I saw that yesterday and immediately posted to FB. I also actually chose to NOT watch this time. It reads like murder. Apparently the cops even taunted the man, with “ go ahead, get in the car...” haha real funny. Unconscionable the other cops did nothing to intervene. Wtf are these thugs?
Marysville, CA ______________ Territorial Dispatch "On Saturday night, August 15, 2015, she was with her husband Marysville Chief of Police Aaron Easton at Joe’s Crab Shack celebrating her 32nd birthday. In just a few hours emergency personnel would arrive at the Easton residence to find Sara with gunshot wounds to the head. Her husband and children were in the home at the time.
Law enforcement indicated that Aaron Easton was extended “professional courtesies” at this apparent suicide. They did not approach the scene with the same investigative vigilance as with a regular citizen.
However, the scene had been tampered with and three shell casings were found along with other evidence pointing to a possible homicide versus a self-inflicted or accidental death. That morning rather than calling “911,” Aaron Easton first called Brian and Amanda Hopper to come to the home. They declined. Then he called “911.”
Sara was then transported to Adventist Emergency Department in Marysville and pronounced dead.
Brian Hopper and Aaron Easton began their careers in law enforcement at Yuba County Sheriff’s Department (YCSD). Easton’s “Linked-In” profile says he was at YCSD from April 2004 – February 2011. Hopper left the department after Easton.
YCSD leadership was relieved with both Hopper and Easton departing. There was information that they were having sexual relations with women while on duty. In fact, a Yuba College police cadet later accused Easton of forcing her to give him oral sex while she was on an academy ride-along.
Brian Hopper was married to Amanda Jones Hopper at the time. Amanda Hopper was the new District Attorney (DA) of Sutter County (November 2014 election) when Sara Easton died. And, DA Hopper’s father Steve Jones worked as a prosecutor for the Yuba County District Attorney’s office.
These relationships created a number of conflicts to investigating Sara’s death. Brian Hopper was called-in for questioning by Yuba City Police detectives.
However, they did not believe his story about his relationship to Sara Easton and they called his wife, the DA to explain the situation. That led to more questions. Did investigators think Brian Hopper was having an affair with Sara Easton or was he a person of interest in her death or both?
Police investigators noting the ethical conflict in dealing with the Sutter and Yuba County DA offices went to Colusa County District Attorney John Poyner seeking approval of search warrants. Poyner authorized the warrants and said he would have no problem prosecuting Aaron Easton for murder with the evidence he reviewed.
Although DA Hopper could not prosecute this case she had a lot at stake. Hopper sought confidential details and findings from the sheriff’s department. It was awkward for law enforcement personnel.
According to Sara Easton who once considered the DA a close friend, Amanda had sexual relations with Sara’s husband. Sara Easton knew her husband to be a sex addict, having had many affairs including an Appeal Democrat reporter. She knew he was having other women while working at YCSD which eventually led to her getting a venereal disease from her husband.
When Aaron Easton applied for a job at Marysville Police Department in 2010 where he later became chief and interim city manager the background investigator was informed of Easton’s marital unfaithfulness. He was hired by the city anyway.
Sara Easton was afraid of her husband’s penchant for sado-masochism including choking her and taping a plastic bag over her head. She was afraid of her husband. Sara was tired of trying to outperform or compete with the flings and affairs in his life.
In her frustration did Sara kill herself in her own home near the children she loved? Or, did she tell him she was leaving leading to an argument and Aaron shooting her?
Law enforcement personnel close to the case believe Aaron killed Sara. The family wonders why nothing is being done. Some say the case went to the State Attorney General’s (AG) Office.
The AG’s office has never been helpful on cases here. The AG has a reputation of being political and paper-weights. Some in the Yuba City Police Department say the case is still there. Who is blocking this investigation?
Meanwhile life goes on. Both Assemblyman Gallagher and Senator Nielsen endorsed DA Hopper for another 4-year term. She won easily in 2018.
Easton re-married right away and lives in Moore, OK. His “Linked-In” profile touts his law enforcement accomplishments while leaving out his resignation as the Marysville Police Chief following the cadet sexual assault investigation. Easton says, “I have been asked to speak on the Dr. Phil Show, Good Day Sacramento and was featured on several programs, including NBC News, Yahoo News, and American Police Beat Magazine, among others.”
“I was featured in ‘Police Chief’ magazine as a recipient of the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2016 40 Under 40 Award; given to the 40 law enforcement professionals under 40, throughout the world, that best exhibit leadership in the law enforcement profession.”
More dangerous than a dirty cop is a dirty judicial system. Justice delayed is justice denied.
