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LAPD-FBI operation solves two dozen homicide cases

For months now, the budget crisis in Los Angeles has hamstrung and frustrated the city’s homicide detectives. With no money to pay them for the long hours of overtime they typically work, LAPD officials saw no choice but to force the detectives to take time off from the job.

Cases started taking longer to solve or going cold. The LAPD’s struggles weren’t lost on Robert Clark, an FBI assistant special agent in charge of the bureau’s anti-gang efforts in Los Angeles. Clark’s concern grew when he watched the number of gang-related killings in the city’s violent southern swatch surge in the summer’s early months.

With agents, cash and equipment to spare, Clark approached LAPD officials with an unusual offer to help. The results were striking: More than two dozen homicide cases were solved during a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the two agencies.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said veteran LAPD homicide Det. Sal LaBarbera. “We were able to clear cases at a pace that we never would have been able to hit. Twenty-seven homicides in three months? That’s unheard of.”

Although the FBI and LAPD have collaborated before, officials from both agencies said the speed with which this improvised idea came together, the scope of the assistance and the immediate impact were unprecedented. Named Operation Save Our Streets, the effort began July 1 and teamed six FBI agents with a few dozen LAPD homicide detectives who work in some of the city’s bloodiest, most gang-saturated neighborhoods.

With the agents came half a dozen vehicles, badly needed computers and hard drives, access to the FBI’s forensic laboratory and surveillance equipment.

Most importantly, Clark ponied up money to cover the LAPD detectives’ overtime costs, allowing them to forgo the department-wide policy that sends officers home on forced leave when they accrue too many hours of additional work.

The money “kept us working -– allowed us to stay at it unrestricted, in the way we need to. Without it, we would have been stuck keeping regular office hours,” LaBarbera said.

--Joel Rubin

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Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader

January 3, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

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Edward Rodgers was in charge of investigating cases of Child Abuse at the FBI

THE DENVER POST - Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire
May 17, 1990
Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse
By Howard Prankratz
Denver Post Legal Affairs Writer

Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.

The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.

Rodgers, 72, who became a child abuse expert after retiring from the FBI and joining the colorado Springs DA’s office, failed to appear for the trial. But in a deposition taken in March, Rodgers denied ever hitting or sexually abusing his children.

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FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM


Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

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Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count


Associated Press Writer

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest mountain-man Claude Dallas and was involved in a deadly 1984 siege involving white supremacists in Washington state is going to prison for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

William Buie, 64, of Boise, most recently worked as an investigator for the Idaho attorney general's office.

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February 22, 2007

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. A F.B.I. analyst has been sentenced to seven years in prison for having sex with a young girl in Spotsylvania County.
Forty-four-year-old Anthony John Lesko entered an Alford plea yesterday in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child. An Alford plea means Lesko doesn't admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction.
Authorities say Lesko engaged in a sex act with her nine times, beginning when she was nine years old.
According to the plea, Lesko said he was a victim in the case. He said the girl initiated the contact.

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FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

May 25, 2007 09:02 PM
FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

Posted by, Marissa Pasquet KOLD News 13 News Editor

FBI Special Agent Ryan Seese, 34, is facing sex offense charges after a cleaning woman said she found him masturbating in a women's lavatory on campus, according to a University of Arizona police spokesman.

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FBI agent arrested on child sexual assault charge

Associated Press - January 15, 2008 6:14 PM ET

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - An FBI agent is under arrest in Pueblo for investigation of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust.

Authorities say 53-year-old David Allan Johnson is being held in the Pueblo County jail today on a $100,000 bail.

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Former Great Falls FBI agent sentenced on child sex charges

Jan 23, 2008

A man from Great Falls who's accused of sexually assaulting five underage girls will be spending the next 10 years behind bars.

Stanley Perkins, 64, changed his plea to guilty after police began investigating him for child molestation in August 2006.

The former educator, who also served two years as an FBI agent, was sentenced on one count of felony sexual assault.

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It really is crucial that homicide detectives are able to work the overtime to investigate murder cases.

Great to see the FBI getting involved like this and really making a difference.

wow. that's an amazing story. this is twice this week that it's been a pleasure to see good news on the front page!

The ACLU will hear about this!!! Too much policing is not good for any city.

This is great work. If they could maintain this level of justice, by collaboration then crime in south L.A. could be almost eliminated.

Money the FBI had because of Obama and the Democratic Congress gave it to them, to cut crime, and make America safe. Thank you President Obama.

Robert Clark deserves a medal for his innovation. We need more of this coordination to move ahead, instead of driving with the brakes on.

Are you serious, detectives are forced to take a day off when in the middle of a murder investigation to save money. That sounds wrong, there is no justice.

Sounds like we just need to hire the FBI to do the LAPD jobs. In fact it sounds like the LAPD has been wasting it's money on union workers and overtime for Michael Jackson's funeral versus working for the the taxpayers and citizens solving crimes.

If all they needed was FBI managers, an education, vehicles, computers and money. I bet it was the FBI's union that gave them the approval for the shared resources; oh that's right they are not in a union.

How about we fire some of these uneducated overpaid officers and start hiring and training some real accountable people. Let's start with the police chiefs and other city leaders that allow them to waste their budgets.

Wait did we ever look at how much the unions are helping???

mackie mccleod -- did you get rejected by the FBI? Do you have a secret crush that you want to share?

Seriously, there are THOUSANDS of FBI employees and agents and you want to spam the comment section with your personal agenda?

Yes, sex crimes are awful. Period.

The flip side is that when you wallow in the cesspool of humanity solving crimes, then yes, there's always the possibility that some will go over to the dark side. Until you've seen the complete depravity of your own heart and what we as individuals are ALL capable of, you'll never recognize the truth and will continue to be arrogant in your judgements.

Thank God for good cops.

Nice idea. Bummed that it took so long for policing agencies to work together. Glad the L.A Department didn't go all "not in our Department".


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