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Long Beach Officer Linked to 13 Sex Crime Victims

Noe Yanez has been charged with 39 sex-related felony and 15 misdemeanor criminal counts involving minors, court docs show, and he will be arraigned on them Friday.

A Long Beach Police officer arrested Wednesday has been charged with 39 sex crimes involving 13 child victims over the past four years, court documents revealed today.

Officer Noe Yanez, 40, is on unpaid suspension from his Long Beach Police Department job, where he allegedly met one of the victims, with whom he started a texting relationship and for which he's been charged with soliciting inappropriate photographs.

Yanez, who has worked for LBPD nine years, is scheduled to be arraigned in Dept. 30 of Los Angeles Superior Court on the 39 sex-related charges.

Yanez was initially arrested April 19 on suspicion of possessing child pornography and according to Long Beach Police Department, allegedly solicited a child for a lewd act. He allegedly met that child through the course of his assignment, which has not been revealed. He posted bail the following day and remained free until his arrest Wednesday in connection with the filing of a 39-count complaint that lists 13 victims of crimes that allegedly occurred between January 2008 and April 13 of this year.

The police department has been conducting an internal investigation and the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said its Justice System Integrity Division (JSID), which handles police, court personnel and attorneys.

Yanez remains jailed in lieu of $951,000 bail pending his appearance Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

He faces one felony count each of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a person under 18, oral copulation of a person under 18, unlawful sexual intercourse, using a minor for sex acts and possession of matter depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct; four counts of meeting a minor for lewd purposes; seven felony counts of false imprisonment by violence; and eight felony counts of contact with a minor for a sexual offense. Yanez is additionally charged with 15 misdemeanor counts, including child molesting, arranging meeting a minor for lewd purposes and sale of an alcoholic beverage to a minor.