Sac Bee 11/17/17
Marysville Police Chief Aaron Easton left his post Thursday night after revelations that he is the subject of a sexual assault investigation involving a woman who was a former police cadet and later a Sacramento County jail inmate.
Easton's departure came following a report in the Marysville Appeal-Democrat revealing the Yuba County Sheriff's Office investigation into whether Easton forced the woman to perform oral copulation while she was a cadet at the Yuba College Police Academy and he was a part-time instructor there in 2008.
Easton could not be reached for comment Friday, but his attorney issued a statement to the Appeal-Democrat saying the former chief "categorically denies these allegations."
Yuba County District Attorney Patrick McGrath confirmed Friday that an investigation into the allegations has been underway for more than a year and that it is close to being completed.
"It's alleged to be a forcible sex crime," he said, adding, "There's been no filing decisions made as to whether criminal charges will be filed because we do not have all the investigative materials yet."
McGrath added that the statute of limitations in a sexual assault case is 10 years, so "we are still within that statute."
"We believe we are fairly close to having the investigation concluded," McGrath said.
The investigation stems from an April 2016 claim made by the alleged victim while she was held as an inmate at the Sacramento County jail on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, according to the Appeal-Democrat.
The Marysville newspaper based its report on a series of search warrant affidavits filed in Yuba Superior Court that were recently unsealed.
According to the court documents, the woman said she was required to complete three ride-alongs with Easton as part of her cadet training, the Appeal-Democrat reported. The first two were completed without incident, but the woman told an investigator that on the third Easton drove her to a rural area, began kissing and groping her and forced her to perform oral sex, the Appeal-Democrat reported.
Easton, who at the time was a Yuba County sheriff's deputy, also allegedly tried to have sex with her in the back seat of the car, saying "he did this type of thing all the time," the Appeal-Democrat reported the affidavits as saying, but she refused.
The encounter ended when a radio call came into the patrol car and Easton responded to it with the cadet, the Appeal-Democrat reported.
That incident allegedly occurred in February 2008, the newspaper reported, but did not come to light until the woman began talking about it while taking part in a program at the Sacramento County jail last year for victims of sexual harassment or assault.
"She made a comment to one of the jail staff, and that comment required follow-up by the jail staff," McGrath said. "They did that follow-up, and that investigation was then forwarded to the Yuba Community College District based on the fact that the alleged act occurred while she was in the police academy, which existed in the college at that time," McGrath said. "And the Yuba Community College District forwarded that investigation to the Yuba County Sheriff's Department."
Sacramento sheriff's spokesman Shaun Hampton said he was aware of the Easton investigation but did not know the accuser had made the allegations in the Sacramento jail.
The Yuba County Sheriff's Office began an investigation and has interviewed the woman and a number of other witnesses, McGrath said.
"There are multiple individuals who have been interviewed," he said.
The investigation was kept quiet until two weeks ago, when the search warrant affidavits were unsealed and the Appeal-Democrat began making inquiries, McGrath said.
At that point, he and Sheriff Steven Durfor informed Marysville officials, McGrath said.
"We felt it was appropriate at that point to notify the Marysville mayor," as well as the city manager, McGrath said.
Mayor Ricky Samayoa and City Manager Walter Munchheimer could not be reached for comment Friday. McGrath said Easton left his job Thursday night and was replaced by Lt. Chris Sachs as interim chief.
"We felt that any type of earlier notification to the city would have a negative impact on our investigation," McGrath said, adding that officials took into account the fact that the allegations involve an incident from several years ago.
McGrath also noted that typically when a law enforcement officer becomes the subject of a criminal investigation the head of the agency is notified so that a professional standards investigation can be initiated, but because Easton was the chief, officials could not follow that path.
Easton had been chief since December 2014, and had twice been cited as officer of the year while with the department, the Appeal-Democrat reported.
His wife, Sara Easton, died in August 2015 from a gunshot wound to the head, but an official determination of whether that was a suicide has not yet been made. That case is under investigation by the Sutter County Sheriff's Office and the state attorney general's office.
Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said in 2018 that the deputies’ actions were justified.
McIntyre's family filed a lawsuit in June claiming deputies shot him as he ran away. John Burris, the family’s attorney, told ABC10 that McIntyre was suffering from a mental breakdown.
"He was running away from the police,” Burris said. “He was running down the freeway, and he was shot and killed as he was running away. It was pretty outrageous, because he was not creating a danger to the officers."
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billthom56: Just noticed this shoutout from SammyT. Thank you so much. Bill Thomas
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sammyt: You're well deserving a shout out Bill. You put yourself out there, year after year. A truly inspirational person within the true crime world.
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sammyt: And big shout out to daedra.. another really good researcher on here!
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