Sent undercover to investigate Maryland prostitutes, he was tipping them off to police activity instead, prosecutors say

By Lynh Bui, April 27, 2018

A former undercover officer accused of tipping off a prostitute to planned law enforcement activity and interfering with police investigations in Maryland was sentenced to one year of probation Friday.

William E. Diaz, 37, was a member of the Prince George’s County gang unit when he had sex with prostitutes and alerted one woman on at least two occasions to when police would be in her area, according to prosecutors.

Diaz pleaded guilty in October to misconduct in office and conspiracy to commit prostitution.

At his sentencing hearing in Prince George’s County Circuit Court, Diaz said he engaged in the misconduct because the hours on the job were taking a toll on his life and he was “in need of attention” at home.

“I veered off the straight-and-narrow path and I’m paying for my consequences,” said Diaz, who has since left the police department.

Judge Herman C. Dawson also ordered Diaz to perform 150 hours of community service, 100 hours more than what was recommended in the plea agreement struck by prosecutors and Diaz’s attorney, Christina Caron-Moroney.

Assistant State’s Attorney Doyle L. Niemann had asked that Diaz spend at least some weekends in jail due to the serious nature of the case but the judge said his hands were tied, given the demands of the plea agreement and state sentencing guidelines.

Diaz’s actions “went fundamentally against an oath he has taken and his duty as a police officer,” Niemann said.

Text messages from Diaz’s phone showed he asked a woman in March 2016 about where she was working that week, according to prosecutors. She sent an address and he responded in Spanish, “Well, they’ll be in the area,” according to prosecutors during Diaz’s plea hearing in October. A similar exchange had occurred earlier that month, prosecutors said.

Diaz’s actions interfered with police investigations, allowed targets to evade capture and created a “significant risk for danger to the officers involved in those investigations,” prosecutors said.

Caron-Moroney said her client has already faced heavy consequences from his arrest, which upended his 10-year police career and has jeopardized his marriage.

Though Diaz was a police officer and is held to a higher standard, Caron-Moroney said “he is human, and all humans make mistakes.”

“He was put in a position of temptation when he was in a bad point in his marriage,” Caron-Moroney said.

Diaz was charged in 2017 after the police department learned of the case and brought the allegations to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

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Prince George’s Co. Police officer indicted, suspended without pay

A Prince George’s Co. Police officer is suspended without pay after being indicted by a grand jury Thursday.

The Prince George’s Co. State’s Attorney’s office alleges Adrian Crudup interfered with a criminal investigation.

According to evidence, an investigation into Crudup began in May 2015.

Crudup was indicted for witness intimidation, accessory after the fact, and misconduct in office, according to the Prince George’s Co. State’s Attorney’s office.

PGPD says Crudup’s police powers were initially suspended in October 2016.

Crudup has worked for PGPD for nine years.

 

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Prince George’s County Police Officer Charged With Assault of Suspect Who Spat on Him

A Prince George’s County police officer is accused of striking a suspect who allegedly spit on him.

A grand jury indicted a Prince George’s County police officer accused of striking a handcuffed suspect who allegedly spit on his face.

Officer Levi Vaughn and other officers were taking an uncooperative man under arrest to the Department of Corrections July 15, prosecutors said.

The suspect spit on Vaughn’s face while they were trying to gain his cooperation, police said. To retaliate, Vaughn hit the man twice and was about to hit him again when other officers intervened, prosecutors said. The man was handcuffed and his legs were secured at the time, police said.

The officer has been suspended since November.

“While I understand this officer felt disrespected by the suspects actions, even individuals who are in custody have the right to be protected,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

Vaughn was indicted on charges of second-degree assault and misconduct in office Thursday.

Police conducted an internal reivew and took the case to the State Attorney’s Office for potential criminal charges. Vaughn’s court date has not been determined.

Vaughn has been with Prince George’s County police since 2007.

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Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Deputy charged with 2nd° assault, 4th° sex offense-sexual contact and false imprisonment.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Sean Naylor, WBAL NewsRadio 1090

A Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested on Monday following a nearly two-month criminal investigation.

