Senior Deputy Probation Officer Theresa Hunnewell faced a no-win situation. Only several months into her promotion as a senior deputy, she found herself with the untenable assignment of trying to find a juvenile placement facility that would accept a minor named “James.” Sounds easy enough except that James had either absconded or been kicked out of the last three placement facilities he’d been in. Truth is, James had issues. A lot of issues. Trans-gender issues. Sexual promiscuity issues. In at least one prior facility, James had demonstrated sexually assaultive behavior towards other minors younger than himself. He had also absconded from a prior facility and prostituted himself. James was on anti-depressants, James was low-functioning, and James was also turning 18 in a few months. If no placement facility accepted him, he’d be on the street probably prostituting himself again, using drugs, self-destructing. Even Hunnewell’s supervisor opined that if they could not find a viable placement for James soon, he would likely max-out in Juvenile Hall, be on the street and, potentially, wind up dead.
The easy answer was that if no facility would take him with his issues and history, then he would just have to sit in Juvenile Hall and max-out. The system would have played its part, for better or for worse. Hunnewell and her colleagues had made attempts, had done their best. If no other placement facility would take James, it would not be for lack of effort.
But Terry Hunnewell did not get into law enforcement, juvenile probation in particular, to give up that easy on a minor, even a minor as fraught with problems as James. After much research, she found a facility that would take James, a facility in Sacramento specializing in treating sexual offenders called Breaking the Cycle. As James was not a convicted sexual offender and had exhibited victim issues as well as predatory behavior, the director of the facility promised Hunnewell that they would put together an individualized program for James based on his victim issues. Hunnewell conferred with her partner and supervisor, and all agreed that this was probably James’ last chance not only at placement but also to receive any type of treatment for his myriad of issues. If they did not place him at Breaking the Cycle, all three felt that the system, and the three of them would have let him down with the potential for dire consequences. Society also would not benefit when James hit the streets with all of these issues unresolved.
Hunnewell and her partner picked up James at Juvenile Hall, drove to the airport, and along with another juvenile, flew to Sacramento. After the other juvenile was met at the airport by representatives of her placement facility, Hunnewell and her partner drove James to Breaking the Cycle. In the car, James asked if he would have to get a hair cut. Hunnewell replied that she did not know. When they arrived at the facility, James stated that he did not like the place.
They entered the facility and met with the director, who informed James and Hunnewell that yes, James would have to get his hair cut. James refused. He had long hair and although the issue really had not come up before, identified his trans-gender issues with his hair. After talking to James for some time, he agreed to the haircut. He sat in the chair. One of the program’s employees came out with a pair of scissors and electronic shears. James jumped out of his seat, flailed his arms, screamed, used profanity, and threatened to run away. As Terry and her partner tried to reassure him, he bolted for the door. Hunnewell and her partner blocked his way, grabbed him, and told him that if he did not cooperate they would have to violate his probation. He resisted. Hunnewell and her partner restrained him for his own safety as well as their own, and gently placed him on the ground. Realizing that James was blowing his last chance for treatment, let alone placement, Hunnewell looked up at the director and asked if the program would still accept James if he got his haircut. The director responded that it would, but it was up to Hunnewell. Thinking that it was in James’ best interest to enter the program, Hunnewell began cutting James’ hair while he was restrained on the ground. At first, James got one hand loose from the handcuffs and actively resisted. He then began to cry, and asked if he could keep his sheared hair. He was told that he could, and that the haircut would look much better if he sat in the chair and cooperated. He did, and the employee from the placement finished the cut.
Hunnewell and her partner left to visit some other placements. While in the car, Hunnewell phoned her supervisor and explained what happened. Although she did not go into detail, both she and her partner recall Terry relaying to her supervisor that James had been detained, and that “they” had cut his hair while he was detained, against his will. Hunnewell’s supervisor was troubled by the matter, but did not follow-up further. No use of force report was requested nor written, only the standard “Chronos” in the minor’s file briefly describing the event.
