Sunday, September 22, 2019
ZACATECAS, MEXICO — In a dirt-covered SUV with a cow’s skull on the hood and a wooden rack bearing the Valdez family name, Rafael, Joy, Maya and Catalina drive into the hills above a little town in the central Mexican state of Zacatecas. It’s the kind of town known locally as a ranch. Cattle and men on horseback roam the streets. The Valdezes come here on weekends to find respite from the capital city, also called Zacatecas, and the larger questions of their lives. Read more on the Seattle Times: Here.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
|Jill Marie Poe - Baldwin Park School Police Chief|
On November 1, 1997, former Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Officer Jill Poe saw that Lisa H.'s uniform pants weren't up all the way; so, she gleaned part of Lisa's underwear. Aroused; Poe then grabbed Lisa by her right forearm and forcefully turned Lisa toward herself and said, "You know when you wear those underwear, you know what you do to me. Don't be wearing those underwear around me. They look good." Officer Poe then made a "Hmmmm, Hmmm, Hmmm", remark.
Then just a few days later, which isn't clear in the record why, while Lisa was in the locker room changing, Poe came charging through the door. She pointed a finger at Lisa and said, "You better get your f***ing partner in check. He has f***ing problem with working. He better get his f***ing attitude in check." Lisa told Poe that if Poe had a problem with Lisa's partner, that Poe should bring it up with him. A witness by the name of Officer Rogers confirmed the event.
Then on November 12, 1997, at the West LA Station, Lisa had some saliva glistening on her lips. Poe came up to her and stated, "You know what I could do with that?" Poe's eyes looked her up and down. She told Lisa how she could please another woman. Poe told Lisa: "Let me know when you're ready to be with me."
When Lisa declined Poe, at around 3:00-3:30PM, Poe kicked Lisa on the left side of her buttock, causing Lisa injury. She kicked her in front of several witnesses.
According to Officer Sibayan, Poe kicked Lisa's buttock about five to six times. He thought there may have been more kicks, because he "did not see the initial kick." Sibayan told Poe to knock it off. At that point, Poe walked away.
Sibayan asked Lisa if she was ok. Lisa stayed silent. After Sibayan asked again, Lisa slowly stood up and said, "I've had it. I'm going to do something about it today."
Lisa checked into the medical center and alleges in her report that Poe's "mental state is highly questionable[. She] committed this act of violence in full uniform in front of witnesses on duty." Lisa wrote that she could not "control [the] situation herself any longer."
In her plead to the court, Lisa alleged that "Poe has sexual[ly] harassed plaintiff [Lisa] for approximately (6) months. On November 12, 1997, Defendant Poe kicked [Lisa] on the left side of her buttock (causing injury). . . . [Lisa] is afraid of her safety, and fears Defendant Poe's violent behavior." Lisa adds that "Deft has been disciplined in the past for the same type of behavior / history."
Around December 18, 1997, Poe's then-boss, Sergeant David R. Rossi declared that "Officer Poe has been relieved of duty during the Internal Affairs Investigation of this matter."
On December 19, 1997, with both sides presenting their evidence, Commissioner Martin H. Wegmati found Lisa to be credible and issued a restraining order against Poe that expired on February 20, 1998. On February 19, 1998, Lisa demanded $15,985.00 in attorney's fees and cost from Poe.
It appears a trial for a preliminary restraining order was held between February 20 to February 27, 1998. Lisa's petition was then denied.
On January 7, 1999, probably because Poe spent money on an attorney to defend her restraining order, Poe faked her car being stolen and filed a false police report with the LAPD to defraud her car insurance company. Between March and May 3, 1999, Poe was caught for her scheme and reported to internal affairs.
Nonetheless, adjudication of Poe's sexual harassment and workplace violence didn't end there. Between May 3, 1999 and April 2, 2000, an LAPD Board of Rights convened to adjudicate 17 counts of Poe's misconduct by three officers, including Lisa.
Around April 2, 2000, the Board found Poe guilty of five counts. It found that Poe did (1) make sexual remarks to Lisa, (2) created a "hostile work environment" for Lisa, and (3) Poe kick Lisa in the buttocks. Additionally, (4) Poe also made sexual remarks to an officer Fuller around October 22, 1997. (5) Finally, Poe was leaving work assignments and leaving colleague vulnerable to do personal business on October 12, 1997.
After the adjudication, the Board recommended the Police Chief fire Poe. So; Chief Bernard Parks did just that and fire her.
Then on July 7, 2000 - Poe pled guilty to a felony count of insurance fraud and a misdemeanor count of filing a false police report.
