ANDREW M. DAWSON
Dawson & Riley, LLP
Former El Monte POA Vice President Eric Walterscheid has finally been vindicated after years of fighting trumped-up allegations by the El Monte Police Department, thanks to the representation of Dawson & Riley, LLP. Walterscheid was a Senior Detective and a 21-year employee of the El Monte Police Department, with an exemplary service record prior to his termination by Chief Steve Schuster. His termination came after a lengthy investigation that coincidentally began shortly after he testified against the Department in its unsuccessful attempt to terminate the former El Monte POA treasurer, who was also previously represented by Andrew Dawson, and during some political disputes between the POA and City officials.
The allegations in this matter have one common factor: Captain Santos Hernandez. Hernandez was found not credible by the arbitrator, given his “gapsin his recall and no ability to recall much of anything if his answers might incriminate him.” In fact, Hernandez repeatedly refused to answer questions at the direction of the City’s counsel and then pled the Fifth on all questions related to the conspiracy to set up the former POA President, Brian Glick,and whether the former City Manager Rene Bobadilla was involved in that conspiracy. Hernandez was also oneof the main management employeesinvolved in the former POA treasurer’s termination. Given Hernandez’s significant involvement in this case, the legitimacy of the Department’s allegationswas highly suspect.
In May 2010, Hernandez directed Walterscheid to write a supplemental report for a taped interview of an alleged rape victim that occurred approximately one year prior. Walterscheid was not the lead detective on the case; however, Hernandez claimed that he was conducting an “audit” of open cases and in this audit happened to find that a supplemental report was not written regarding the videotaped interview in 2009. Coincidentally, the suspect in the 2009 case had just been rearrested by the Department in May 2010, and the Department just so happened to be doing an audit of that particular case from 2009 and directed Walterscheid, who was not the lead detective, to write a supplemental report regarding the interview.
Regardless of the motives behind Hernandez’s direction, Walterscheid wrote the report. Hernandez disagreed with Walterscheid’s characterization of the alleged victim’s statement and directed certain changes to be made. The changes involved the credibility of the alleged victim, who Hernandez believed was credible despite significant discrepancies in her statements. Walterscheid did not agree; however, he made the changes pursuant to the order given by Hernandez. Upon receiving notification that the district attorney was going to move forward with filing charges regarding the 2009 case, Walterscheid notified the DA’s Office regarding the changes to the supplemental report. Additionally, Walterscheid notified the Chief of Police regarding his letter to the DA’s Office. Despite this notification, the Department alleged that Walterscheid reported misconduct of a superior to the DA’s Office, in violation of Department policy. The arbitrator found that there was nothing in the letter to the DA’s Office disparaging Hernandez or accusing Hernandez of misconduct; thus, this was not sufficient to support termination of Walterscheid.
The Department next alleged that Walterscheid was insubordinate in October 2010 regarding alleged direction by Sergeant Goodwin. Goodwin claimed that he directed Walterscheid two times to interview an in-custody spousal rape suspect regarding allegations that were not reported by the suspect’s wife for over one year. However, on cross-examination, Goodwin admitted that he never ordered Walterscheid to go. Later that same day, and not surprisingly, Walterscheid received a rejection notice from the DA’s Office, prior to interviewing the suspect. Given the DA’s rejection, Walterscheid submitted the 849 release to Goodwin for his signature. At no time did Goodwin ask Walterscheid whether he interviewed the suspect; rather, he proceeded to sign off on the suspect’s release and testified that he assumed Walterscheid interviewed the suspect. It was not until seven days later that Goodwin submitted a memo to the Chief of Police regarding the alleged insubordination, and coincidentally the memo was drafted at the direction of Hernandez and just after a different incident arose as outlined below. The arbitrator held that the Department failed to prove insubordination. Insubordination requires more than just allegedly directing an employee to complete a task and that employee’s failure to complete the task. The Department was required, and failed, to make Walterscheid aware of any consequences for failure to perform the directed task and to provide Walterscheid with an opportunity to correct his purportedly insubordinate conduct.
