Farmington Police officer avoids charges

Farmington Police officer avoids charges

There are 55 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Jul 16, 2012, titled Farmington Police officer avoids charges. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

Charges against the Farmington police sergeant accused of sexually assaulting an area woman will not be filed, the district attorney in charge of the case announced.

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Just Ice

Farmington, NM

#1 Jul 18, 2012
Justice is slow, the laws are old and these good old boys days are numbered, whether they are in office or retirement. Servant Leadership is hard to follow when you lack leadership.
Sundevil

United States

#2 Jul 18, 2012
The S.O. conducts an investigation into the allegations against O'Donnell and forwards it to the D.A. The D.A. for the 11th Judicial District refers in to the 13th Judicial District citing conflict of interest. OK so far so good.

The 13th Judicial District D.A. reviews it and requests the investigating agency file a criminal complaint in regards to charges and the agency detective does not believe there is enough? The detective forwarded it for review for guidance, is advised to file, and now declines?

The 13th Judicial now believes the case is tainted.

The S.O. detective supervisor even says in the eyes of the public O'Donnell is innocent but it's not for certain.

I guess O"donnell is not completely absolved now let's see how admin plays it. We all know how it should end but it's doubtful. How can O'Donnell effectively do his job now? How can a female victim or reporting party feel comfortable upon seeing his name or person arriving?

Travesty of justice.
Shame

Tularosa, NM

#3 Jul 21, 2012
Sundevil wrote:
The S.O. conducts an investigation into the allegations against O'Donnell and forwards it to the D.A. The D.A. for the 11th Judicial District refers in to the 13th Judicial District citing conflict of interest. OK so far so good.
The 13th Judicial District D.A. reviews it and requests the investigating agency file a criminal complaint in regards to charges and the agency detective does not believe there is enough? The detective forwarded it for review for guidance, is advised to file, and now declines?
The 13th Judicial now believes the case is tainted.
The S.O. detective supervisor even says in the eyes of the public O'Donnell is innocent but it's not for certain.
I guess O"donnell is not completely absolved now let's see how admin plays it. We all know how it should end but it's doubtful. How can O'Donnell effectively do his job now? How can a female victim or reporting party feel comfortable upon seeing his name or person arriving?
Travesty of justice.
Travesty of justice is right. Anyone that knows ODonnell knows that he is capable of this act. The victim's account of what occurred is exactly ODonnell's MO. And to think that he is still a badge wearing, gun carrying police officer. We will see if Westall does the right thing during the IA. If he wants to regain just a little bit of the faith back from the community and the officers of the department, he will terminate ODonnell...
Yosh

United States

#4 Jul 21, 2012
He's white, he'll walk.
pocketfullofrye

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jul 21, 2012
Yosh wrote:
He's white, he'll walk.
All I can say is I'll keep trying. Good-hearted people still exist.
Flanders

Mesa, AZ

#6 Jul 23, 2012
After reading the article it seems as if the sheriff and his department don't want to be the one's to pull the trigger.

If it was sent off and the district attorney says to file a complaint doesn;t that mean he believes there is a case?

I think it is a case of cops protecting cops. The lieutenant didn't sound he was convinced of his innocence and why would the sheriff elude to that. I think Joe Blow would be standing in front of the bench. alot of it doesnt seem right the time it took to come to a decision to go forward and the police department has not finished their investigation,
ooooo

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jul 23, 2012
you got it, Flanders
Sundevil

Phoenix, AZ

#8 Jul 24, 2012
Whats the big Chief going to do now? ODonnell wasnt 100% cleared the DA was wanting to take it to the next level but the SO refused to cooperate.

How can ODonnell be reinstated when he had the incident involving the woman from personnel where Westall portrayed him as the victim? ODonnell does not have the character to be a police officer and more importantly a sergeant.

What happens next time hes drunk and want to so his oats? Is he again going to force himself on a female since he has been protected on several occaisions by the brass. Adultery, sexual harrassment. Good thing the allegience was fortified over the missing firearms with a promotion to sergeant.

So now Westall has a decision to make with two officers involved in alcohol fueled incidents one involving this sexual assault and the other involving another officer which was announced to CPAC involving drunken DV.

Maybe Westall will put ODonnell in charge of the Women Against Crime program and the other officer as a DV Advocate in detectives.
ooooo

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jul 24, 2012
is the cermony gonna b at ZEBRAS?
whiteblondegirl

Farmington, NM

#10 Jul 26, 2012
What a loooser!!!
Whammer Jammer

Phoenix, AZ

#11 Jul 26, 2012
He should be on the street again. He is a good cop. Chicks need to leave him alone, he's married for goodness sakes!!!!!!
whammer jammer

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jul 26, 2012
Whammer Jammer wrote:
He should be on the street again. He is a good cop. Chicks need to leave him alone, he's married for goodness sakes!!!!!!
So...a certificate and a ring gives you special privilages? I don't believe for one minute that anyone should be 'tried' in the press, nor should they be guilty until proven innocent. The constitution bodes otherwise. But, your comment? Do you actually defend him on that? I wouldn't use that crap for a defense for my enemy. Probable cause for an arrest warrant. Are you from this planet? They haven't proven probable cause. He said, she said. Not gonna happen. You're argument is 'he's married for goodness sakes?" You've got to be kidding? And you're using my MONIKER for your blithering opines? Get a grip, and at the very least, educate yourself. You make us both look stupid.
Sundevil

United States

#13 Jul 26, 2012
whammer jammer wrote:
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So...a certificate and a ring gives you special privilages? I don't believe for one minute that anyone should be 'tried' in the press, nor should they be guilty until proven innocent. The constitution bodes otherwise. But, your comment? Do you actually defend him on that? I wouldn't use that crap for a defense for my enemy. Probable cause for an arrest warrant. Are you from this planet? They haven't proven probable cause. He said, she said. Not gonna happen. You're argument is 'he's married for goodness sakes?" You've got to be kidding? And you're using my MONIKER for your blithering opines? Get a grip, and at the very least, educate yourself. You make us both look stupid.
Your responses are usually well thought out and intelligient so I know the posers are posting under your moniker.
In this case the DA's office requested County file a criminal complaint after reviewing the case to proceed further with it. The SO is dropping the ball on this one.

