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2 Rialto police officers resign, 4 disciplined amid sex scandal investigation


Two Rialto police officers have quit and four others have been severely disciplined after an internal probe was completed into allegations they had sex with strip club workers at police union headquarters, the chief said Friday.

The announcement is the latest chapter in a scandal that has sullied the image of the Rialto Police Department since allegations of group sex, on-duty sex and liaisons inside union headquarters and the agency's narcotics office by a waitress at the strip club became public this summer.

The waitress at the Spearmint Rhino Gentleman's Club in Rialto, Nancy Holtgreve, is suing the city for $500,000, alleging the department violated her civil rights after her relationship with one officer soured when she got pregnant by him, and the officer began threatening her.

Rialto Police Chief Mark Kling said the actions taken by the department reached far beyond the two officers identified by Holtgreve and showed how seriously they pursued the sexual misconduct probe. Kling said the two officers’ resignations came as the department was pursuing their terminations.

“I do not tolerate nor will I accept behavior that is not conducive to professional law enforcement, especially when it comes to sexual misconduct while on duty," Kling said. "We have held those employees accountable, including accepting the resignations of officers that will never be police officers again.”

Kling, who describes himself as a strict disciplinarian known for cleaning up departments, acknowledged officers did use a police union building for the sex sessions.

“The other four officers were found to not have had sex on duty,” he said. “They were held accountable for other violations and they received severe and appropriate punishments.”

An officer who resigned, James Dobbs, was identified by Holtgreve in her litigation as the father of her child. Kling said he could not legally identify the other officer who quit. He said the second officer was not named by Holtgreve, but internal investigators found other evidence against him.

Kling said an investigation found none of the officers’ conduct amounted to a crime.

Holtgreve claims the misconduct began in 2008 when officers started hanging out at the Spearmint Rhino, then arranged to rendezvous at a nearby Denny's. Dobbs started taking her to the union hall of the Rialto Police Benefit Assn. for sex, she said.

"Occasionally, several employees of the Rhino and several officers would engage in sexual relations at the union together," according to her legal papers.

Holtgreve alleges that once she became pregnant by Dobbs, he threatened her repeatedly and when she reported the conduct to the department, officials failed to protect her civil rights.

Dobbs could not be reached for comment.

Holtgreve claimed Dobbs introduced her to another officer who had sex with her at the department's narcotics office. Kling said his investigators found the officer did not have sex with her while on duty.

Kling said the officer was among the other four officers disciplined for inappropriate conduct, but he remains a sworn member of the department.


Rialto police officers allegedly participated in group sex at strip club, union hall

-- Richard Winton

Photo Credit: City of Rialto.

Comments () | Archives (18)

Never let the police 'police' themselves. Invariably they will 'sweep' things under the rug and make other things seem 'less' than they should be ! An officer was involved and is STILL on duty ? This is why you DONT let the inmates RUN the prison !!

Strippers....... attractive, but high risk in general.

Why did only 2 quit. Why are the others still on the job? If your not going to tolerate this behavior then fire them all. What a joke.

"sullied the image of the Rialto Police "

like that's even possible

If officer held accountable then they should be fire not discipline.

This "stripper" is nothing but a hooker since she not only had a sexual relationship with Dobbs, but then she had sex with one of his fellow officers as well???

What the police did was wrong but this woman acted like a total slut and she is surprised about the treatment she received?

Larry Flynt should have filmed these shenanigans and sold it. Perhaps the proceeds could have gone to the Rialto Police Benefit Association.

Kline talks tough but should remember his past as well.

LA strippers... sure. OC strippers... maybe, lose your job over Rialto strippers? Priceless.

Good Job Boys in Blue

THAT'S why it is called the "police union"!

Police scumbags...

The only good cop is a dead cop.

Fire the scumbag officers...

Typical cover up.
Any company I have worked for would have fired them for Gross Sexual Misconduct. Oh but wait they are special, they are police; just tell them they have been bad boys, keep them off the street for a couple of weeks and then let them continue.
I would be willing to bet that the two who resigned will be cops somewhere else within a couple of months.

Well, this story gives new meaning to the phrase "look for the union label".

Just love the censoring here.

Is this the same Police Department we've seen countless times on the hit reality TV show, "Cops?" (The question of course, is rhetorical!) Of course it is. Remember?

About two seasons ago, the producers of the hit reality action show seemed to have some strange fascination for following around just only Rialto Police Officers on the job, with camera men and sound technicians in tow, attempting to captivate the most action-filled event of the evening in the city of Rialto for the entertainment of every cop "wanna-be" who helped stack the TV ratings.

It seemed for a while that no other police department out there was as important-or as meticulous in rounding up and getting the bad guys off the streets as Rialto PD was. I distinctly remember watching episodes with the Rialto PD Narcotics Officers on various "take-downs" on quite a few shows. They talked a good game while on camera, of priding themselves on always abiding by Department rules, policies and procedures.

It seemed as though the Rialto Police Department were on their own personal TV campaign to show viewers just how tough and holier-than-thou they were in comparison to all over PD's. I wonder will this latest sex scandal help produce a similar reality show with some of Rialto's (ex) PD's finest?

Mike Hughes

just one more reason why you NEVER EVER trust a cop !!!!

Rialto Police Station is now know as " La Mansion de Bang Bang."


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