Connecticut Cops, Guns, drugs, money, "suicide", and Police Misconduct?
Norwalk Connecticut Police Officers Lt. Michael King and Sgt. Stephen Couture Not Charged Amid Child Molestation Investigation Centering On Lt. Thomas Cummings, But Could Face Disciplinary ActionPublished in CONNECTICUT
NORWALK, CONNECTICUT - Criminal charges will not be filed against two police officers drawn into the investigation of former Lt. Thomas Cummings, who was charged with sexual molestation, police and Judicial Branch sources said.
But an internal police investigation is under way, and Lt. Michael King and Sgt. Stephen Couture could face disciplinary action, said William Curwen, president of the police union.
The criminal investigation into the officers has ended without charges filed against them, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo said last week.
King, a 24-year veteran, was investigated for downloading pornographic material on his department computer and the police computer assigned to Cummings, Colangelo said.
Couture, who has 23 years on the force, last month was stripped of his command of the Youth Bureau. He was investigated for speaking to Cummings at the start of the probe into sexual abuse allegations against Cummings, Colangelo said.
Sources with knowledge of the investigation said Couture told Cummings immediately that he was under investigation by Colangelo, but withheld that information from his superiors for three days.
Reached on Friday, King and Couture declined to comment.
The officers’ conduct came under criminal review during the investigation of Cummings, which began in October.
The investigation began after a 15-year-old Weston boy told one of his high school teachers about his sexual relationship with Cummings, a source close to the investigation said.
That teacher contacted a Westport detective, who reported the allegation to Norwalk police. The probe was turned over to investigators in state Superior Court in Stamford.
Three months after the investigation began, Cummings was charged with having sex with two other 15-year-old boys and trying to lure another to his Dreamy Hollow condominium in Norwalk.
Cummings, a 24-year department veteran who quit after being charged, faces a maximum 115-year sentence for two counts of second-degree sexual assault, three counts of risk of injury to a minor and three counts of enticing a minor. No charges have been filed against Cummings that involve the Weston youth.
Cummings, who is free on $75,000 bond, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Curwen said Couture and King received notice last week from Chief Harry Rilling that an internal investigation had begun. It will delve into material that court inspectors uncovered about King and Couture, Curwen said.
Rilling would not comment on the allegations.
“We are never happy when we have to investigate our officers, but that is our duty. We have to investigate all reports of wrongdoing, and we have to deal with it appropriately so the public will have confidence in the department,” Rilling said.
The investigation by Capt. Ernest Vitarbo of the Professional Standard Unit must wrap up in 60 days, Rilling said. Vitarbo could ask for an extension.
Rilling will determine whether disciplinary action is necessary when the findings are returned.
If an officer risks a suspension of more than 20 days without pay, demotion or firing, Rilling must offer two options. The officer may request a hearing conducted by Rilling or go before a trial board made up of Mayor Richard Moccia or his designee and one other police commissioner.
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It seems to be ok in Connecticut for police to molest children if they are White and Male. What other police brutality and gross misconduct is going on in Connecticut?
Was Norwalk Officer Morelli's "suicide" preceded by Morelli either dropping a dime on another officer or was he to testify against other officers?
It is all a little more than fishy to me when things like [this] are standard operating procedure for Connecticut cops and courts.
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Masked Police Beat/Abduct Citizens
Former Norwalk, Connecticut, Mayor William "Bill" Collins talks about police officers abducting citizens while wearing ski masks to beat the suspects at abandoned waterfront warehouses.
Police were showing citizens and elected officials who was really in charge.
Bill Collins testified in front of Judiciary Committee member legislators at the Hartford Capitol. Click link below for the complete Ritt Goldstein, Civilian Overight hearings: