The city of Rialto, near San Bernardino in Southern California, has been hit with a $500,000 harassment lawsuit by a worker from a nearby strip club, after an officer got her pregnant and then began abusing her. Nancy Holtgreve, a cocktail waitress at the Spearmint Rhino, claims that officers began frequenting the club in 2008, and taking back some of the girls to the police union headquarters and the agency’s narcotics office for sex parties.
Holtgreve alleges that after she became pregnant by officer James Dobbs, he began threatening her because he felt she was jeopardizing a child custody battle with his ex-wife, and his relationship with a girlfriend. Holtgreve reported his threats to the Rialto police department, but she says that they took no action, a violation of her civil rights.
Besides Dobbs, who resigned while under investigation by the police department, five other officers were named for using the union hall and narcotics office for sex parties, and for having sex while on-duty. One of the five officers has resigned, and the other four have been severely disciplined, according to Police Chief Mark Kling.