Thursday, May 31, 2007

Assist Prosecutor Kevin Floyd - Kent County






On May 31, 2007, Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Floyd attempted to have a May 10th parenting time ruling appealed...in his five year ongoing divorce /child custody case.




ALSO SEE:
Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Floyd. May 23, 2007: Assault and battery; aggravated stalking charges.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2003/10/october-22-2003-assistant-prosecutor.html


Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Floyd. October 2003: Jailed for 7 days.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2003/10/assistant-prosecutor-kevin-floyd-kent.html


Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Floyd. February 27, 2004: Pretrial release revocation hearing for failure to pay electronic tether fees.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2004/02/assistant-prosecutor-kevin-floyd-kent.html


Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Floyd. July 12, 2005: Violation of probation.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2005/07/assistant-prosecutor-kevin-floyd-kent.html


Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Floyd. December 30, 2005: Criminal contempt in civil case / divorce case.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2005/12/assistant-prosecutor-kevin-floyd-kent.html


Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Floyd. August 21, 2006: 30 day suspension ordered by State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board for Floyd's assault and battery conviction.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/08/assistant-prosecutor-kevin-floyd-kent.html















Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Officer Ken DeKleine - PPO Violation - Holland PD




Officer Kenneth DeKleine [Holland PD]: Allgations that on Memorial Day / May 29, 2007, Officer DeKleine had violated the Personal Protective Order that his ex-wiffe [Lori] had obtained against him.

The Holland PD responded to Lori's 911 call, but claimed that there was not enough evidence to support Lori's claim that Officer DeKleine had violated the PPO.





Lori DeKleine's PPO that she obtained on January 31, 2007, and which was filed with the Holland Police Department.
 











 












After Lori was murdered by Officer DeKleine [January 10, 2008] Chief Kruithoff admitted that he didn't even know what was contained in Lori's personal protective order [that had been filed with his police department in January 2007].










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COP'S WIFE LORI DEKLEINE TERRIFIED [CHANNEL 8]












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OFFICER DEKLEINE CHARGED FOR KILLING WIFE LORI [CHANNEL 8 NEWS]














Officer Ken DeKleine [Holland PD]: MURDER OF LORI DEKLEINE  [January 10, 2008]

http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2008/01/officer-ken-dekleine-holland-police.html








Update: Chief says cop charged in slaying seemed stable

Posted by Muskegon Chronicle
January 14, 2008 19:21PM
http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/01/update_chief_says_cop_charged.html

HOLLAND -- Police Chief John Kruithoff this afternoon said there no clear signs that Officer Ken DeKleine, accused of murdering his wife, might be unstable.

Police knew DeKleine was going through a divorce and that Lori DeKleine had a restraining order against him, Kruithoff said, but prosecutors did not find enough evidence to charge him with any violations in two 911 calls she made about him.

The first call involved their meeting at a Memorial Day parade in which their son was a marching band member. The second was in August when Ken DeKleine went to see a pastor at Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church, where Lori DeKleine worked, but he believed she was not there at the time.

"He didn't suppress the fact he was having marital problems," Kruithoff said. "But obviously he suppressed something enough where he committed this act.

"Nobody came to me and said, 'Boy, there is something wrong with Ken,'" he said. "Ken came to work and did his job."



Officer Ken DeKleine - Murdered ex-wife Lori - Holland PD [Jan 10, 2008]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2008/01/officer-ken-dekleine-holland-police.html

Officer Ken DeKleine - PPO violations & Abuse allegations
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2008/01/officer-dekleine-ppo-violations.html

Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation :January 10, 2008
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2008/01/officer-kenneth-dekleine-holland-pd_10.html

Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation: January 08, 2008
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2008/01/officer-kenneth-dekleine-holland-pd.html

Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation: September 2007
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/09/officer-kenneth-dekleine-holland-pd.html

Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation: August 2007
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/08/officer-kenneth-dekleine-holland-pd.html

Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation: May 2007
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/05/officer-kenneth-dekleine-holland-pd.html

Officer Kenneth Dekleine, Breaking and entering complaint: January 27, 2007
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/01/officer-kenneth-dekleine-holland-pd.html

Officer Kenneth Dekleine: Allegations he abused Lori
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/01/officer-kenneth-dekleine-holland-pd_3364.html

Officer Kenneth Dekleine: Allegations he used recording devices to stalk Lori
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/01/officer-kenneth-dekleine-holland-pd_2294.html

Officer Kenneth Dekleine: Allegations he raped Lori
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/01/officer-kenneth-dekleine-holland-pd_31.html

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Deputy Jeffrey Stromer - Houghton County SD




Under MCL 769.4a [Michigan's loophole to the  Lautenberg Gun Ban Amendment], Stromer pleaded no contest to the DV charge - and the three charges of CSC were dropped. Stromer was placed on probation.... 








After Deputy Jeffrey Stromer completed his probation, Sheriff Brian McLean rehired Stromer at the Houghton County Sheriff Department.

Sheriff McLean's reasoning behind rehiring a man who had been charged with THREE counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct?

"He [Deputy Jeffrey Stromer] tried to change his life around," he said. "We gave him an opportunity to work ..." Sheriff’s candidates talk drugs, jail - 10012016 - The Daily Mining Gazette



Where was Sheriff McLean's obligation to the safety and concern of  Stromer's victim ... The Houghton County Community ... And Houghton County Sheriff Department staff?


Has Sheriff McLean underestimated the public's voice on Officer Involved Domestic Violence -- as the Southgate Police Department did, earlier this year? 









Houghton County sheriff candidates discuss issues before election
By Aleah Hordges 
Posted: Fri 11:47 AM, Oct 21, 2016  | 
Updated: Fri 11:41 PM, Oct 21, 2016


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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Two candidates are proving to voters why they should be Houghton County sheriff.

Brian McLean has been sheriff for 20 years.

Since then, he says he's brought in well over one million dollars in grant money.

Recent renovations have been done in the department, including the front office and kitchen.

"The major focus this time around was the bring the kitchen up to health department standards for the first time in many years," said McLean. "They require x amount of sinks, they require this, they require that."

His opponent Derek Poyhonen has been a corrections officer for many years and says money should go into better securing the jail's court yard.

"We've had escapes in here before. They've made it easier for them to get out," said Poyhonen. "They want to put $200,000 to $300,000 into a kitchen and front officers and then they're neglecting public security in my opinion."

