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New allegations against college police chief


Friday, December 5th, 2008
Issue 49, Volume 12.
Peter Surowski
Valley News Staff


A former Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) employee has accused a local college police chief of coercing her to resign, according to the California School Employees Association (CSEA).

Tomorrow Horton, a former employee of the college, has accused the chief of wrongful arrest, unlawful detainment and coercing her into resigning from her job, CSEA documents show.

Hers is the fourth similar accusation to surface so far this year against the MSJC Police Department’s chief, Kevin Segawa.

Last week, three former police officers accused the chief of using similar tactics to convince them to resign their posts, according to the officers’ attorney.

According Horton, the chief of police called Horton and asked her to meet him at a restaurant in San Jacinto on Aug. 11.

Though the chief objected, she insisted a representative from CSEA be present.

At the meeting, the chief said someone had filed a complaint against her alleging she had given away $50 gas cards which were the school’s property and made a threat against a coworker, Horton recalled.

After she denied the accusations, the chief directed one of his officers, Scott Jensen, to arrest her, Horton said. He charged her with felony embezzlement and making "terrorist threats," she recalled.

Michael Lee Breyette, the chapter president of the CSEA, urged her to let the officers take her to jail, Horton said.

But the officers did not take her to a jail. With her hands cuffed in front of her body, the two officers brought her to the police station on the college’s Menifee campus, she said.

The station lacks a detention facility, so the chief set her in a chair in his office for more than three hours, Horton stated. The chief offered to release her if she signed a resignation letter.

"He knew I needed to get my son out of school and he Advertisement
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wouldn’t let me go until I signed the [resignation] paper," said Horton. "He wouldn’t even let me call anybody to get my son out of school."

As the time to pick up her son neared, Horton conceded. Segawa typed up the resignation himself, she said, and gave it to her to sign.

MSJC declined to comment, according to the college’s spokesperson, Karin Marriott. "We’re unable to comment on personnel issues," she said.

The letter of resignation included confessing to handing out gas cards and making threats.

After Horton signed the letter, Segawa released her.

"I feel like if he should have arrested me he should have taken me to the [Southwest Justice Center] and he shouldn’t have held me at the police station for almost four hours," Horton said. "Whether you like me or not, it shouldn’t have gone that far."

On Aug. 14, Breyette addressed the school’s board of trustees about what the CSEA considered an abuse of power and miscarriage of justice.

In addition, Horton sent a letter rescinding her resignation but the district refused to reinstate her.

According to a letter, Irma Ramos, the school’s head of human resources, sent to CSEA representative Gary Snyder, the school could not accept her rescission. "Once accepted, the resignation is irrevocable as a matter of law," the letter read.

According to Horton, she sent her letter rescinding her resignation via e-mail only hours after she signed the original resignation.

While employed at the college, Horton was working on her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She had to go on leave last August when she was diagnosed with a brain cyst.

She lost her medical coverage after she resigned and is now on Medi-Cal.

The CSEA is currently considering combining their case with that of three officers alleging the chief and the district wrongfully terminated them under similar circumstances.


 

21 comments

Comment Profile Imageashamed.
Comment #1 | Friday, Dec 5, 2008 at 8:39 pm
As an employee of the District I find this story to be very sad, maybe even more so than the others. Why in the world is the police dept handling HR concerns? Typing a resignation letter in front of the employee and not allowing her the right to phone call, "WOW"

I'm truly at a loss for words. The HR dept has their own little dept of hitmen. Segawa is the ring leader.

Fellow employees of Mt. San Jacinto College, heaven help us if we ever file a legimate grevience, Segawa will be knocking your door down with a resignation letter that he typed. Good luck.
Comment Profile ImageCluedIn
Comment #2 | Friday, Dec 5, 2008 at 11:24 pm
It is scary to think that not only is all this true, it is the tip of the iceburg.
Comment Profile ImageROB
Comment #3 | Saturday, Dec 6, 2008 at 6:37 am
SAGAWA WHO ARE YOU NOT IN BED WITH AT THAT COLLEGE ? YOU SOB, YOU ARE ON THE FAST TRACK TO HELL !!! IF YOU WERE A REAL MAN YOU WOULD TAKE YOURSELF OUT NOW. BUT NO MAN WOULD HAVE COMMITTED SO MANY ILLEGAL ACTS AGAINST SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE.