About a month later, the court-appointed counsel for James appeared in court objecting to the haircut, threatening a civil lawsuit, and demanding that his client be brought back from the facility. James was ordered back from Breaking the Cycle by the Probation Department, who never informed the program that he would not be returning. He was placed in Juvenile Hall while the department investigated the matter. He was later put into a “wrap-around” home program that he failed, absconded, was arrested for 11550 H&S and is currently on the street with at least one active warrant for his arrest. Hunnewell was summarily demoted from her probationary status as a senior deputy probation officer and, after the investigation, suspended without pay for 30 days for allegedly violating a litany of probation department policies, Welfare and Institution code sections, and Business and Professional code sections. Unfortunately, per the Memorandum of Understanding between Hunnewell’s association and the county, her demotion from her probationary promotion was not appealable. She appealed the suspension.
At the appeal hearing Hunnewell was represented by Michael Schwartz of Silver, Hadden & Silver. Schwartz brought out the fact that the department had no set procedure for training new seniors, nor policies in place for dealing with juveniles who resist placement. Though the department tried to paint James with a broad brush as a troubled kid looking for sympathy, Schwartz brought out the fact everyone felt this was James’ last chance for help, that with all of his issues, including prior sexual predatory behavior, he was a probation officer’s worst nightmare, and not just some victimized youth searching for love. Moreover, the director and her assistant from Breaking the Cycle testified credibly, as did Hunnewell’s partner, that nothing that transpired in that room rose to the level of abuse or mishandling, as all present had James’ best interests at heart. The director also testified and produced evidence that although the department had lodged a complaint with the state for the actions of the program’s representatives in the case, after a full investigation the state unfounded the charges. Hunnewell testified that although in hindsight she should have called her supervisor before the situation rose to a restrain level, as well as written a more detailed Chrono, she was in fact acting in what she considered James’ best interests and those of the department.
The arbitrator agreed, and sustained only general policy violations against her. The arbitrator concluded that (1) Hunnewell had acted in what she felt at the time was the best interests of the minor; (2) that Hunnewell had received little to no training to deal with such situations; and (3) that Hunnewell had an unblemished record of service up until that time. The suspension was ordered reduced from 30 days to only five days, with an appropriate award of back pay and benefits. For her part, Terry Hunnewell is grateful that her excellent LDF representation gave her an opportunity for vindication.
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Everything was explained very well prior to my questioning. I was not worried at all during the investigation. Very professional and a great asset to its members.
- Marshall Henderson Vancouver Police Officers Guild
I have used LDF in 3 OIS's. Each time I have been very well taken care of. I highly recommend [ representative ] and the PORAC system. Well done and thank you.
- German Alvarez Anaheim PA
[My representative ] was great!
- Larry Fitch Shasta Co DSA
My LDF rep was great, always returned my calls quickly and kept me up to date with what was going on with the case. Thank you.
- Keith Braden Los Angeles School Police Mgmt Assn
Great work, no complaints.
- Billy Aldridge Chico POA
[My representative] was awesome! He provided an excellent explanation of the process and was very professional. This was my first IA in 11 years of LE and [my representative] did a great job of reassuring me that I had nothing to worry about. Thank you so much for all your help.
- Gina Reyes Broadmoor POA
[My representative] was wonderful! Even though my situation didn't end in my favor, he was very supportive, informative & patient. He always answered every email in a timely fashion and was very accessible. I appreciated everything he was able to do for me.
- Paul Hernandez LA Gen Services POA Inc.
[My Representative] was very helpful in my situation and I can't thank him enough.
- Carlos Gonzalez Oakland POA
Very well informed group.
- Linda Mendez Imperial Co Prob and Corr
I'm very pleased with the services offered by the LDF. I feel so fortunate to enjoy the benefits of having the membership. The services provided by LDF to its members is simply 110% professional, supportive, great!! LDF care for its members is reflected by the quality of Best Law Firm offered, simply the best!
- Gary Silva East Bay Region Parks POA
Thank you for providing this service. My experience with LDF was very much to my satisfaction.
