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Victim blaming at it's best (well actually worst)

Posted by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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In August 2011, Monica Contreras arrived in court with her two year-old daughter to follow through with a divorce case. Contreras’ ex-husband filed for a restraining order against her, but when he did not show, the judge dismissed the charges. While Contreras was getting ready to leave, Court Marshal Ron Fox ordered her to go through an unexplained drug search. Fox then demanded Contreras to wait in a room and lift up her shirt, as he searched for drug paraphernalia. When Contreras asked for a female marshal to conduct the search, her request was ignored. Contreras claimed that Marshal Fox sexually assaulted her, in an empty room, with a judge and her daughter next door.

After trying to plea for help from the judge and other officers, the judge not only ignored her, but allowed the same marshal who had assaulted her to arrest her as well. She instinctively tried to explain to the judge about being ignored when asking for a female marshal to conduct the search and how she was assaulted, while the judge refrained from looking at Contreras, distracting herself by playing with the two-year-old daughter.

Marshal Ron Fox arrested Monica Contreras for false accusations against a police officer (there is no law supporting such an arrest in any case), but before arresting Contreras, Fox was kind enough to give her the chance to repeal her allegations — well, gave her an ultimatum: Tell the judge it was a lie, or go to jail. Finally after a six month investigation, the accusations were found to be true, and Fox was fired immediately on finding the information.

During a 3rd Quarter Report of the National Police Misconduct Statistic, male police officers have been accused of sexual assault 1.5 times more often than the general male population.

There needs to be more control and oversight during these investigations. Was there any reason to believe that Monica Contreras had drugs in her possession? Also, female officers should always be available on hand for any searches, and using procedures such as having a second witness in the room to be able to confirm or deny any possible allegations. If more precautions were taken, many of these events could have been stopped or avoided.

Here’s a video of Contreras pleading with the judge while she is arrested:

by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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blues_pagan
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 6:34 PM

BUMP!

joyfree
by Kat on Aug. 21, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Can't wait to hear what some of these cold fish think about this... 

blues_pagan
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM
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I am sure we will get that she deserved it and all that BS.

Quoting joyfree:

Can't wait to hear what some of these cold fish think about this... 


joyfree
by Kat on Aug. 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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No doubt in my mind... I think that judge needs to be recalled and disbarred for her behavior, too.


Quoting blues_pagan:

I am sure we will get that she deserved it and all that BS.

Quoting joyfree:

Can't wait to hear what some of these cold fish think about this... 




blues_pagan
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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I agree.  She was arrested and was pleading for the judge to do something but she just sat there.  So sad.  And in front of that little girl.  SMH.

Quoting joyfree:

No doubt in my mind... I think that judge needs to be recalled and disbarred for her behavior, too.


Quoting blues_pagan:

I am sure we will get that she deserved it and all that BS.

Quoting joyfree:

Can't wait to hear what some of these cold fish think about this... 





JanuaryBaby06
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 6:59 PM
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yeah this needs to be reviewed and id be all for that judge being demoted, idk about being disbarrd but she could loose her seat at the bench... disgraceful!

NWP
by Guerilla Girl on Aug. 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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I saw this earlier. I wonder what action if any was taken.

survivorinohio
by Rene on Aug. 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM


Quoting NWP:

I saw this earlier. I wonder what action if any was taken.

I know, I did too.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


survivorinohio
by Rene on Aug. 21, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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Victim of Family Court groping incident files federal lawsuit

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The woman who was captured on courtroom videotape complaining she was groped by a Family Court marshal filed a federal lawsuit Friday.

Monica Contreras, 28, alleges in the lawsuit that her civil rights were violated in August 2011, when the marshal, Ron Fox, assaulted her in a witness room and then had her arrested in court, with cameras rolling, after she refused to recant her allegations.

Contreras and her lawyer, Ross Goodman, name as defendants in the lawsuit Fox; a second marshal who took her into custody, James Kenyon; and the hearing master, Patricia Doninger, who seemed to ignore her pleas for help.

Clark County, the state of Nevada and the courts also were named as defendants.

“The wrongful conduct of defendant Fox was intentional and evilly motivated, and the wrongful conduct of defendants Kenyon and Doninger involved reckless, callous and deliberate indifference to plaintiff’s federally protected rights,” the complaint alleges.

Contreras was in Family Court with her 3-year-old daughter on Aug. 8, 2011, for a brief hearing related to her divorce.

She complained to Doninger that Fox had assaulted her in a witness room under the guise of searching for drugs.

The lawsuit alleges Fox “engaged in nonconsensual improper sexual contact” with her body and “made sexually abusive and harassing requests.”

As a result of her mistreatment, Contreras suffered “severe emotional distress,” the lawsuit said.

Contreras filed claims of civil rights violations, battery, false imprisonment, defamation and negligence in the lawsuit.

“Upon information and belief, there were numerous prior incidents of improper conduct by Family Court personnel, including court marshals, and including unreasonable search and seizure, use of excessive force and other violations of citizens’ constitutional rights,” the lawsuit alleges.

On courtroom video from August 2011, Doninger is seen playing with Contreras’ daughter and appearing to ignore the woman’s emotional pleas and description of the encounter with Fox.

Contreras was handcuffed and taken to a holding cell, where she was subjected to urine and field sobriety tests.

Fox contended she was displaying the demeanor of someone on drugs. The tests results were negative.

Marshals cited Contreras on charges of providing false information to a police officer and disturbing the peace, both misdemeanors.

Months later, in May 2012, she pleaded no contest in Las Vegas Justice Court to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge that had been changed from the charge of providing false information. The disturbing-the-peace charge was dismissed.

Contreras filed a complaint against Fox at the Regional Justice Center on Oct. 25, 2011, prompting an internal court investigation.

Fox denied the allegations but was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 1, 2011, and ultimately fired.

Assistant County Manager Ed Finger, who served as a hearing master in post-termination proceedings, issued a scathing 12-page report upholding Fox’s firing.

“Fox, and to some degree Kenyon, simply intimidated and bullied the complainant in a way that is shocking and almost incomprehensible, using the complainant’s own freedom and custody of her three-year-old child as threats,” Finger wrote.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Aug. 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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Terrible.

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