Both candidates say they will immediately address the community's drug problem, as it's overcrowding the county jail.

McLean says he'll continue to work closely with courts to make sure first time drug offenders are not locked up.

"We have to make the decision about locking up people who we're just temporarily mad at or people that we're afraid of and we want to save our beds for those that we more likely to harm someone," mentioned McLean.

Poyhonen says if elected, he will enforce sheriff deputy programs in schools and civil forfeiture on drug dealers.

"If you're rolling up here in a $60,000 Escalade with $10,000, and a bunch of meth and heroin, you have no ties to this area, I would look into getting the property," added Poyhonen.

Despite each candidate's beliefs, opinions and differences, both candidates say if elected they promise to work by the people and for the people of Houghton County.













Sheriff’s candidates talk drugs, jail
October 1, 2016
By Garrett Neese (gneese@mininggazette.com)
The Daily Mining Gazette
http://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/554686/Sheriff-s-candidates-talk-drugs--jail.html?nav=5098

HANCOCK - Questions about drugs and the Houghton County Jail dominated the sheriff portion of Thursday's Copper Country League of Women Voters forum for candidates in contested countywide seats.

Republican Sheriff Brian McLean, who has held the post since 1996, is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Derek Poyhonen, who has been a corrections officer with the county for the past 15 years.

McLean said his biggest priority for the next term would be reducing the drug problem, which he said has become "a tidal wave." After law enforcement and the medical community clamped down on opiates, illegal drugs, particularly heroin, rushed in to fill the void.

"When we start to see people losing their lives because of this terrible addiction, that is one of our biggest looming problems right now," he said.

Poyhonen said he would like to address the area's drug problem through educating local children. Reducing drugs could also reduce violent crime and help ease the strain on the jail, he said.

"I would like to get into schools, 2 through 6, build a relationship with the kids, get a junior deputy program going," he said. "That will carry on in the upper grades. That is where I would like to get into drug and alcohol awareness. It might not pay off right away, but it will pay off in the long run."

Poyhonen said his other main goal was returning "integrity, accountability and transparency" to the sheriff's department. He pointed to the department's rehiring of Jeffrey Stromer, a former deputy who was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic assault charge against his ex-wife after first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges were dropped.

"I will never question my opponent's heart," Poyhonen said. "I will never question his compassion for the voters. But mistakes are being made within the department."

McLean said Stromer had been rehired after his sentence and probation was completed.

"He tried to change his life around," he said. "We gave him an opportunity to work at a time where a couple of our corrections officers left their job early and we needed some immediate help. He worked for a couple months and then resigned."

McLean said he had worked closely with community groups and maintained an open-door policy, something which Poyhonen said he would also follow.

McLean keeps him home number listed in the phone book, though he said he doesn't get many work calls at home.

"People will call at the office, stop by, come in," he said. "They want to see sometime, hear about something, we're always very accountable."

The most audience questions came on the subject of the aging jail. Voters most recently voted down a proposal for a combined jail, sheriff's department and district court in 2010.

Poyhonen said he would like to see a bigger police presence for higher-profile cases, particularly in district court. With the jail, he said, the county needs to respect the voters' judgment.

"We're overcrowded," he said. "It's a juggling act every day, and we did it today. We're not going to get a new one. It's a dead issue. So we have to find an alternative way to work with what we have."

McLean said the county has the fewest beds of any in the Upper Peninsula. However, he said, they've been able to work with the courts and prosecutor's office to keep some offenders out of jail through means such as community service sentences.

"We always have to ask ourselves: Who do you want in jail? Do you want people in jail that you're just temporarily mad at, or do you want people in jail that you're afraid of?" he said.

Both candidates feared the potential for a lawsuit against the county. McLean brought up Genesee County, where a federal judge decreed the county's jail didn't have enough room, leaving the county to foot the bill for a new jail.

Four jail studies have been done since 1985, McLean said. The public is past the first hurdle of recognizing the problem, he said, but haven't settled on a solution.

"For years people were saying, 'There's nothing wrong with the old jail, it's good enough,'" he said. "Now, I think the majority of people have said 'There is a problem there, and something needs to be done. I just don't know what that is.'"

In the meantime, Poyhonen said, some fixes need to be put in place. He called for what he said would be a "simple fix" to part of the recreation area where a prisoner escaped 10 years ago that has yet to be addressed.

As a corrections officer, he said, the back of the jail staff has been frustrated with the remodeling in the front offices, including a new kitchen put in this year. He acknowledged the obstacles in doing so - namely, a Department of Corrections requirement that changing any part of the secure area requires bringing the jail up to code.

"If we start tearing into it, we've got to redo the whole thing, but we've got to watch where we're spending our money," he said.

McLean said the corrections officers have the worst jobs of the staff, working "essentially out of what is a broom closet." But bringing the entire jail up to code will cost millions of dollars, he said.

"We constantly work with the board, with the citizens' group, educating, hoping to come across with the legislators - we're looking for money," he said.




















Deputy Jeffrey Stromer at his sentencing hearing (Stromer is pictured on the right). In a plea agreement, Deputy Stromer was able to have the three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against him dropped, in exchange for him pleading no-contest to a domestic violence charge.

Instead of life in prison, on the three first-degree CSC charges, Deputy Stromer only received 6-24 months of probation for aggravated domestic violence.


Stromer was allowed to return to work at the Houghton County Sheriff Department - working in the county jail, following his conviction.




Apparently, Deputy Stromer reutnred to duty at the Houghton County Sheriff Department, following his domestic violence conviction:


http://www.coppercountry.com/HoughtonSheriff.php

Jeffrey A. Stromer,
Deputy Sheriff (Badge #103)
Road patrol officer works traffic, complaints, accidents, court duties, civil process, as well as transporting court ordered mentally ill patients. Has general fill in duties, as well as assisting in day to day operations.






http://wppa.com/news/03-05/Michigan_News.htm
News From The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
By Emil Kezerle
Business Agent/Coordinator, Upper Michigan Office
1342 U.S. Highway 2, Crystal Falls, Michigan 49921 • 906-875-4990 • 800-361-1269
Political Action and the Upper Michigan Law Enforcement Association

UMLEA Board of Directors
Member: Deputy Jeff Stromer
Houghton County Deputy Sheriffs Association














Former Sheriff's Deputy Gets Probation
WLUC TV6-  Houghton
August 2, 2007
http://www.wluctv6.com/Global/story.asp?S=6879283

A former deputy with the Houghton County Sheriff's Department on Monday was sentenced to 6-24 months of probation for aggravated domestic assault.

