Documents filed last week in U. District Court indicate former Officer Rudolph Petersen, 34, received payments from the unidentified gang member from December to August Under an agreement with prosecutors, Petersen will plead guilty to one count of bribery. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a reduced prison sentence.
The maximum sentence the court can impose is 10 years in prison and threeyears of supervised release. Montebello Police Chief Brad Keller said Thursday in an he was unaware that Petersen, who worked for the department from September to Augustis facing federal charges or has agreed to plead guilty. He declined to comment further.
In mid, the gang member had dinner with Petersen, whom he knew was a Montebello police officer and had access to federal law enforcement investigative records, the plea agreement says. At the time, defendant knew the shipment would contain illegal drugs, which defendant believed would be illegally grown marijuana.
Petersen also allegedly escorted at least one additional drug shipment. Shortly after the first drug escort, the gang member allegedly told Petersen that police recently intercepted a cocaine shipment, adding that a person involved in the drug transaction was suspected of being a snitch and providing information to law enforcement.
In exchange for cash, Petersen agreed to access sensitive law enforcement databases to determine if the gang member was being investigated, the plea agreement states.
On May 11,Petersen allegedly used the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, which provides access to FBI databases, and searched for information related to the alleged snitch. The were reported to the gang member, according to the plea agreement.
Information was not immediately available regarding when Peterson will appear in court to enter his plea to the bribery charge. By Scott Schwebke sschwebke scng.
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