City News contributed to this report

Mike Ruehle May 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM
And don't forget about LONG BEACH Police Sgt. Robert L. Ballew who was arrested by the LA Police Department for rapes on two different women. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-08-14/local/me-5195_1_long-beach-police Though Ballew was acquitted on rape and attempted rape charges, jurors said they did not necessarily believe Ballew is innocent. In interviews, a majority of the eight-woman, four-man jury said they felt Ballew is probably guilty but there was insufficient evidence to prove it.
Mike Ruehle May 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Next up, Long Beach Police Officer David Frazier, who was fired for having sex with a 17-year old Explorer Scout he met on the job. http://www.longbeachcomber.com/story.aspx?artID=1552 In fact, Los Angeles considered disbanding their Explorer Scout program due to repeated problems experienced with their association with the Long Beach Police Department.
Mike Ruehle May 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM
And then there is Long Beach Police officer Bryon Ellsberry charged with rape. http://articles.latimes.com/1994-06-01/local/me-64522_1_long-beach
andrew mendoza May 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Damn mike your on it lol so much scandal in lbpd
twf May 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
It's very sad to learn of this. Is the ratio of this type of crime equal or similar to that of other similar size police departments? :-(
John B. Greet May 11, 2012 at 01:02 AM
This is an entirely despicable situation and a horrific violation of public trust on Yanez' part, to say nothing of the alleged violation of various criminal statutes intended to protect our young people. If Yanez is ultimately convicted of these crimes, in my opnion there is no prison cell deep or dark enough in which to toss him. I really would prefer to see the press refer to Yanez as a former officer, though. He has been suspended without pay. His status as a police officer and a city employee have both been suspended pending the outcome of his trial. As such he is not a cop anymore. I would argue that he stopped being a cop the moment he made a conscious choice to commit a crime (assuming that's what he did.)
John B. Greet May 11, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Ruehle is always quick with his "links o' LBPD misconduct." Too bad he's not nearly so quick with any praise as he is with his repeated pillory. I see five links, here, to stories of LBPD misconduct (some of it never proven) spanning some 25 years. Back in April, right here on The Patch, Ruehle indicated that he could "post links to the 40+ Long Beach Police officers charged with crimes over the past five years." http://belmontshore.patch.com/articles/long-beach-police-officer-arrested-for-possession-of-child-pornography-say-authorities#comments As some will see, when I invited him to prove that allegation, Ruehle never responded. I have reminded him of these words -and my challenge that he prove them- several times since (both here and elsewhere) but, quite conveniently, he persists in ignoring my challenge. Still waiting for those links, Ruehle. Unlike some others, I do not forget your falsehoods, regardless of how many times you ignore reasonable challenges to them.
Nancy Wride (Editor) May 11, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Innocent until proven guilty, but likely he will remain officially an employee, if off-duty, until some personnel violation were to be found, right? Not sure how I could refer to him as a former officer at this point?
Nancy Wride (Editor) May 11, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Innocent until proven guilty, of course. But given that he's officially an employee, though off-duty, I'm not sure how I could refer to him as former?
Mike Ruehle May 11, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Greet never fails to inform people that he is a recently retired Long Beach police officer dedicated to sweeping police misconduct, no matter how outrageous and harmful, under the rug.
John B. Greet May 11, 2012 at 04:38 AM
That's very interesting, Ruehle. Still waiting for those "...links to the 40+ Long Beach Police officers charged with crimes over the past five years." Been waiting since April, quite patiently. I suspect I will continue to do so, because you and I know your claim was utterly false but that you can't seem to dredge up the intellectual honesty necessary to simply admit it. Can you?
John B. Greet May 11, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Yanez is not simply off-duty. He has been suspended without pay. This means he is not earning an income from the city, is not accumulating sick leave, holiday, or vacation time, his department seniority is frozen, which means others who are junior to him now, will be senior to him if he is allowed to return and, more significantly to most suspended employees, he is not accumulating days toward his retirement. He has relinquished all of his authority and the tools, trappings and devices of his office. He has *no* official status as either an officer or a city employee. While his status could arguably be restored if he is acquitted, he currently is *not* a police officer. It wasn't intended as a poke at The Patch....every news outlet does this, and for many reasons...mostly because it grabs people's attention but sometimes just for convenience. Still, to continue to refer to him as an officer while he has been suspended without pay is just not accurate.
Hunnie Gunnie May 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Thank YOU John G... Wife of a LAPD officer killed LOD
Mike Ruehle May 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Greet's immediate response to anyone critical of police misconduct is to attack that person in attempts to shift the argument away from the issue of police misconduct.
Kevin Nelson May 11, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Its semantics but I would say the fact that he is alleged to have committed these acts while a PO, and if so violated a public trust, makes itvreadonable to use police officer in the headline. Technically he is still employed by the PD. The article makes his current status pretty clear. I wonder if this is one of those throw the kitchen sink at him and hope something sticks kind of prosecutions. Or try to get him to cop to one felony so he can be fired.
John B. Greet May 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM
You are welcome, Hunnie. My sincere condolences for your loss.
John B. Greet May 12, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I'm not attacking you, Ruehle. I'm simply asking you to back up your claims with some factual evidence. If you can't do so, why not just admit that and be done with it? Why continue to ignore such simple requests to prove some of the things you claim? Still waiting for those "...links to the 40+ Long Beach Police officers charged with crimes over the past five years." Been waiting since April, quite patiently. I suspect I will continue to do so, because you and I know your claim was utterly false but that you can't seem to dredge up the intellectual honesty necessary to simply admit it. Can you?
John B. Greet May 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I disagree, Kevin. Employment implies that one is providing one's labor for which he or she is receiving compensation. Yanez is not providing any labor. He is not receiving any compensation. His job requires credentials and a badge of office. He has surrendered both, so if he wanted to even *claim* to be a cop he could not legally do so. The reasons are simple...right now and unless he is reinstated, Noe Yanez is not a Long Beach Police Officer. BTW...Yanez needn't be convicted of a felony to be fired. In fact he needn't be convicted of any crime at all, felony or misdemeanor. Since it was LBPD which initially investigated Yanez and eventually placed him under arrest, I have *serious* doubts as to whether the Chief would *ever* approve his reinstatement at this point. I, for one, hope Yanez has some other skillset upon which he can rely for his future income. I don't think he'll ever work as a cop, anywhere, ever again. Nor should he.
