The St. Paul police officer who admitted sending harassing messages to a romantic rival was sentenced Thursday, but her legal troubles may not be over. Jessica E. Phillips, 29, is being investigated in another criminal matter... the case involved harassment of a different victim, with the "same basic set of circumstances" underlying it...
- WHY were the other two charges dropped? No clue is given. A police officer using official law enforcement databases to stalk their victims isn't that big of a crime in St. Paul Minnesota?
- WHY was her sentence on the lone remaining charge stayed? No clue to that either. Is it on the sorry premise that a police officer serves society so gets to commit and get away with a certain amount of crime?
- WHY is Officer Phillips on paid leave? Will she remain on paid leave as faces the charges ahead of her that are just like the ones she just said she's sorry for?
- [MN] Officer Jessica Phillips' charges related to her ex who is a fellow officer - Officer Jessica Phillips was charged Wednesday with gross misdemeanor charges of harassment and using a department computer for personal use. According to the criminal complaint, Phillips was sending numerous sexually explicit messages to a woman who dated her ex-boyfriend. She is also accused of repeatedly looking up records regarding that woman and Phillips's ex-boyfriend in the Department of Motor vehicles...
- [MN] Officer Ferraro is arrested and St. Paul Police Chief says domestic violence is taken seriously - A St. Paul police officer [Louis Ferraro] was arrested Friday on suspicion of violating a protection officer placed against him by a fellow officer and former lover... [Jessica] Phillips had alleged in her order for protection that Ferraro slapped and pushed her across a room on one occasion and hit her on the side of the head on another, resulting in a broken eardrum...
DECORATED OFFICER GETS 2 YEARS PROBATION
ST. PAUL (WCCO)
Jul 15, 2010
[Excerpts] A St. Paul police officer [Jessica Phillips] has been granted a stay of imposition and sentenced to two years of probation after facing criminal charges regarding her use of a department computer for personal use and alleged harassment... Phillips was sending numerous sexually explicit messages to a woman who dated her ex-boyfriend. She was also accused of repeatedly looking up records regarding that woman and Phillips's ex-boyfriend at the Department of Motor Vehicles... [Full article here]
ST. PAUL POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED IN LOVE-TRIANGLE HARASSMENT CASE
By Emily Gurnon
[Excerpts] The St. Paul police officer who admitted sending harassing messages to a romantic rival made a tearful apology in court today before she was sentenced. "I feel really bad for everything," said Jessica E. Phillips, 29, who received a stay of imposition of sentence, meaning if she remains law-abiding and sober for two years, the charge will be reduced from a gross misdemeanor to a misdemeanor. "I've been through hell... I'm trying to build another career and I can't do that with this level of crime on my record," she said, referring to the gross misdemeanor. She also said she didn't remember making the harassing contacts because she was drunk at the time. Outside the courtroom, Phillips said she wasn't sure if she was going to try to keep her police officer job. Ramsey County District Judge Rosanne Nathanson also ordered Phillips to pay $980 in restitution to the victim in the case... [The victim] had lived with St. Paul officer Louis D. Ferraro, 46, at his home in Columbia Heights until Ferraro told her in March 2009 that he and Phillips were seeing each other... The guilty plea came days after a Ramsey County court referee rejected Phillips' petition for a two-year order for protection against Ferraro. She had alleged that Ferraro had hit her and raped her, and that she feared for her life. Ferraro had said that the two enjoyed rough but consensual sex and that she filed the order for protection to bring a "major ... storm" down on him professionally, as she had written in an e-mail... Phillips is on paid leave from the department... [Ferraro] was charged with violating a temporary order for protection regarding Phillips; that charge will be dismissed after one year, assuming he remains law-abiding. He is on voluntary leave...Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Crum said today that there would be internal investigations of both officers... [Full article here]
SENTENCE STAYED AGAINST ST. PAUL OFFICER IN LOVE-TRIANGLE CASE: But female officer being investigated in another case
By Emily Gurnon
[Excerpts] The St. Paul police officer who admitted sending harassing messages to a romantic rival was sentenced Thursday, but her legal troubles may not be over. Jessica E. Phillips, 29, is being investigated in another criminal matter, a St. Paul police spokesman confirmed Thursday. Sgt. Pete Crum said the case involved harassment of a different victim, with the "same basic set of circumstances" underlying it... Ramsey County District Judge Rosanne Nathanson stayed the imposition of sentence for Phillips in the first case... Two other charges, of harassment and unauthorized police computer access, were dismissed... [The harassment victim] told the court it was bad enough that Phillips carried on a long-term affair with her boyfriend. "She then harassed and tormented me about it in disgusting and threatening text messages, voice-mail messages and e-mails ... then threatened to expose me to actual sexually explicit digital photos of the affair as well... Every time I receive a phone call from an unknown number, I fear that it could be her... If my doorbell rings unexpectedly, I panic. When I leave my house, I am afraid she will be outside waiting to confront me in some way." [The harassment victim] said she also hoped Phillips would not be in a position of authority again. Phillips is on paid leave from the police department, which she joined in October 2005... [Full article here]
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