December 2008: The Month of Stinking Badges
Three days later, on Dec. 19, another cop fell hard. Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Rodriguez confessed to molesting, photographing and threatening Santa Ana prostitutes while on duty. He'd originally claimed innocence, but he changed his plea in exchange for a 16-month prison sentence.
But it wasn't just those two events that tainted OC law enforcement. Consider five other headlines written not by journalists, but by the Orange County district attorney's office in recent press releases:
• "Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy to be arraigned for molesting 15-year-old daughter of terminally ill friend in hospital," Dec. 9.
• "Off-duty police convicted of fracturing man's skull by throwing him down stairs at Anaheim baseball game," Dec. 3.
• "Orange County Sheriff's Deputy convicted of filing eight false police reports in DNA property crimes project," Dec. 3.
• "Cop to be arraigned for assaulting ex-girlfriend and two friends with firearm and shooting into the air after car chase," Dec. 2.
• "Orange County Sheriff's Deputy to be arraigned for punching jail inmate in face with keys in hand," Dec. 1.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly