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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

[OH] For the Record: Lorain Officer Gerek got PROBATION?

This is a record I've had for awhile but never posted because it is slightly older than the range I include - 2003 forward. I am posting it now because some of my officer-involved domestic violence sisters and I are focusing on Lorain Ohio due to the DANGEROUS Officer Corey Earl and his very at-risk wife, Laura - and it brings us more understanding of the area's history. (Makes us smarter.)
Lorain police officer Timothy Gerek Jr.
FOR THE RECORD

AS OF SEP 2007 TIMOTHY GEREK JR. IS STILL PICTURED (2ND FROM THE LEFT) ON THE LORAIN POLICE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE HERE: Governor's Award of Excellence for LPD C.O.P.S. Unit






EXCERPTS:
OH Lorain officer indicted for rape, violence
The Morning Journal
CRAIG RIMLINGER and JAHI HARVEY
02/01/2002
Lorain police officer Timothy Gerek Jr. turned himself in for arrest yesterday after the Lorain County Grand Jury returned
a secret indictment charging him with rape and a misdemeanor domestic violence count... During the incident, Gerek threatened to kill their children if his wife left him or called police, according to a police report.
... Both charges are first-degree offenses... GEREK WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN LORAIN MUNICIPAL COURT, but the charge was dismissed and new charges resulted from the grand jury's indictment...

Indictment charges Lorain policeman with beating and raping estranged wife
The Plain Dealer
February 2, 2002
Kera Ritter; Plain Dealer Reporter
A Lorain police officer has been
indicted on charges that he beat and raped his estranged wife last December... Gerek's wife told police that she did not want to file charges against her husband because she was afraid of him. On Dec. 21, she filed for a protection order to keep her husband away from her and their two children. Gerek was released Thursday from the Lorain County Jail on $10,000 bond...

Lorain officer trades badge for reduced charge
The Plain Dealer
Rachel Dissell
July 10, 2002
A Lorain police officer
accused of beating and raping his wife pleaded guilty to a reduced charge yesterday. A plea agreement with prosecutors calls for Timothy Gerek Jr. to resign from the force immediately and never work as an officer again. In exchange, the rape charge was dropped and a charge of domestic violence was reduced to misdemeanor assault... Gerek's wife told authorities in December that her husband sexually assaulted her after a scuffle in their home... climbed on top of her while she slept on the couch and ripped away some of her clothes after she refused his advances. She stabbed him with scissors, but police determined that she acted in self-defense. Lorain County prosecutors decided not to take the case to trial because Gerek's wife was unwilling to testify...

Accused officer now wants trial
The Plain Dealer
August 24, 2002
A Lorain police officer who resigned from the force last month after pleading guilty to assaulting his wife
now wants to take the case to trial. Timothy Gerek Jr., charged with raping his wife, asked a Lorain County Common Pleas judge Thursday to let him withdraw the guilty plea. Gerek says he was pressured to make the decision in a matter of minutes. Cleveland lawyer Terry Gilbert is handling the case. Gerek has not been sentenced but did turn in his badge, gun and peace officer certificate the day after his plea.

Ex-officer rejected in request to change plea in assault case
His agreement included promise to leave law enforcement
The Plain Dealer
Rachel Dissell
September 21, 2002
A judge refused yesterday to let former Lorain police officer Timothy Gerek Jr. withdraw a plea admitting he assaulted his wife last winter. Gerek, originally charged with domestic violence and rape, claimed he was hurried into the guilty plea in the minutes before his trial was to start... Two months after the plea,
Gerek changed his mind
because he wanted to REMAIN
in law enforcement...
Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Lynett McGough
sentenced Gerek to
a year of PROBATION
and a $500 FINE.
SHE EXPRESSED CONCERN
THAT GEREK
WAS NOT STAYING AWAY
FROM HIS WIFE
AS THE COURT HAD ORDERED...
AND

WARNED

GEREK
not to contact his wife or he would serve a six-month jail sentence
that she

suspended...


Note: Gerek Jr.'s dad, Timothy Gerek, was also a Lorain Police Officer. So was his sister Shelly Coonrod for awhile - and she was (is?) married to a corrections officer at the Lorain County Jail. Their GRANDfather, Joseph Zieba, was a Lorain County Judge.

