charged with assault in the Bay County incident. Prosecutors did charge him with violating the restrictions placed on his driver's license, but the charge was later dropped because Jaye had not been read his Miranda rights.

Meanwhile, a Florida judge on Tuesday delayed Jaye's hearing on the domestic battery charge for one week to give prosecutors more time to question witnesses.

Tony Schall, a spokesman for the state attorney's office in Florida, said the hearing is now scheduled for May 15. On that date, prosecutors will decide whether to retain the domestic violence charge, amend the charge or drop it, Schall said.
 
 
 


               

















Jaye was driving on business, attorney says
The Argus-Press
Owosso, Michigan
December 20, 2000

Bay City, Mich. - State Sen. DAvid Jaye might have gone deer hunting but did not violate his restricted driver's license when State Police stopped him because he was on legislative business, his lawyer said.

Jaye has been driving on a restricted license since pleading guilty June 12 to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. Jaye, a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, now can drive only to work, medical visit and counseling sessions.

Attorney Robert Huth Jr. said Jaye was on his way back from discussing lawsuits and regulatory concerns with members of the Turtle Creek Hunt Club in Atlanta, Mich. , when his vehicle was pulled over Nov. 19.

Jaye, 42, was chairman of the senate's Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee until his conviction.

"Even if David Jaye was hunting while on the trip, it was incidental to the reason and legislative purpose for him appearing at the meeting," Huth wrote in his request to drop the 90-day misdemeanor charge of violating a restricted license. "My suspicion is that the State Police officers that spoke to Mr. Jaye reached the same conclusion. Surely, they had a copy of his restrictions at the time of the stop."

Bay County Prosecutor Joseph Sheeran said the arrested was justified.
 
 

Senator David Jaye - Probation violation - Macomb County

Also See:

Senator David Jaye - Ousted from Michigan Senate [May 24, 2001]

http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2001/05/senator-david-jaye-ousted-from-senate.html

Senator David Jaye - Sentenced for probation violation [August 2001]

Senator David Jaye - Arrested for assaulting fiancee [April 12, 2001]

Senator David Jaye - Sentenced for March 05, 2000 drunk driving charge [July 2000]

Senator David Jaye - Drunk driving charge [March 2000]

 
On November 19, 2000, Senator David Jaye was pulled over and arrested for driving on a restricted driver's license [March 2000 drunk driving conviction].
 
 





Ex-senator guilty of probation violation
Ludington Daily News
August 3, 2001

Shelby Township, Mich. [AP] - Former state Sen. David Jaye was found guilty Friday of violating his probation.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail or a $500 fine. He also was ordered by Macomb County District Judge Douglas Shepherd to attend anger management classes and his probation is continued.

"Frankly, Mr. Jaye, it would be easy for me to put you in jail for the full 10-and-a-half months, but I don't that would be the right thing for me to do," Shepherd said.

Jaye could have been ordered to spend up to 10 1/2 months in jail for violating his probation for a 2000 drunken driving conviction.

Prosecutors claimed Jaye assaulted his fiancee on two separate occasions, in Florida and in Bay County and that he violated restrictions placed on his driver's license by driving to northern Michigan for a hunting trip.

Shepherd found Jaye guilty of violating his probation as to the alleged incident in Florida and the driving allegation, but innocent as to the alleged Bay County incident.

Jaye said that he planned to restify in his own defense, but those plans never came to be as his attorney rested without calling him to the stand.
 

                 










Jaye was driving on business, attorney says
The Argus-Press
Owosso, Michigan
December 20, 2000

Bay City, Mich. - State Sen. DAvid Jaye might have gone deer hunting but did not violate his restricted driver's license when State Police stopped him because he was on legislative business, his lawyer said.

Jaye has been driving on a restricted license since pleading guilty June 12 to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. Jaye, a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, now can drive only to work, medical visit and counseling sessions.

Attorney Robert Huth Jr. said Jaye was on his way back from discussing lawsuits and regulatory concerns with members of the Turtle Creek Hunt Club in Atlanta, Mich. , when his vehicle was pulled over Nov. 19.

Jaye, 42, was chairman of the senate's Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee until his conviction.

"Even if David Jaye was hunting while on the trip, it was incidental to the reason and legislative purpose for him appearing at the meeting," Huth wrote in his request to drop the 90-day misdemeanor charge of violating a restricted license. "My suspicion is that the State Police officers that spoke to Mr. Jaye reached the same conclusion. Surely, they had a copy of his restrictions at the time of the stop."

