Pig News XXXII

Rapist pig Maceo Simmons

Rapist pig Maceo Simmons

Former MS officer’s life term tossed

Former Jackson police officer Maceo Simmons faces a third sentencing on the same 2005 conviction for sexually assaulting a woman while on duty in 1999.

In an opinion written by Judge Leslie Southwick of Jackson, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans threw out Simmons’ life sentence Monday and ordered that he be resentenced.

Attorneys have argued over how much prison time Simmons should have originally received, based on federal guidelines.

The federal government said Simmons, now in his 50s, deserves more than the 20-year sentence he received when U.S. District Judge William Barbour Jr. first sentenced him.

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A DeKalb County policeman accused of sodomy is on leave pending the results of an investigation.Bettina Durant, a police representative, said on Tuesday that the charges stemmed from a complaint filed in January that claimed Javier Alfredo Garces, 29, made inappropriate contact while he was on duty.There was no immediate information on the alleged victim.

Durant said Garces was charged Monday with two counts of sodomy.

I would call sodomy “inappropriate contact”.

Bryan Jon Goossens, 47, who last resided in Atascadero, pleaded guilty to felony possession of child pornography, an offense that carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. He is out of custody on $5,000 bail, according to court records, and is scheduled to return Aug. 31 to federal court in Los Angeles to be sentenced, officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Goossens quit his job as a deputy at the Sheriff’s Department shortly before his Aug. 18 arrest, department spokesman Rob Bryn has said. Goossens was one of dozens of people arrested during an eight-month investigation led by the FBI into a Web site called the Child Porno Video Shop.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin R. Rhoades said Tuesday that FBI agents found evidence during a search of Goossens’ Atascadero home that directly linked him to the site.

“On his computer, agents found about two dozen videos” of child pornography that he had downloaded using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program, Rhoades said.

Goossens originally pleaded not guilty to the charge Aug. 25 but decided recently to change his plea.

“He felt it was the right thing to do,” said his Pasadena attorney, George Buehler. “This is not your typical case of possession of child pornography. Mr. Goossens, I believe, is a fine and good man. … There were some hardships he was going through at the time.

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JOHNSON CITY — A Johnson City TN man charged with two counts of child abuse in October for allegedly causing physical injuries to his 4-year-old and 8-year-old stepchildren has been indicted on a new charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Anthony Shane Morton, 38, 2424 E. Lakeview Drive, was charged with child abuse and aggravated child abuse on Oct. 2, 2008, after police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at his home.

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ORD — A former area sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty to sexual assault in Valley County District Court on Tuesday.

LeRoy J. Svoboda, 67, of Silver Creek was charged in March with first-degree sexual assault after being accused of having sex last June with a 27-year-old mentally handicapped woman.

Svoboda is a former sheriff’s deputy in Valley, Sherman and Greeley counties and a former police officer in Ord and Shelton.

He was most recently a part-time deputy for the Greeley County Sheriff’s Department until February.Svoboda’s accuser gave birth to a baby in January, and DNA samples taken from the baby and Svoboda were a match, according to an affidavit.

Svoboda remains free on bond, which was reduced last month to 10 percent of $15,000 after initially being set at 10 percent of $200,000.

His trial is tentatively set for September, with a pretrial hearing scheduled for Aug. 18.

Simmons

Daugherty

By Ken H. Fortenberry
Sheriff Tim Daugherty lied during his testimony last week in the case of a former deputy charged with stealing a camera from an East Lincoln residence.
The case set off a firestorm of controversy, fueled by anonymous postings on a website that allege criminal acts by the sheriff and some of his senior staff.
The ex-deputy, Jennifer Gabbard, was found guilty last week in District Court, but   a bigger issue may be looming for the sheriff as a result of his testimony, and it has political, not legal, ramifications.
While under oath and giving testimony about the case, the sheriff was asked by Gabbard’s defense attorney, Micah Sanderson of Denver, if he gave a photo to news@norman that showed Gabbard at the crime scene with the camera that was later reported stolen. The photo was published in the May 6 edition of the newspaper.
Daugherty denied giving it to the newspaper when, in fact, he and Chief Deputy Barry Taylor gave the photo along with other information about the case to the newspaper several weeks ago as part of their attempt to prove that Gabbard was treated fairly during the investigation and not “set up” by anyone.

After he was sworn in, here is exactly how the sheriff answered questions from defense attorney Sanderson about the controversial photo:

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CHICAGO — A man whose death sentence was commuted to life in prison by former Illinois Gov. George Ryan told a judge Monday that Chicago police officers tortured and beat him so badly that he would have signed anything, including two murder confessions.

In a hearing to decide whether he will get a new trial, Cortez Brown said officers at Area 2 detective headquarters on the city’s South Side, working under former Police Commander Jon Burge, coerced him into admitting to the murders by threatening him, punching him and hitting him with a flashlight.

During Monday’s hearing, three officers who worked under Burge invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on almost every question.

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