8 comments:

  1. I followed your picture link for the C.O.P.S. unit. I just wanted to tell you that isn't an accurate listing of who is in the picture. I went to school with Officer Carreon and I don't see him in that picture at all. The 3rd guy from the right is also in the 3 man picture above & is identified as Officer David Kusznir in the 3 man picture.
    While the person you think is Tim Gerek may well be, please be sure before labeling a potentially innocent man.
    You could do a whole blog on the Lorain Police. Please see this link: http://www.loraincounty.com/lorain/discussion.shtml?id=221602&v=1

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  2. Thank you for your information.

    Why would Lorain Police Department mis-label it's officers? They don't know who they are? That is on the Lorain PD site so I'm perplexed. Especially if it's an old picture - which I'm HOPING that it is. I'm assuming that Mr. Gerek is no longer employed (with eyebrows raised).

    I try to be very careful about not fingering innocent people. Nothing worse than having a false word out on an innocent person. If the Lorain pd has the other pics wrong perhaps that one is wrong too. Can you check - you seem to know more than I do about who's who.

    Is this jr?

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  3. Veteran Lorain Ohio Police Officer Jack Brown Arrested, Charged With Domestic Violence

    LORAIN, OHIO – A Lorain police officer was arrested on a domestic violence charge after engaging in an argument with his ex-wife over their son Monday night, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jack Brown, who has been a patrolman in the Lorain Police Department for 16 years, was arrested on one county of domestic violence after his wife disputed his request to have their son spend the night at his home. The boy’s mother is the custodial parent, according to Capt. Richard Resendez of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to Resendez, Brown went to his ex-wife’s Amherst Township home Monday to pick up their son to attend a sports banquet.

    Brown told his ex-wife that he wanted his son to spend the night at his home and they argued.

    When Brown and his son returned from the banquet around 8:15pm, a “short scuffle” ensued between them and when the woman tried to call police, Brown grabbed the phone and threw it to the ground, Resendez said.

    There were no injuries to either Brown or the woman, though she told police Brown twisted her arm during the scuffle, according to Resendez.

    Brown was released on $1000 bond yesterday, Resendez said.

    Lorain police Capt. Robert Davey said Brown will be placed on restricted duty until the case is completed. Restricted duty means he will be removed from road patrol.

    [ Article was conveniently omitted from the Journal’s web edition. ]

    This entry was posted on Monday, November 27th, 2006 at 7:01 pm and is filed under LORAIN OHIO, OHIO. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.

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    Link To Article:
    http://www.badcopnews.com/2006/11/27/veteran-lorain-ohio-police-officer-jack-brown-arrested-charged-with-domestic-violence/

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  4. Veteran Lorain Ohio Police Officer Jack Brown Arrested, Charged With Domestic Violence

    LORAIN, OHIO – A Lorain police officer was arrested on a domestic violence charge after engaging in an argument with his ex-wife over their son Monday night, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jack Brown, who has been a patrolman in the Lorain Police Department for 16 years, was arrested on one county of domestic violence after his wife disputed his request to have their son spend the night at his home. The boy’s mother is the custodial parent, according to Capt. Richard Resendez of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to Resendez, Brown went to his ex-wife’s Amherst Township home Monday to pick up their son to attend a sports banquet.

    Brown told his ex-wife that he wanted his son to spend the night at his home and they argued.

    When Brown and his son returned from the banquet around 8:15pm, a “short scuffle” ensued between them and when the woman tried to call police, Brown grabbed the phone and threw it to the ground, Resendez said.

    There were no injuries to either Brown or the woman, though she told police Brown twisted her arm during the scuffle, according to Resendez.

    Brown was released on $1000 bond yesterday, Resendez said.

    Lorain police Capt. Robert Davey said Brown will be placed on restricted duty until the case is completed. Restricted duty means he will be removed from road patrol.

    [ Article was conveniently omitted from the Journal’s web edition. ]

    This entry was posted on Monday, November 27th, 2006 at 7:01 pm and is filed under LORAIN OHIO, OHIO. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.

