For Humboldt County locals, being arrested almost inevitably means having your name put out in either the blogosphere, or in the local print media. Every DUI or drug bust ends up in the Lostcoast Outpost. What happens to the cases after the arrest? Most of the time, we’ll never know.
But what about the “Major” cases that are put out to the media in press releases? Usually, these involve matters of public concern. Sometimes, the entire disposition of cases plays their way out in the local print media, or through the reporting of John Chiv. However, a commenter recently asked about whatever happened to a particular case and we were very interested to find out the outcome. From the Sheriff’s Office:
On 10-18-13 at approximately 0540 hours, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office – Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jason Daniels (age 40) for violations of PC243.4 – Sexual Battery, and PC289(a)(1) – Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object. Both of these violations are alleged to have been committed against a single female victim (identity confidential) while Sgt. Daniels was on duty as a peace officer.
These are serious allegations! Given that nothing was put out after the arrest, the Examiner wonders whether charges were ever even filed. Was the Sergeant guilty of these heinous crimes, or was he an innocent public servant who was falsely accused? Is he still employed at the Sheriff’s Office?
Even though we have received no follow-up information from law enforcement, it’s a sad state of local journalism when no local mainstream media source has followed up on what would appear to be a very important local case……..