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Who will protect these women once he's fired? Hopefully the county can, but it doesn't look good. I'm shaking my head. These women are destined to live in fear for as long as this deputy - or ex-deputy lives. That's the whole of it. Firing someone who has puffed up with twisted power is not the end of the story for the victims.
Standard domestic violence services back away. They may say they don't but they do.
Deputy a Suspect for Rape
Hollister Free Lance, CA
Sep 18, 2007
By Michael Van Cassell
The San Benito County Sheriff's Office is investigating Sgt. Mike Rodrigues on allegations of rape, intimidation of a witness or victim and two violations of a restraining order... Rodrigues has not been arrested... On Sept. 10, a deputy took a report of rape by force, a felony... "The victim stated she was raped and was not allowed to leave the residence. The suspect also threatened to kill the victim if she ever said anything"... Sept. 11, a sheriff's deputy filed a report... "The listed suspect called the victim per a third party and advised her to re-cant her statement to the sheriff's department." On that same day, a sheriff's deputy took a report at 4pm for a violation of a domestic violence prevention court order... At 12:15pm Wednesday, a sheriff's deputy took another report for a violation of the same domestic violence prevention court order... "While I was at the victim's residence conducting a welfare check the suspect called the residence in an attempt to speak with the victim, violating a domestic order"...
Hill Aims to Fire Troubled Deputy
Hollister Free Lance, CA - Sep 20, 2007
By Michael Van CassellSheriff Curtis Hill confirmed Wednesday his office intends to fire Sgt. Mike Rodrigues, the deputy under investigation for suspected rape and other crimes. "We've given him a notice of intent to terminate"... he is entitled to a hearing to explain his side of the story... Rodrigues remains on paid administrative leave... In late August, two women, one his wife, filed requests for restraining orders against Rodrigues... Both of those requests will be heard before San Benito County Superior Court Judge Steven Sanders on Sept. 28. The court order bars Rodrigues from possessing a firearm...
Deputy Implicated in Rape Complaint
By Michael Van Cassell
Sep 19, 2007
...more recently two women, one his wife, have filed requests for restraining orders against Rodrigues, preventing him from carrying a firearm. They will be heard at the same time, San Benito County Superior Court Judge Harry Tobias ruled Tuesday. Amber Cecena, the cousin of Sgt. Mike Rodrigues' wife, Kristi Rodrigues, filed a restraining order request Aug. 28. Tobias Tuesday continued the court hearing for Cecena's restraining order request against Rodrigues to Sept. 28, when fellow Judge Steven Sanders is scheduled to hear a restraining order request from Kristi Rodrigues. Tobias said the orders are related and should thus be consolidated. "The threats against Ms. Cecena seem to be a message to the wife,"... In addition to the restraining orders that restrict him from carrying a firearm, Rodrigues shot an unarmed man who later died from
I am praying for legions of angels to surround these women.