- Cathleen Weldon Siskiyou Correctional POA
Very Comforting to have a knowledgeable person looking out for my best inerests. Thx!
- Gilbert Garcia Oceanside POA
My attorney provided outstanding representation.
- Robyn Delaney Mono County PSOA
[My Representative] truly is an exceptional attorney. He has always represented me with honesty and compassion. Well Done.
- Tyler Robins Pasadena City College POA
At a time when no one cares about you it's nice to have someone on your side who does. (My attorney ) made a stressful six months a lot more tolerable.
- Alvaro Ancheta Glendora POA
I felt I was represented in a thorough and professional manner.
- Todd Costa Santa Clara Co DSA
This was my first Internal Affairs investigation, my lawyer walked me through every step and answered all of my questions, without my lawyer's advice, I would have been lost throughout the investigation and a complete disadvantage against my department.
- Steven Moorehouse Redding POA
You guys are Great! Very professional and well informed. THANK YOU!
- Malcolm Norrington LA School PA
I am very pleased with LDF and would use and recommend them again and again and again.
- George Fierro El Monte POA
I am a firm believer that LDF serves an essential part in the assistance to protect an officer's POBR & in the integrity of an investigation or complaint. I highly recommend the law office of [My Represenative].
- Katherine Comesana Mountain View POA
Hope to never in a situation again, however, glad to know that LDF is there to help.
- Christine Farmer Tehama Co DSA
Mine was a fairly simple situation and I may not have needed representative. I am glad I called for help, it gave me peace of mind and reassurance.
- Kim Prout Upland Firefighters Assoc
It was great comfort to know somebody would be there for me in this matter. I was able to finally sleep @ night & wake up with confidence that I would be ok. Thanks.
- Anthony Gregori Sonoma Co Jr College P O A
Excellent work and well worth it.
- Kerry Carlson Midpeninsula Ranger POA
I have held leadership positions in our POA most of my career. Because of my role as President and Vice President I have been a target to management. I feel that if it were not for LDF I wouldn't have a job
- Miguel Masso Oakland POA
[I'm very satisfied and grateful] for LDF representing me. My attorney was professional, honest, and very knowledgeable of his profession. During these tough times my attorney would contact me on a regular basis to see how I was doing. This was obviously not part of his job description, but it kept me at ease and not losing my mind. I'm thankful that I was represented by LDF.
- Nestor Hernandez San Diego POA
This is a great program designed to protect LEO’s in need
- Robert Morales Rialto PBA
I was very pleased with the service I received
- Dennis W. Ostini Lake County DSA
[My Representative] was fantastic, knowledgeable, professional and easy to talk and work with. Even though the allegations lodged have not been resolved, [My Representative] continued to communicate with me, to offer his assistance.
- Keith Stiver Hayward POA
[My representative] brings a superlative reputation, a comforting and confidence building demeanor and a clear expertise to the table. In particular I appreciate her philosophy that she gives her total undivided attention to her clients during their appointments.
- Andrew J. Brice Santa Maria POA
As always... an excellent result.
- Richard Salcido Brea PA
LDF is a great organization that not only helps their clients but many of those around them such as coworkers and family members.
- Rachel Tyner Transit EOA of San Diego
All the LDF representatives were very courteous and attentive with a punctual response to all of my concerns, inquiries and appointment scheduling. My representative was very informative about the legalities and kept in contact with me regularly. He was also very patient and straight forward. I would definitely want to use the LDF again and felt more confident through my proceedings because I had representation!
- Robert Hartman Contra Costa Co DSA
Quick response, experienced and knowledgeable attorney which assisted in every step. [My representative] kept me apprised through the process. Thank you.
- Erik Kusmerz Lyon Co SEA
Amazing job, Thank you.
- Noe Cordero San Diego POA
Thank you for your help. I feel very secure as you assisted me.
- Carl Miller Clearlake POA
- Oliver Sansen Concord POA
In 14 years I have never had to deal with an "IA." [My representative] was wonderful & put my mind at ease throughout the entire process. Thank you!