I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR EXPLANATION AS TO WHAT YOUR "PROBABLE CAUSE" WAS IN HANDLING THE HORTON CASE. DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT "PC" MEANS ??? APPARENTLY NOT, GIVEN ALL THE SITUATIONS YOU ALONE ABORTED. WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE WHEN ASKED, WHERE IN YOUR TRAINING WERE YOU TRAINED TO PREPARE A RESIGNATION FOR A CIVILIAN OR ANYONE ???

YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND YOUR FAMILY. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO COME CORRECT AND ADMIT YOUR DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT. BEFORE LONG WILL FEEL FAR WORSE PAIN THAN WHAT YOU HAVE INFLICTED ON GOOD PEOPLE. YOU ARE ALREADY SQUIRMING IN YOUR YELLOW SKIN, BUT SOON ALL WILL SEE WHAT YOUR INHUMAN CARCUS LOOKS LIKE.

YOU DESERVE ALL THAT AWAITS YOU AND IT IS COMING. THESE PEOPLE HAVE GOT THE GOODS ON YOU AND THE OTHER IDIOTS YOU WORK WITH. HOPEFULLY SOMEDAY YOU GO TO PRISON FOR ALL THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE YOU HAVE VIOLATED, AND YOU EARN AT LEAST AN AA DEGREE. MAYBE SOMEDAY ONE CAN BE A SECURITY GUARD, BECAUSE YOUR PAST BEHAVIOR IS THAT OF A SECURITY GUARD OR LESS. YOU ARE A DISGRACE AND YOUR EGO HAS NOW BEEN CHECKED BY MANY SINCE YOU NEVER CHECKED IT AT THE DOOR !!!
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Comment Profile ImageROB
Comment #4 | Sunday, Dec 7, 2008 at 6:09 am
SAGAWA, LET ME CLARIFY. I STAND CORRECTED. YOU DID HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO QUESTION HORTON. BUT AT A RESTAURANT AND NO CSEA REP PRESENT, ESPECIALLY WHEN REQUESTED. DID YOU EVEN READ HORTON HER MIRANDA RIGHTS ??? PROBABLY NOT !!!

HOW MANY DEALS WITH THE DEVIL DID YOU CUT ??? YOU PROBABLY HAVE NO IDEA. THESE VICTIMS SHOULD ALL FILE A COMLAINT WITH THE FEDERAL EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION TO INSURE YOUR COMPLETE DISTRUCTION. I WOULD BET THIS UNIT WOULD REACH A MUCH DIFFERENT CONCLUSION THAN THE "PUPPET" ORGANIZATION DOING THE CURRENT COVER-UP INVESTIGATION. AND IT WOULD PROVIDE MORE (FREE) DISCOVERY INFORMATION TO SEAL THIS CASE.

SAGAWA, CAN YOU SPELL DURESS ??? AGAIN, WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU TRAINED TO HANDLE THE HORTON CASE THE WAY YOU DID ??? WHY WOULD YOU PUT YOUR CAREER ON THE LINE SO MANY TIMES ??? I KNOW WHY. YOU WERE NEVER QUALIFIED FOR THE POSITION AND NOW YOU AND THE OTHER PUPPETS ARE GOING DOWN, DOWN, DOWN.
Comment Profile ImageR.Myers
Comment #5 | Sunday, Dec 7, 2008 at 6:09 am
This is horrible. This Segawa clown has to be reprimanded for his actions both illegal and immoral. The college must act now.

I can't believe this guy is not under some sort of criminal investigation for all of his wrong doings. It is simply amazing that he has lasted this long without getting into serious trouble.

His day of reckoning will come when he is standing trial in a court of law faced with charges that should put him behind bars for a long, long time.

To think this guy has disgraced law enforcement, stolen from helpless immigrants, and allowed serious misconduct of his employees in his short tenure as chief. DISGRACEFUL!

The worst part is that now we are finding out that he is forcing (directing) his subordinates to help him with his dirty work.

