More details coming out concerning possible corruption in Reno Police Department

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 8/09/2012 7:27 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- More details are coming out about an investigation into possible corruption within the Reno Police Department.

More details are coming out about an investigation into possible corruption within the Reno Police Department.

The latest developments are coming from an audio recording between former Sgt. Jim Stegmaier and, according to Stegmaier, Deputy Police Chief Dave Evans. At the time of the recording Stegmaier was facing an internal affairs investigation into allegations he pointed a gun at his fellow officers. A discipline review board voted to terminate Stegmaier but he retired before his termination took effect.

But whoever it is on the tape told Stegmaier to shift the focus during his internal affairs interview to another officer named Amy so that Stegmaier could save his own job.

"What you do with Amy, you gotta bomb her. Bomb the (expletive) out of her. Anything you can think of. Then put all of the attention on Amy and see how you're treated in the process," said the person Stegmaier was speaking with.

The other person also urged Stegmaier not to bring up a homosexual pornographic video which Stegmaier claims was sent to him by another officer who is an internal affairs investigator. Stegmaier claims he was being harrassed but was discouraged from bringing the matter forward.

"You can always pull this part out (later). Once you pull it, it’s going to bring a lot of people down. The day this comes out, we'll have to clean house. That day." The other person told Stegmaier on the recording.

The other person then told Stegmaier he would deny the conversation about the pornographic video ever took place.

"You never told me this. If I knew this officially I'd have to step down," he said.

Stegmaier says he was retaliated against after he threatened to blow the whistle on harassment and corruption within the Reno Police Department.

The City of Reno is now overseeing this investigation and would not comment on the tapes. They say they will not comment until the investigation is complete.

The City has also asked us not to contact members of the Reno Police Department directly about this case.

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Poop1 - 6/20/2013 2:09 PM
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And friend of mine is actually going through some outrageousiss ues with the police and can't seem to get heard or helped. I wanted to know if anyone else had ever had or heard of similar stories. At this point I would really like to help them because these circumstances are unheard of. Please reply and informn me if you know anyone who has been through similar experiences or if you think you could help.

Tonja - 8/20/2012 5:48 PM
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Wannaknow, I don't think so. They have problems with their own people witholding evidence in cases from the Plantiff's and the federal court judges.

Wannaknow - 8/15/2012 6:07 PM
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How about an investigation by the Attorney General's office?

1renogirl - 8/15/2012 10:34 AM
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I agree that 99% of the officers @ RPD are honest, hard-working men and women. Stegmaier and his ilk have had this coming for a long, long time. I pray Chief Pitts has the fortitude to do what needs to be done.

Tonja - 8/14/2012 5:33 PM
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Mr. Stegmaier I just so happen to have a letter written from a high official in the RPD to a sitting judge. It details a conspiracy on how he hid the police report on the missing/tampered DNA evidence. If you would like to see let me know. The only reason I got it was because of attorney Barry Scheck. Tonja Brown

Tonja - 8/14/2012 2:57 PM
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If you want to see for yourself what the Washoe County District Attorney's Office did to protect Ron Rachow and how far they went to cover it up.

Tonja - 8/14/2012 2:43 PM
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Why doesn't this surprise me? Probably because I have personally seen just how far some individuals will go to get and keep and keep a conviction, protect the wrong doings of others, even if it means an innocent person must pay the ultimate price to keep their secret. Remember the Pavia case? The RPD officers killed Mr. Pavia and then the door, bullets and gun were intentionally removed from the evidence room. I recall it was Det. Dave Jenkins that cleared the officers of killing Mr. Pavia. I heard the case settled for $ 250,000.00. Then there is the Nolan Klein case where the prosecuting attorney, Ron Rachow, intentionally withheld all of the exculpatory evidence that showed that someone else was responsible for the May 9, 1988 Payless Shoe Store crime. This was discovered in 2010 when Judge Adams ordered DA Richard Gammick to turn over the entire file in the Nolan Klein case. In the file were the handwritten notes that he was not going to turn over any of the exculpatory evidence that some else was resposible for that crime as well as the 3 other crimes, ALL HIDDEN FROM THE DEFENSE AND JURY. Mr. Rachow defied a 1988 Court Order to turn over all of the evidence. Just prior to Mr. Klein's death in 2010 he learned the truth what the Washoe County District Attorney's office did and how far several of members of the office went to coverup what Ron Rachow did. In 2010 I have Richard Gammick on tape why he continued to employ Mr. Steven Barker who had been cited several times in several different cases for withholding evidence, even DNA that exonerated the person. In September the film crew will be coming to the Reno/Carson area to film the documentary movie "Lawless America". Nolan Klein's case will be featured as a part of the documentary movie on judicial corrutption that will be presented to the United States Congress and the Sundance Film Festival. Two requests thus far have been sent to Mr. Gammick and still no response.

Atlas - 8/13/2012 5:42 PM
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With today's technology, it makes it so easy for people to make hurtful and damaging comments under such easy anonymity. The court of anonymous public opinion should never decide the fate or reputation of another human being's life. Regardless of how this plays out, the majority of police do a good job under stressful situations that most of us are unwilling or unable to do; just like our military.

Paladin - 8/13/2012 10:56 AM
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OK all cop haters, hurry, hurry, hurry and jump on the bandwagon! He's corrupt, she's corrupt, HELL they're all corrupt. The rational person will realize that in any organization of several hundred employees, there are a vast majority of good, honest and ethical workers who just come to work to do a good job, and then there are a few troublemakers who get all the attention when the sh*#t goes down. Sounds like Chief Pitts has some trouble in the dept. he needs to deal with. It is never fun dealing with the troublemakers as they usually go down kicking and screaming. But it needs to be done. Like a cancer, sometimes you have to make the patient sick for a bit to make them a long term survivor. RPD may have to go through a cleansing period to come out of these issues.

NVWatch Dog - 8/12/2012 8:09 PM
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carson city sheriff corruption = corruption kills. see

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