- Douglas Mansker Bakersfield POA
(My attorney) is a very good attorney, despite his young age. He kept me well informed throughout my legal matter and returned phone calls in a prompt manner. I was very satisfied with his performance and would not hesitate to be represented by him again.
- Paul Barrolaza Twin Cities POA
- Shaun Luciano LA School PA
LDF assisted by taking a stressful situation and calmed it down by thoroughly explaining the entire process. It was nice to know that I had an ally when I was sure that I was alone.
- William Pryor Statewide University PA
Very helpful program. Helped keep department personnel focused on the issue regardless of their personal issues.
- Ron Ruddy Riverside POA
- Nancy Page Aurora PA
I didn't end up needing his service but he was awesome in what conversations we had before the matter was resolved. Very valuable - LDF!
- Robert Curato Anderson POA
He did a great job for me!!! He always returned my phone calls within 24-hours. He showed an interest in my case and we were able to get the issue resolved in less than 45 minutes. Thank you for being there when I needed the legal assistance.
- Heather Fontes San Joaquin Co POA
I appreciated the thorough follow up by LDF staff. Many thanks and blessings for the work by LDF.
- Brian Schopf Elk Grove POA
Keep up the good work.
- Andrew Hill Statewide University PA
I have used this law firm for union related business for the last several years. It was a no brainer to call them for LDF.
- Raymond Fisher Colorado State Patrol Assn
I have known for sometime that PORAC would provide the services I needed at the time I needed them. This is a professional competent organization prepared to handle the appropriate legal matters our officers face in today's environment.
- William DeWitt CPPA
Everything was awesome...could not be happier!
- Michael Sexton Manteca POA
[My representative] was awesome.
- Melissa Geraci Oakland POA
This is my 1st time using LDF and was very pleased with the service I got. [My representative] was so friendly & always returned my calls & even called to update me without provocation.
- Aaron Delgado Monterey POA
My representative called me back promptly and kept me informed. I had the impression she cared and was there to help.
- Jorge Garcia San Joaquin Co Corr Officers
No criticism to give. Very well.
- Chris Moore Palo Alto POA
No Complaints. Great Resource.
- Robert Muelberg Denver PPA
I could not have had a better attorney. [My representative ] went way above and beyond his duties. I would not have had a better experience with my representative. I believe that the LDF is the single most important benefit a police officer could have!
- Patricia Goss San Anselmo POA
[My Representative] is fabulous! Thanks for all the exra work she did for me!
- Stephanie Haas Lyon Co SEA
When I first contacted LDF re: my case I was unsure of how well/poor I'd actually be represented. I was impressed beyond belief. From the timely responses from my attorney, his knowledge in my case, advising me what my rights were and where I stood. I felt like I was genuinely being protected from unwarranted and unfounded accusations and believe, as long as I am in the right, I have someone fighting for me. Thank you, Thank you.
- Tia Dixione Inglewood POA
My representative was very helpful and informative.
- Chris Lyon Tulare Co DSA
Very thorough group of sharp/smart government concerned [attorneys]. They understood what was happening and briefed me on everything. I was very impressed.
- Paul Spencer Santa Paula POA
[My Representative] was great!
- John Tinder Chino POA
Having an LDF attorney who is experienced, knowledgeable and professional is an outstanding quality. [My representative ]exhibit all of these qualities and more. They are outstanding and I would not entrust my career to anyone else!
- Scott Cox Tulare Co DSA
I just want to say [my representative] did a great job! Thank you.
- Nicholas Belliveau Sebastopol POA
High quality service, proficient, well informed. Overall, very happy with experience.
- Patrick Beggs Fresno Co DSA
Good service. Thank you.
- Robert Glock Oakland POA
I am always satisfied with LDF and all their representatives.
- Rick Stephens Alpine CO DSA
My representative was very good. I highly recommend my lawyer to anyone.
- Steven E. Lopez Santa Maria POA
Keep up the Good Work! Your service was extremely helpful to me. Thank you.