Thursday, March 3, 2011

Deputy Thomas Romano Sauve Jr. - Macomb SD




UPDATE: At a May 2012 trial, Deputy Thomas Sauve was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and stalking [he had orginally been charged with felonies]. On July 11, 2012, Deputy Sauve was sentenced to two years probation. Sauve is still facing allegations for his improper use of the LEIN system and disciplinary actions from the Sheriff Department.
















Macomb County Sheriff Deputy Thomas Romano Sauve Jr. was charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend; breaking into his ex girlfriend's home; stalking; domestic violence; and unauthorized use of a LEIN system.

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Deputy Sauve's arraignment









Judge Lucido ordered that he have no contact with his ex-girlfriend. He also ordered Deputy Sauve to wear a global positioning system tether which will sound an alarm if he goes within 500 feet of his ex-girlfriend.









In her PPO request, Deputy Sauve's ex-girlfriend stated that she had discovered that Sauve had lied to her about being married...and she broke off the relationship.









Deputy Sauve began to stalk her...and he even broke into her home.










During one confrontation, Deputy Sauve threw her to the ground and choked her as he screamed at her: "F***ing whore! Slut! Bitch! F*** you! I hate you!..."











It has been over a year since Deputy Sauve's arrest....and it appears that his case has disappeared. I cannot help but worry if Deputy Suave is back out on patrol and is continuing to stalk his ex-girlfriend...or if he is trolling for a new victim in his Macomb County Sheriff Department cruiser....








Deputy sentenced for stalking
By Frank DeFrank
Macomb Daily
Posted: Thursday, 07/12/12 12:01 am
Updated: Thursday, 07/12/12 09:13 am
http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20120712/NEWS02/120719946/deputy-sentenced-for-stalking

A suspended Macomb County deputy sheriff was placed on two years’ probation Wednesday following his conviction for stalking and domestic violence, according to court records.


Thomas Sauve, 35, also was ordered to have no contact with the victim, a woman with whom the married deputy admitted he’d had an affair. Sauve still must deal with allegations he improperly used the Law Enforcement Information Network system as well as face internal discipline from the county sheriff.

Sauve was sentenced Wednesday by Macomb Circuit Judge Matthew Switalski, who presided over the deputy’s trial. Sauve initially faced a felony home invasion charge, which could have sent him to prison for up to five years. He was accused of climbing to the woman’s second-floor apartment and entering without permission while she was there with a male friend. But he was acquitted of that charge and convicted of the lesser misdemeanor offenses last May.

The deputy’s future employment with the Macomb County Sheriff Department is still to be determined. Sauve was suspended pending the resolution of the criminal charges. Now, he’ll face discipline procedures as outlined by the deputies’ collective bargaining agreement.

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“Now that the sentencing aspect is over, we will move forward,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “He’s going to have an opportunity (for a discipline hearing). We’ll make our decision after that.”

Wickersham said the discipline to be meted out to Sauve could range from a suspension “up to and including discharge.”

Sauve went to work for the Macomb County Sheriff Department in 1999 as a corrections officer. He was sworn in as a deputy in 2003.














Jury to decide fate of suspended Macomb County deputy
By Jameson Cook
Posted: Wednesday, 05/23/12 12:01 am
Updated: Wednesday, 05/23/12 07:44 am
http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20120523/NEWS02/120529857/jury-to-decide-fate-of-suspended-macomb-county-deputy

A Macomb County jury Wednesday will begin deliberating whether a suspended sheriff’s deputy stalked and assaulted his mistress, and illegally entered her apartment.


The jury trial of Thomas Sauve concluded Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court with prosecuting and defense attorneys arguing whether Sauve’s actions were criminal or over-reactions to the ugly, sometimes alcohol-influenced end to an illicit affair. Sauve admitted to repeatedly lying to his wife and his mistress.

“Divorce is drama, drinking is drama, dating is drama,” assistant Macomb prosecutor Betsy Mellos told jurors. “This we know is criminal. … Separate the drama from the elements of the crime.

“He’s a law enforcement officer in a position of power, and he broke the law himself.”

