Reporter

West Covina, CA

#1 Jan 3, 2013
Ex-Irwindale police cadet charges sexual harassment by lieutenant
Woman's lawsuit says Lt. Mario Camacho pressured her to accept his advances in exchange for favorable treatment at work and a reduced rate on a rental condo.

Los Angeles Times
January 3, 2013, 8:25 p.m.
A cadet who said she was sexually harassed and later forced to quit has sued the Irwindale Police Department, the second lawsuit in six months to question the behavior of a high-ranking police lieutenant

Both lawsuits filed against the agency name Lt. Mario Camacho. In July, Officer Rudy Campos filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he didn't get overtime and received negative performance evaluations after he voted against a contract provision Camacho favored. That case is pending.

The most recent complaint, filed Dec. 11 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that Camacho sexually harassed Alma Chavez, a non-sworn police cadet who started working with the department in 2008. She alleged that Camacho held her hand, kissed her and groped her while they were on duty, sometimes in his office or city-owned car.

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Initially, she rebuffed his advances, but gave in when he created "a hostile work environment," according to the lawsuit. When Chavez accepted Camacho's advances, he promised her a full-time permanent position with the city.

Camacho "would be really mean to her and make it difficult for her at work, but when she accepted the advances he was really nice to her," said Brandi Harper, a lawyer representing Chavez and Campos. "When she started, she was 19 years old, her dream was to be a police officer and he knew it."

Irwindale Police Chief Dennis Smith referred questions to attorney Jeffrey Thompson, who is representing the department in both lawsuits. He declined to comment on any specifics.

"The city takes these type of matters very seriously and believes it has done nothing wrong in this case," Thompson said. "We will be defending it aggressively."

During Chavez's more than four years of employment at the Irwindale Police Department, Camacho gave her gift cards worth hundreds of dollars at Victoria's Secret and Forever 21, as well as a Tiffany's bracelet and Louis Vuitton purse, according to court records..

In an October deposition, Camacho didn't deny that he gave her gifts and admitted kissing and holding Chavez's hand while they were on duty because they "were close friends."

He said he also lent her money and rented Chavez a condo he owned at below-market value to help her out, but later asked her to move out when he discovered someone else was staying there and not paying rent.

In the lawsuit, Chavez said that she felt forced to quit and that Camacho was upset because she was living at the condo with her boyfriend. He allegedly called her into a meeting and told her, "I can't stand working with you anymore, this meeting will be your two weeks' notice."

She submitted a resignation letter after that meeting, according to the complaint.

Thompson declined to say whether Camacho had been disciplined or placed on administrative leave.

adolfo.flores@latimes.com
Concerned Citizen

West Covina, CA

#2 Jan 4, 2013
Is this the same guy?

Public safety allert wrote:
When will the city of Irwindale inform the public that one of their law enforcement officers was suspended for sexually assaulting a female driver.
I would think that it would be of importance to see if any other female drivers experienced the same abuse from this officer.
We know this officer has beaten his wife and knocked up a young police dispatcher.
The city of Irwindale continues to embarrass the area.

What the hell is going on there? Who is running that place?
Public safety allert

West Covina, CA

#3 Jan 4, 2013
No this is a different officer.

A different Irwindale Police Officer has been suspended during an investigation.

He is alleged to have made a traffic stop on a female and directed her to an isolated area where he molested her.

We are still waiting for the Irwindale Police Chief to bring the issue to the public's attention. There may be other victims. And keeping the allegations from the public is a public safety concern.

To answer your question about what the hell is going on there.

All I can say is its Irwindale.
Car Parker

Pico Rivera, CA

#4 Jan 4, 2013
What the hell is wrong with these guys? They are supposed to be trusted and held to a higher standard, but it seems like they enjoy taking advantage of the publics trust.....why hasn't the public been told anything ? How many unreported incidents are out there? Maybe there is a coverup here.......
Car Parker

West Covina, CA

#5 Jan 5, 2013
Car Parker wrote:
What the hell is wrong with these guys? They are supposed to be trusted and held to a higher standard, but it seems like they enjoy taking advantage of the publics trust.....why hasn't the public been told anything ? How many unreported incidents are out there? Maybe there is a coverup here.......
Its about damn time I get some help on these blogs.
Straight Out

West Covina, CA

#6 Jan 7, 2013
I'm glad to see that my tax dollars are working toward the top cops misconduct and extra curricular activities. Does this old man have a wife and kids ? Why pray on a young innocent girl. Gross. If you look up his name on Google you can see his picture next to a Irwindale police car. No wonder he needs to threaten young girls
go park a car

West Covina, CA

#8 Jan 13, 2013
Chief Smith and Lieutenant Camacho should follow this Captain's idea!