On July 21, 2000 - Poe sued the LAPD to get her job back. Only this time, she didn't have an attorney and represented herself in case number BS064440. Poe was missing her court hearing though, and at one point, the court asked Poe to show cause as to why she shouldn't be sanctioned.
On January 30, 2002 - at the final hearing - which Poe again failed to appear at - the court agreed with the LAPD. Poe lost. She wasn't getting her job back.
So far, four women officers, and counting, have filed internal complaints against Poe. Two have been affirmed by the LAPD Board and the court to have been victims of battery and sexual harassment.
Recently, the Legal Lens put in a records request to the LAPD for evidence of Poe's dishonesty or sexual harassment.
On September 3, 2019, the LAPD responded by saying that: "The Department has conducted a search and has disclosable records responsive to your request in regards to sustained dishonesty[.]" Furthermore, "The Department continues to search for records[.]"
Poe's employment history from 2001 to 2011 have been spotty. One source alleges she worked as a private detective for another disgraced officer. Poe's resume needs to be ordered.
Somewhere between 2011 and 2014 - the Baldwin Park Unified School District hired Poe as a safety supervisor and school police chief and given access to children between age five to eighteen. Sources believe this was so she could evade a background check.
Around September 8, 2014 - Poe was promoted in a 5-0-vote as school police chief. Blanca Rubio, who is now state assemblywoman, cast one of the votes.
|Jill Poe teaching a class to elementary |
students on defending yourself
against cyber bullying.
Poe's also been criticized for poor decision making. Around August 19, 2014 - (which is about the same time Poe became Chief) - she ordered semi-automatic weapons for the school. Although Poe alleges that these weapons were returned, especially given her history of dishonesty, proof is still being sought as to where these weapons are.
Furthermore, Poe's been sued as police chief at least twice, civilly and recently. On August 19, 2016, Serene Cottini-Guillot, a former Baldwin Park school police officer, sued Poe.
According to the complaint, Serene alleged that Poe admitted to authorizing Matthew Miedema, around 27 year-old son of the school police sergeant, Carl Miedema, to spy on her and her high school son. Allegedly, Matthew was a drug addict that had mental health issues, and this caused Serene and her son to be afraid for their safety.
The school district settled the case with Serene around January 8, 2018 under a gag order. Because the settlement was done with a public agency, the constitutional legality of its enforcement is questioned by experts.
On September 10, 2019 - the Legal Lens' expose on Poe's sexual predation and felonious history prompted parents to pack the school board meeting. There, community activist Greg S. Tuttle spoke. He said: "My father used to be in sex crimes with Orange County Sheriffs for over 20 years. We don't need to get into details with Poe's sexual history, because children are here. But, I know a sexual predator when I see one. And she has a long history of it. And if you don't get rid of her, we'll have to sue to have her removed."
A woman defending Poe, who some suspect to be Poe's wife, came to her defense and responded. This woman, reading from a pre-written letter, reminded the school board members that Poe had done special favors for all of them. And all of them need to remember those special favors.
On September 15, 2019 - the San Gabriel Valley Tribune published Poe's criminal history on Sunday's front page. Several victims and critics were outraged at the article, because it omitted any discussion of Poe's sexual harassment history or her current involvement with children, some who are as young as five years of age. One critic believed that the article misdirected attention from Poe's current moral character issues and instead pointed to the fact that Poe's convictions were 20 years old, which made it appear that Poe has somehow reformed when she has not.
Currently, the school police chief has been suspended from the school district - pending an investigation. Research has shown that Poe spent considerable amounts of time and money to expunge and destroy her records. Somehow that didn't stop it from surfacing here.
Perhaps Galatians is on point: "Do not be deceived: . . . A [wo]man reaps what [s]he sows." (6:7. NIV.)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Ex-felon, Fraudster, & Sexual Predator: The Secret Life of Baldwin Park's School Police Chief - Jill Marie Poe
|Jill Marie Poe - Baldwin Park School Police Chief|
According to her felony complaint, case number YA043015, on January 7, 1999, Poe, a working Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer, was hurting for money. So she had the brilliant idea of defrauding State Farm Insurance of $10,731.30 by faking the theft of her Toyota Four Runner - which had the license plate "POZWAY". She broke glass by her driveway and filed a false police report to the Torrance Division of the LAPD alleging that someone stole her car. After some time, the insurance paid off over $3,000 on bank liens on the car, and Poe received $7,648.51 in cash and went on a trip to the lake with another woman officer named Anderson.
|Cover page of Jill Poe's Felony Complaint.|
About three months later, Poe took her friend "Marsha", a civilian, to her brother's house, where they were watching the Oscar De La Hoya match. There, Marsha saw Poe's car parked in the backyard of her brother's house. She clearly remembered it, because it had the license plate "POZWAY".