Nancy Wride (Editor) May 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM
The headline should be one line and in fact, I had to take out Long Beach to make it fit. I hardly think the media is sensationalizing a case that is sensational due to 13 child victims, several of whom were allegedly falsely imprisoned with threat of violence, according to the criminal complaint itself, if they didn't expose themselves. Further, it is not the media that brought this to attention. It is the Long Beach Police Department, and these charges are a direct result of media coverage of the initial arrest, it appears. I am always open to suggestion, as JohnD well knows, but on this one, I think it was fair, and I can't very well fit Suspended nor LB in the headline. 13 victims and 39 counts is a lot of things to address.
Nancy Wride (Editor) May 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Oh, and perhaps more essential to this case, he is actually accused of meeting the alleged victims AS A POLICE OFFICER, not a suspended officer, so saying suspended first puts the cart before the horse, in the narrative, I think. The police chief commented on this alleged betrayal of public trust of a working officer.
John B. Greet May 12, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Nancy it is entirely your prerogative and that of other news editors to write your headlines and stories however you like. I was simply expressing my preference, not expecting that doing so would make any real difference in this area. Heck, the PD's own press releases still call Yanez a "Long Beach Police Officer" so apparently they take no issue with it either. It's just that, for me, being a Long Beach Police Officer was always much more than just a title. It was a position of public trust and civic responsibility that I always felt honored to have earned and retained throughout my career there. Whenever I read stories about people like Yanez, my immediate reaction is one of feeling betrayed. In my view Yanez betrayed the trust of both the community and his former colleagues the moment he actually committed the many criminal acts with which he is currently charged. For me, any cop who commits a crime or other gross misconduct is a cop no longer, and he or she stops being a cop the moment the crime or misconduct occurs. Again, that's just me. I have always believed in the highest possible standards of honor and professionalism in law enforcement, and especially in Long Beach. The vast majority of LBPD officers not only meet but routinely exceed those high standards. The vast minority of *former* officers, like Yanez and some others, do not and no longer deserve either the the honor or the privilege of being referred to as Long Beach Police Officers.
Nancy Wride (Editor) May 12, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I really appreciate your sharing what I was going to ask you about: how other officers feel about this. I want to stress again, we don't know yet whether the charges can be proven. Nobody should ever forget the McMartin Preschool case, the ruining of a family's business and reputations, and the leading questions and tainting of child witnesses. That said, we know in this case first names of girls, but not their ages. But I try to write with the notion that the accused could be a sibling, and there isn't much more damning charge to be false than child sex crimes. I also want to note that I tried to get Yanez's attorney's name for his chance to comment or speak in his own defense, and the name wasn't in the d.a.'s record and the court knew only that is was privately hired not public defender. No other reporter even asked for Yanez's attorney, according to an annoyed court clerk.
John B. Greet May 12, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I'll iterate that I am only speaking for myself and relaying what are my personal perceptions about the many good people I used to have the honor of working among at LBPD. Other cops, and former cops, may have different opinions. I feel quite confident that LBPD would not have arrested Yanez (formerly one of their own, as Ruehle so gleefully loves to point out) let alone re-arrested him later, if they didn't believe they have quite a solid case against him. Likewise, I doubt this special division of the the D.A.'s office would have filed this many charges if they didn't believe they could make them stick. My suspicion, given the considerable evidence LBPD has apparently uncovered against Yanez, is that he will most likely offer a plea in return for some dropped charges and leniency at sentencing. This could sit well with the court also, since some or all of the victims are minors and accepting a plea would spare them from the need to testify in open court.
N.M. June 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
As a former IRS Revenue Officer for 10 years based in Long Beach Federal Building on Pine I had many contacts with the Long Beach Police department during the course of my work. I can tell you that many officers are corrupt and upper mgmt there cover up all incidents. When I came across some LBPD misconduct - instead of investigating the misconduct the LBPD came up with some charges against me. These were later thrown out because they were unfounded and nothing happen to the officers involved on my complaints. There is something out Police Officers they seem after time to believe thet are above the law and there is a constant cover up "code of silence" officers are afraid to report or get involved in anything.
jason November 19, 2012 at 02:27 AM
after all that education & IQ tests to become a police officer to protect the community. what do they do but rape & lie to the community maybe internal affairs should dig deeper in a officer background so misconduct does not happen. JRA
Watts November 19, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I would guess that it would have to be exceptionally rare that an IQ test is required to become a police officer, but if it is requested, I am sure that it is more just for the sake to have a number on file, than it would be that to have a certain IQ level as a requirement to be a police officer.
jason November 19, 2012 at 03:54 AM
what are these police officers thinking chalking up sex crimes on there records. there going to spoil it for everybody else on the department when they start complaining about getting a bigger pay raise to protect & serve !!! when all there doing is being liars & greedy.
jason November 19, 2012 at 04:25 PM
it's not to complicated to define the words protect & serve means, you can just look it up on dictionary.com.!!! well some people don't have a IQ to even do that, and i under stand that these police officers with these sex crimes convictions & misconduct on there record now don't have a IQ. GOD help us what this world & community is coming to !!!!
jason November 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM
between the catholic priest & long beach police officers when are these sex crimes going to stop with them.!!!!! this really makes me PUKE.!!!!!!!!!!!! there is no GOD with these crimes.
jason November 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM
IF THE LONG BEACH POLICE MOTO IS "ONE TEAM ONE MISSION" THERE ONE TEAM ARE WEIRDO'S.!!! AND THERE MISSION'S TURN INTO SEX CRIMES.!!!!! GET WITH IT.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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