Malibu sheriff's captain to resign amid sexual misconduct claim

January 12, 2013 | 10:20 am
The captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Malibu/Lost Hills station will resign amid allegations by a deputy who says she was a victim of sexual misconduct, an official said Saturday.

Capt. Joseph Stephen of the Malibu station confirmed Friday that he was one of the targets of the probe and had been questioned by investigators Friday. He denied any wrongdoing.

Also being investigated are retired Chief Ronnie Williams and Capt. Anthony Ward, who was heading up the auto-theft unit until he recently retired, according to four sources. Williams denied any wrongdoing, and Ward could not be reached for comment.

Stephen and Ward "know our stance on inappropriate relations and they made the decision to resign immediately," Assistant Sheriff James Hellmold told The Times Saturday.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating the deputy's allegations.

"I take this very seriously, and I will find out what did or did not happen," Sheriff Lee Baca said in a statement.

The deputy is the daughter of a top aide to the sheriff.

All of the sources asked for anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The deputy who leveled the allegations referred a reporter's inquiry to her attorney. Her attorney initially said, "I think she wants it to come to light," but later canceled an interview. The Times generally does not name potential victims of sex crimes.

Sheriff's officials said the probe was in the preliminary phase.

The deputy's allegations involved sexual coercion by officials who outranked her, sources said.

She made the accusations after facing her own allegations of misconduct, sources said. Court records show she has a pending felony charge of vandalism and misdemeanor counts of battery. She pleaded not guilty. She has been placed on leave without pay, according to a spokesman.

Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Stephen said he was waiting to find out if he was going to be removed from his command. He called the deputy's allegations "absolutely, unequivocally" untrue but declined to say if they had had a sexual relationship.

"I don't want to get into that," he said.

Stephen said he never directly supervised the deputy. He accused her of trying to deflect attention from her own legal troubles. "She's trying to save her own skin," he said. "She's trying to lash out and see what sticks."

Williams, the retired chief, told The Times that he has not been interviewed by investigators. He said he never supervised the alleged victim, and that although he is her "partial friend," the relationship is platonic.

"She never was assigned to my division. How could I coerce her to do anything?" said Williams, who left the department four years ago.
In disbelief

La Quinta, CA

#9 Jan 23, 2013
As a woman I can't believe what I am reading. It appears like police coverup and corruption! How can we trust the police, if they are taking advantage of females and committing crimes against people who normally protect us!!! This is truly disgusting, sad and they are truly a embarrassment to the community!
That figures

United States

#10 Jan 30, 2013
The few puts a bad rap on everybody!
Duh

Carson, CA

#12 Mar 5, 2013
In disbelief wrote:
As a woman I can't believe what I am reading. It appears like police coverup and corruption! How can we trust the police, if they are taking advantage of females and committing crimes against people who normally protect us!!! This is truly disgusting, sad and they are truly a embarrassment to the community!

Lieutenant Mario Camacho and his select few did it! He played "follow the leader" and led by fear. Waste of public funds to exonerate him from this wrong doing. The truth will set you free.
Car Parker

West Covina, CA

#13 Mar 5, 2013
That figures wrote:
The few puts a bad rap on everybody!
No The good cops that know and don't report are bad cops too.
National Anthem

Glendora, CA

#14 Mar 5, 2013
What did you do to poor Edith? Oh, and I found more about you. Would you like me to answer about Alvarado vs Hunley too?

Hunley post blogs from the SGV Tribune. Well, Here’s what the Tribune thinks of him:

Baldwin Park shakes its money maker — resumes checkpoints in the Hub Cap of the SGV
Posted on October 21, 2010 by Frank Girardot
Reply
Towing fees put $1.2 million into Bolen Parque’s city coffers in 2009, so you can see why (in a tough economy) the city needs checkpoints. Read more here.

