Escapades of former sheriff Gary Penrod’s Wife

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Witnesses who have been lined up to testify that the woman who has provided psychological care to members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for more than two decades engaged in multiple sexual affairs with the deputies she was hired to treat should be excluded from testifying in a libel suit she has brought against a newspaper publisher, her attorney has told the court.

Nancy K. Bohl is the proprietor of the Counseling Team International (also see her at “Spirit of the Law“). With the Counseling Team, Bohl has provided several forms of psychological services to the sheriff’s department since 1986. Bohl and her company sued Valley Wide Newspapers in 2000, alleging that a series of articles published in papers owned by Valley Wide publisher Raymond S. G. Pryke libeled her. Valley Wide Newspapers publishes four newspapers in the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County.

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Trial postponed in libel lawsuit filed by former sheriff’s wife

A civil trial in a multi-million dollar libel lawsuit filed by the wife of former Sheriff Gary Penrod against a High Desert newspaper publisher and has been postponed until August.

Lawyer John David Rowell, who represents Penrod’s wife Nancy K. Bohl, appeared for a hearing via telephone Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court and requested a continuance, according to court records. The trial that was set to begin Monday was re-scheduled for Aug. 9 with a trial readiness hearing set for Aug. 5.

Rowell indicated health issues at the hearing held before Judge Frank Gafkowski, court records state.

Bohl filed a libel suit against Valley Wide Newspapers, a collection of newspapers owned by Raymond Pryke that includes the Hesperia Resorter, in June 2000.

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San Manuel tribal member files lawsuit against former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy

A lawyer for a San Manuel tribal member has filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against a former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputy who allegedly tried to extort him two years ago for cash and vehicles.The lawsuit for Ray Carr Green III, which was filed Feb. 19 in U.S. District Court, in Riverside, alleges that former deputy John Thomas Laurent knew that the plaintiff received a substantial income from tribal casino operations in San Bernardino and had a history of drug use.

Laurent reportedly violated Green’s civil rights on two occasions in January 2008 when he sought $80,000 and a Ford F-250 pickup from Green using threats of arrest and incarceration, according to the complaint for damages.

San Bernardino-based lawyer Emile Mark Mullick said Monday that prosecutors had already tried to pursue criminal charges against Laurent. Mullick was concerned about Laurent using his authority as a deputy to extort Green, he said.

“It was done under the color of law,” Mullick said. “He was using that authority in violation of the Fourth Amendment.”

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Hoops Backing Away From Penrod

Sheriff Rod Hoops this week took the first discernable step toward making a break with the Gary Penrod political machine that dominated the sheriff’s office for nearly a decade-and-a-half and which designated him as his predecessor’s replacement.

Quietly but nevertheless firmly, Hoops is looking to withdraw from circulation the hundreds of honorary sheriff’s badges Penrod issued to his friends, associates and campaign supporters.

Hoops was chosen by the board of supervisors to succeed Gary Penrod as sheriff last January after Penrod decided to retire in the middle of his fourth elected term as sheriff. The board selected Hoops at least in part on the strength of Penrod’s recommendation of Hoops as his successor.

Penrod was first elected sheriff in 1994 and was thrice reelected without having to face an opponent in the 1998, 2002 or 2006 elections.

While Penrod remained relatively popular in San Bernardino County, there were developments toward the end of his tenure that gave indication the politically charmed existence he led was about to draw to a close. In particular, Penrod last December testified as a defense witness in the public corruption trial of former Orange County sheriff Mike Carona.

Carona, a once-widely respected law enforcement figure who was considered a potential future candidate for California governor, stood accused by federal prosecutors of accepting illegal campaign contributions, as well as bribes, in exchange for public and private favors. He would eventually be acquitted of those charges but was convicted of witness tampering.

Penrod testified he was never overly concerned with fund raising but acknowledged that in San Bernardino County those given honorary deputy or reserve deputy sheriff status are oftentimes his campaign contributors. Penrod said he perceived no problems in such arrangements.

Penrod’s testimony on behalf of Carona in which he maintained that providing special deputy status to those willing to bankroll his political campaigns was an acceptable way of running a law enforcement agency antagonized federal prosecutors. The following month, Penrod abruptly announced his retirement.

This week Hoops issued a directive to his deputies. According to that directive, if during routine operations such as incident investigations or traffic stops deputies encounter anyone who brandishes a special deputy or posse badge issued by Penrod, those badges are to be immediately confiscated.

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Sheriff Hopefuls Offer Differing Law Enforcement Philosophieschallenger,

SAN BERNARDINO— The two declared candidates for sheriff in next year’s election faced off October 7 in a forum sponsored by the Safety Employees Benefit Association, the union representing the sheriff’s department’s deputies.

Sheriff Rod Hoops, the incumbent, like his challenger, deputy Mark Averbeck, has never actually faced the voters. Hoops was appointed sheriff by the board of supervisors in January after he was endorsed by former sheriff Gary Penrod, who retired two years into his fourth term as sheriff on February 1.

Thus, Hoops is the flag bearer for the political machine that has controlled the sheriff’s office in San Bernardino County going back to 1954. Penrod, who was first elected in 1994, was endorsed by his predecessor, Dick Williams, who was elected sheriff in 1990 with the endorsement of his predecessor, Floyd Tidwell. Tidwell, who served two terms, was handpicked by Frank Bland, who was first elected in 1954 and was then reelected five times. The same political machine that Bland controlled has now been inherited by Hoops. That machine carries with it tremendous political fund raising capability, such that Hoops already has a several hundred thousand dollar advantage over any challengers in terms of money banked in his campaign war chest.

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Intrigue, Mystery Attend Former Sheriff’s Sergeant’s Case

Intrigue and mystery surround a case involving a former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department sergeant who was placed on administrative leave earlier this year in the aftermath of allegations that he had sexual relations with an underage girl.

The sergeant has now resigned and the department has handed the case off to federal authorities. Nevertheless, questions remain over whether he was actually guilty of everything he has been accused of, if he was perhaps set up by department higher-ups because the former sheriff coveted his wife or whether a devastating betrayal of her marriage vows by his wife, who is also a sheriff’s department employee, perhaps motivated the sergeant to engage in the action he did.

The department’s move against sergeant Randy Beavers was significant enough from the consideration that someone of his status would find himself caught up in a criminal probe. The nature of the alleged criminal activity, statutory rape, added a note of gravity to the matter. As details relating to the circumstance have oozed out, the situation has taken on the character of a full blown scandal that could erode even further the reputation of former sheriff Gary Penrod, who abruptly retired as sheriff in January, midway through his fourth elected term in office.

The investigation into Beavers and his activity, the Sentinel has learned, entailed the seizing and examining of Beaver’s computer. Upon analysis, hundreds of pornographic images, including ones investigators deemed to be child pornography, were determined to have been downloaded onto that computer.

No charges pertaining to either sex with a minor or the possession of child pornography have been filed against Beavers, and as of this week he is not the subject of any criminal complaint in San Bernardino County.

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Failure to disclose property ownership results in Penrod getting warning letter from FPPC

Former San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod failed to disclose, over a period of several years, ownership of several properties, a violation of the Political Reform Act, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission.Penrod, who retired in January after serving 14 years as the county’s top cop, received a letter from the FPPC dated Aug. 4 informing him of a complaint against him alleging that, while serving in the capacity of sheriff, he failed to disclose several real property interests as well as his wife’s business, The Counseling Team International, a San Bernardino-based business that has a contract with the county to provide counseling services to sheriff’s deputies.

Penrod was one of dozens of people the FPPC issued warning letters to between July 1 and Aug. 24.

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