Forty-six-year-old Jeffery Stromer was arrested in May for domestic and sexual assault and was convicted of a misdemeanor last month.

Three felony charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain. Stromer also lost his job at the Sheriff's Department.

"I'm sure you'll never see him in this courtroom again," said his attorney, Frank Stupak. "And I'm sure he will prove to his family and to this community that justice for him is a term of probation with a delayed sentence.

"Special Judge Tim Brennan handed down the sentence of probation instead of jail time.













Deputy takes plea bargain in sex case
Daily Mining Gazette, MI
By KURT HAUGLIE, DMG Writer
Friday, June 22, 2007
http://www.mininggazette.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=7522

HOUGHTON — A Houghton County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested by a detective from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post in May on a domestic violence charge and three charges of first degree criminal sexual assault pleaded no contest to the domestic violence charge Thursday in 97th District Court in Houghton.

Jeffery Stromer, 46, of Laurium, made the plea to Baraga County Probate Judge Timothy Brennan, who was presiding in place of Houghton District Court Judge Phillip Kukkonen to avoid any conflict of interest since Stromer is a Houghton County deputy.

Baraga County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph O’Leary, who also presided to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, said a plea agreement had been reached with Stromer and his attorney, Frank Stupak. With the plea, the three charges of criminal sexual conduct were dropped.

“I have also agreed that I will not oppose a delay of sentence,” O’Leary said.

Brennan then asked Stromer if he understood that the domestic violence charge means without intent to commit murder or great bodily harm. He said he may not delay sentence in which case Stromer would not be able to withdraw his plea.

Brennan asked Stromer, also, if he understood that a no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for the purposes of sentencing. Stromer said he understood all the points.

Brennan said he wanted a pre-sentencing investigation of the case, and will try to get an investigator from outside the Houghton County area. He set 3 p.m. Aug. 2 for the sentencing of Stromer and continued the $25,000 cash bond, which was posted.

A condition of the bond is that Stromer can’t have in-person contact with the victim.

O’Leary said the maximum penalty for the domestic violence charge is one year in jail and/or $1,000.













Local deputy placed on leave
Charged with sex crime
Daily Mining Gazette, MI - 9 hours ago
By GARRETT NEESE, DMG Writer
May 30, 2007
http://www.mininggazette.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=7222

HOUGHTON — A Houghton County Sheriff’s Department deputy arrested on first-degree criminal sexual conduct and domestic violence charges has been put on administrative leave, sheriff’s department Capt. Marjorie Chandonais said Tuesday.

Jeffrey A. Stromer, 46, was arrested by Michigan State Police troopers Saturday, following an investigation into a domestic violence complaint. MSP Det. Sgt. Tom Rajala said the investigation was prompted by a complaint from the alleged victim.

Rajala would not release the alleged victim’s relationship to Stromer, citing a need for privacy.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by up to life in prison. Stromer was arraigned on Sunday with a cash bond set at $25,000.

Sheriff’s department Sgt. Chuck Cadwell said Stromer posted bail and was released.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for June 11 in 97th District Court.Investigative assistance in the case was provided by the Laurium Police Department, the Houghton County Sheriff Department, and a detective from the Michigan State Police post in Negaunee Township.

When asked this morning by the Gazette for a copy of Stromer’s mug shot, Chandonais declined to release it, because the suspect had been booked in Baraga County.

A Baraga County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman declined to release the photo, as the sheriff was not present.




MI POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED PERPETRATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW ENFORCEMENT MURDER SUICIDE

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Officer Robert Vargas - Lansing PD












Officer found guilty of verbal abuse
Lansing policeman on trial for incidents with ex-girlfriend
Lansing State Journal, MI - 1 hour ago
Kevin Grasha
Published September 11, 2007
http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070911/NEWS01/709110326/1001/news

A Lansing police officer has been found guilty of being verbally abusive toward his former girlfriend over the telephone.

But he was found not guilty of a domestic violence charge.

Robert Vargas, 39, was arrested after a May 22 fight at the woman's Blackman Township home.

They had recently broken up, police said. Both charges are misdemeanors. Vargas, who has been on paid administrative leave since the incident, faces up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Jackson County District Court.

Vargas' attorney, Fred Blackmond, did not return calls seeking comment. Vargas' telephone number is not listed.The verdict came Friday after a jury trial before Jackson County District Judge R. Darryl Mazur.

A few days after the woman broke off the relationship, Vargas went to her home, yelled at her, and at one point, pinned her to a bed, according to trial testimony. On the stand, Vargas admitted lying to a superior when he at first denied being at the woman's home.

An internal investigation continues, Police Chief Mark Alley said Monday.
He could not say when it would be completed."Discipline could include, but is not limited to, termination of employment," Alley said. "Whether it's a misdemeanor or a felony, we look at the facts surrounding the incident on a case-by-case basis and make a determination from there."

Jackson County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Schwalm, who handled the case, said the county's elected prosecutor, Henry Zavislak, instructed him not to offer Vargas a plea deal.

"He wanted to make sure (county residents) know we enforce the law equally with everyone, regardless of position," Schwalm said.

Vargas has worked for the department about a decade.

In 2004, Vargas was shot four times when he interrupted a robbery.

After being wounded, he shot and killed one of two men involved in the break-in. It was determined that Vargas' use of deadly force was justified.












Lansing police officer charged with domestic assault
Evening update
Lansing State Journal
Kevin Grasha
Published May 23, 2007
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070523/NEWS01/705230387

A Lansing police officer, who was arrested Tuesday night on a domestic assault charge, was placed on paid administrative leave today.

Rob Vargas, who has been with the department about a decade, was arrested in Blackman Township in Jackson County.

Vargas could not be reached today for comment.

Lansing Chief Mark Alley said Vargas also will face an internal affairs investigation, "where he could face anything from exoneration to termination.""We do not tolerate criminal misconduct by any member of our agency," Alley said.

In 2004, Vargas was shot four times when he interrupted a robbery at a south Lansing townhouse. After being wounded, he shot and killed one of two men involved in the break-in. Prosecutors determined Vargas' use of deadly force was justified.

The incident was the first time in more than a decade that a Lansing officer was shot in the line of duty.