About three months after the De La Hoya fight, Anderson and another officer were talking about if Poe ever got her car back. Anderson was confused, because Poe told her it was being fixed. But now, the other officer told Anderson Poe reported the car stolen.
Hence, Anderson confronted Poe about the car. Poe admitted, "I did something stupid. I reported it stolen, because I needed the money."
Anderson reported Poe to LAPD Internal Affairs.
After Poe discovered she was being investigated internally, she went back to Marsha and told her not to talk to the investigators, because she might lose her job.
A month later, LAPD detectives served a search warrant on Poe's brother at his house. In the backyard, the detectives found the Toyota Four Runner.
Poe was then arrested and charged for a felony count of auto insurance fraud and a misdemeanor of filing a false police report.
Poe represented herself at court, according to retrieved expunged court records. Between July 7 and July 28, 2000 - Poe pled guilty to a count of one felony of auto insurance fraud and one count of a misdemeanor for filing a false police report.
|Jill Poe's 17 counts of personnel misconduct committed|
at the LAPD. Affirmed by LA Sup. Ct.
On July 7, 2000, after pleading guilty to auto insurance fraud, Poe was ordered to pay back $12,346.23 to State Farm Insurance. The court sentenced Poe to three years of formal probation.
Then on July 15, 2003 - being represented this time - Poe expunged her record under Penal Code Section 1203.4.
|Poe's guilty plead entered in open court.|
After her firing, Poe worked for a private company called Master PI Detectives for awhile, allegedly owned and managed by another former LAPD officer.
Around September 8, 2014, all BPUSD board members voted for Jill Poe five-to-zero to become police chief. One of the votes was cast by Blanca Rubio, now California State Assemblywoman. At the time of the vote, however, she was a BPUSD school board member, who approved of Poe's hiring.
Witnesses say that Rubio is a strong supporter of Poe. (In fact, Rubio called Poe to take the police report, when Roger Hernandez started punching and belting her sister, Susan.)
Previous to her hiring, Mark Skarvany was both superintendent and school police chief. (Recently, Skarvany was investigated for bond fraud by the Security and Exchange Commission in Montebello. Also, while serving as Superintendent, Skarvany laundered $1.5 million of education funds according to an audit.)
There are disputed accounts of how Poe passed her background check. One anonymous source says she did her own background check, because she was a former private detective. (Incidentally, a different source says that Poe also signed off on Skarvany having a concealed weapon.) And even another source says because they started her as safety supervisor, she didn't have take a background check. Although Poe alleges she worked for the BPUSD as captain for three years, California Transparency contradicts her. According to it, Poe started in 2013, and after about a year became police chief.
In totality, however, the evidence strongly suggests the school district never ran a background check. This is because around September 8, 2014, after Poe was appointed Chief, a former LAPD officer who worked with Poe as a rookie, called Skarvany, and explained to him, (through his secretary, because the superintendent didn't want to personally hear the facts) that Poe was a convicted felon with a serial history of sexual harassment and abuse. Still, Skarvany refused to investigate Poe's past, suspend, or fire her.
Unsurprisingly, Poe's been a source of controversy for poor decision making. For instance, Poe's ordered semi-automatic weapons for the school. Although Poe alleges that these weapons were returned, proof is still being sought as to where these weapons are.
|Type of weapon Poe ordered for the district.|
But this is still a current issue. Cal. Gov. Code Section 1029 prohibits anyone who has a felony from being a peace officer, even if the record has been expunged. Also, Cal. Gov. Code Section 1031(d) requires good moral character and a thorough background check.
Again; the question is: How is a proven ex-felon and sexual predator like this is allowed to become a police officer, let alone promoted to Chief, and allowed to work with children, who are as young as 5 years old?
Poe's past haunts her even now. She appears to be a creature of habitual sexual predation. According to court records, a civil lawsuit was filed and settled by a former school officer in 2017 because of Poe's sexual harassment against another former woman officer at the BPUSD.
Poe is still working at the school district and still has access to children. In fact, EdData states that as of the 2017-2018 school year, there were 16,695 students enrolled. At the end of 2017, she was making $157,229.14.
In examining this case, Jesus's teaching becomes clearer: "Be on your guard against false prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but on the inside they are really like wild wolves. You will know them by what they do. Thorn bushes do not bear grapes, and briers do not bear figs." (Matthew 7:15-16).
|Jill M. Poe far right with her school police officers.|