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Sauve’s defense attorney, Kenneth Karam, called Sauve’s accuser, Amanda Sanchez Kolos, a liar, and that she was as much in the wrong as he was.

“To say one is better than the other in this tryst is news to me,” Karam told jurors.

Sauve testified: “I’m not on trial for lying. I’m not on trial for adultery.”












Macomb Sheriff deputy accused of stalking, home invasion, takes witness stand
May 22, 2012
By Richard Marcil
The Examiner
http://www.examiner.com/article/macomb-sheriff-deputy-accused-of-stalking-home-invasion-takes-witness-stand


(Mt Clemens, MI) The home invasion and stalking trial of a Deputy with the Macomb County Sheriff continued Tuesday morning as he took the stand and denied that he harassed the woman with whom he had an extra-marital affair.


Thomas Sauve, 35, appeared before Judge Matt Switalski and a jury of 8 women and 6 men, of whom 12 will be selected as final jurors to decide later this week upon his guilt or innocence.

Sauve, a nine-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, was having a two-year affair with Amanda Sanchez, according to police and prosecutors. After she broke it off, he allegedly stalked her, assaulted her and broke into her apartment while another man was there. Sauve is married with two children.

Under intense cross-examination by Assistant Prosecuting attorney Betsy Mellos, who repeatedly asked him to “admit you’re lying,” the deputy testified that he was not trying to “push her buttons” - referring to his repeated messages and voicemails to Sanchez. He further denied contacting her even she mentioned getting a restraining order against him.

“You’re a police officer, you’ve handled domestic violence matters, so you knew the rules, right?” Mellos quizzed. “Didn’t it dawn on you that you were harassing her?”

Sauve countered, “Your investigators didn’t do their job,” claiming that Clinton Township, MI police ignored certain evidence and failed to obtain numerous text messages that showed she was content to receive his affections and encouraged his admiration and attention. Mellos asked why he did not get them himself; he answered, “I tried to obtain them from Verizon but was told they were not available.”

Sauve called the woman a “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde” type, describing an “on-again, off-again relationship.”

Mellos inquired of him why he asked Sanchez to listen to a song by Taylor Swift titled “Back to December.” “Was it because December was when you realized that she had begun dating and having a sexual relationship with another man, and so you became jealous and angry? Wasn’t that the significance of the song?”

No, replied Sauve. He was then asked by the assistant prosecutor if he tried to “play”on the feelings of Sanchez by implying to her that he considered committing suicide.

Sauve had previously testified, upon questioning from his defense attorney, that at all times he was invited to Sanchez’s apartment only at her request, and that he met her in public places only when she wanted him to be there or expected him to be present, and that once she went to his house when she was highly intoxicated and started crying and screaming at him to “get out” of his house and “come see her.”

Sauve is accused of felony 3rd degree home invasion and two misdemeanors. He has been suspended by Sheriff Anthony Wickersham’s department since March 2011 pending the criminal case’s outcome.

     




 

Macomb deputy charged with stalking, domestic violence
Published: Friday, March 04, 2011
The Oakland Press
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2011/03/04/news/cops_and_courts/doc4d70845aad249808360763.txt

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Macomb County sheriff’s deputy has been suspended without pay after accusations he stalked and attacked his ex-girlfriend and broke into her home.

Thirty-four-year-old Thomas Sauve was arraigned Thursday in Clinton Township District Court. A judge released him on a $20,000 personal bond and ordered him to wear a tether and stay at least 500 feet from the woman.

Sauve’s preliminary examination is March 28 on charges of home invasion, stalking, domestic violence and unauthorized use of law enforcement computers.

Sheriff Tony Wickersham says that Sauve is a 11-year veteran of the department who worked road patrol.

No one answered Sauve’s home phone Thursday night. Defense lawyer Mark Pellechia tells WDIV-TV his client has a good work record, a wife and two children, and no criminal history.











Ex-girlfriend says Macomb County deputy stalked, beat her
Published: Friday, March 04, 2011
By Gordon Wilczynski
Daily Tribune Staff Writer
http://www.dailytribune.com/articles/2011/03/04/news/doc4d70db924b933750297801.txt

A veteran Macomb County sheriff’s deputy has been suspended without pay after being charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend and then breaking into her apartment while she was with another man.