MI POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED PERPETRATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW ENFORCEMENT MURDER SUICIDE

Officer Brandon Robinson - Lowell PD
























Former police officer gets jail time, probation
Published: Friday, April 18, 2008, 11:45 PM
Updated: Friday, April 18, 2008, 11:47 PM
By The Grand Rapids Press
The Grand Rapids Press
http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/04/former_police_officer_gets_jai.html

ALLEGAN -- A former Lowell police officer accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2002 was sentenced to 11 months in jail and five years of probation Friday in Allegan County Circuit Court.

Brandon Clare Robinson, 31, of Wyoming, was sentenced for second-degree child abuse as part of a plea agreement where prosecutors dismissed a sexual assault charge.

Allegations against Robinson surfaced last year when the teen, now 18, divulged to his sister the molestation secret he kept for five years.

The victim alleged Robinson molested him several times over at least a year at Sandy Pines Resort near Hopkins, where Robinson had a trailer.

Robinson, who resigned from the Lowell Police Department in February, had worked full time since 2005 and part time since December 2002.

Before that, he worked as a part-time deputy with the Allegan County Sheriff's Department from April 2000 to May 2002.

He had been on unpaid administrative leave before his resignation.

At Friday's sentencing, the victim talked about the molestation's harmful emotional impact, Allegan County Assistant Prosecutor Doug Ketchum said.

The child abuse conviction keeps Robinson off the state's sex-offender registry, but Ketchum said it should end any career in law enforcement.

"I would think anyone with any kind of felony conviction would not be a likely candidate for that type of job," he said.

Ketchum said it is not uncommon for victims to come forward about sexual assaults years after they occur, particularly when the victim is a child. Sometimes, they are frightened to tell anyone until they get older.












Officer in sex case quits Lowell job
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 9:33 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 9:35 AM
By John Tunison
The Grand Rapids Press
http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/02/officer_in_sex_case_quits_lowe.html




ALLEGAN -- A Lowell police officer accused of molesting a teenage friend six years ago at an Allegan County campground has resigned from the force after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

Brandon Clare Robinson, 30, was on unpaid administrative leave from the Lowell Police Department since May. He resigned Monday, police said.

He was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct after the alleged 2002 molestation surfaced when the teen, now 18, told his sister.

Robinson pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree child abuse, a four-year felony.

Robinson, a full-time Lowell officer since 2005 who worked part time for more than two years before that, was accused of molesting a teen family friend at a trailer Robinson had at Sandy Pines resort near Hopkins.

During a hearing in May, the teen testified he sometimes would spend the night at the trailer and said he was molested several times over months.

Robinson was not employed with Lowell then, but worked as a part-time Allegan County sheriff's deputy from April 2000 to May 2002.

He pleaded guilty to the child-abuse charge just days before his trial was to begin in Allegan County Circuit Court.

"He had to put his family first," said Robinson's attorney, Frank Stanley. "He has a young child at home. He wanted to think about what was in the best interest for his family."

Stanley said the trial may have come down to the teen's word against that of Robinson.

"There was a pretty significant factual dispute about what happened," Stanley said. "This was the best compromise."

Lowell Police Chief Jim Valentine said Robinson came to the Police Department on Monday to submit his resignation. With a felony conviction pending, he knew he could no longer serve, Valentine said.

The allegations against Robinson, described as a capable and respected officer, are still baffling even today, he said.

"It was just a state of total shock and surprise to our entire staff," Valentine said. "He was an outstanding police officer."

The department is close-knit, with seven full-time officers, eight part-time officers and two clerks.

Robinson could receive jail time at his March 14 sentencing, but is not expected to receive prison, his attorney said.












Lowell Police Officer Charged With Molesting 13 Year Old Boy
The Grand River Press
May 25, 2007
http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-36/1180015117327330.xml&coll=6

ALLEGAN, MICHIGAN – A Lowell police officer remains on administrative leave while facing criminal charges for an alleged 2002 sexual assault against a 13-year-old boy.

Brandon Clare Robinson, a full-time officer with Lowell for two years, is accused of molesting the teen in a trailer he had at Sandy Pines resort near Hopkins.

Robinson, 30, of Wyoming, worked as a part-time deputy with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department from April 2000 to May 2002, then became a part-time officer with Lowell in December 2002 before joining the force full-time, according to officials with the two agencies.

“He has been an outstanding officer,” Lowell Police Chief James Valentine said. “It kind of caught us all by surprise when this came up.”

Robinson earlier this week was ordered to stand trial in Allegan County Circuit Court on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a victim 13 to 15 years old.

His attorney, Steven Freeman of Lansing, said Robinson maintains his innocence.

“He denies any sexual involvement with this teen at all, regardless of when,” he said. “And there have been no other complaints by anybody, ever.

“It’s curious to me why he (the alleged victim) wants to come forward five years after something happens. That strikes me as odd,” Freeman said.

Robinson voluntarily came to Valentine in late February to divulge he was being investigated by the state police at the Wayland post. He was placed on paid administrative leave at the time.

Later, when charges were filed, he was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case.

The alleged victim, now 18, testified at a Tuesday court hearing that Robinson was a family friend who often drove him from Wyoming to Sandy Pines in 2002. The teen often would spend the night at the trailer.

“It started out doing truth-or-dare, then it turned into a sexual thing,” he testified.

He said the molestations happened several times over at least a year, but he did not tell anyone because Robinson told him not to and called it a “secret we have to take to our graves.”

“It didn’t seem right, but he told me it was normal and everyone did it,” the teen testified. “He had been a friend of the family for years. I trusted him.

“I was 13. I didn’t know right from wrong, really,” he said.

The teen said he kept the secret until last November, when he told his sister after a weekend hunting trip involving several people, including Robinson. The teen and Robinson did not get along during the trip, testimony showed.

Robinson is a patrol officer for Lowell Police, working an overlay shift between the normal day and night shifts. He is married, and his wife is pregnant, his attorney said.

Valentine said he will conduct an administrative investigation on Robinson when the court case is finished, so as to avoid any perception of conflict with the state police probe.

“Brandon has just been a very dedicated officer,” he said.

Freeman said the case essentially puts Robinson’s word against the teen’s word.

“To the best of my knowledge, there are no witnesses,” he said.

Robinson did not return a call seeking comment, and the state police detective who investigated the case was unavailable for comment.









