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On Wednesday, December 10, Trent Gene Veasey, Jr., charged in Superior Court that he was forced to perform oral copulation on former San Diego policeman Christopher Hays. The suit names Hays, former Police Chief William Lansdowne, the San Diego Police Department, and the City of San Diego. Also on December 10, an unnamed female (Jane Doe) filed suit against Hays, the police department, and the City, for squeezing and groping her, and making sexual remarks, during a pat-down procedure. According to local media, Hays pleaded guilty in August to false imprisonment and assault under color of authority. According to the Union-Tribune, Hays, who was sentenced to a year behind bars, has been in jail since October 3.

In his complaint, Veasey charges that on December 19 of last year, between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., he was walking near the 5000 block of El Cajon Boulevard when a police officer, "believed to be Christopher Hays," according to the complaint, gave Veasey a choice: he "was going to be charged with a crime or be allowed to leave without being arrested if he performed oral copulation on Officer Hays," according to the suit. "Out of fear, duress, and coercion," Veasey then performed the sex act, according to the suit.

On March 3 of this year, Veasey filed a complaint with the City for less than $10,000. In the complaint, he specified that the officer was Hays. On July 7, the City denied the claim, and said he had only 6 months to file a court action. Veasey is suing for negligence, sexual battery, and unlawful detention, among other things, and charging the City and police department with failure to screen and hire and failure to supervise and discipline. Veasey is asking for damages for services of hospitals, physicians, nurses and other professionals, loss of income, and attorney's fees.

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JustWondering Dec. 13, 2014 @ 9:42 p.m.

Just wondering if Mr. Veasey will surprise Mr. Goldsmith and produce "a pair of Class A uniform blues" much like a certain Intern did in the late 20th century? Or, for that matter if Hays' defense will be "...I did not have sex with that man!" Wonder what Asst. Chief Jones thinks about his son-in-law now? Oops, did I type that out loud?

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Don Bauder Dec. 14, 2014 @ 6:27 a.m.

JustWondering: Since the City turned down Veasey's claim in July, it's possible Hays has already given the defense you mention. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNKK Dec. 15, 2014 @ 10:30 a.m.

seems to be a lot of "baton polishing" going on in the dept. lately

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Don Bauder Dec. 15, 2014 @ 3:17 p.m.

Murphyjunkk: Pardon me, but I don't know what baton polishing is, even after I looked it up. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Dec. 14, 2014 @ 6:35 a.m.

If Veasey is to be believed Hays was an equal opportunity switch hitter. His wife must be proud!

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Don Bauder Dec. 14, 2014 @ 6:48 a.m.

AlexClarke: "If Veasey is to be believed" is critical. I have questions about this suit and will be interested in how it plays out. But if Veasey's claims are true, you are right: Hays's wife AND his children must be appalled. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Dec. 14, 2014 @ 7:49 a.m.

The suit says the cop was "believed to be Christopher Hays?" This suit is based on a weak identification like that? The time described is a three hour window. As far as Hays being totally discredited and an appalling embarrassment to his family, this adds little to what we already know. The outcome here will likely be some sort of settlement by the city. Once one of these toads is identified, many claimants with little or no credibility will come along and make accusations. But who really knows?

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Don Bauder Dec. 14, 2014 @ 8:27 a.m.

Visduh: All good points. There was another reason I have qualms about this suit. Several times in the complaint are the words, "Plaintiff was compelled to and did employ the services of hospitals, physicians and surgeons, nurses, and the like, to care for and treat HER." (My emphasis.) Repeat: HER.

This suggests strongly to me that the plaintiff's attorney, in making the complaint, tossed in boilerplate that had been used for such suits filed by females, not males. But the plaintiff in this case is male. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 14, 2014 @ 9:43 a.m.

Visduh: Good comeback. Sometimes in the suit the plaintiff is referred to in language using "his." Other times, it's language using "her." I doubt that this is because the plaintiff is transgender. Best, Don Bauder

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QueenMe Dec. 14, 2014 @ 10:37 a.m.

There ARE a boatload of transgender prostitutes on El Cajon Blvd. (Didn't The Reader even have a story on them, once?) I got the impression that this plaintiff was one.

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Don Bauder Dec. 14, 2014 @ 11:38 a.m.

QueenMe: I don't know whether the plaintiff is transgender. There is no mention of that in the lawsuit. It seems to me that if Hays forced the plaintiff to engage in this act on a false pretense, the plaintiff has a case. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Dec. 14, 2014 @ 4:33 p.m.

Maybe Hayes has a case as HE thought that He was a SHE or He was a SHE or SHE was a HE or, hell, I give up I got lost in the weeds.

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Don Bauder Dec. 14, 2014 @ 8:04 p.m.

