Ex-Huntington Beach Cop Admits Domestic Violence In Plea Bargain

Categories: Court, Crime-iny
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Roberts: Finally admits to sickening domestic violence
[***UPDATE with court correction at end of article] After more than a week of his criminal trial involving alarming allegations of domestic violence while he was a Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) cop, James Roberts decided it was in his best interests to admit partial guilt and seek a plea bargain this afternoon.

A male-dominated jury was excused after Roberts' lawyer, legendary Southern California cop-defender John Barnett, lobbied the prosecutor to drop more than a dozen charges of violence against two women in exchange for his client pleading guilty to two counts: felony vandalism and forced sodomy***.

The outcome inside Orange County Superior Court is a definite victory for Roberts' ex-wife, Shannon, who says in a pending civil lawsuit against HBPD that numerous, veteran officers were callous to the wild violence committed against her (and another women), and repeatedly protected their colleague in the department.

It is expected that Roberts will have to pay several thousand dollars in restitution for a temper tantrum that destroyed his wife's personal property.

No sentencing date has been scheduled in Judge Patrick Donahue's Santa Ana courtroom, according to court record. Historically, dirty cops convicted of committing crimes in Orange County received extremely light punishment. 


Hey, what do you know?

The Orange County Register reported on March 6 that Roberts will get probation for his crimes.

HBPD is well-known as an obnoxiously close fraternity where keeping silent about another cop's misconduct is considered honorable, but we'll have to see if they'll let Roberts back into their circle.

But, as they feel obligated to do in third-world-type corruption, city officials in OC cities always insist with all the sincerity they can muster that all of the cops in their departments are the purest, most innocent folks on the planet.

For example, Huntington Beach government lawyers continue to pretend, with the support of a willingly ignorant city council, that Shannon Roberts' horrific tale of abuse was imaginary and are fighting her contemptuously in court.


***UPDATE, 10:15 a.m., March 6, 2013: The court clerk corrected yesterday's official record and changed Roberts' forced sodomy guilty plea to an admission of domestic violence. The ex-cop did not admit to the sodomy count.

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21 comments
steve.constance
steve.constance

Unbelievable! This is the same police force that wanted to charge me with stalking/domestic violence in 2009 because an ex-girlfriend decided that a letter I sent her in 2003 was threatening!! Absolutely no doubt my ex lied through her teeth when she called the cops. But they'll believe her but they won't believe the wife of one of their own?

metalmot
metalmot

For some reason, the Register didn't mention the Sodomy by Force part in his plea DEAL

Lajimmy
Lajimmy

A police officer is arrested everyday in America.  One good thing about the case, is this POS thug will no longer be carrying a gun and wearing a badge.

fc2479
fc2479

That's one hell of a lawyer!!!!!!!!!!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Ok, where is Christopher Dorner when you need him? 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

This guy got probation for 17 felonies man. If he wanst a cop he'd be in prison for life.

broncobabe
broncobabe

Check your facts. He got felony vandalism and misdemeanor domestic battery...nothing about sodomy but you can spin it that way.....So, are they still following you in their helicopter?? Boy you sure have an axe to grind...coming from someone who attended the trial and knows several unreported facts about the case this article is pathetic just like its author...

MikeRuehle
MikeRuehle

According to the Cato Institute (figure 10 in below link), the per capita frequency rate for cops raping someone is 3 times greater than the per capita frequency rate of the general public. The rates for murder and assault are also higher.

http://www.policemisconduct.net/statistics/2010-annual-report/#_Geographic_Distribution

They further state, “While the rate of police officers officially charged with murder is only 1.06% higher than the current general population murder rate, if excessive force complaints involving fatalities were prosecuted as murder the murder rate for law enforcement officers would exceed the general population murder rate by 472%.”