Lowell officer charged in sex assault against boy
Thursday, May 24, 2007
By John Tunison
The Grand Rapids Press
http://www.mlive.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/news-36/1180015117327330.xml&coll=6

ALLEGAN -- A Lowell police officer remains on administrative leave while facing criminal charges for an alleged 2002 sexual assault against a 13-year-old boy.

Brandon Clare Robinson, a full-time officer with Lowell for two years, is accused of molesting the teen in a trailer he had at Sandy Pines resort near Hopkins.

Robinson, 30, of Wyoming, worked as a part-time deputy with the Allegan County Sheriff's Department from April 2000 to May 2002, then became a part-time officer with Lowell in December 2002 before joining the force full-time, according to officials with the two agencies.

"He has been an outstanding officer," Lowell Police Chief James Valentine said. "It kind of caught us all by surprise when this came up."

Robinson earlier this week was ordered to stand trial in Allegan County Circuit Court on two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct against a victim 13 to 15 years old.

His attorney, Steven Freeman of Lansing, said Robinson maintains his innocence.

"He denies any sexual involvement with this teen at all, regardless of when," he said. "And there have been no other complaints by anybody, ever.

"It's curious to me why he (the alleged victim) wants to come forward five years after something happens. That strikes me as odd," Freeman said.

Robinson voluntarily came to Valentine in late February to divulge he was being investigated by the state police at the Wayland post. He was placed on paid administrative leave at the time.

Later, when charges were filed, he was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case.

The alleged victim, now 18, testified at a Tuesday court hearing that Robinson was a family friend who often drove him from Wyoming to Sandy Pines in 2002. The teen often would spend the night at the trailer.

"It started out doing truth-or-dare, then it turned into a sexual thing," he testified.

He said the molestations happened several times over at least a year, but he did not tell anyone because Robinson told him not to and called it a "secret we have to take to our graves."

"It didn't seem right, but he told me it was normal and everyone did it," the teen testified. "He had been a friend of the family for years. I trusted him.

"I was 13. I didn't know right from wrong, really," he said.

The teen said he kept the secret until last November, when he told his sister after a weekend hunting trip involving several people, including Robinson. The teen and Robinson did not get along during the trip, testimony showed.

Robinson is a patrol officer for Lowell Police, working an overlay shift between the normal day and night shifts. He is married, and his wife is pregnant, his attorney said.

Valentine said he will conduct an administrative investigation on Robinson when the court case is finished, so as to avoid any perception of conflict with the state police probe.

"Brandon has just been a very dedicated officer," he said.

Freeman said the case essentially puts Robinson's word against the teen's word.

"To the best of my knowledge, there are no witnesses," he said.

Robinson did not return a call seeking comment, and the state police detective who investigated the case was unavailable for comment

Monday, May 14, 2007

Deputy Richard Rodden - Livingston SD

May 14, 2007: Deputy Richard Rodden, Livingston County Sheriff Department




Deputy in Livingston sex inquiry quits

Female prisoners claim county officer fondled them; State Police study possible charges.
Valerie Olander
The Detroit News
May 02, 2008

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080502/METRO04/805020351/1409/METRO

HOWELL --A Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy resigned this week amid accusations he fondled several female inmates and committed a sex act with a woman during transports between the county jail and courthouse, police said Thursday.

The 12-year-road patrol deputy was suspended last Friday when an internal probe "found validity to the complaint" and the case was forwarded to the State Police to determine if charges are warranted, Sheriff Bob Bezotte said Thursday.

"One inmate brought this to our attention. We're not sure how many victims there are at this point," Bezotte said.

The officer's name was not released.

"There is more than one complainant and I don't have all the details yet," said Detective 1st Lt. Gene Kappof the Michigan State Police.

The road patrol deputy had been assigned since October to court transports, an 18-month assignment rotated among deputies. Bezotte said the deputy has never had any disciplinary issues.

A woman sentenced on a drug charge returned from court to the Livingston County Jail on April 25 and told the jail chaplain about a consensual sex act, Bezotte said.

Bezotte declined to comment about whether favors were promised in exchange.

"Not only am I upset about these allegations, but the whole department is embarrassed that this was occurring," Bezotte said.

Detectives from the State Police are working with the Livingston County Prosecutor's Office.

Kapp said he expects the investigation to take several weeks. This is the third Livingston County sheriff's deputy who resigned or was fired for alleged misconduct in the past year.

A trial is pending for former deputy Ryan Vorhies, 28, who was fired after being charged with felony drunken driving causing injury to two people in June and having open beer in the vehicle. He had been at a county legal association golf outing.

Meanwhile, a well-known K-9 deputy, Richard Rodden, also resigned from the Sheriff's Department after being charged with domestic violence in connection with an alleged incident last May at his Fowlerville home while on duty.

The charges were later dropped.

You can reach Valerie Olander at (517) 552-5503 or volander@detnews.com.











Former deputy's charges dropped

By Lisa Roose-Church
DAILY PRESS and ARGUS
Sunday, July 22, 2007
http://www.dailypressandargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/articleAID=/20070722/NEWS01/707220331/1002

A former Livingston County sheriff's deputy's domestic violence trial came to an abrupt halt Friday after the prosecution learned the alleged victim had a MySpace page that called her credibility into question.

On Kimberly Rodden's Web page is a photograph of handcuffs and the words, "Make them tight. I've been bad." She also wrote, "Innocent until proven guilty" and describes herself as a "spunky, sassy Asian sensation.""I am spoiled and I get what I want," Kim Rodden posted on her Web page while bragging about a Ford F-150 pickup truck that she wanted and testified that her husband purchased for her.

The Web posting details — which came as a surprise to the prosecution — became important after Kim Rodden testified that her husband, former Deputy Richard "Rick" Rodden, handcuffed her during one alleged domestic violence incident before striking her.

"If she's a victim, I'm a Japanese aviator," Plymouth defense attorney Richard Convertino told the court.

Richard Rodden declined the Daily Press & Argus' request for an interview. However, in an emotional moment and choking back tears in court, he thanked the seven-member Livingston County District Court jury for their service.

While Richard Rodden's supporters hugged one another outside of court, his wife's supporters stood stunned as they tried to understand why the charges were dropped. One supporter of Kim Rodden's pointed a finger at Richard Rodden as he left the courtroom and said, "You know you're guilty."

Assistant Prosecutor Dan Rose said the presentation of the Web pages in court "was the first time" his office had seen that evidence. He made a motion to dismiss the charges, which Convertino immediately accepted.