In mid-October 2010, prior to the writing of the insubordination memo referenced above, Walterscheid was assigned as a lead detective to a case involving a high school principal and a minor female. The Department alleged that Walterscheid violated certain investigation protocols, and based on these alleged violations, Hernandez directed Goodwin to remove him from the case. These alleged violations supposedly occurred the day prior to the memo that Goodwin drafted regarding the insubordination. In response to Hernandez’s direction, Goodwin called Walterscheid into his office and questioned him, without providing him with his POBR rights, regarding Walterscheid’s handling of the investigation. Goodwin admitted during his testimony that he knew there was a possibility of punitive action prior to questioning Walterscheid. After questioning Walterscheid, Goodwin then notified Walterscheid of his removal from the investigation. As such, the arbitrator held: “Goodwin considered Appellant’s conduct in the [omitted] case to be improper and subject to potential discipline. Goodwin’s memos to the Chief and reports to Hernandez, as well as his testimony, suggest Goodwin was protecting himself. For all these reasons, termination was not appropriate based on this case.”
In order to further try to justify termination, the Department alleged that Walterscheid utilized improper and inappropriate interview tactics in his interviews. Walterscheid was a Senior Detective at the Department, with no prior discipline regarding his interview tactics. The Department never previously notified Walterscheid regarding these alleged improper interview tactics. Rather, it was not until he was placed on administrative leave for the October incidents that the Department reviewed Walterscheid’s old cases, pulled interview tapes from seven different investigations and then sent them to an alleged expert for review. Not surprisingly, the Department hired a purported expert who had no experience working with Los Angeles County or with the El Monte Police Department; rather, the “expert,” Ms. Lela Henke-Dobroth, was a retired District Attorney from another county. Henke-Dobroth’s “unbiased” opinions were highly questionable given her relationship with Charles Hookstra, the private investigator hired by the City to investigate Walterscheid. At the hearing, Henke-Dobroth denied being employed by Hookstra, despite being listed on his website.
Henke-Dobroth rendered a lengthy report, critiquing Walterscheid’s conduct during interviews. Again not surprisingly, the Department failed to bring in anyone employed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which actually worked alongside Walterscheid, to support Henke-Dobroth’s baseless opinions. Walterscheid called two L.A. County DAs to testify regarding their experience with Walterscheid and his professionalism. The arbitrator held that Henke-Dobroth’s opinions held little weight because she failed to reference in any way the standards and practices of the Department. The arbitrator also questioned why the City waited several months before ever taking corrective action regarding these alleged violations. As such, he held, “it appears as if the assessments were intended to build a case against Appellant rather than improv[e] his performance.”
The Department did not stop there. The Department went on to allege that Walterscheid, who was a sexual assaults detective, had child pornography on his work computer, since he maintained copies of videos and photos from an old sex assault case to utilize for ruses in future cases. The Department, after issuing Walterscheid a Notice of Intent to Terminate that included charges of possession of child pornography, filed a crime report against him with the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office. The case was rejected by the DA’s Office. Rather than remove these baseless charges from the notice, Chief Schuster merely changed them from possession of child pornography to possession of inappropriate photographs. However, opposing counsel during the hearing continued to reference the material as child pornography, despite the change in the charges and the DA’s rejection of the case. The evidence proved, and was corroborated by the two DA witnesses called by Walterscheid, that Walterscheid was known for successfully utilizing ruses with photographs of unidentifiable victims from prior investigations to get convictions on new sex assault cases. Neither of the two DAs had a concern regarding Walterscheid’s possession of these photos and videos from a previous sex assault case on his work computer, as they were well aware of his legitimate use of such materials. The Department claimed that these photos were different than other ruses he had done because they showed the victim’s face. However, Walterscheid explained that he would obviously remove the faces and any identifying features prior to utilizing the photos or videos in future cases by cropping the images. Obviously, it would have to be an unidentifiable image in order to use it as a ruse in a future case. Despite these explanations, the Department continued with these baseless allegations throughout the hearing. Moreover, the arbitrator held: “Management had no knowledge that these materials were on Appellant’s computer and discovered them only after expanding the scope of the original IA investigation, actions suggesting Department management was intent on finding as much evidence as possible to build charges against Appellant.”
Overall, the arbitrator, in his binding decision, held that “the Department and City management targeted Appellant” and “the City did not have reasonable cause to terminate Appellant.” Additionally, it was “inconceivable that an experience[d] officer and detective with a clean performance and disciplinary record and high case closure rate would suddenly commit four acts of serious misconduct subject to termination in six months.” As such, the arbitrator ordered that Walterscheid was to be reinstated to his former position as a Senior Detective and made whole with full back pay, benefits and seniority. And, “because the Arbitrator found willful conduct on the part of the City against the Appellant, all back pay shall be with interest.”
Walterscheid is extremely grateful for the representation by Dawson & Riley, LLP, and the PORAC Legal Defense Fund in fighting to rectify this attack on his reputation and employment with the City of El Monte.