    Comments are closed.

    link:
    http://www.badcopnews.com/2006/11/27/veteran-lorain-ohio-police-officer-jack-brown-arrested-charged-with-domestic-violence/

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  5. Here is a chart done by Cleveland Plain Dealer in Oct 2006. There are a few instances of abuses on women by officers:

    Discipline in the Lorain Police Department

    Since 2000, about one-third of Lorain’s police officers have been disciplined or sued for negligence, misconduct or disrespect to the
    public. The city has spent more than a half-million dollars in legal fees and settlements during that time.

    Officer Date Accusation Discipline

    Miguel Baez 12/8/01 Bailed out a suspect from city jail. Counseled.
    Miguel Baez 5/14/03 DUI, reduced in Lorain Municipal Court to lesser charge. 5-day suspension.
    Edward Bermudez 2/25/01 Wrongful arrest for robbery. City settled suit.
    and Albert Rivera
    Daniel Bozsoki 5/1/06 Shot handcuffed prisoner with stun gun. Chief recommended firing.
    Jack Brown 3/27/05 Ex-wife’s boyfriend said officer was harassing him at work. Counseled.
    Dennis Camarillo 5/11/04 Used profane language at motorist. Verbal reprimand.
    Dennis Camarillo 8/27/05 Kicked suspect in stomach, did not take to hospital. Written reprimand.
    Dennis Camarillo 9/17/05 Scuffled with suspect, did not take to hospital. Written reprimand.
    Jeff Casselman 12/10/04 Fired stun gun in emergency room. Written reprimand.
    Jeffrey Coe 12/9/04 Did not search suspect who had a gun in his pant cuff in cruiser. Written reprimand.
    Chris Colon 12/16/02 Left shotgun in car at city garage with no security. Verbal reprimand.
    Chris Colon 9/15/04 Told motorist he was driving like an idiot, gave ticket without radar reading. Written reprimand.
    Chris Colon 5/28/05 Changed schedule without nofiying supervisor. Counseled.
    Orlando Cruz 9/27/05 Left trunk open on crusier at station; another officer later found gun in trunk. Counseled.
    Dennis Davis 9/7/04 Relieved of duty because of alcohol on his breath. Warning.
    Tim Gerek 12/8/01 Domestic abuse. Agreed to quit force.
    Ralph Gonzalez 9/16/05 Did not get supervisor’s permission for female officer to search a woman. Verbal reprimand.
    Ralph Gonzalez 9/22/05 Arrested man at his house, left 8-year-old daughter alone. Counseled.
    Kurt Graupman 7/16/05 Disrespectful to motorist. Verbal reprimand.
    Kurt Graupman 7/31/05 Accident on way to call, yelled at other motorist. Verbal reprimand.
    Robert Hargreaves 5/2/05 Wrote out warrant for wrong man, who was later arrested. Counseled.
    Michael Hendershot 11/20/04 Friend used his SWAT weapon to shoot up house. 10-day suspension,
    reduced to 3 days.
    Jeff Jackson 2/11/04 Told citizen that thieves did him a favor by stealing his thumping radio system. Verbal reprimand.
    Rosemary Janner 5/25/01 Did not dispatch officers to “officer-needs-assistance” fight with suspect. Infraction report.
    Rosemary Janner 5/20/06 Thought civilian was police officer, let him into station. Verbal reprimand.
    John Kovach 7/5/01 Harassed two people and displayed his gun. Written reprimand.
    John Kovach 10/7/01 Told woman that women abuse the domestic violence system. Written reprimand.
    John Kovach 4/1/02 Complained about going to the hospital after a person threatened to kill president. 3-day suspension.
    John Kovach 4/14/02 Off duty, threatened North Ridgeville police when friend was in wreck. No disposition in file.
    John Kovach 9/12/02 Argued with residents and threatened to arrest city councilman. Verbal reprimand.
    John Kovach 3/23/03 Canceled a domestic call on phone instead of sending a unit. Written reprimand.
    John Kovach 2/5/05 Did not respond to shooting near end of shift, did not want to be stuck filing reports. Counseled.
    William Lachner 12/27/02 Grabbed a woman’s arm on Nord Center call, denies he hurt her. No discipline, federal trial
    in October.