"When you make a decision like this, you weigh the value of the evidence you have, the evidence you don't have, the credibility of the witness, and you make a decision," Prosecutor David Morse said Friday afternoon. "We felt it would be in the best interest of justice to not pursue it."

Richard Rodden — who was accused of striking his wife, handcuffing her and putting a pillow over her face — faces no further charges from the incidents because double jeopardy would be an issue, Morse said. Double jeopardy means a person cannot be tried twice for the same offense.

In the opening day of testimony Thursday, Kim Rodden testified that her husband would lose control. She said he kicked her, handcuffed her and slapped her on the side of the head "four or five times." She also accused him of putting a pillow on her face and trying to suffocate her.

Richard Rodden was charged with domestic violence after arguing with his wife May 14. During that argument, Kim Rodden testified, her husband used pressure point techniques on her to get her to stand up before throwing her on the couch where he "charged" on her after the ringer for a text message sounded.

She said during the argument, her husband took out what she thought was his Taser stun gun and held it down by his side. She said he pointed the gun at his head and told her that he would die for her, but would not kill himself for her.

Police later learned Richard Rodden had pulled his service weapon out, not the Taser gun.

On Friday, Convertino and co-counsel Lenore Ferber spent most of the day attacking Kim Rodden's credibility. He argued to introduce testimony about her alleged aggression in a previous marriage, but District Judge Carol Sue Reader ruled that he could only do that if he could prove the woman had been aggressive toward Richard Rodden during the argument on May 14.No testimony indicated that Kim Rodden had been aggressive toward her husband that day.

Convertino then successfully fought to admit into evidence Kim Rodden's online postings, including a photograph of her sitting in her husband's Trans Am.

After Reader ruled the Web pages were relevant to impeach the complainant's claims of domestic violence, Rose asked for a recess to talk to Kim Rodden and to call his office.

A few minutes later Rose asked to dismiss the case and Reader agreed when Convertino did not object.

Convertino echoed the judge's sentiment to the jury that had they decided the case, they no doubt would have returned a "fair and just verdict."

"This was a fair and just verdict," Convertino said. "I commend Mr. Rose for recognizing the truthfulness of the case and dismissing it."

Richard Rodden, who was deputy of the year in 2003 for the Sheriff's Department, resigned in May after being charged and after an internal investigation that revealed he had violated departmental policies, Sheriff Bob Bezotte previously said.

Asked if Richard Rodden would get his job back, Bezotte declined Friday to comment, saying, "He is no longer an employee of our department. I have no comment."













Prosecutor: Ex-deputy hit wife

Livingston Daily, MI
17 hours ago
By Lisa Roose-Church
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
Originally published July 20, 2007
http://www.dailypressandargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070720/NEWS01/707200316/1002

An assistant prosecutor said a well-trained police officer used his training to subdue and physically strike his wife, whom he believed was having an affair, but defense attorneys say the woman's complaints came only after she was served with divorce papers.

Those comments came in opening arguments at the trial of former deputy Richard "Rick" Rodden, who is charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.

The jury trial, which was adjourned early due to a storm that knocked out power to the Judicial Center, continues today in Livingston County District Judge Carol Sue Reader's courtroom.

Testimony Thursday indicated that Rodden had previously tried to suffocate his wife, Kimberly, with a pillow, and handcuffed her before slapping her four or five times in the head during two separate arguments.

Assistant Prosecutor Dan Rose said Rick Rodden's "jealousies and concern boiled over" on May 14 when he physically struck his wife after subduing her using techniques he learned as a police officer.

"It had become an emotional torment for her," Rose said.

Plymouth defense attorney Richard Convertino said the Roddens had an "immature relationship." However, he said, Kimberly Rodden didn't make her first domestic violence complaint, which alleged the pillow and handcuff incidents, with the Sheriff's Department until April — one day after he had her served with divorce papers.

Convertino said the divorce papers came after his client "saw his wife engaged with another man." Convertino acknowledged that Kimberly Rodden indicated she didn't want to get her husband into trouble, but he questioned her motives."She went nuts," Convertino said. "She lost it. She was enraged."

Kimberly Rodden testified that it was her husband who lost control. She said during one argument about whether her husband was cheating, Rick Rodden kicked her, handcuffed her and slapped her upside the head "four or five times." She later said she thought her husband was cheating because he lied to her about talking to another woman.

Kimberly Rodden said her husband told her she was under arrest. She replied, "I'm not a criminal," and he slapped her and called her a derogatory word, Kimberly Rodden testified.

In a separate incident, the former deputy placed a pillow on her face and tried to suffocate her, Kimberly Rodden said. He also used a tracking device on her truck to find out where she was traveling, she added.

"He would completely lose control when he got angry," she said.

Kimberly Rodden said that on May 14 the couple began arguing after Rodden stepped on her cell phone. She bent over to get it and claims her husband used a pressure point technique on her to get her to stand up before throwing her on the couch where he "jumped" on her after the ringer for a text message sounded.

She said during the argument, her husband took out what she thought was his Taser gun and held it down by his side. She said he pointed the gun at his head and told her that he would die for her, but would not kill himself for her.

Police later learned Rick Rodden had pulled his service weapon out, not the Taser gun.

Convertino asked Kimberly Rodden why she told her husband to "go ahead" and shoot himself. She denied that her comment "go ahead" meant to kill himself.

"He saw everything slip away when his wife told him to shoot himself," Convertino told the jury in his opening statement.

Subsequent telephone messages, which Kimberly Rodden taped, from Rick Rodden to his wife were played in court. In those messages, the former deputy demanded to know why she was not answering her phone and used foul language.

In one taped phone conversation that occurred after Rick Rodden learned his wife had called police to report the May 14 incident, Kimberly Rodden asked her husband if he thought what he did to her was the right thing to do.

"No, Kim, I don't think it's right," Rick Rodden replied. "But I don't think it's right you're running around on me."

When Convertino asked Kimberly Rodden why she sounded so "calm and nonchalant" when she called 911, the woman said she was "trying to hold herself together."

A tape of Kimberly Rodden's call to 911 indicated a calm woman who identified herself as "Deputy Rick Rodden's wife." She told the dispatcher that her husband had assaulted her and as she described the assault.








