A former California Police sergeant was charged with more than a dozen incidents of s*xual assault and other crimes after allegations of misconduct spurred an internal investigation at the Stockton Police Department.
Former Sgt. Stockton Police Department. Nicholas Bloed was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with 15 counts, including assault while on duty, forced oral copulation, pursuit of bribes and prostitution. The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office filed a charge with the California Supreme Court.
“Officers have the opportunity to break free, and when they threaten to use this power to force defenseless victims to cooperate for their own cunning purposes, that casts a long shadow over the entire profession,” said Tori Verber Salazar, county attorney. , in a statement Thursday.
On Thursday, Bloed was in San Joaquin County Jail. His next scheduled hearing is scheduled for Monday. His bail was set at $ 4 million,.
According to Large, a 14-year-old veteran of the Stockton police had just been promoted to sergeant in February, adding that Bloed was appointed employee of the month in 2014, and police boasted that he helped train 145 new officers.
Bloed, who graduated from Ray Simon Police Academy in 2002, was hired by the Stockton Police Department in 2008 after serving as an officer in Modesto, California. He worked as a patrol officer, motor officer and field training officer.
Bloed was placed on administrative leave in May and has not worked for the police since last month, department spokesman Joe Silva said. The department did not disclose the results of its investigation or whether he was released. Silva declined to comment on Bloed’s arrest as he no longer works in the department.
According to CBS Sacramento’s Large, a crime complaint was brought after three women filed a lawsuit claiming that Bloed had forced them into various s*xual acts while on duty.
In one incident, he allegedly forced himself on a woman in a room at Stockton Motel 6.
The court document reads in part: “Sergeant Bloed stripped down to his socks and blue T-shirt at the Stockton Police Department. The T-shirt had a collar with the word “SPD” printed in white letters. but he didn’t turn off the radio. “
Allen Sawyer, a lawyer representing Bloed, told the Associated Press that his client had quit his job with the police department after he made a “misappraisal” by engaging in what Bloed said was voluntary s*xual activity with people he met as an officer.
“Maybe it was a terrible misjudgment. But it wasn’t the criminal act you see now, ”Sawyer said of the allegations.
He said Bloed quit his job after going through an internal investigation.
“We are very disappointed with the way this case was handled,” he quotes Large Sawyer. “Whether what activities took place while he was on duty has yet to be determined. We will investigate it. “
The AP said at least three women filed allegations of s*xual misconduct against Bloed this spring, claiming that he abused his power as an officer to take advantage of them. In one case, a woman claims that Bloed overturned her vehicle, later posed for photos, and eventually had unprotected s*xual intercourse with her. The other two women also claim to have raped them while he was still with the police, said Dan Gilleon, the lawyer representing the three women.
The AP generally does not list the names of people who claim to have been s*xually assaulted, unless they come out publicly.
Gilleon said he had not seen the indictment since Thursday morning and therefore could not confirm whether any of the confidential victims mentioned referred to his clients. The document lists eight victims of the various crimes Bloed is accused of.
It was unclear whether the three women Large named were the same three that AP was referring to.
Gilleon described the case as a “system wide failure” by the police. He said if it turns out that any officials in the police department have ignored the knowledge of the charges against Bloed, they should be released.
S*xual abuse is one of the most common complaints against law enforcement officials. In a 2015 investigation, the Associated Press found that approximately 1,000 officers had lost their licenses in six years for various s*xual crimes or inappropriate s*xual behavior, including rape, possession of child p*rnography and intercourse on duty.
In Wednesday’s statement, the Stockton Police Association said the group was “very disappointed” to hear about Bloed’s arrest.
“The accusations and allegations against him, if they prove true, are repugnant and reprehensible,” the group said. “These accusations in no way reflect the high standards and values of this association and the law enforcement profession.”
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