Bay County Prosecutor Joseph Sheeran said the arrested was justified.
 
 

Friday, November 17, 2000

Commissioner Kurt Kramer - Macomb County

Also See:

Commisioner Kurt Kramer charged with domestic violence [November 26, 2002]



Man to take county post despite charges
Commissioner-elect is facing 2 abuse counts
December 5, 2002
BY MARY OWEN AND NANCY
DETROIT FREE PRESS
http://www.freep.com/news/locmac/kramer5_20021205.htm

A newly elected Macomb County commissioner will face a judge on domestic violence charges days after he is sworn into office.

Kurt Kramer, 47, was charged Nov. 27 with two counts of domestic violence and released the next day on $300 bond. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16 in 42-2 District Court, which is temporarily located in Mt. Clemens.


His wife, Russia native Lyubov Arestova, 34, told police that her husband attacked her Nov. 26 after she refused to take off her clothes and pose for nude photographs, according to police documents.

One of his previous wives, Oxana Kramer, a Ukrainian mail-order bride, obtained a personal protection order against him almost two years ago, said Chesterfield Township Police Lt. Dave Marker. Kramer has been married four times.

While being charged with a misdemeanor doesn't prevent a commissioner from serving on the board under county rules, some of Kramer's future colleagues are wary of the bad publicity that follows such allegations.

"People have a negative enough image of politics without having this happen," said Commissioner Diana Kolakowski of Sterling Heights. "It doesn't exactly support the family values platform."

But Commissioner Mike Sessa of Harrison Township, who bailed Kramer out of jail, said people are unfairly assuming that Kramer is guilty. He noted that Kramer is the sole caregiver of his 80-year-old father. "I can't understand why this would happen to him," said Sessa, who has known Kramer for four years. "I would give him the benefit of the doubt."

Kramer of New Baltimore said he plans to attend the Dec. 12 swearing-in ceremony and take his seat Jan.1. He said his personal life will not interfere with his commission duties.

He listed his job priorities as road improvements and finding a permanent location for the 42-2 District Court, temporarily housed in the county jail. "Give me a chance to prove myself," Kramer said. "I plan to do what they elected me to do."

Kramer, an Air Force reservist, said he and Arestova were the perfect couple during his successful bid for Macomb County's 14th District, which includes Chesterfield Township, Lenox Township, New Baltimore and New Haven Village.

The Republican beat Democrat Wendy Iacobelli for the seat being vacated by commission Chairman John Hertel, who announced his resignation in May.

Arestova, who Kramer said has been learning English since she arrived in the United States, helped with mailings and neighborhood walks and attended victory parties, Kramer said. But soon after, Arestova became short-tempered, he said. Kramer said Wednesday that he hasn't seen his wife since the incident.

He said the trouble began when he asked if he could put some of her clothes, which smelled like cigarette smoke, in their enclosed porch because the smell was bothering him. Kramer said she stormed out of their bedroom wearing only a robe and went to her son's room where she changed and later threatened to tell police he had tried to rip her clothes off.

On Wednesday evening, Arestova said, "It's a very bad situation." She declined further comment, saying her English is bad and her social worker could better explain her side of the story.

Police were called to the scene by Arestova's 14-year-old son who said Kramer choked him, Marker said.

Kramer, a jet fueler at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, said he met Arestova through a friend when he was vacationing in Russia in June 2001. They communicated for a while before she came to the United States with her son. The couple lived together for about six months before marrying in January. Kramer believes the couple could still work things out.

Ex-wife Oxana Kramer sought a personal protection order against him in January 2001. But he assaulted a police officer who went to Kramer's house to serve the papers, according to police reports. Kramer pleaded guilty to the assault and battery charge. He served one year of probation to the misdemeanor charge.

The commission seat is Kramer's first elected post. He served briefly on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in the early 1990s, when he lived in Oak Park. He was appointed to complete a term left vacant by a commissioner who died. Kramer lost his 1994re-election bid for the seat.













Official accused of assaulting wife
Police say Macomb commissioner-elect beat her after she refused to pose for nude pictures
11/29/02
By Gene Schabath
The Detroit News
http://www.detnews.com/2002/metro/0211/29/c02-23081.htm

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Newly elected Macomb County Commissioner Kurt Kramer was charged with assaulting his wife, two years after allegedly attacking his first wife.

