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 Miguel Saldana, KCSO

Miguel Saldana is accused of asking a Wasco High School student for sexual favors. Saldana is a Kern County detentions deputy and assistant varsity football coach at Wasco High. According to the sheriff’s department, Miguel Saldana, 23, was sending a student “inappropriate sexually explicit Snapchat messages.” Saldana is on paid administrative leave with the school and KCSO. He pleaded not guilty to exhibiting harmful material to a minor and misdemeanor sexual misconduct with a child. The case is ongoing.

Lewis White, KCSO

According to the sheriff’s department, Sept. 15, 2018 another on-duty deputy noticed Lewis White was displaying symptoms of recent drug use. Narcotics determined White was under the influence of a controlled substance. White was arrested, but the Kern County District Attorney’s Office has not yet filed charges. 

Jiovanni Ferguson, Taft Correctional Institution

Jiovanni Marina Ferguson is accused of causing a collision that killed a woman and her daughter in June 2018. According to CHP Ferguson was trying to bass a big rig on Old River Road and collided head on with another vehicle. Three months after the collision, an arrest warrant was issued. Ferguson has been charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. The month before the collision, in May 2018, Ferguson was arrested on suspicion of DUI. That case is also pending. 

Brittany Sampson, CDCR

Brittany Sampson is accused of having sex with inmates, bringing cell phones and meth into prison. The accusations span from August 2016 to September 2017. She was only charged with bringing in cell phones and meth. Charges were filed in August 2018, but Sampson has not yet been arrested. 

Christopher Johnson, BPD

Sgt. Christopher Johnson is accused of driving drunk while on duty. According to the BPD, officers noticed Johnson was displaying symptoms of alcohol intoxication. A DUI investigator assessed Johnson, but was not able to determine if he was drunk. Further investigation was conducted and submitted to the district attorney’s office. The DA filed charges two months after the incident. A hearing in scheduled January 2019.

Anthony Berumen, BPD

Anthony Berumen was pulled over by CHP in the early morning hours of Dec. 19, 2017. Berumen was released at the scene to a supervisor. Berumen pleaded no contest to driving under the influence. In exchange, a second misdemeanor dui charge was dismissed. He will be on probation for three years.

Kevin Schindler, BPD

Officers responded to Kevin Schindler’s home on October 6, 2017 for reports of an argument. According to BPD, officers determined no crime associated with a peace disturbance occurred. However, officers found a department owned gun that wasn’t assigned to Schindler and steroids. Schindler has pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges of embezzlement, possession of steroids and stolen property. The case is ongoing.

Edward Bermudez, KCSO

Sheriff Donny Youngblood announced Edward Bermudez’s arrest during a news conference in July 2017. According to KCSO, a months-long investigation led to the arrest. Youngblood said the department received two citizen complaints that Bermudez stole money during two separate investigations. KCSO set up a sting where an undercover officer from an outside department gave Bermudez a purse containing $1,000. The undercover officer told Bermudez he found it. Youngblood said instead of booking the purse and money, Burmudez kept it. Burmudez pleaded no contest to one charge of felony grand theft property. In exchange, two other charges were dismissed. 

Lawrence Thatcher, KCSO

Lawrence Thatcher was arrested in June 2017 on suspicion of domestic violence. The district attorney’s office determined there was not enough evidence to charge Thatcher with spousal abuse and false imprisonment.

Edward Thomas, Jr., CDCR

On June 13, 2017 deputies arrested Edward Thomas, Jr. on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and misdemeanor sexual misconduct with a child. Charges were not filed in the case.

Harminder Gosal, KCSO

CHP pulled over Harminder Gosal in the early morning hours of June 8, 2017. According to CHP, the officer initially pulled over Gosal for speeding, but he displayed signs of intoxication. Gosal pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor DUI. In exchange, a second DUI count was dropped. 

Rigoberto Gomez-Sanchez, CDCR

A jury found Rigoberto Gomez Sanchez guilty of all charges related to a 2017 Memorial Day weekend homicide. Sanchez tried to kill his estranged wife and shot her new boyfriend to death. All three worked together as correctional officers in Tehachapi. Sanchez then fled to Mexico where he was arrested.

Carissa Isbell, KSCO

Carissa Isbell was arrested November 11, 2016 on suspicion of driving under the influence while her license was suspended. She pleaded no contest to DUI. In exchange, two other charges were dismissed. Isbell also pleaded no contest to DUI in 2008.

Raul Garcia, Delano PD

Raul Antonio Garcia was arrested July 23, 2016 on suspicion of spousal battery. He was an officer at the time of the alleged incident, but police said following the investigation, he was no longer an employee. The district attorney’s office sent the case back for further investigation. Charges have not been filed.

Gideon Allday, KCSO

On May 6, 2016, deputies working at the downtown courthouse noticed Gideon Allday, who was on-duty, was displaying unusual behavior. KCSO determined he was under the influence. Allday was arrested again the next day on suspicion of domestic violence. He was out on bail at the time. Six months later, in November, Allday was arrested a third time on suspicion of assaulting his mother. Allday was found guilty of spousal abuse, assault and battery. 

Reyes Soberon, Jr., Kern County Probation

Reyes Soberon, Jr. was a Kern County Probation Officer. Three women accused him of sexually abusing them. He was charged in 2015. In 2016, Soberon pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse. One of those charges was reduced from a felon. In 2018, Soberon changed his plea. Court records show he pleaded no contest to two counts of assault by a public officer. The three sexual abuse charges were dismissed. 

Robert Woods, BPD

Robert Woods was involved in an injury collision December 18, 2015 at the intersection of Brimhall Road and Jewetta Avenue. Officers determined Woods was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested. Woods pleaded no contest to DUI. Four other charges were dismissed.

Edward Tucker, KCSO

Edward Tucker was arrested October 24, 2015 on various charges including brandishing a firearm, being under the influence of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm, and willful cruelty to a child. Two days later, he was arrested again. This time, deputies found guns, meth and bomb making materials in Tucker’s SUV. He managed to escape from a patrol car when a deputy took him downtown to be booked. Tucker was arrested less than 48 hours later at his girlfriend’s home on Arvin Street, less than a mile from sheriff’s headquarters on Norris Road. According to county human resources, Tucker was terminated from KCSO December 23, 2015. In 2016, a judge ordered Tucker to serve one year at a sober living program to treat meth addiction. He walked away from that facility — and was again recaptured. Tucker died April 22, 2018 in Arizona. 

Anthony Cercone, KCSO

Anthony Cercone had just finished his shift at Lerdo Jail the morning of July 14, 2015 when investigators came knocking on his door. Cercone was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and bringing drugs into the jail. Investigators said Cercone was the last person to use a restroom at the facility where a deputy located drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine. Cercone was fired by the sheriff shortly after the allegations surfaced. He pleaded no contest to two felony and two misdemeanor counts. Court records show Cercone was charged in 2017 with selling liquor to a minor. The case was dismissed. 

Edgar Aguilera, BPD

According to CHP, Edgar Aguilera was involved in a single vehicle collision on Snow Road near Calloway Drive in April 2015. Officers said there was a strong smell of alcohol. Aguilera pleaded no contest to driving under the influence. In exchange, three other charges were dropped. 

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