Thomas Romano Sauve Jr. also was charged with stalking, domestic violence and unauthorized use of a LEIN machine, all misdemeanors.

His ex-girlfriend said he met her on Cass Avenue recently and beat and choked her while cursing her. She also alleges he often drives past her apartment and has followed he to her job.

“I am afraid,” she said in her request for a personal protection order.

Sauve, 34, stood mute at his arraignment on Thursday before 41-B District Judge Sebastian Lucido. He was released on $20,000 personal bond and a preliminary examination was set for 8:30 a.m. on March 28.

Sauve had been scheduled to turn himself in for arraignment 10 a.m. on Thursday but failed to show when he was in a different courtroom on another matter. But the case before Lucido was delayed for two hours because he had to appear before Macomb County Circuit Judge Mary Chrzanowski on a personal protection order hearing.

Clinton Township police investigated the case and turned their results over to the Macomb County prosecutor’s office for a warrant. The warrant was issued Wednesday, police said.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Sauve was suspended immediately without pay. Wickersham said the sheriff’s department is conducting its own internal investigation.

“Based on those results and the criminal case it could lead to disciplinary measures up to and including termination,” Wickersham said

“We hold our deputies to a higher standard. If the facts are true, actions like this won’t be tolerated.”

A complaint filed with Clinton Township police by Sauve’s ex-girlfriend indicates they dated on and off for two years. She found out from his friends that he was married and had been lying to her about that during their entire relationship.

The ex-girlfriend said she confronted him about being married on Feb. 5 while both driving separate vehicles down Cass Avenue. She said they both pulled over and started yelling at each other. In the personal protection request she said Sauve pushed her girlfriend, who was trying to be a mediator, out of the way.

“He threw me on the ground and choked me,” the woman said. “While he was choking me he was yelling I was a (blank) whore, slut, bitch, (blank) you, I hate you. ...”

The woman said she managed to get up and drive away. She said she had broken blood vessels in her neck and bruises on her body, right elbow and arm.

The woman said she was sleeping at 4 a.m. in November, 2010, with her boyfriend at her apartment when Sauve broke in and started shaking her awake, she said.

“My current dating relationship and I were sleeping in my bed when Tom was all of a sudden standing over me shaking me to awake. He went into the living room and I was yelling at him to get out.”

The woman said Sauve finally left. The woman said she and Sauve were not together at this time but he couldn’t accept breaking off their relationship.

“He was constantly calling me and texting me begging me to take him back,” the woman wrote.

The woman said she and her friend were sitting on a couch on Jan. 3, 2011, when Sauve broke into her residence by pushing open a second-story French door. She said he threw her to the floor and took her phone so she couldn’t call police

She said he knocked everything from a kitchen table to the floor.

Later, the woman said she lives in a gated community and Sauve keeps on getting in. She also said he knows her friend’s driving record and has called her employer and sent her flowers at work during the last two months.

She said he goes to her job looking for her and that at times she has hidden herself from him.

Court records show Sauve has been married for the past six years and has two children. He graduated from L’Anse Creuse High School and started at the sheriff’s department in 1999 as a corrections officer.

He was sworn in as a deputy in 2003. He has been assigned to Harrison Township.

While releasing Sauve on personal bond, Lucido ordered that he have no contact with his ex-girlfriend. He ordered Sauve to wear a global positioning system tether which will sound an alarm if he goes within 500 feet of her, whether she is at work or home.

Sauve’s attorney, Mark Pellecchia, said he couldn’t comment on Sauve’s alleged actions because he hasn’t read the file.

Macomb Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Missig, sergeant at arms with the Macomb County Deputy and Dispatchers Association, said he wanted to hear both sides before commenting. He said so far he has heard only the woman’s allegations.

“At this point I can say Tom is well-liked and did a good job for the sheriff’s department,” Missig said.

The sheriff’s department employs 484 people and has 175 deputies.
 