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LDF was very informative and provided me with the direction on how to handle my case. I was very happy with LDF and their staff.
- Scott Cox Tulare Co DSA
I just want to say [my representative] did a great job! Thank you.
- Michael Sexton Manteca POA
[My representative] was awesome.
- Kenneth S. Blonski East Bay Regional Parks PMA
I was very pleased with my representative.
- Gina Romines San Joaquin Co Corr POA
I couldn't have been more satisfied with the representative!
- Brian Markert Lakewood Police Indp Guild
I feel that I was very well represented by the LDF regarding a fatal officer involved shooting. Both attorneys assigned to assist me - our guild attorney plus a criminal defense attorney - were very aggressive and helpful. Their work was instrumental in helping me to navigate the criminal and internal investigations so that I could return to full duty status.
- Martha Tschetter Carson City Sheriffs PA
The LDF process was painless and I was able to get immediate representation in an urgent time of need. Thank you LDF
- Jeff Stanley Upland POA
Excellent representation. [My representative] is a great attorney.
- Brendan Dolan Milwaukee PA
Everything went very smooth and they handled everything! Thank you.
- William Jackson Santa Maria POA
Keep up the great work.
- 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!
- Jeff Griffin Downey POA
My experience with the LDF, and in particular my attorney, was extremely positive. [ My attorney ] worked very hard and kept me informed along the way.
- Anthony Russo Clark Co School District
The members of my Association are very pleased with the level of representation that PORAC has given to us. As the President I can not thank you all enough.
- Noe Cordero San Diego POA
Thank you for your help. I feel very secure as you assisted me.
- Gerhard Wallace Santa Clara Co DSA
I think that [my representative] did a great job in presenting my case. I would recommend her to any deputy (officer) facing disciplinary action. My case was minor compared to other cases but [she] still did a professional job.
- 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!
- 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!
- Paul Figueroa Oakland POA
LDF was there when I needed them!! In this litigious world, it's nice to know LDF has GREAT lawyers on our side who look out for us!! [My Representative] is a great attorney and a person I would trust in any circumstance!!!
- Ronald J. Danison El Monte POA
The LDF is a tool available to me which I hope never goes away. It makes me feel that much more confident to do my job knowing LDF has my back when police work gets ugly. And it usually does..
- Chad Sakamoto National City POA
Although this incident was unfounded, it's still stressful. My LDF rep kept me informed and kept "work" at work.
- Stephen Woodward Palm Springs POA
Great job by my LDF lawyer. I have had to use them several times over my 20 year career and their service is invaluable.
- Craig Caches Fremont POA
I have only used LDF once for myself, which with the circumstance was great. I work with LDF in my assignment ( OIS investigator ) and after approximately 4-5 OIS's, I have great experiences with LDF.
- Allison Clark Twin Cities POA
[My representative] is the best attorney LDF has. Her attention to details, professionalism, and intelligence were off the charts. If I did not have her as a rep I would probably be out of a job. She is fair and she was honestly concerned about me, my family and my case.
- Matthew Gardner Colorado PPA
I would not want to be an officer without this coverage. It was great to have it and kept my mind at ease.
- Kevin Hullquist Siskiyou Co. Correctional POA
[My representative] did a good job representing me. Kept me informed.
- Steven Mayorga Ventura County DSA
I was well represented and very glad to have LDF. Thank you.
- Christopher Delaney Upland POA
Your rep was very personal. Even though my case involved something minor, your rep made me [feel] my case was his most important. I am very satisfied with my LDF team.
- Tamboura Nettingham Claremont Custody Center EA
My representative was an outstanding rep. I was very fortunate to be represented by her and the firm should be very proud to have her in it. She's courteous, smart and aggressive when needed. I would not ask for anyone else, if any other situation evolved, she's the best. Thanks.
- Shandon Murphy San Mateo POA
Great work! Thank you so much!
- Derwin Longmire Oakland POA
Outstanding [law firm] - incredible firm. And, LDF was easy to work and correspond with.
- Alex Camarillo LASchool P A
[My Representative] did an excellent job with my case. He was very professional and kept me well informed throughout this case. Thank you for an awesome job.
- 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!
- Russell Wise Alameda POA
- Steven E. Lopez Santa Maria POA
Keep up the Good Work! Your service was extremely helpful to me. Thank you.
- Ricky L. Hemphill Los Angeles School PA
[My representative] was an excellent lawyer.