    William Lachner 1/28/04 Did not send car to woman in need. Letter placed in file.
    William Lachner 3/12/06 Dispatched to 9-1-1 call, stopped at Dairy Mart to get another officer. Got stopped by a train. Written reprimand.
    William Lachner 2/5/05 Tested stun gun near dispatcher. Written reprimand.
    Stanley Marrero 5/5/00 Sex on duty with woman from suicide call. 3-day suspension.
    Stanley Marrero 3/13/03 Woman says he followed her and asked personal questions. Verbal reprimand.
    Stanley Marrero 5/1/06 Failed to report officer who used stun gun on handcuffed prisoner. Written reprimand.
    James McCann 12/21/04 Said officers under his command were idiots. Verbal reprimand.
    Larry Meek 3/13/06 Berated another officer. Written reprimand.
    Corey Middlebrooks 7/4/03 Failed to find burglary suspect in house. Counseled.
    Corey Middlebrooks 9/13/04 Told woman her neighborhood was a “shantytown.” Counseled.
    Corey Middlebrooks 3/26/05 Let air out of wife’s tires at hospital. Counseled.
    Joel Miller 9/27/01 Squad car stolen, gun stolen. 3 day suspension, reduced to 1.
    Roberta Miller 10/29/04 Dispatcher never sent car to break-in; woman later said she was raped. Written reprimand.
    Roberta Miller 5/21/06 Dispatcher failed to send car to 9-1-1 call. Written reprimand.
    Jacob Morris 6/18/05 Reported personal car stolen, later admitted he smashed it into a pole. 10-day suspension.
    Joseph Novosielski 7/2/00 Left city in cruiser to bother man he suspected of seeing his ex-girlfriend. 1-day suspension.
    Joseph Novosielski 10/25/03 Pulled gun on child waving a toy gun, arrested child and mother. Exonerated, city settled lawsuit
    for $25,000.
    Mark Pultrone 8/26/06 Confronted someone involved in a dispute with officer’s family. Written reprimand.
    Stan Puza 6/2/04 Off duty, left loaded handgun in bar; bartender found it at closing. Written reprimand.
    Daniel Reinhardt 1/9/03 Cut off in traffic while off duty, he went to motorist’s job and confronted him. Counseled.
    Jesus Sanchez 11/24/02 Stalked and harassed a resident. Written reprimand.
    Dan Smith 9/15/05 Told a woman her neighbor was a “player, a bookie and a real (expletive).” Written reprimand.
    Doug Smith 4/27/02 While on duty, put gun and uniform in trunk, left cruiser at station and walked home. Took a 4-day leave. Counseled.
    Doug Smith 12/23/03 Failed to show up in court, went to firearms training instead. Written reprimand.
    Edwin Soto 1/24/05 Hung up on 9-1-1 caller who said 2-year-old was locked in car. Verbal reprimand.
    Rick Soto 11/18/00 Harassed mail carrier by sending flowers, pulled up behind her on job. Counseled.
    Robert Stack 7/16/04 Lost his 9 mm gun, did not find. Letter placed in file.
    Robert Stack 9/15/06 Charged with DUI in personal pickup. Case pending.
    Tina Trifiletti 9/19/04 Dispatcher fell asleep; Fire Department woke her up. 1-day suspension.
    Ted Tokarczyk 5/23/01 Showed photos of naked woman altered to looked like a Lorain police dispatcher. 5-day suspension.
    Thomas Toothman 7/28/02 DUI, driving 100 mph. 5-day suspension.
    Thomas Toothman 12/19/04 Second DUI. 30-day suspension.
    Ronald Turnick 5/31/06 Responding to DUI, did not help pizza deliverer who flagged him down
    about armed robbery. Written reprimand.
    Dennis Walend 12/29/05 Off duty, drinking, made derogatory comments about child with disability. Written reprimand.
    Terrance Wargo 12/10/04 Did not report that two officers fired stun guns on duty. Written reprimand.
    James Wolford 5/11/03 Fighting on duty with another officer. Letter placed in file.
    James Wolford 2/17/05 Told officer to “go cite that idiot” for traffic ticket; chief overheard. Written reprimand.
    James Wolford 5/17/06 Called judge a vulgar name behind his back. Chief recommended
    10-day suspension.
    Kenneth Zapolski 8/26/05 Used foul language with member of public. Verbal reprimand.
    SOURCE: Lorain Police records and court files THE PLAIN DEALER

