SLO police officer accused of forcing sex on informant

March 7, 2014

Cory Pierce

Cory Pierce

Former San Luis Obispo police officer Cory Pierce allegedly forced an informant to have sex with him, according to a civil rights lawsuit recently filed in federal court.

In February, FBI agents arrested Pierce after an undercover investigation revealed the officer stole drugs from the evidence locker, held guns on his victims while stealing drugs under the color of authority and then manipulated others to sell the drugs. In December, a judge sentenced Pierce to 18 months in federal prison.

According to the lawsuit, Pierce manipulated Kip Holland and girlfriend April Stewart (listed in the lawsuit as Jane Roe) into selling or trading drugs for the officer which they did on about 80 occasions.

Stewart contends Pierce forced her to have sexual intercourse and into an act of oral copulation, according to the suit filed against the city and the county in which Pierce was a member of the narcotics task force.

Stewart, 47, is currently being held in the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of burglary, grand theft and receiving stolen property. She is being kept in isolation for her own protection.

According to the federal attorney’s office in Los Angeles, Pierce told Holland that he could work off a heroin charge if he cooperated. Pierce would provide the couple placebo pain pills to trade for real pain pills or drugs used for heroin addiction.

After Holland told Pierce the drug dealer he had deceived wanted revenge, Pierce said he would “take care of it,” a federal attorney’s office press release said. The couple eventually took their concerns to law enforcement.

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Making these accusations is to easy for a dirtbag like April. Proving it is another thing. Why now? Cory the dirty cop would be doing alot more than 18 months if there were any substance to her story about rape/forced oral cop. The loser doper burglar April has been an informant telling on her friends since the 80’s. Dont get me wrong, Cory has no business as a Police man, but April is in it for her self serving scam/buck.

Forced intercourse and oral copulation…… sounds like what Cory’s day is like in PRISON. Too bad he only got 18 months

Looks like we are getting the last laugh now. He is a lying pig, plain and simple. Maybe we should schedule a field trip to visit him. His girlfriend Amy Dobson should too.

And people are surprised why? How did PIerce get away with this under his supervisor’s noise. Was his supervisor asleep, was the Chief asleep? How did he get access to the evidence locker when he didn’t have a key? Regardless of how, the question is why wasn’t the idiot who had ownership of that key fired or was he just promoted to lieutenant? Hmmm, under color of authority, not that seems to be a repeat theme in SLO. The City attorney violates fellow employee’s rights under color of authority. She even got her worthless brother-in-law a job with no qualifications per this site. So, does she wash his back or vice versa?

How did PIerce get away with this under his supervisor’s noise.

King City Police Dept. all over again…

Guess Mr. Pierce misunderstood his duties that say………….Protect and Serve.

I think that any cop caught in a crime of abuse of power and convicted should have to forfeit all retirement compensation. Let that serve a reason to not get into law breaking.

For any that say they earned it, yes they did, as they also earned our trust and abused it.

ANYONE in a position of authority MUST be held to higher standards. Any abuse of citizen-granted “authority” is just that: citizen-granted. Power comes from us, we give it. When that is abused, there really needs to be harsher penalties.

Teacher, administrator, police officer, firefighter. Does not matter. You take that job, you take that responsibility. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the system; in fact, quite the opposite often happens. How often is bad behavior rewarded in our government? Or lighter sentences, fines and early retirement given to corrupt people?

Accountability matters. Votes matter… at least until they become rigged.

Agree. Let’s start by instituting a program of random drug testing. Frequently.

True random testing will never happen, the police union will never allow it. Until the union is gone the only way to get testing done would be at the voter level, but then again the union would sue and certainly could find a judge with LEO friends who would again go against the will of the voters.

In the end, the first thing to do is to get rid of the union.

How is random drug testing going to tell you that one of your officers is throwing the bone to one of their informants or committing robberies?

I get catching them for using drugs, but trusting that most of them are honest, all random drug tests will do, understanding how many false positives occur from OTC and prescription meds, is cause these people to call in sick whever they take cold medicine. This results in backfilling at time and a half pay and the tax payer gets to foot that bill too.

I checked the Tribune archive and it said it was actually the sheriff’s department that figured out what was going on and called in the FBI.

If the Sheriff Parkinson was doing a lousy job wouldn’t somebody have filed to run against him this June?

The final filing date is today and yet nobody has stepped up. That tells me a lot of people throw stones but don’t have any better ideas on how to do the job.

Either that or the people who want to run find out (or know) just how absolutely corrupt the system is here?

So by all means lets not drug test because one officer might have eaten a poppy seed roll and might get a false positive that can be retested and lets just have the rest of the officers go around high and wasted, carry their guns and driver at fast speeds while talking on their cellphones without hands free, yeah that makes much more sense.

Again explain how drug testing catches cops who rob, steal and sleep with informants (who are crooks themselves)

For the sake of argument let’s say an officer tests positive for legally prescribed pain medication. It is a urine test. All a urine test shows is that in the last 24-48 hours he took meds he has permission to have. He isn’t going to get sent home unless he demonstrates symptoms of being under the influence, which his supervisors would see, probably before they gave him the urine cup.

If you want to test for being under the influence you test blood; each drug has a plasma life. When it leaves your bloodstream you are not under the influence, even if your urine tests positive.

The courts no longer allow forced blood draws of drunk drivers without a warrant and probable cause. They wouldn’t let an employer do it to employees as part of a random screening, especially when the employer is a government agency. So you are left with urine tests which can be unreliable.

In the Pierce case the people he was working with observed his appearance, got wind of what he was doing and turned him in.

I repeat, the vast majority of police officers are not on the take, not under the influence of drugs, not part of some evil conspiracy and not trying to do anything other than to see that all of us make it home alive each day.

All true but you omitted one very important point. Most LEOs will protect their “brothers in blue” until the evidence is so strong and public that they can’t. Even then they do so through their union policies.

Do something to end the “code of silence,” “thin blue line,” or whatever euphemism you want to use for protecting a guilty person because he/she is a coworker or friend and then we can believe that ” the vast majority of police officers are not on the take, not under the influence of drugs, not part of some evil conspiracy.”

By the way, for the pay and the benefits they get, they should have to accept an element of risk in the performance of their jobs. If they can’t figure out a way to do that job without abusing authority, they should not be in the profession. Let them earn the much lower compensation of most of the rest of us without college degrees — some with jobs that are statistically higher risk for injury and death.