The most recent allegation comes from his wife of 10 months, Lyubov Arestova, 34, said Chesterfield Police Detective Jim Gates.

Kramer tried to tear off his Russian-born wife's clothing and attacked her in the upstairs bedroom of their home when she refused to pose nude for photographs that he wanted to put on the Internet, Gates said.

Kramer first choked the 34-year-old woman's 14-year-old son and forced him out of the house, Gates said.

Kramer, 48, was arraigned Wednesday before 42nd District Judge Paul Cassidy of New Baltimore on two counts of domestic violence. He was released under $300 bond.

Domestic violence is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Kramer said in an interview Thanksgiving Day that he is innocent and is confident he will be acquitted. "That is a totally ludicrous statement on my wife's part," Kramer said. "It appears to be part of a big scam. She gets married to an American citizen and then uses the domestic violence charge to fulfill whatever agenda she has. I think she wants the INS (immigration and Naturalization Service) to look favorably on her if she files the domestic abuse charge. Her status in the United States is pending. She doesn't even have a green card."

Kramer said he wanted to take the photographs of his wife because she undresses in front of her teen-age son. He claims he was attacked by his wife, but said police would not listen to his side of the story.

Kramer was elected to the county board Nov. 5 to represent District 14, which includes Chesterfield, Lenox Township and New Baltimore. The part time position pays $33,000 a year.

He said he lost his job at Kmart last year and now works part-time as a fuel specialist at Selfridge Air National Guard Base where he is also in the Air Force reserves.

He previously was arrested Nov. 17, 2000, for assaulting his first wife, also a Russian-born woman, Oxana Savina, Gates said.
She was in her late 30s, Gates said.

"This one is the same as the first one," Gates said. "Almost identical."

His first wife divorced Kramer in January 2001. He married his new wife in January of this year. Kramer said he met her in Russia while on duty as a reservist.

The first domestic abuse charge was dropped when Kramer pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. He was placed on probation for one year and fined $200. Gates said the arresting officer was attacked when he went to Kramer's house to serve him a personal protection order the first wife had obtained against him after he attacked her.

Kramer's new wife gave police two rolls of film she had shot of injuries suffered in previous attacks, Gates said.

Macomb County Board Chairman John Hertel said the county legal staff is investigating whether Kramer can be expelled from office if convicted.

"It's a sad and disturbing situation," Hertel said. Kramer replaces Hertel as the commissioner from District 14. Hertel did not run for re-election.

Kramer said he plans to be at swearing-in ceremonies for county commissioners on Dec. 12.












Recently Elected Official in Michigan Denies Domestic Violence Charge
From The Associated Press, 11/29/02
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAO0W3X39D.html

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A recently elected county commissioner is facing domestic violence charges for allegedly shoving and striking his wife.

Kurt Kramer, 47, expected to take office in January, was arrested Tuesday and spent a night in jail before being released on a $300 bond. His next court hearing was scheduled for Dec. 16, four days after he is to be sworn in to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

According to police, Kramer's wife, Lyubov Arestova, said he pushed and hurt her after she allegedly refused to pose for nude photographs. He also is accused of choking a 14-year-old relative in the melee.

Kramer told the Associated Press on Thursday, "No, I didn't hit her, and no, I didn't strike her." He also denied asking her to pose nude.

Kramer has a previous assault and battery conviction for slamming a door on a police officer's arm and leg as the officer tried to serve Kramer with a personal protection order from his former wife, who alleged that he assaulted her.




Thursday, November 16, 2000

Officer Aleem Abdullah - Acquitted - Benton Harbor PD

Also See:

Officer Aleem Abdullah - CSC charges [December 1999]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2000/01/officer-aleem-abdullah-benton-harbor-pd.html

 

Officer Aleem Abdullah - Domestic violence allegation [November 23, 2001]http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2001/11/officer-aleem-abdullah-benton-harbor-pd.html



2000: Officer Aleem Abdullah [Benton Harbor PD] was charged with having sex with an underage girl while on duty. But a jury acquitted him.

2001: Nikkita Abdullah [wife of Officer Aleem Abdullah] is placed on probation for a domestic violence charge.

