Nate McIntire, our new reporter for Monrovia, got a baptism of fire Tuesday stepping into a hornets nest of allegations swirling around the Monrovia police department.
The Foothill Cities broke a story on its Web site from court documents alleging a police sergeant carried on a sexual relationship with an underage Explorer.
The Explorer, Rudy Ramirez, ultimately became the city’s jailer, until he was terminated in 2006.
The police sergeant, according to the suit?
Dan Verna, a cop shot on duty just a few months ago.
We’ll have the complete story in tomorrow’s newspaper.
The allegations are unseemly and most of it repulsive. I have little doubt that the release of this information will severely undermine the MPOA’s ability to negotiate a new contract with the city.
That said, police officials and Dick Singer refused to take calls from McIntire or reporter Fred Ortega Tuesday.
We did get comment from Scott Ochoa who said:
“We are aware of the lawsuit and are looking into it,” said City Manager Scott Ochoa, adding, “Anybody can sue anybody for anything at any time, and this may or may not be one of those incidents.”