San Francisco police commission suspends charges on officers
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
July 12, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Police Commission,
as expected at its weekly meeting tonight, suspended the charges
brought against two officers for on-duty misconduct.
The commission put off disciplinary charges filed against Officers
Michael Turkington, 36, and Arkady Zlobinsky, 37, because the
two officers have resigned since settling their court cases, according
to commission secretary Sgt. Joe Reilly.
Turkington pleaded no contest to felony charges of forced oral
copulation, false imprisonment and furnishing marijuana -- all
while on duty and under the color of authority. The charges stem
from a late 2004 incident involving an 18-year-old woman who accused
Turkington, assigned to the Taraval station at the time, of holding
her against her will in his patrol car.
The case has been pending since police arrested him Dec. 21,
Turkington and Zlobinsky, his working partner at the time, were
already facing previous charges stemming from several 2004 incidents
involving their relationships with three underage girls.
Both were charged with inappropriate conduct when they attempted
to keep contact with a 16-year-old and two 17-year-old girls who
they met while on duty, according to charging documents.
The girls said they met the officers on June 20, 2004. In the
next two weeks, the officers would meet the girls on several occasions,
providing them alcohol, confiscated fireworks, and at times making
sexual advances toward them, according to police commission documents.
The criminal court found Zlobinsky guilty the day he handed in
his resignation and he was fined a total of $350, according to
the district attorney's office.
The misdemeanor charges were dropped against Turkington as part
of the plea deal on his later felony charges. The stronger charges
of assault under color of authority, however, will stick, according
to the district attorney's office. Turkington's court sentencing
is scheduled for the end of July after he receives a probationary
hearing and a psychological evaluation.
Also as part of a plea agreement, Turkington will not serve any
additional time in jail.
Turkington resigned June 29 and Zlobinsky left the department
June 28, Reilly said. The commission's charges are considered
off calendar, which means they will only be renewed if either
man works for the San Francisco Police Department again.
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