SLO police officer pleads guilty to extortion

July 9, 2013
Corey Pierce

Corey Pierce

San Luis Obispo Police Department narcotics officer Corey Pierce pleaded guilty to extortion Monday in federal court in Los Angeles. [New Times]

Pierce 39, pleaded guilty to one of two counts of extortion. In April, he pleaded not guilty to one count of extortion and one count of bribery.

A Judge scheduled sentencing for December 9 in Los Angeles District Court. Pierce faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Prosecutors accused Pierce of stealing drugs from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Department’s evidence locker while serving on the narcotics task force.

A local probationer said Pierce manipulated him and his girlfriend into selling or trading drugs for the officer, which they did about 80 times.

Pierce provided the probationer and his girlfriend placebo pain pills to trade for real pain pills or drugs used for his heroin addiction. In exchange, Pierce said he could get rid of a heroin charge.

Following his arrest in February, Pierce has remained on paid administrative leave from his position.


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I’m just wondering how in the hell a cop goes out and gets himself addicted to heroin in the first place? Initially I thought that he had probably got addicted to a painkiller that he had been prescribed and he had the sort of personality (no fault of his own) that couldn’t get off of it, but heroin, WTF ? Doctors don’t prescribe heroin as a pain killer for an injury, this guy went out and decided to start using heroin!!! ……. This is very very irritating and how did this guy pass the psych test and get on the force to begin with? Scary just plain scary.

Funny how that whacky NTF stepped over the line with the Doobie Dozen and in the end, well we know now, don’t we.

Hopefully the city will continue to pay him on the off chance that sometime in the future he may decide to appeal his guilty plea, or (heaven forbid!) develop a negative impression of the city manager or attorney such that he may (even the slightest possibility) consider a lawsuit against the city of SLO.

How will Corey Pierce supply his habit in prison? Will he provide a much needed public service within the confines of the male prison inmate population in exchange for drugs? So, after his conviction he will be on paid administrative leave until sentencing (December), so he will draw another $40 – $50 k of slo tax payer money. By the way, he coped a plea to save his pension. His plea was to the most recent extortion charge, not the countless other charges dating back 10 years. Thus, this POS who has disgraced his profession gets to keep his pension. Maybe when he gets out, he can bunk up with Fire Fighter extraordinary Ryan Mason, or maybe he will get his job back at reduced pay?

Compared to this degenerate Litchig and Dietrick look like solid examples of public service, but when you realize that all of this misconduct goes on under the reign of Litchig and Dietrich, they are responsible none the less.

WTF. I swear next time I am spoken to, pulled over, or questioned by ANY slopd cop I will bring this up instantly. The entire department should be ashamed of themselves. There is sooo much more corruption going on in slo county’s law enforcement. that the public doesnt see. This makes my f’ing blood boil.

I’m glad that’s all over. Now he can go back to work with the rest of SLO’s finest.

At least his 3% at age 50 pension will pay him well while he does his time. Meanwhile his paid administrative leave should be repaid to the city or at the very last be a negotiating point next time around.

The fact that he got away with his actions for so long makes me wonder how many other corrupt cops are on the force…

Police officers do not get a pension if convicted of a felony. Just thought you should know.

I doubt (?…no I know wouldn’t happen) that my employer would keep paying me my full salary from the time of an arrest to the time when I pleaded not guilty, to the time I change my plea to guilty to stealing from the company or another company related criminal offense.

but, understanding that it would be unfair to any innocent employees to take away their pay while they fight to prove their innocence …. since he has now pleaded guilty, why not make him repay that taxpayer money that he received why not working and pretending to be innocent ?????????.

Why not do any with paid adminstrative leave, my first thought would be there has to be patrol cars to clean, trash cans to empty and other type work to do, but then I know the union would not allow it. So then just have the person still get up for work, get dressed for work, drive to work and sit at a desk for their entire shift, and do nothing, Kind of like when you were in grade school and you had to sit in the corner, not talking to anyone.

I remember Cory poking me in the chest, his eyes bloodshot and watery, yelling at me that I’m going to jail for selling narcotics,(Medical Marijuana, all charges dropped.) Funny how things work out. I’m getting a large settlement, and Cory is looking at 20 years, and a quarter mill in fines. Tough break, Buddy. Nice example for yours kids.

He can rot in hell with John, Dickel, Chastain, and the rest of those thugs for what they did to us.

It drive me crazy when I read paid administrative leave….

Thank the police officer’s union for that.

Let just hope he is not being paid now since he plead guilty, but the union probably got that too.

Lets not get down on unions for some cop who is a complete idiot. They have protected lots of workers from mistreatment I don’t know where you work but unions are not all bad.

While I am staunchly anti-public-sector union, I agree. The paid admin leave isn’t necessarily a union thing, it is a “Innocent until PROVEN guilty” thing. Thank God that arrest and charged with do not equal proven. Yet.

Cheek swab for DNA, anyone?