Say hello to Satan chief.
Comment Profile ImageConcerned Citizen Actually a Lawyer
Comment #6 | Monday, Dec 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm
This misconduct is despicably. MSJCCD needs to get employment and litigation counsel and school Ms. Ramos and the soon to be former Chief Segawa on the actual law. “Once accepted, the resignation is irrevocable as a matter of law.” Oh brother Ms. Ramos please tell me from what case/statute that errant legal opinion came from.
Comment Profile ImageJudy
Comment #7 | Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008 at 8:44 am
I can not believe the college or the Riverside Sheriff department would allow this to happen. Is this college police chief hired by the college and is he a Riverside Sheriff's employee? He violated her rights by not taking her to jail, arresting her without a warrent, not letting her make a phone call; did he read her, her rights? Sound like the Chief actually kidnapped her and held her for ranson, by making her sign the letter of resignation before he would let her go. Who made this guy judge and jury?
Comment Profile ImageWake Up People
Comment #8 | Friday, Dec 12, 2008 at 10:17 am
Well folks..here we go AGAIN! In their infinite wisdom Irma Ramos (head of HR for the College) and Kevin Segawa have blundered AGAIN! One would think that between the two of them they would have [at least] one fully functioning brain. They don’t! They have subjected the college to even MORE liability.

Today, Kevin and Irma fired the last remaining officer (Scott Jensen) at the college pd. And can you guess what the reason was for?

Are you sitting down? The reason they gave poor former Officer Scott Jensen was something to the effect of, "You failed to report the on duty sex going on at the college." Can you believe the irony there?

First those two morons (Kevin and Irma) deny that on duty sex between Mark Medina the second in command, Corporal and personal friend of the so called "chief") and Merideth Qualls (another MSJC employee) even occurred. Now that it suites them and more evidence has come to light confirming that (numerous times) on duty sex did occur, they want to use that as the excuse to fire the only officer left for "not reporting."

Irma Ramos and Kevin Segawa are completely LOST and have ABSOLUTELY NO understanding of CA employment law with regards to "whistle blowing."

Scott was ONLY TWO DAYS away from completing his probation! Two weeks before3 Christmas! WOW! His entire tenure at the college pd was mired in deception, corruption and controversy. Yet he was loyal. Way to pay him back Irma and Kevin. And yet, they will keep a philandering second in command (Corporal Mark Medina) on payroll for two months while they “investigate” the claims made against him by former Officer Ron Navarreta and Scott Jensen. Can someone explain that logic to me?!

That’s like two guys robbing a bank. One is forced to drive the get-away car and the other is inside with the gun and doing the actual robbery. The police arrest both guys but only charge the unwilling participant get-away driver. But they let the guy doing the actual robbery go with the money in hand.

Even when Scott was threatened by his "FTO" Mark Medina (like former Officer Ron Navarreta) he never joined the law suite. Something tells me that’s all going to change now!

If the Board of Trustees or Roger Shultz (college President) don’t take aggressive action to get rid of Irma Ramos and Kevin Segawa there will be NO MORE COLLEGE. With the kind of $$$$$ that IS going to be paid out to all the people suing the college, it will not be able to stay in existence.

The again maybe you can just change the name of the college from MSJC to SRCPT JC (Scott, Ron, Chris, Pete and Tomorrow).
Comment Profile Imagewesley
Comment #9 | Friday, Dec 12, 2008 at 10:17 am
Well it appears that Segawa has successfully eliminated ALL his liabilities. Officer Scott Jensen was fired today and publicly spoke too the Board of Trustees regarding the reasons why.

Congratulations Segawa, you now have one officer left. I guess it's just you and Barney.
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Comment #10 | Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 at 6:24 am
I am mad also!!! I used to tow for MSJC I havent had a call in about a year and found out that one of the local tow companies does mechanical work and fixes damage to the Police cars, so they have been Towing all the cars for MSJCPD
I called a couple of times to find out why but was always told that Kevin would be giving me a call, I did not count on him ever calling back. But would like to know what ever happened to Maverick. He was a Polite and by the book Officer I was told he went to Coronado PD. As for MSJCPD I know of some more Law suits that are going to be pending for Due Process. Towing company in San Jacinto.
Comment Profile ImageMeeting attendee
Comment #11 | Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 at 6:24 am
I was present at yesterday’s board of trustees meeting at the San Jacinto campus. The funny thing is that Mr. Jensen and apparently the other fired officers we have all bee reading about were present as well and they publically addresses the board members, college administrator and the general audience. Someone from the media was also present.