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  6. ...Jack Brown 3/27/05 Ex-wife’s boyfriend said officer was harassing him at work. Counseled.
    ...Tim Gerek 12/8/01 Domestic abuse. Agreed to quit force.
    ...Ralph Gonzalez 9/22/05 Arrested man at his house, left 8-year-old daughter alone. Counseled.
    ...John Kovach 10/7/01 Told woman that women abuse the domestic violence system. Written reprimand.
    ...John Kovach 3/23/03 Canceled a domestic call on phone instead of sending a unit. Written reprimand.
    ...William Lachner 12/27/02 Grabbed a woman’s arm on Nord Center call, denies he hurt her. No discipline, ...William Lachner 1/28/04 Did not send car to woman in need. Letter placed in file.
    ...William Lachner 3/12/06 Dispatched to 9-1-1 call, stopped at Dairy Mart to get another officer. Got ...William Lachner 2/5/05 Tested stun gun near dispatcher. Written reprimand.
    ...Stanley Marrero 5/5/00 Sex on duty with woman from suicide call. 3-day suspension.
    ...Stanley Marrero 3/13/03 Woman says he followed her and asked personal questions. Verbal reprimand.
    ...Corey Middlebrooks 3/26/05 Let air out of wife’s tires at hospital. Counseled.
    reprimand.
    ...Jesus Sanchez 11/24/02 Stalked and harassed a resident. Written reprimand.
    ...Ted Tokarczyk 5/23/01 Showed photos of naked woman altered to looked like a Lorain police dispatcher. 5-day suspension.

    SOMEONE NEEDS TO GO THROUGH THAT LIST AND START TRACKING THE ALCOHOLISM - AND HOW LORAIN PD ALLOWS IT. FORGOT HIS LOADED SERVICE WEAPON AT A BAR? RACING DRUNK AT 100 MPH DRUNK, THEN GETS A SECOND DUI AFTER THAT? CRAZY.

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  7. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    DV by Lorain Police Dispatcher


    4:54 p.m.

    Lorain - Assault allegations against a Lorain dispatcher lack enough evidence to merit charges, Lorain prosecutors have ruled.

    Lee Anne Failing’s daughter told officers that Failing pulled her out of bed, grabbed her hair and repeatedly hit her in the face July 31, according to a police report.

    The daughter had a swollen eye and scratches on her body, the report said.

    Police found two empty wine bottles in the house, and Failing appeared to be highly intoxicated, the report said.

    Law Director Mark Provenza said Thursday that Prosecutor Barry Motsch did not find enough evidence to file charges.

    By Mark Puente, mpuente@plaind.com


    Link:
    http://www.badcopnews.com/2006/08/26/lorain-ohio-police-dispatcher-lee-anne-failing-not-charged-for-beating-daughter-despite-physical-evidence-evidence-victims-statement/

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  8. Lorain Morning Journal
    October 2006

    Fight Between Two Women At Veteran Lorain Ohio Police Captain William Engle’s Home Injures Two - Engle Was Too Drunk To Communicate With Responding Officers

    LORAIN, OHIO ? Officers were called to a Lorian police captains?s home late Friday right after two women began fighting over him, according to a Lorain police report.

    When police officer?s arrived at Capt. William Engle?s home on West Cooper Foster Park Road, around midnight, Engle was too drunk to communicate, according to Sgt. Dennis Davis.

    A 49?year-old woman, who said she lives with Engle, 51, told police she was sleeping when she heard Engle come home, but learned he brought home another woman.

    A 46?year-old woman supposedly told the other woman to get out of the house because she and Engle wanted to get married, the report said.

    The two women began fighting and Engle was caught between them, according to the report.

    Both women claimed they were injured by the other and the 46?year-old woman sought medical treatment, the report stated.

    No one was charged in the incident.

    [ Article was conveniently omitted from the Journal?s web edition.

    Link:
    http://www.badcopnews.com/2006/10/25/fight-between-two-women-at-veteran-lorain-ohio-police-captain-william-engles-home-injures-two-engle-was-too-drunk-to-communicate-with-responding-officers/

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