Michigan deputy charged with stalking, domestic violence
Associated Press Report AP
5:57 a.m. EST, March 4, 2011
http://www.wsbt.com/news/wsbt-michigan-deputy-charged-with-stalking-domestic-violence-20110304,0,215711.story

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Macomb County sheriff's deputy has been suspended without pay after accusations he stalked and attacked his ex-girlfriend and broke into her home.

Thirty-four-year-old Thomas Sauve was arraigned Thursday in Clinton Township District Court. A judge released him on a $20,000 personal bond and ordered him to wear a tether and stay at least 500 feet from the woman.

Sauve's preliminary examination is March 28 on charges of home invasion, stalking, domestic violence and unauthorized use of law enforcement computers.

Sheriff Tony Wickersham says that Sauve is a 11-year veteran of the department who worked road patrol.

No one answered Sauve's home phone Thursday night. Defense lawyer Mark Pellechia tells WDIV-TV his client has a good work record, a wife and two children, and no criminal history.











Sheriff’s deputy accused of LEIN misuse, harassing woman
Published: Thursday, March 03, 2011
By MITCH HOTTS
For The Oakland Press
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2011/03/03/news/local_news/doc4d6fc29934fdd244051657.txt

A Macomb County Sheriff’s deputy is due in court Thursday after he was arrested in Clinton Township for allegedly harassing a former girlfriend and misusing a police computer system for personal reasons.

Thomas Sauve is expected to be arraigned in 41B District Court on charges of stalking the woman and misuse of the Law Enforcement Information Network, a computerized database of court and police records used by police agencies.

Sauve had been moved from road patrol duties to work in the Macomb County Jail while the investigation was pending.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham would not discuss the case on Wednesday night. Clinton Township police Detective Capt. Richard Maierle referred inquiries to police Chief Fred Posavetz, who could not be reached for comment.

Sauve is the second sheriff’s deputy in recent months alleged to have misused the LEIN system.

Sheriff’s Sgt. David Willis is under criminal investigation by the Michigan State Police for using the system to obtain information about an employee who worked for the county’s senior citizens services department.

Willis’ mother, Angela, was recently fired by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel as the head of the senior services.

David Willis, an announced candidate for the sheriff’s position, has said the criminal probe against him and his mother’s termination are politically motivated, a charge denied by Hackel.

The first offense for misusing the LEIN system is a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.




Deputy Suspended After Arraignment For Attack On Ex-Girlfriend
March 3, 2011 11:42 PM
CBS NEWS, Detroit MI
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/03/03/deputy-suspended-after-arraignment-for-attack-on-ex-girlfriend/



MACOMB CO. (WWJ) - A Macomb County sheriff’s deputy has been suspended without pay after accusations he stalked and attacked his ex-girlfriend and broke into her home.


Thirty-four-year-old Thomas Sauve was arraigned in Clinton Township District Court. He’s free on a $20,000 personal bond and ordered him to wear a tether and stay at least 500 feet from the woman.

The deputy is also charged with using his position to access restricted law enforcement information for personal use.

Sauve’s lawyer says his client has no criminal record.

Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham says that Sauve is a 11- year veteran of the department who worked road patrol.

Sauve is now suspended without pay pending the results of an investigation.



Deputy charged with stalking, domestic violence
By The Associated Press
MLive.com
March 03, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Updated March 03, 2011 at 10:04 PM
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/03/deputy_charged_with_stalking_d.html

A Macomb County sheriff's deputy has been suspended without pay after accusations he stalked and attacked his ex-girlfriend and broke into her home.

Thirty-four-year-old Thomas Sauve was arraigned Thursday in Clinton Township District Court. A judge released him on a $20,000 personal bond and ordered him to wear a tether and stay at least 500 feet from the woman.

Sauve's preliminary examination is March 28 on charges of home invasion, stalking, domestic violence and unauthorized use of law enforcement computers.

Sheriff Tony Wickersham says that Sauve is a 11-year veteran of the department who worked road patrol.

No one answered Sauve's home phone Thursday night. Defense lawyer Mark Pellechia tells WDIV-TV his client has a good work record, a wife and two children, and no criminal history.

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