So of course the cheif segawa was there to right? WRONG!

I saw him COWER away as Mr. Jensen and the other officers approached him. The Segawa was with some other tall, lanky officer who appeared to be very timid. Based on what I have read about this case I would imagine that was Ryan Myers.

Now it is very clear who is telling the truth! When you tell the truth there is nothing to run away from. Mr. Jensen was definitely not running away as he addressed a packed house.

Job well done Mr. Jensen! Many of us appreciated your coming forward and support your actions. Let’s see if the college does the right thing now.
Comment Profile Imagemade a fool
Comment #12 | Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 9:41 am
Are we kidding ourselves here? There is no way a chief of police is doing all of this.

I have talked to Chief Segawa at a Menifee city council meeting a while back and he seemed ok. He told me that he used to work for the Los Angeles police department for 10 years and he worked some special details and then he moved to Menifee and started at the college.

I always wondered why anyone would leave a big department like that for a small college police department. I just thought he took the job to become a chief.

I feel silly having believed that liar for even a minute. To find out that he was lying the entire time and that he got fired for pulling his gun out against his wife. This man is a disgrace!

With the economy as bad as it is I hope the college has a big savings account because these poor officers have some BIG money coming to them.
Comment Profile Imagecheater
Comment #13 | Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 12:24 pm
When Segawa hosted poker night, he skimmed from the pot, which was conveniently hidden from sight from the table. He also made signals to his wife during the game. I'd like to say all this surprises me, but it doesn't. When someone steals from their "friends", there's no telling how far a person will go.
Comment Profile ImageBob
Comment #14 | Thursday, Dec 25, 2008 at 8:30 am
MSJCCD should eliminate the college police department and contract with the Sheriff's Department for professional police service. The Los Angeles Community College District had similar problems and they contracted with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department years ago. Contracting is the way to go; it's more cost effective. Contracting out for police services seems to be working out fine for fifteen cities in Riverside County, especially with today's economy!
Comment Profile ImageRobocop
Comment #15 | Thursday, Dec 25, 2008 at 8:31 am
Mark Medina and Kevin Segawa, you guys are a disgrace to the community and the district, also a total shame for law enforcement. Both of you should resign or get fired. Find a job that hires crooks like you and wife cheaters. DIRTY COPS!!!
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Comment Profile Imagerobocop
Comment #16 | Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm
M-mark medina
E-excellent wife cheater
D-disgrace to law enforcement
I-inspired by kevin segawa
N-not a true officer (had a DUI record)
A-acts and pretend that he knows what he's doing (no life experience, just a casino security guard)
Comment Profile Imageinfo
Comment #17 | Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm
go to :

msjcpdlawsuit.com

for the latest info....
Comment Profile ImageSunny92584
Comment #18 | Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm
WOW! Another story about this!

http://www.latimes.com/business/careers/work/la-me-inglewoodsex28-2008dec28,0,1371852.story
Comment Profile ImageNoFan of 92584
Comment #19 | Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm
Kevin, isint it bad enough that you have broken nearly every policmans code of conduct, labor law, moral and ethical rule, now you leak defamatory information to the LA Times about one of your officers (that you hired) that is private and protected under law? When are you going to learn?

If this guy didnt already have a concrete case against you for retalliation...he sure does now! Here is a copy of the email he sent to the LA Times after the above story broke:


Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008

1:51:17 PM

Subject: Inglewood police officers have been embroiled in sex-related scandals

Mr. Leonard and Ms. Kim,

My name is Ron Navarreta and I am outraged to be the subject of your alleged "breaking news" story prominently displayed in the December 28, 2008 edition of the LA Times inaccurately relating events of 2004 and the manner in which you inaccurately portrayed me and the Inglewood Police Department as a whole.

By this letter and the more complete accurate information I am providing herein, I am giving you the opportunity to print a similarly prominently displayed retraction or, at a minimum, a follow-up story that includes the accurate and complete facts that you obviously did not research before printing your sensationalized headline and story.