AlexClarke: No matter what gender the alleged victim, the City and Hays have no case if Veasey was not doing anything that merited police treatment. And even if Veasey did, Hays had no business demanding what he allegedly demanded. A cop can't force a hooker to perform a sex act under any circumstances. This is not saying, of course, that Veasey was some kind of hooker. For all we know now, he may have been an innocent person walking down El Cajon Boulevard. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 15, 2014 @ 7:43 a.m.

AlexClarke: Hays is already in the slammer for past offenses. This case raises a number of questions: Do police patrolling El Cajon Boulevard routinely demand sexual services from hookers? (Again, Veasey may have been an innocent man walking down the street.) Did the City turn down Veasey's complaint because Hays denied that the incident happened? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 15, 2014 @ 10:25 a.m.

LAWYER CONFIRMS IT: VEASEY IS TRANSGENDER. Gregory Schnitzer, attorney for Trent Veasey, confirmed this morning that his client is transgender. "If you saw him at night you would think he is a woman," says Schnitzer, saying that his client wears shortened jeans and is "very effeminate." But Schnitzer emphasizes that whatever the circumstances, a police officer cannot tell a person that the officer will not arrest him or her if he or she performs a sex act on the officer. Veasey was walking down the street "lawfully," according to the complaint. Schnitzer is going to call me back with further information. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Dec. 15, 2014 @ 10:45 a.m.

A long stretch of El Cajon Blvd is known for purposeful street walking. Kinda depends on the outfit how obvious it is. Maybe it's harder to prove a man didn't want the sex.

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Don Bauder Dec. 15, 2014 @ 12:12 p.m.

shirleyberan: Oh yes, El Cajon Boulevard is infamous. However, a cop can't do what Hays is alleged to have done under any circumstances. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Dec. 16, 2014 @ 6:05 a.m.

And in other news there are men drinking them pretty at bars along EC Blvd.

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Don Bauder Dec. 16, 2014 @ 6:39 a.m.

AlexClarke: For every hooker, there is a john -- or 3 or 10 or 15. But in this case, the plaintiff says he was walking El Cajon Boulevard lawfully. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 15, 2014 @ 1:40 p.m.

Don Bauder: Thus far this is an allegation. We may learn more if the City settles (although the settlement will probably be confidential). We will certainly learn more if the suit goes to trial. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Dec. 15, 2014 @ 1:33 p.m.

I know you remember the 20 year old SDSU student Cara Knott, Dec. 27, 1986. Craig Peyer on duty in his CHP car, had her pull over on a dark road apparently to sexually assault but she told him she was going to report him so he killed her with his flashlight and rope. I believe the law is now if you're stopped and alone you can drive to the nearest populated area or police station, somewhere less isolated, give a call to 911 to tell of the situation, something like that. Bet some police pals knew of plenty more victims of the continuous sexual misconduct by certain officers and didn't report it. They brag. The NFL comes to mind as well; women are not worth the worry say the weasels. There's at least 1other crazy cop just convicted, about 6-8 times demanding sex acts in exchange for dropping (trumped up) charges. But back then, Cara Knott's murder by a cop caught everybody off gaurd.

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Don Bauder Dec. 15, 2014 @ 1:43 p.m.

shirleyberan: I remember the Cara Knott tragedy very well. I don't know about the law you are alluding to. Best, Don Bauder

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Daniel_Torres Dec. 15, 2014 @ 7:26 p.m.

Mr. Bauder, Sam Knott (Kara's Father) is responsible for GPS in every PD vehicle. He was initially pushed back by LE. Mr. Peyer should have received life or death penalty for the vicious killing of Kara along with his heartless acts afterwards. Sam Knott referred to him as "The Monster". My heart and soul is with Mr. Knott, I too know a "Monster" God Bless.

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Don Bauder Dec. 15, 2014 @ 8:26 p.m.

Daniel_Torres: Monster is the right word for Peyer. Best, Don Bauder

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Daniel_Torres Dec. 16, 2014 @ 6:34 a.m.

Mr. Bauder, If true does this mean that another charge against Mr. Hays should be brought? Per previous reports police officer Hays was not fit to be a police officer while at academy. Because of his connections with the assistant chief those warnings were ignored. If these new allegations merit a court trial you can count on a settlement with the truth being confidential again.

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Don Bauder Dec. 16, 2014 @ 6:42 a.m.

Daniel_Torres: We won't know if there will be another charge against Hays until the allegations in this case are resolved, either by settlement or through a trial. The latter would bring out the facts of the case. If the City settles, it will have to decide whether to bring further charges against Hays, now incarcerated. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 16, 2014 @ 6:37 p.m.

VEASEY'S LAWYER WON'T GIVE MORE INFORMATION. Gregory Schnitzer, lawyer for Veasey, originally said he would call me back for more information. Now he says he can't comment additionally. He does say that when Veasey filed a claim with the City to compensate him for Hays's alleged misbehavior, he asked for more than $10,000, not less than $10,000. I checked and that is correct. Best, Don Bauder

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