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Jury set in ex-deputy's domestic violence trial
DetNews.com, MI
Saturday, June 30, 2007
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070630/METRO04/706300306/1015

The jury was selected Friday in the case of a former Livingston Sheriff's deputy charged with domestic violence. Richard Rodden will appear before Judge Carol Sue Reader on July 19 in 53rd District Court. Rodden, a former K-9 officer who has since resigned, was charged with assaulting his wife in Fowlerville on May 14.













Court Docket: Former deputy expected in court today

Livingston Daily, MI
Jun 29, 2007
http://www.dailypressandargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070629/NEWS01/706290307

A former Livingston County sheriff's deputy is expected in court today for jury selectionon his misdemeanor domestic violence case.

Jury selection is set for 8:30 a.m. for Richard Rodden, who resigned his position in May after being charged with domestic violence.

According to a police report, Rodden's wife accuses him of wrapping his fingertips on her neck and pushing "hard" into her neck while pushing her onto a couch after she grabbed her cell phone, which was underneath Rodden's foot. The woman said Rodden also "charged at me" once her cell phone's text-messaging tone went off because he wanted her phone. She said Rodden eventually backed off and he unholstered his service weapon, which he did not point at her.

Rodden is free on a $5,000 personal bond, with the conditions that he have no contact with his wife and he does not handle firearms. If convicted, he faces up to 93 days in jail.


















Court Docket: No plea deal in former deputy's domestic violence case

Livingston Daily, MI
Jun 12, 2007
http://www.dailypressandargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070612/NEWS01/706120307/1002

There was no plea deal Monday between the Livingston County prosecutor's office and a former sheriff's deputy accused of misdemeanor domestic violence.

Jury selection remains set for 8:30 a.m. June 29 for Richard Rodden, who resigned his position in May after being charged with domestic violence.

According to a police report, Rodden's wife accuses him of wrapping his fingertips on her neck and pushing "hard" into her neck while pushing her onto a couch after she grabbed her cell phone, which was underneath Rodden's foot.

The woman said Rodden also "charged at me" once her cell phone's text-messaging tone went off because he wanted her phone. She said Rodden eventually backed off and he unholstered his service weapon, which he did not point at her.

Sheriff Bob Bezotte said an internal investigation indicated that Rodden "pulled his weapon on her several times" in recent months. Although the former deputy did not point the weapon at his wife, Bezotte said the implication was enough to warrant Rodden's termination in combination with "other details that emerged from the investigation about (Rodden's) inappropriate conduct."

Rodden is free on a $5,000 personal bond, with the conditions that he have no contact with his wife and he does not handle firearms.

If convicted, Rodden faces up to 93 days in jail.

















LOCAL: No plea deal for ex-deputy

Livingston Daily, MI
Jun 5, 2007
http://www.dailypressandargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070605/NEWS01/70605010/1002

No plea deal was struck Monday for a former Livingston County Sheriff’s Department deputy in court for a pretrial hearing on charges he physically assaulted his wife during a dispute.

Richard Rodden, who served eight years with the department, was charged with one count of domestic violence for an alleged physical assault on his wife in which he pulled out his service weapon, although he did not point the gun at her. He has since resigned to avoid termination.

Whether Livingston County prosecutor’s office offered a plea deal to Rodden was not disclosed in court.

The domestic violence charge is a misdemeanor punishable to up to 93 days in jail. Jury selection is set for June 29.

According to a police report, Rodden’s wife, Kimberly, alleges he assaulted her as the two argued about her cell phone on May 14. An internal sheriff’s investigation claims Kimberly Rodden alleges she has been the victim of physical and emotional abuse by her husband throughout their marriage.

Rodden was allowed to purchase his canine partner, Logan.

















Sheriff: K-9 officer pulled gun on wife

DetNews.com, MI
Valerie Olander
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070522/METRO04/705220353/1015

HOWELL -- A Livingston County Sheriff's deputy who resigned Friday after being charged with assaulting his wife was on duty at the time and pulled out his service revolver, according to an internal investigation into last week's incident.

Richard Rodden, a K-9 officer well-known to schoolchildren for his visits with his German shepherd partner, pleaded not guilty last week to domestic violence, punishable by up to 93 days in jail. He is scheduled to be back in court June 4. A jury trial is tentatively set for June 29.

"He pulled the gun out and had put it down by his side," said Sheriff Bob Bezotte. "He didn't make a threat or point it, but the issue remains that he pulled the weapon out during a domestic violence incident with his wife and that's a huge problem."

The Sheriff's Department review called for Rodden's badge, although negotiations with his union representative allowed him to resign rather than be terminated, Bezotte said.

Rodden, an eight-year veteran of the department, had been an "excellent employee" making numerous arrests with his former canine partner, Jari, and more recently with his dog, Logan. The department has received national recognition for its K-9 program.

"Rick has done a lot for this department, but I strongly disagree with his actions," Bezotte said.

The alleged assault on his wife May 14 was not the first incident in which police were called to his Fowlerville-area home to settle a domestic dispute. She did not require medical attention in either case, police said.

"There was a prior incident being investigated that was referred to us," said 1st Lt. Tom Sands, commander of the Michigan State Police, Brighton Post. "That was ongoing and not investigated out of this post."

The case was handled by a detective in Lansing so not to give an appearance of impropriety, Sands said. State Police in Brighton work closely with Livingston Sheriff's deputies, he said.

Rodden was held in the Ingham County jail overnight before his arraignment in 53rd District Court on May 15.Rodden was released on $5,000 personal bond and ordered by District Judge Carol Sue Reader not to have any contact with his wife and not to handle any firearms.His attorney, Neal Neilsen, declined comment.

Rodden also coordinated the Shop With a Cop program providing needy children with Christmas presents.




















Deputy quits after assault allegations

Livingston Daily Press & Argus
By Lisa Roose-Church
DAILY PRESS and ARGUS
May 20, 2007
http://www.livingstondaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070520/NEWS01/705200331

A Livingston County Sheriff's Department deputy resigned Friday amid allegations he physically assaulted his wife, and pulled out his service weapon during the alleged incident.

Sheriff Bob Bezotte said he was set to terminate Deputy Richard Rodden's employment after an internal investigation into the domestic violence allegations. However, Bezotte accepted the union's request on Rodden's behalf to resign instead, effective immediately. Bezotte declined to give specific details on the internal investigation, but did confirm that Rodden, who was on duty Monday during the alleged assault, pulled out his service weapon while arguing with his wife.

