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Dirty Cop Scandals

Posted by Seth Chazin | Oct 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Recently there have been many instances of "dirty cop" incidents in the Bay Area and surrounding California regions. For instance, Galen Underwood,40, a veteran San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy, was arraigned on seven felony counts for molesting a 17-year-old family member over a six year period. Underwood was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child (CA Penal Code 289) and forced oral copulation (CA Penal Code 288a) . Underwood's bail is set at $2 million. Prosecutors allege that Underwood has been sexually assaulting the teen since she was 11 years old. The allegations were reported when the girl, now 17, disclosed the details to a school counselor. Underwood faces up to 58 years in prison if convicted.

Similarly, a Veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy, John Augustus Rose II, 43, was charged with 17 felony accounts related to a sexual relationship he allegedly has with a 15-year-old girl. Charges included lewd acts on a child (CA Penal Code 288), sexual penetration by a foreign object (CA Penal Code 289), oral copulation of a person under 16 (CA Penal Code 288a) and more. The relationship with the teen, who Rose knew through her family, lasted for three months. He was arrested and relieved of duty without pay. If Rose is convicted he will face more than 13 years in state prison.

There have been many dirty cop scandals across the Bay Area with Cops extorting  civilians, setting up crime scenes in order to arrest people on false charges and other various demonstration including the Oscar grant demonstration and the various Occupy demonstrations. These two new cases just add to the growing list of scandals involving cops who are not properly screened and who are abusing their position of trust. Police are responsible for keeping the peace and maintaining basic public order , yet with the many problems occurring with law enforcement officers it is impossible to trust these persons who are placed in a special position of trust. Everyday citizens are supposed to be able to trust t They are looked upon to keep the peace and citizens are suppose to be able to trust law enforcement but the growing number of dirty cop cases is making this impossible.

Other dirty cop scandals: Officer extorts citizen

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For more info check out this article: Deputy Charged with 17 Felonies for Sexual Relationship with Teen

For more information: Deputy Charged Molesting Teen Family Member

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Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


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