Monrovia PD sex suit details revealed

The Foothill Cities Blog didn’t print the specifics in a suit against the Monrovia PD and the city. But we did.

Nathan McIntire reported today that Rudy Ramirez, 25, a former Monrovia jailer and police Explorer, allleges that Monrovia police Sgt. Daniel Verna sexually abused and harassed Ramirez.

Verna, who is recovering from a shotwound, did not return calls for comment. Neither did the police chief. City Manager Scott Ochoa confirmed that the city is aware of the suit but has not been formally served.

Considering the recent difficulties the city and Monrovia’s police union have had in reaching contract negotiations, there’s no doubt this will have an impact. But is the lawsuit purely political?

  • RCJP

    We didn’t print the names because we knew that Dan Verna’s name would forever be linked to child molestation, true or not. We knew it would come out eventually, but I’m glad it wasn’t us.

    While we may not have printed the specific from this suit, the allegations against SGT Verna in regard to the Duarte incident are far more troubling. For starters, they involve an intimate association with a known criminal. For another, unlike anything in the lawsuit, there are several witnesses who can verify aspects of that story. That story may not rise to the level of criminal conduct, but given its level of verification, the allegations of an internal MPD cover-up, and the fact that Verna was promoted immediately afterward, I think it is really the more troubling of the incidents.

  • Scandal

    This sounds SEXY

  • http://havish.wordpress.com Mary Kathleen O’Looney

    Why was Verna promoted? Who would benefit from promoting a loose cannon* like that? Is there a quid pro quo? Blackmail? What?

  • lori riboloff

    This isn’t the only officer on the force with corruption. What about officer Sieriack and his death? I made a report to this officer on 10/08/06 and shortly after his death, one week short of a year to me making a report to Sieriack, an illeagal search was conducted on my home. Guns drawn in the direction of my 9 month old’s crib, without me present. Detained and bullied those in care of my home and children, after they refused monrovia pd entery without presenting a warrent. A violation of a civil right. Then called children services on me who cleared me of negelect and endangerment charges, these charges where unfounded. I have the letter from them. When that didn’t chase me out of monrovia they filed charges of a 422 on me, without detaining or arresting me, never read maranda rights, or sited but charged as a terrorist. A 422 is code for terrorist threats. The charges where thrown out. I live a half a block from the pd and suffer them stopping me, harrassing me and ticketing me unjustly. Mead is another, Levin or Martinez and Verna. All here illeagally on 10/01/07 How about just shutting them down completely? Someone investigate this whole force please!

  • lori riboloff

    This isn’t the only officer on the force with corruption. What about officer Sieriack and his death? I made a report to this officer on 10/08/06 and shortly after his death, one week short of a year to me making a report to Sieriack, an illeagal search was conducted on my home. Guns drawn in the direction of my 9 month old’s crib, without me present. Detained and bullied those in care of my home and children, after they refused monrovia pd entery without presenting a warrent. A violation of a civil right. Then called children services on me who cleared me of negelect and endangerment charges, these charges where unfounded. I have the letter from them. When that didn’t chase me out of monrovia they filed charges of a 422 on me, without detaining or arresting me, never read maranda rights, or sited but charged as a terrorist. A 422 is code for terrorist threats. The charges where thrown out. I live a half a block from the pd and suffer them stopping me, harrassing me and ticketing me unjustly. Mead is another, Levin or Martinez and Verna. All here illeagally on 10/01/07 How about just shutting them down completely? Someone investigate this whole force please!