According to the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged incident took place while Sergeant Keenan Connley was off duty.

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The Anne Arundel County Police Department notified Prince George’s County of the investigation in their Sheriff’s Deputy on October 29. Four days later, Connley’s was suspended and was placed on administrative duty status.

Connley is charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex offense-sexual contact and false imprisonment.

 

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Maryland Police Officer Charged for Striking Suspect With His Vehicle

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A grand jury indicted a Prince George’s County police officer on assault and misconduct in office charges. Prosecutors say the officer used excessive force when he hit a suspect with his squad car during a chase. Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016)

A grand jury indicted a Maryland police officer for hitting a suspect with his police cruiser in June, the Prince George’s County state’s attorney said.

Officer Juan Hernandez was one of two officers who responded to a report of an armed person June 13. The other officer chased the suspect on foot while Hernandez followed him in his car onto an open field where he struck the suspect, police said.

Prosecutors believe the action, which was caught on the camera in the police cruiser, was unnecessary, and a grand jury decided it was criminal.

“While it is never a good day when we have to prosecute one of our own, it is important that those we serve understand that we will hold law enforcement accountable when their actions go above and beyond what is necessary,” State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a news release.

Police suspended Hernandez the day of the incident.

“The Prince George’s County Police Department presented this case to the State’s Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges,” Chief Hank Stawinski said in a news release. “I expect our officers to serve this community in a professional manner at all times.”

Hernandez is charged with second-degree assault and misconduct.

The suspect did not need medical treatment.

No weapon was found.

Hernandez has been with the department for 11 years.

 

Off-duty DC police officer says he was brutalized by Prince George’s Co. officer

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– An off duty D.C. police officer says he was brutalized by a Prince George’s County police officer who profiled him as a suspect after a shooting at Iverson Mall on Tuesday.

A few minutes after a man was shot and wounded at the mall, Prince George’s County police descended on the Temple Hills neighborhood looking for a suspect who was only described as a black male wearing a hoodie and blue jeans.

Around the same time, Robert Parker, an off-duty D.C. police officer who was also dressed in a jacket, a hoodie and blue jeans, was walking away from the mall down Iverson Street. That’s when he says a black Prince George’s County officer pulled up alongside him in a marked cruiser.

Parker, who is assigned to Harbor Patrol as a diver, says he was thrown to the ground and punched in the head, even as he was identifying himself as an officer, obeying all commands.

“And I can’t remember if I said okay or was just kind of baffled at the moment, and he walked up to me and he started patting me down and I’m just thinking, is this really happening? Because I know the protocol because I’m a police officer,” Parker told FOX 5’s Paul Wagner. “He reaches around and feels my sidearm, my firearm and I look at him and I see the look in his eye and I say, ‘I’m the police.’  I’m literally slammed. I went to the ground I kept saying, ‘I’m the police, I’m the police.’ There were two other officers there. I felt their presence and they placed me in handcuffs, and then somebody hit me in the right side of my face.”

Parker says he wasn’t resisting and felt the take down and punch were totally unwarranted. He says he hates to pull the race card, but believes had he been white, the take down and what he views as excessive force would not have happened.

During the incident, Parker says he injured his wrist and went for treatment at the police and fire clinic as well as a hospital emergency room.

Prince George’s County police are defending their officer. They say he’s a 20-year veteran with a lot of experience, and is a supervisor in that section of the county. They also issued a lengthy statement which reads:

“Based on our preliminary investigation and preliminary review of an audio recording of the encounter in question, we believe our officer acted professionally and with restraint. This encounter took place within several minutes of the shooting being reported at the mall and approximately three blocks from the scene. Our officer who was responding to the shooting, which had just prompted the lock-down of two nearby schools – spotted a man walking who matched the description. Our officer, a sergeant assigned to our district 4 station, got out of his cruiser and began an investigatory stop. During a pat down, our officer discovered the man had a gun on his waistband. At that point, our officer took the man to the ground during a brief struggle. Our preliminary investigation reveals that it was only after the man was restrained by the original officer and backup officers did he identify himself as a police officer.”

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