- James Beckman Miracosta College POA
Highly recommend this program for any LEO!
- Anthony Zack Vernon POA
This was the first time in my twenty-five year career that I had to use the services of my legal defense fund. My LDF Representative was extremely courteous, informative and professional.. She addressed all of my concerns and answered all of my questions. She did an overall outstanding job of representing me and handling my case. I could not have been any more pleased or satisfied with the job she did! I would definitely request her to represent me in the future if I needed representation.
- Caitlin Collins Tiburon POA
[My representative] made himself available 7 days a week understanding that those were my needs. He was very well informed and kept me on the right track and in the right frame of mind.
- Miguel Suarez Monterey Co DSA
[My representative] was very knowledgeable and courteous. He knew his stuff, and I couldn't have asked for a better guy to be on my side on this matter. Thanks.
- Jason Kearsing Elk Grove POA
Very happy with LDF.
- Phillip Flores Oxnard POA
My attorney was excellent. I would use her again.
- Greg Harman Kensington POA
[My representative] is the best!!
- Dennis Leach National City POA
[My Representative] is a knowledgeable attorney and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing representation.
- 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.
- Nicholas Ward Antioch POA
[ Representative ] did a great job. My case was extremely complicated and difficult. She did a great 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.
- Ken Burbank Shasta Co DSA
[ My representative ] was professional, articulate and prepared, but most importantly he understood the emotional impact the investigation was having on me as a person and peace officer. I highly recommend [my representative].
- Joseph A. Henderson Merced POA
The firm I used was very valuable to my career and kept me updated as to status of the case. Thank you!
- Kelly K. Roe San Joaquin Co Corr Officers
[My representative] did a fantastic job at returning my phone calls and keeping me informed of any and all information pertaining to my case. I would recommend him to anyone.
- Robyn Delaney Mono County PSOA
[My Representative] truly is an exceptional attorney. He has always represented me with honesty and compassion. Well Done.
- 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
- William DeWitt CPPA
Everything was awesome...could not be happier!
- Stacey Bonilla San Mateo County DSA
[My Represenative] is an excellent attorney. He is very professional yet personable and I would definitely use him again. Thank you!
- 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.
- 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.
- Malcolm Norrington LA School PA
I am very pleased with LDF and would use and recommend them again and again and again.
- Thomas E. Lorente III Bart POA
[My representative] did an excellent job! I would highly recommend him to any officer in need of LDF services.
- Korey Lankow Assn Highway Patrol of Arizona
Outstanding service from bottom-to-top.
- Dan McDow San Luis Obispo POA
[My representative] is the poster face representative of the greatest attorney (representative) that anyone could possibly ask for. She gets a 12 out of 10 star rating. Nobody works harder.
- 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.
- Joe Charvez Santa Clara Co DSA
I could not be happier with the interest, work put into my case, and assistance from [my representative]. Thanks !!
- Alvaro Ancheta Glendora POA
I felt I was represented in a thorough and professional manner.
- Steven Moorehouse Redding POA
You guys are Great! Very professional and well informed. THANK YOU!
- Jonathan Smith San Diego D.A. Investigators
I couldn't be happier or more satisfied with my LDF Representative, the process and the outcome of my case.
- Yvonne Heuston ERS/SPPOA Supervisors
My representative was outstanding and knew what to lookout for and how to handle situations as they appeared. He told me what to expect and how he proposed to handle the hurdles. Just telling what to expect helped put me at ease as the situation was so foreign to me, and intimidating.
- Carlos Gonzalez Oakland POA
Very well informed group.
- William Pryor Statewide University PA
Very helpful program. Helped keep department personnel focused on the issue regardless of their personal issues.
- Michael Kan Palo Alto POA
I have always been and will continue to be a strong supporter of LDF and would not work as a police officer without it. I am extremely happy with the service I have received both from LDF and [my representative].
- Rick Stephens Alpine CO DSA
My representative was very good. I highly recommend my lawyer to anyone.
- Chris Moore Palo Alto POA
No Complaints. Great Resource.
- Brent Teasley ERS/Reno PSAEA
[ My representative ] was bogged down with multiple cases when he represented me, but I feel he did an excellent job. I would not have wanted anyone else to represent me during a very troublesome time.
- Byron Kies Santa Barbara Co DSA
Everything was great!
- 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.
- Anthony Alonzo South Gate POA
Very pleased with the way the process was explained to me. Received updated info faster than I expected. Overall a good experience in a not so good situation. Thanks to LDF.