On the other side, James Hunley isn’t the most credible source when it comes to attacking city policies. Hunley was recently arrested for practically stalking the owner of Royal Coaches.

EXPOSED!!!!
Car Parker

West Covina, CA

#15 Mar 5, 2013
California politicians busted for spending taxpayer money on New York entertainment

By LEONARD GREENE
Last Updated: 11:14 AM, October 28, 2010
Posted: 12:43 AM, October 28, 2010

As if New York doesn't have enough crooked politicians of its own ...

The bright lights of Broadway beckoned corrupt California officials to cross the continent and spend taxpayer money on nights at theaters, baseball games and pricey dinners at the Big Apple's finest bistros, authorities charged yesterday.

The four were from Irwindale, a bustling metropolis of just over 1,400 people where the main entertainment is watching cars at the local speedway.

The bureaucrats and politicians did have enough taste to pass on Los Angeles, just 20 miles away, for the allure of the world's greatest city.
SMALL-TOWN 'BIG' THINKERS: Irwindale, Calif., City Councilman Mark Breceda (left) and former Councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez appear in court yesterday to face charges they and two colleagues illegally lavished the charms of the Big Apple on themselves with taxpayer money.
AP
SMALL-TOWN 'BIG' THINKERS: Irwindale, Calif., City Councilman Mark Breceda (left) and former Councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez appear in court yesterday to face charges they and two colleagues illegally lavished the charms of the Big Apple on themselves with taxpayer money.

They were busted yesterday for misappropriating public funds to finance the trips, which took place between 2001 and 2005.

They claimed they had to come to New York to pitch for a higher municipal-bond rating, and they did manage to squeeze in some time on Wall Street when they weren't hanging out in Times Square.

They lived high on the New York hog, staying in five-star hotels, guzzling $250 bottles of wine and spending evenings on Broadway watching "Mamma Mia" and "Phantom of the Opera," authorities said.

"Mostly they partied quite a bit," Los Angeles Deputy DA Nipa Cook said.

"They spent money on Mets and Yankee games and Broadway shows."

Councilman Mark Breceda, retired City Manager Steve Blancarte and retired finance director Abe De Dios are charged with five felony counts. Former Councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez faces one count.

Prosecutors said the officials used public money to pay for $250 Yankee tickets; $260 tickets to "Follies" on Broadway and $1,027 for brunch at The River Café.

On a trip in 2003, they had only eight hours of scheduled meetings, yet they spent six nights at the lavish Ritz-Carlton, checking in on a Saturday night, even though no business meetings were scheduled for Sunday.

They also saw a matinee of "Jackie Mason's Laughing Room Only" followed by dinner at Atelier on Central Park South.

Former Councilwoman Rosemary Gutierrez, who came along on one of the trips but was not charged with a crime, justified their actions by saying New York is an expensive place to do business.

"It's not like we were meeting in Irwindale or in the state of California," she told reporters. "It was New York."
Car Parker

Baldwin Park, CA

#17 Mar 5, 2013
I sure miss my darling tuttle. Why won't he call me anymore? Is it because I swing both ways?
YOURE ALL WRONG

West Covina, CA

#19 Mar 6, 2013
Car Parker wrote:
<quoted text>
No The good cops that know and don't report are bad cops too.
Maybe that is why Camacho, Chief Smith, and the City are being sued by their own current and former employees dumbass! O-Yeah, I forgot that you protect them. Must be nice to be on their payroll.
National Anthem

Glendora, CA

#20 Mar 6, 2013
Car Parker wrote:
I sure miss my darling tuttle. Why won't he call me anymore? Is it because I swing both ways?
Do you miss your darling Edith too. Tell us Hunley, what exactly did you do to that little girl to warrant a Judge to issue are restraining order against you?
Car Barker

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Mar 15, 2013
Car Parker wrote:
I sure miss my darling tuttle. Why won't he call me anymore? Is it because I swing both ways?
JD Hog (AKA - Hunley) is annoying like a stray mut crying for a dirty bone. I feel sorry for whoever calls him a brother, son, grandson, uncle, nephew, friend, or human. I know that you too are embarrass to admit knowing him.

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