SLO settles lawsuit over convicted cop

March 21, 2015
Cory Pierce

Cory Pierce

The city of San Luis Obispo has settled a lawsuit filed by two confidential informants of a former police officer who was convicted of extortion.

FBI agents arrested Cory Pierce in Feb. 2013 after an undercover investigation revealed that the former narcotics officer stole drugs from the evidence locker, stole drugs at gunpoint and manipulated individuals to sell drugs. Pierce pleaded guilty to one count of extortion, and in Dec. 2013, a judge sentenced him to 18 months in federal prison.

Last year, two of Pierce’s confidential informants filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court, which included an allegation that Pierce forced one of the plaintiffs to have sex with him. In December, the city paid $25,000 to Kip Holland and his girlfriend, April Stewart, in order settle the suit.

The lawsuit alleged that Pierce manipulated Holland and Stewart into selling or trading drugs for the officer on about 80 occasions. Stewart, who was listed in the lawsuit as Jane Roe, contended that Pierce forced her to have sexual intercourse and engage in an act of oral copulation.

The suit also named San Luis Obispo County as a defendant. Though Pierce was a city police officer, he worked as a member of the sheriff’s narcotics task force.

Still, the city’s insurance authority is covering the cost of the settlement.

City Attorney Christine Dietrick told the Tribune that the settlement was reasonable. But, both the city and county found the case to be meritless and neither agency had any responsibility for a single officer’s criminal conduct, Dietrick said.

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 that a drug dealer he 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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9 Comments

  1. r0y says:

    “…neither agency had any responsibility for a single officer’s criminal conduct, Dietrick said.”

    Sheeet, they can’t even hold their police chief responsible for violating rules and laws, what makes us think they’ll find responsibility in a low-life corrupted cop? I mean, low-level. Oops.

    If they’re doing it at the top, they’re doing it at the bottom. Such a value we’re getting for all the personal wealth and property they confiscate.

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    • oneofadozen says:

      $25,000 is just a drop in the bucket on the payouts that are coming from this guy’s police work

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  2. Dexter says:

    “City Attorney Christine Dietrick told the Tribune that the settlement was reasonable. But, both the city and county found the case to be meritless and neither agency had any responsibility for a single officer’s criminal conduct, Dietrick said.”

    Excuse me …. “NEITHER AGENCY HAD ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR A SINGLE OFFICER’S CRIMINAL CONDUCT” ???

    How was Pierce able to get away with these crimes for so long and why didn’t his coworkers and supervisors not recognize his addiction? How was he able to steal from the evidence lockers? Piss poor management in my book and Gesell and Parkinson were both asleep at the switch.

    When the city attorney makes such an idiodic satement the public has to think to themselves WTF ???

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  3. standup says:

    Well Christine, there are few other lawsuits coming down the pike that involved the loser Cory Pierce. You better be ready to defend him along with Dickel, Chastain and some others who couldn’t investigate their way out of a paper box in the Doobie Dozen cases.

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  4. achillesheal says:

    Money to government officials is treated like Monopoly money. They really don’t care how much of it they flush down the toilet as they can always confiscate more from the taxpayer.

    Now they are giving tax money to drug dealers. How do they reconcile When these drug dealers buy some nice new expensive meth making equipment with the settlement.?

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  5. bobfromsanluis says:

    “City Attorney Christine Dietrick told the Tribune that the settlement was reasonable. But, both the city and county found the case to be meritless and neither agency had any responsibility for a single officer’s criminal conduct, Dietrick said.”

    So which was it? Was the settlement “reasonable” or was the case “meritless” and there was no responsibility by either agency?

    Damn fine logic there Ms. Dietrick; are you due for another raise now?

    Sidenote: If you look up “incompetent” in a legal dictionary, you just might find a picture of Christine Dietrick …

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    • SLOChildrenAtPlay says:

      Well, well, well, perhaps if you look up “disenchanted” or better….”disillusioned” you’ll find a picture of our little Bobby from SLO. While you’re looking up “incompetent” in the dictionary Bobby, I’m sure you’ll also see Adam Hill, Jan Marx, John Ashbaugh, and let’s not forget Bruce Gibson. But I knew they were incompetent from the beginning, so I never once voted for them. How about you Bobby?

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      • hotdog says:

        Hard to respond without lapsing into the sort of profanity slodhildren deserves. ‘Little Bobby’ has always been respectful when making comments here and elsewhere. Though slochildren intends to insult Bob he actually uses some correct words. Many of us are disillusioned and disenchanted with our miserable city attorney and the few jokers on the council that continue to reward her for failure. I guess slochildren is a shill for those forces of evil.
        Check the ‘likes’ Bob has, you’re out of step with reality bub.

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