Evidence lacking in probe of cops

Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said this morning he has determined there is "insufficient evidence to sustain a finding probable cause that any criminal activity occurred" in the case of suspected misconduct of two Greenwich officers. The two full-time officers were accused of providing alcohol to two people over the age of 18, but under 21, during a May 27 incident at a Greenwich home when they were off-duty. Both men, hired part-time in 2004 and 2003, kept their jobs since the allegations came to light late last month.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

 

Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said this morning he has determined there is "insufficient evidence to sustain a finding probable cause that any criminal activity occurred" in the case of suspected misconduct of two Greenwich officers.

The two full-time officers were accused of providing alcohol to two people over the age of 18, but under 21, during a May 27 incident at a Greenwich home when they were off-duty. Both men, hired part-time in 2004 and 2003, kept their jobs since the allegations came to light late last month.

"They came over to the guy's house to watch a professional wrestling pay-per-view (match)," O'Hara said. "They were off-duty when all this occurred."

The two officers have admitted to drinking while at the acquaintance's home, but denied providing alcohol to an underage person, O'Hara said. The prosecutor explained that originally, the men were accused of serving alcohol to two people under 18, "but there was no evidence to support that."

Two girls at the Greenwich resident's home at the time were under 21. One of them was the homeowner's girlfriend.

O'Hara said he didn't find the statement from one of the underage girls credible. He said there was no evidence to support her allegation that the officers provided her with alcohol.

The most basic reason for a finding of insufficient evidence was conflicting evidence, O'Hara said, specifically what people were saying. The prosecutor said he took into consideration the witnesses' credibility, their "past history," their opportunity to actually see what occurred and their motivation for lying or telling the truth.

There were six people interviewed who were eyewitnesses and two or three more O'Hara called "hearsay witnesses."

O'Hara was brought in as a special prosecutor last week after Greenwich Mayor Gary Sprague and Greenwich Law Director Steve Palmer reviewed the matter. Sprague, who couldn't be reached for comment today, had said he would handle things if the case "came down to simple discipline."

Craig was unavailable for comment today.

Comments

taxpayer (Anonymous)

sprague is a moron!

hey (Anonymous)

So is Steve Palmer!!!!!

oh yea (Anonymous)

shawn get back to work, they foiled that plan go to plan B. Get with some of the other buddy screwers in law enforcement and go get them...dont let up. Remember your only way to advance, lacking any talent, knowlege, and ability is eliminate and destroy. good luck

greenwich resid...

So, this is no big thing? Let it go unpunished? I don't think so. They should get in even more trouble, if a citizen gets caught serving underage they get it, just like the so-called "charlie's bar" incident. BIG question, and I hope someone that can do something about it reads this, Why doesn't someone go take a look at Greenwich's evidence room? From what I hear, the old chief decided that nothing needed to be put in order. Everything is just thrown in the room, a mess! So, how can you charge anyone for anything? Nothing even tagged, so you don't know what goes to what. I'm interested in seeing how long the guy that murdered his girlfriend gets, because of our "police department". Hopefully the cops involved in this are going to be gone for good. If they don't get fired, maybe this was enough embarrassment for them to leave. It's not like they are really worth tax-payers money!!

12344444 (Anonymous)

I agree something should be done....Craig should be fired

wow in greenwic...

Number one Greenwich resident, these guys were never "caught" doing anyhthing. These were false allegations from the get go from what I've heard, made by a known crimminal and thier asst. chief. Number two, have you ever seen thier evidence room? Didn't think so. Everything you ever post is " from what I've heard". You have no facts, only the rumors you believe. As far as these guys not being worth tax payers money, have you ever heard anything bad about these guys before this? I guess they were guilty before being proved innocent huh? Cop haters like Greenwich Resident, have no idea what these guys have to go through on a daily basis. Would You put your life on the line or get called everything in the book while remaing calm? I hope these two stick around for a long time, holding thier heads high. Just because someone starts a rumor and they get investigated means they aren't worth tax payers money? Whatever. Go commit another crime Greenwich Resident. Cop hater.

to greenwich re...

Yeah you’re right..... Shawn needs to be punished for being a dumb***. Hey just remember you actually have to work to be considered a taxpayer.... Well if nothing is tagged right then, Shawn must have had that case. What does the evidence room have to do with what just happened??? Who cares what it looks like! What does your house look like?? Shawn should really fess up to what he was hiding all along. Just a hint: Hey Shawn- if someone stole something from you, I know these officers you have accused would do the right thing and let you know. Hey where is Shawn's picture at??? I think Shawn needs to have his picture in the newspaper. Shawn has tried to run the names of two respectable officers in the dirt, now it is time for everyone to see just how Shawn really is. He will do anything to try to get ahead. Do you think Shawn is capable of being in charge of anything after this incident? Hey counsel- now that the real facts are out, how do you guys plan on handling the situation? You have no ideal how this has effected their personal life! STOP the rumors!

listen up!! (An...

i want to thank bob and jeremy for putting up with shawns crap!!!! i worked with all you guys and i think you do a great job! you backed me up with no one else would !!!
shawn is a screw up and no one should have to work for him!! i think you guys should sue shawn personally!!!!
lets make his name mud!!!!
well ask people and you will hear!! i was at huron court house and they were talking about him and how he needs a new job!!!! hey shawn i hear kipton needs a new chief!!!!!
thanks you guys for sticking this out!!!!!! :)