Furthermore, I am informed and believe your source divulged private official information protected by law. How you received even partial information regarding my employment history with the Inglewood Police Department, is also a serious concern. It is apparent that the (likely soon to be) ex-Chief of Police for the Mt. San Jacinto College Police Department, Kevin Segawa, violated the law when he allegedly partially informed you about my work history, likely in retaliation for my current wrongful termination claims pending against him and the College.

First and foremost, it is uncontradicted and in the record that there was NO EVIDENCE that I ever received the alleged pornographic images you reference. Specifically, the FBI agent handling the investigation testified in her sworn testimony that there was NO EVIDENCE that the email from the sender was actually received by a computer that I had access to. The then police chief, Ron Banks, also testified that there was no evidence that I received any child pornography. To this day I vigorously deny ever receiving any such image or engaging in any kind of child pornography. Your article irresponsibly suggests otherwise.

The title you chose for your article ("Inglewood police officers have been embroiled in sex-related scandals") sensationalizes and unfairly suggests that I was involved in a "sex scandal." In fact, there was no "sex" of any kind alleged in my case. To compound matters you chose to site alleged allegations involving actual sex by other officers (i.e. Manzi story) and inappropriately place me in this false and defamatory light.

You also failed to report in my 13 year career with the Inglewood Police Department, I was NEVER accused of any inappropriate conduct (sexual or otherwise) on or off duty. Chief Banks testified to this in my case.

Your article also failed to note the indisputable fact that during the same time of the allegations in 2004, an AOL employee stole 92 MILLION screen names (and other information) of current AOL members and sold that information to SPAMMERS for profit. This crime and subsequent investigation was on going for sometime until the suspect was arrested in late June 2004. This fact was well publicized in local papers and confirmed by the Department Of Justice. This would account for the creation of the "PlyGRoUndObsver" screen name that somehow became associated with my AOL account; a screen name that was NOT MINE! You might wish to read a relevant article on the subject located at;

http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/privacy/story/0,10801,94059,00.html?nas=SEC2-94059

Your article also inaccurately stated that FBI agents were unable to examine the computers I allegedly used because they had been sold or reported stolen. In fact, the FBI DID examine the only personal computer that I had access to in that time period. NO ILLEGAL IMAGES/INFORMATION WAS FOUND! This is on the record in my case and undisputed. The "sold or reported stolen" computers you reference in your article are comprised of one computer that I sold 6-12 months before I was even contacted by the FBI and work laptop computer that did not belong to me. That laptop was owned and used by my then girlfriend. She was interviewed by the FBI and confirmed that she had NEVER seen any illegal images on her laptop computer. She added that it was her opinion that I was not and could not be connected in any way with child porn. Her laptop was stolen from our apartment (along with other electronic items) when we were away. A report was made with the Anaheim Police Department.

Finally, your article states that I lied to the FBI and Inglewood PD. That is false! In fact, the record clearly states that I cooperated fully with the FBI investigation (I did not even exercise my right to counsel) and even invited them into my apartment when they made a surprise visit. The "lied to the FBI and Inglewood Investigators" portion of your article was based upon (Quoting from the record) “variances between the FBI’s paraphrased summary of its non-recorded interview with Grievant, without presence of counsel, compared to the recorded interview of Grievant during the Internal Affairs interview of Grievant with the presence of counsel and culminating in a verbatim transcript.”

I would strongly suggest you discuss these very serious matters with your editors and legal counsel. If you do not retract your story or print a follow up that contains these facts and corrects the false light and defamatory nature of your story you will be a party to an invasion of privacy and defamation lawsuit along with Chief Kevin Segawa. A copy of this email is also being sent to my attorney, Michael Curran of Curran and Curran Law. I am hopeful you will act more responsibly in the future. Please advise me of your intentions. You can contact me directly at (714) 4XX-XXXX.

Ron Navarreta
Comment Profile Imagejohn
Comment #20 | Sunday, Oct 11, 2009 at 9:49 am
time has come!, its time to put KEVIN SEGAWA and MARK MEDINA behind bars. Shame on you both, now you are paying your dues for your evildoings. more power to both of you, good job! and shame on you both!...dont worry we will donate commissary money for your snacks in prison!
Comment Profile Imagetony
Comment #21 | Friday, Jan 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm
hey kevin see what KARMA did to you, now it's your turn. you are a fool. time for you to do your time in jail. yesssssss!!!

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