"He pulled his weapon on her several times" in recent months, Bezotte said, noting that the deputy did not directly threaten his wife with the weapon as far as he knows.

However, the implication was enough to warrant Rodden's termination in combination with "other details that emerged from the investigation about (Rodden's) inappropriate conduct," the sheriff said.

Bezotte also confirmed that at least one other domestic violence report had been filed with the Michigan State Police against Rodden, but he did not release details about the allegations.

First Lt. Tom Sands, Brighton post commander, was not available Friday for comment.

Efforts to reach Rodden on Friday were unsuccessful. His attorney, Neal Nielsen, said, "I don't make comments about my client's personal affairs."

Rodden pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Livingston County District Court to one count of domestic violence after a 911 call was made by his wife, Kimberly, from the couple's Fowlerville-area home one day earlier.

He is free on a $5,000 personal bond, with the conditions that he have no contact with his wife and he does not handle firearms.

The pretrial exam is set for June 4, and if there is no plea deal, jury selection is set for June 29. If convicted as charged, Rodden faces up to 93 days in jail.

Police arrested Rodden at his home in the Fowlerville area at about 4:15 p.m. Monday for allegedly physically assaulting his wife after the two argued when he went home for lunch.

Details have not been released, but police said Rodden's wife did not require medical treatment for any physical injuries.

The Michigan State Police, which investigated, referred calls to Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse, who was not available for comment Friday.Rodden, who was a K-9 officer, will be allowed to purchase his partner, Logan, from the Sheriff's Department, Bezotte said, noting that it is difficult to retrain a police dog with another handler.

Rodden's K-9 partnerships have been successful and his work helped move the Sheriff's Department's K-9 program into national recognition, Bezotte said.

Rodden, who has been with the department since August 1999, worked with K-9 Jari from July 2001 to February 2006.

Rodden also coordinated the Sheriff's Department's Shop with a Cop program each Christmas season in which Livingston County children are paired up with members of the law enforcement community to shop for presents at Wal-Mart in Genoa Township.

















LOCAL: Deputy resigns in wake of domestic violence allegation
Livingston Daily, MI - 19 hours ago
May 18, 2007
http://www.dailypressandargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070518/NEWS01/70518020

Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte announced today that Deputy Richard Rodden has resigned from the Sheriff’s Department, effective immediately.

Rodden was arrested Monday on domestic violence charges.

He will be allowed to purchase his K-9 partner, Logan, from the department.Bezotte said an internal investigation on Rodden had been completed, and Rodden would have been terminated. Instead, Rodden chose to resign.














Deputy accused of domestic violence

By Lisa Roose-Church
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
May 16, 2007
http://www.dailypressandargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070516/NEWS01/705160310/1002

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is reeling from the arrest of Deputy Richard Rodden on Monday on domestic violence charges.

Sheriff Bob Bezotte said Tuesday that Rodden is one of his favorite deputies.

"This is the last officer I thought something like this would happen to," Bezotte said. "He's been a joy to have around."

Rodden is also known throughout the community for his K-9 partnerships with law enforcement dogs.

Rodden was arraigned on one count of domestic violence in Livingston County District Court Tuesday by Judge Carol Sue Reader. Bond was set at $5,000; Rodden was released on his personal recognizance with the stipulation that he have no contact with the victim and does not handle firearms.

Rodden is represented by Brighton attorney Nielsen, who did not return a call for comment by press time.

The pretrial exam in the domestic violence case is set for June 4, and jury selection in the case is set for June 29.

Police arrested Rodden at his home in the Fowlerville area at about 4:15 p.m. Monday. Police allege he physically assaulted his wife after the two argued when he went home for lunch. Details were not released.

Rodden's wife, whom police did not identify, did not require medical treatment for any physical injuries. Rodden is being held in the Ingham County jail to avoid any appearance of impropriety and for his safety.

The Michigan State Police, which investigated, referred calls to Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse, who said he could not comment because he had not yet seen the police report.

"It's unfortunate that this occurred; I wish the best for Rick and his wife and his family, and I feel bad he's going through this situation," Bezotte said. "On the other side, we deal with this, and Rick's dealt with it many times, and we all know this is unacceptable behavior. It's a black eye on law enforcement, certainly a black eye on this department. He'll be held accountable for his actions."

An internal investigation will be conducted and Rodden could face disciplinary action "up to and including termination," Bezotte said."You can't be a police officer and cross the line. The public expects more from us. I hold them (officers) to a higher standard. If you don't have integrity, you have no business being in this job."

Rodden's work with K-9 partnerships has been successful. He and his previous partner, Jari, placed in the top 1 percent at the U.S. Police Canine Association's National Detector Trials in Texas in 2005. They were also one of 35 canine teams working behind the scenes at the Super Bowl game in Detroit.

Rodden has been with the department since August 1999 and worked with Jari (pronounced Yah-dee) from July 2001 to February 2006, when Jari was placed into retirement due to a medical condition. Four days later, the dog was euthanized after an MRI indicated that he suffered from a malady in his spinal cord.

In that time, Jari, who was ranked No. 1 in Region 19 explosive detection, had successfully assisted the ATF with explosive searches as well as successfully located fireworks, handguns used in felonies and one explosive device.

In July 2005, Rodden and Jari also did explosives sweeps at Comerica Park for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.Rodden's current K-9 partner is Logan, a German shepherd; as well as Kbar, Jari's daughter.

Rodden also coordinates the Sheriff's Department's Shop with a Cop program each Christmas season in which Livingston County children are paired up with members of the law enforcement community to shop for presents at Wal-Mart in Genoa Township.













Livingston County deputy held in domestic violence case
DetNews.com, MI
Valerie Olander
The Detroit News
May 15, 2007
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070515/UPDATE/705150438/1003

A Livingston County Sheriff deputy has been suspended with pay pending an investigation stemming from a domestic violence arrest Monday at his Fowlerville-area home, Sheriff Bob Bezotte said today.

Richard Rodden, a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, was arrested by Michigan State Police about 4:15 p.m. Monday following an alleged physical assault on his wife. He is expected to be arraigned today, Bezotte said.

"All I know is there was domestic violence incident which rose to the level that he was arrested," Bezotte said.Rodden's wife did not need medical attention, he said.

Michigan State Police are handling the criminal investigation while the Sheriff's Department will be conducting an internal investigation.

The deputy is being held in Ingham County Jail instead of the Livingston Jail, where his co-workers operate the facility.



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