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Year in review: Cornelius police

It seemed a week rarely went by in 2013 when a new lawsuit wasn’t filed or investigation launched concerning the Cornelius Police Department.

Fallout from the public release of an October 2012 letter from four officers alleging corruption inside the department included the February resignation of Cornelius Police Chief Paul Rubenstein. Ken Summers was hired as the interim chief and then allowed to drop the “interim” part of his title in July.

In April, Sgt. Shawn Watts and former Forest Grove Police Chief Kerry Aleshire notified those respective cities of potential lawsuits related to the infamous letter. A tort claim said Aleshire intended to file for monetary damages over allegedly false statements made against him in the letter, which he called defamatory and reckless.

In the fall, Oregon State Police released their investigation into the letter’s claims, determining Rubenstein and officers Dustin DeHaven and Joe Noffsinger did not commit any crimes. Free to speak at last, Rubenstein went public with his side of the story and indicated his intention to file his own lawsuits.

Watts and two of the other officers who signed the infamous letter filed lawsuits against Cornelius in December, claiming city officials violated Oregon’s Whistleblower Protection Statute by releasing the officers’ names while the allegations were still under investigation and also that city officials intentionally inflicted emotional distress on them.

One of those officers was Miguel Monico, who was struggling with his own problems.

In June, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak released his ruling that stated a jury could reasonably conclude that Cornelius officer Miguel Monico “entirely fabricated” the confession of a man he arrested in 2010 and that Monico lied about a drug test critical to the arrest.

Summers released these findings to the Washington County District Attorney’s office, which landed Monico on the “Brady List,” an unofficial list of officers whose credibility has been called into question.

And although he was cleared of crimes by the state police investigation, DeHaven, too, was added to the Brady List as well when two of his fellow officers testified in court, during a case in which he was a witness, that DeHaven was not truthful.



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