MikeRuehle
MikeRuehle

Police offiicers receive preferential treatment if charged with a crime. According to the Cato Institute:

“Prosecuting police misconduct in the US is very problematic with conviction rates, incarceration rates, and the amount of time law enforcement officers spend behind bars for criminal misconduct are all far lower than what happens when ordinary citizens face criminal charges.”

“detailed analysis we performed on 2009 and 2010 data earlier this year, demonstrates a bias built into the justice system which continues to limit prosecutorial effectiveness against law enforcement officers charged with criminal wrongdoing.”

The conviction rate for members of the general public who were tried on criminal charges was 68%. The conviction rate for cops charged with a crime was 33%.

Of those convicted of criminal charges, 70% of the general public whent to jail for an average of 49 months. Meanwhile, only 36% of convicted cops went to jail for an average of 35 months.

http://www.policemisconduct.net/statistics/2010-annual-report/#_Geographic_Distribution

Yimmy
Yimmy

According to the OCR he was already sentenced to probation. No mention of registering as a sex offender. Huh?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Do HB residents feel safe now?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

1 0 07/03/2007 273.5(a) PC F Corporal injury - on spouse/cohabitant NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

2 0 03/01/2007 236/237(a) PC F False imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

3 0 07/22/2007 594(a)/(b)(1) PC F Vandalism - damage $400.00 or more GUILTY 03/05/2013 Pled Guilty 03/05/2013 4 0 07/22/2007 422 PC F Criminal threats NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

5 0 07/22/2007 286(c)(2) PC F Sodomy by means of force GUILTY 03/05/2013 Pled Guilty 03/05/2013 5 1 07/22/2007 667.61(b)/(e)(5) PC F ENH:Specified sex offenses - more than one victim DENIED 05/20/2011

6 0 07/22/2007 236/237(a) PC F False imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

7 0 10/31/2007 273.5(a) PC M Corporal injury - on spouse/cohabitant NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

8 0 10/31/2007 245(a)(1) PC F Assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

9 0 10/31/2007 236/237(a) PC F False imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

10 0 10/31/2007 262(a)(1) PC F Rape spouse by force/fear/etc NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

10 1 10/31/2007 667.61(b)/(e)(5) PC F ENH:Specified sex offenses - more than one victim DENIED 05/20/2011

11 0 11/22/2007 422 PC F Criminal threats NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

12 0 11/22/2007 136.1(c)(1) PC F Dissuade witness by force NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

13 0 11/22/2007 236/237(a) PC F False imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

14 0 03/22/2008 236/237(a) PC F False imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

15 0 05/01/2008 245(a)(1) PC F Assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

16 0 05/01/2008 236/237(a) PC F False imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

17 0 05/01/2008 261(a)(2) PC F Rape; duress; menace NOT GUILTY 05/20/2011

17 1 05/01/2008 667.61(b)/(e)(5) PC F ENH:Specified sex offenses - more than one victim DENIED 05/20/2011

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Huntington Beach's finest in Action. Quick someone call Lou Correa!

mariadigiovanni
mariadigiovanni

@broncobabe www.BRAME.BIZ 
No axe. . . just a reality.  If you are an Officer. . . stop and think about what you have made a oath to do?  Protect and Serve...your family most of all.

Yimmy
Yimmy

@broncobabe- The court records must have been incorrect. The person below copied and pasted information and it indicated that he pled guilty to 286(c)(2) PC F Sodomy by means of force. Whatever the reason for this inconsistency, it sure looks like this is a "special" case. Just another day in OC Court...

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

@MikeRuehle I sooooo believe that!  It must be difficult for cop's wives..they are probably abused a lot, but who will listen to them.  Actually, it seems like it would be terrifying to be married to a bad cop.  Nowhere to turn.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

It's probably from the stresses of the job.  There should be mandatory mental health checkups for cops.

mariadigiovanni
mariadigiovanni

@Cottonwood @MikeRuehle www.BRAME.BIZ
THANK YOU FoRe! seeing the need.  


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