The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio
Nov. 21—An investigation into the actions of a former Lorain lieutenant alleges the lady not solely had inappropriate romantic affairs along with her subordinates, but in addition a recognized felon, in line with a information launch from the Lorain Police Division.
Tabitha Angello was booked into the Lorain County Jail the morning of Nov. 21 after being arrested on a secret indictment issued because of the probe, in line with jail information.
Angello has since posted bond, information present.
She is dealing with a cost of obstructing official enterprise, three counts of unauthorized use of property and 4 counts of tampering with proof, in line with jail information.
She resigned her place with Lorain Police Nov. 10.
An roughly 100-page report was launched the morning of Nov. 21 by Lorain police Chief James McCann after an investigation turned up allegations of wrongdoing.
The matter was dropped at McCann’s consideration after Angello’s live-in boyfriend, Lorain police Sgt. Kenneth Zapolski, the division’s SWAT commander, allegedly assaulted Officer Jesse Perkins on Sept. 21, the report acknowledged. The incident was captured on video.
Zapolski was arrested and charged within the incident, which stays pending in Lorain Municipal Courtroom.
McCann positioned Zapolski on go away.
“Sgt. Zapolski was discovered responsible of a number of ( Lorain Police) administrative violations, to incorporate one depend of gross misconduct,” mentioned McCann.
He retired from the Lorain Police Division on Nov. 3, previous to his pre-disciplinary listening to, in line with the discharge.
A 3rd officer, Carlos Trujillo, who was alleged to be having an affair with Angello, was terminated from his duties in addition to a part of the investigation, the discharge mentioned.
“Officer Carlos Trujillo was discovered responsible of a number of administrative violations, to incorporate three counts of gross misconduct,” the discharge mentioned. “His employment with the Lorain Police Division was terminated on Monday, Nov. 14.”
When McCann was notified of the altercation between Zapolski and Perkins, the chief ordered an investigation via the Police Division’s Workplace of Skilled Requirements, the report acknowledged.
“The choice to suggest terminating the three officers concerned on this investigation was not made frivolously, despite the fact that two of the three selected to resign in shame in lieu of termination,” McCann acknowledged. “However, a transparent message has been despatched to the officers of the Lorain Police Division and to members of the general public, that such repugnant conduct won’t be tolerated on the Lorain Police Division.
“I’ve taken proactive measures to rid the company of any disgraceful conduct dedicated by my officers. My officers are right here to serve the general public with honor and respect, and I’ll proceed to mandate the excessive requirements that I count on from them.
“In the midst of the investigation, OPS made different discoveries, which on their face, represent gross misconduct on the a part of Lt. Angello.
“These discoveries embrace Lt. Angello consorting with a recognized felon, having sexual relations whereas on responsibility, and having inappropriate relationships with subordinates,” McCann mentioned.
As McCann positioned Angello on go away, she was seen by officers tampering along with her department-issued phone, in line with the report.
“As a part of the discover of administrative go away, Lt. Angello was instructed that she was ‘to not tamper with, delete, or alter any info on [her] division cellphone or any accounts [she] could have hooked up on [her] division cellphone,’” the doc acknowledged.
Textual content messages on the cellphone revealed Angello had not solely been texting inappropriate messages with different officers, but in addition a convicted drug trafficker, in line with the doc.
The felon’s identify was redacted from the report.
All through the prolonged report, investigators discovered 44 counts of coverage violations dedicated by Angello.
The officers who consorted along with her had been additionally investigated.
“Staff are anticipated to take care of the arrogance and respect of the residents of Lorain and different companies and people who come into contact with the Lorain Police Division,” in line with the report. “As a result of Lt. Angello’s unethical conduct on this investigation, she has arguably misplaced the respect and confidence of the residents of Lorain, LPD management, and her subordinates.”
So far as her inappropriate relationships along with her subordinates, they too, had been held accountable, the report acknowledged.
As the executive investigation continued, it was found that Angello, whereas on-duty, had engaged in intercourse acts with Trujillo, a four-year veteran of the police division, the report acknowledged.
Trujillo was one among Angello’s subordinates on the evening shift, the report acknowledged.
“The sexual rendezvouses between Lt. Angello and Officer Trujillo occurred on at the very least three totally different events whereas on-duty, in addition to different off-duty incidents,” the report acknowledged. “It was additional found that Lt. Angello was additionally romantically concerned with a convicted drug trafficker. OPS additionally found that Lt. Angello had engaged in sexual conduct with this felon a number of occasions whereas on-duty.”
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