Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Woman in seized child-porn video sues Tacoma for not destroying it


Former Tacoma Police Department detective and convicted sex offender Lee Giles is facing a lawsuit from a woman accusing him of taking home child pornography seized as evidence. The lawsuit also blames his former employer – the department – for allowing him to do it.

Giles, 61, was sentenced to 19 years in prison earlier this year after pleading to child rape, child molestation and other sex crimes.

In a lawsuit filed earlier this month in King County Superior Court, attorneys representing the woman say officers were able to take child pornography out of evidence and home for their own enjoyment. The case in point – the sole instance offered by her attorneys – is that of Detective Giles.

In a 2006 search of Giles home, detectives found two pornographic videos taken of the woman, then a young girl, in the early 1990s. The man who took the videos was sentenced to prison following a sting operation.

A Pierce County Superior Court judge had ordered the videos destroyed 12 years before they were found at Giles' house. That decision carried "extreme importance" for the woman, who had believed the order was carried out.

Instead, her attorneys contend, Giles "fostered his fetish for victimizing children by viewing pornographic videotapes – including pornographic videotapes from the Pierce County evidence room."

The suit names Pierce County and the City of Tacoma as defendants, as well as Giles. A rebuttal has yet to be filed.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Puppies maul abandoned cancer patient


TACOMA, Wash. – Pierce County authorities are looking to charge a cancer patient's caregivers after the man was left alone in his house for days and mauled by hungry puppies.

One of those caregivers is the patient's own daughter.

The 55-year-old man from Parkland is in critical condition and being kept alive by machines.

"We don't believe the puppies attacked him but the puppies were using him as a food source due to the fact that they just didn't know any better and he was on the ground incapacitated for a couple of days," said Det. Ed Troyer, Pierce Co. Sheriff's Office.

It's a gruesome end to what may have been days of neglect. Detectives say two women lived in the home with some 20 dogs and were unofficial caregivers of the cancer patient. At some point the women abandoned the man and the dogs.

"He's incapacitated and needs full time care and should have had full time care, and some of the medicines and treatments were not getting to him," said Troyer.

Neighbors say they've had problems with some of the older dogs before, but they didn't know the cancer patient was being neglected inside.

The fact that one of the caregivers was the man's own daughter is even more shocking.

"I didn't get along with my dad real well. I could never imagine treating him like that in his last days," said neighbor Gary Anderson.

"That just blew me away. I couldn't believe it. That was going on right next to me," said neighbor Mark Williams.

The two women were booked into the Pierce County Jail on investigation of criminal mistreatment, but detectives are looking into more serious felony charges.

The roughly 20 dogs that were seized from the home are at the Pierce County Humane Society. There is no decision yet on what will happen to them.