November 21, 2001: Nikkita Abdullah [wife of Officer Aleem Abdullah] was charged with assault and battery against Verna McGruder, while on probation for domestic violence.


November 23, 2001: An alteraction takes place between Nikkita and Officer Abdullah. Nikkita files a domestic violence complaint against her husband / Officer Abdullah. Berrien County SD is unable to determine who the instigator was, therefore the prosecutor did not file charges.







Patrolman may face charges
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 12:00 am
Updated: 4:53 pm, Tue Nov 15, 2011.
By H-P STAFF
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/patrolman-may-face-charges/article_0103e91c-4b18-5b83-8cfc-6136533a4356.html

BENTON HARBOR -- A Benton Harbor police patrolman is facing a domestic violence complaint stemming from an alleged incident Friday, officials said Monday.

Berrien County Prosecutor James Cherry said he will review a sheriff's department report on Aleem Abdullah. Sheriff's Chief Deputy William Marx reported the department is investigating the complaint filed by Abdullah's wife, Nikkita. The sheriff's department was asked by Benton Harbor police to handle the investigation because Abdullah is one of its officers.

Marx released no details about the incident, other than it occurred at 6:08 p.m. at 1252 Bishop St., Benton Harbor, and no arrests were made.

Cherry said he received the report minutes before 5 p.m. Monday and had not yet read it. He said he probably would make a decision Wednesday whether to press charges in the incident.

Abdullah was charged last year with having sex with an underage girl while on duty. But a jury acquitted him.













Benton Harbor cop not guilty of sex charges

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2000 12:00 am
By CAROL KNAPP / H-P Staff Writer
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/benton-harbor-cop-not-guilty-of-sex-charges/article_bca51e08-3e5b-5b3f-871d-68b0fe46301a.html

ST. JOSEPH -- A jubilant Aleem Abdullah clasped his hands high above his head as though giving thanks to a higher power Thursday after a Berrien Trial Court jury found him not guilty of having sex with an underage girl.

The jury of six men and six women deliberated a little over two hours before returning a verdict.

Abdullah said he never doubted the verdict would be in his favor "because I'm innocent and I was confident the truth would bear that out."

His attorney, Tat Parish of Watervliet, said the best piece of evidence corroborating Abdullah's assertion of innocence was a videotape from the Target Store in Benton Township that shows Abdullah purchasing a bedspread.

It appears to be the same comforter his teen-age accuser said was on the bed at his Bishop Street home in December when she claimed the two had sex. The tape was made March 18, and the store also provided a receipt showing the purchase on that date.

"That's the reason you have trials and defense," said Parish. "Often times if you don't look at things in a critical way you don't see the truth. If you only looked at what the girl had to say, you might have presumed Aleem was guilty, but sometimes the truth comes out in extreme ways."

The girl claimed she had sex with Abdullah two times when she was 15. She claimed a third encounter took place in a police vehicle in January, but no criminal charge resulted from that allegation because by then she had turned 16, the legal age of consent.

The trial in Judge John Fields' courtroom lasted seven days. Abdullah was acquitted of two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A juror who did not wish to give his name said the girl was not a good witness.

"She kept changing her story. She just wasn't believable," he said. "There wasn't any physical evidence against the defendant, and the prosecution didn't present a strong case."

Abdullah said he felt good about the decision and said he was looking forward to going back to work.

"This unfortunate incident is not going to make me want to stop serving the community I belong to," he said. "I don't ever want to face the judicial system on that side again.

"I was fortunate that Mr. Parish was able to provide me with a good defense, but I think being assertive and using my knowledge as a police officer, I was also able to help myself."

Abdullah, on the Benton Harbor department for nearly five years, said he planned to be more diligent about keeping his paperwork in line.

"From now on I'm going to be more careful about crossing all my t's and dotting all my i's," he said.

According to his testimony, Abdullah gave the girl a ride home on the night she claimed the two first had sex. He said he radioed a dispatcher to report what he was doing and also claimed he wrote down information about the incident, but later threw out the paper in accordance with department practice.

The officer's daily log sheets for key days could not be found, but Abdullah testified that was not unusual for the department.

Benton Harbor Police Chief Douglas Wright said he expected that Abdullah would be reinstated.

"I instructed him to be in my office Monday morning to go over the preliminaries, to make sure he has all his equipment and so forth," Wright said.