The DA must have seen something in the case to want to proceed. Usually it's the other way around with the prosecutor not wanting proceed now we have the opposite.

This is not the first time ODonnell has been involved in a situation where he couldnt keep it is his pants. There was an incident with a city employees husband where Westall portrayed him as a victim, a sexual harrasment complaint involving a female NA officer who left the department.

I feel for the alleged victim in this case. She has been failed by LE and the judicial system. THis case should have went to completion to have a jury review the facts and return with some verdict. A grand jury would have been another avenue.

ODonnell is far from absolved in this matter and the administration should see this as well.

For ODonnell to comment on character check out this link.

http://policedynamics.wordpress.com/2011/04/0...

He is the last person to comment on character. He is unbefitting the badge.
Yosemite Sam

Tularosa, NM

#14 Jul 27, 2012
Westall said the IA would take a week or two. It's been 11 days, do you think this will take another ten months to resolve ????. It will be hard to believe that Westall would actually put an officer back on the street when he was not 100% exonerated of the Rape allegation. It sounds like many former officers have a potentially legitimate law suit approaching.....
Pale Rider

Tularosa, NM

#15 Aug 2, 2012
Going on three weeks now and still no word on the IA. I know of IA's that were completed in a matter of days in which the allegations were much less severe that those against ODonnell, and the officers involved ended up without a job. So Westall, what's it gonna be ? we are all waiting !!!!
Sundevil

Goodyear, AZ

#16 Aug 4, 2012
Pale Rider wrote:
Going on three weeks now and still no word on the IA. I know of IA's that were completed in a matter of days in which the allegations were much less severe that those against ODonnell, and the officers involved ended up without a job. So Westall, what's it gonna be ? we are all waiting !!!!
Westall will drag it out for about another 3 to 4 years so he can make it to retirement. He'll then disclose the IA findings as sustained but the investigation took so long because they wanted to be thorough.

I'd have to agree with you you'd figure with the severity of this incident coupled with the last incident where Westall said ODonnell was the victim he'd have his walking papers. But then again Westall had a tryst with Lt back in his patrolman days so he must be living his wildside vicariously through ODonnell. And on a footnote they have an officer currently under IA for DV whos been pulled off the street for almost a month who also does not have a stellar track record. I guess the SO will drop the ball on this one too. Funny Coate was canned pretty quick for the same thing while 2 others remain Velarde and Pettyjohn.
whammer jammer

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Aug 7, 2012
Sundevil wrote:
<quoted text> Your responses are usually well thought out and intelligient so I know the posers are posting under your moniker.
In this case the DA's office requested County file a criminal complaint after reviewing the case to proceed further with it. The SO is dropping the ball on this one.
The DA must have seen something in the case to want to proceed. Usually it's the other way around with the prosecutor not wanting proceed now we have the opposite.
This is not the first time ODonnell has been involved in a situation where he couldnt keep it is his pants. There was an incident with a city employees husband where Westall portrayed him as a victim, a sexual harrasment complaint involving a female NA officer who left the department.
I feel for the alleged victim in this case. She has been failed by LE and the judicial system. THis case should have went to completion to have a jury review the facts and return with some verdict. A grand jury would have been another avenue.
ODonnell is far from absolved in this matter and the administration should see this as well.
For ODonnell to comment on character check out this link.
http://policedynamics.wordpress.com/2011/04/0...
He is the last person to comment on character. He is unbefitting the badge.
No...the locals couldn't 'prove' anything. It was 'he said, she said'...that's why an outside source was brought in. Are you actually aware of the law and how it plays out in a court of law? The SO did exactly what they should have. They didn't have 'probable cause'. They left the indictment up to the 'outside entity'. The 'outside entity' commented, but did NOTHING. Completely dodged the ball. They had what they needed to either, bring charges, or let it go. They let it go and tried to hold the locals accountable. They dropped the ball. Period. The locals left it in their hands. They refused to sign. Nuff said.
Adglaani Tso

Larchmont, NY

#18 Aug 8, 2012
whammer jammer wrote:
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You make us both look stupid.
Yep, you don't need any help looking stupid. You manage to do that very well by yourself. Post after post.
yahoo

Rio Rancho, NM

#21 Aug 9, 2012
This is a shame to justice i bet she dropped her scales.
Sundevil

Scottsdale, AZ

#22 Aug 10, 2012
Westall will once again portray ODonnell as the "victim" in this incident much like he has. Now you will have a patrol sergeant on the street who has been involved in questionable misconduct that he has not been completely absolved of.

So now amongst the thieves, liars, conspirators, embezzlers and malfeasance we now have a rapist amonst the ranks. Im sure now he'll move up the ranks and be a lietenant soon.

And now we have a patrol officer whos waiting on the SO investigation to be completed on a DV investigation. I guess it'll be another 10 months for a decision to be made on this matter.

Moral turpitude at it finest. Oath of office and Code Of Conduct is non-existenant under the new Chief and his hard line stance on misconduct.

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