This certainly calls Sandoval's credibility and motivation into question."Here is the complete statement from Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith:"The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office fully investigates all claims of alleged misconduct in order to maintain the highest level of public trust.Our office has not received any complaint regarding the alleged conduct."A false police report is a crime, and it's a crime even if a police officer does it."Amber Saldana is disputing what Plett's lawyer is saying.She declined an on-camera interview but texted Dan Noyes that she had no idea Plett was filing a false child abuse report against her boyfriend.A federal civil rights lawsuit was served today against Santa Clara County, accusing a sheriff's deputy of corruption -- of using his position to pick up women.I-Team reporter Dan Noyes has a story you'll see only on ABC7 News.
Tom Sandoval is now suing Plett, and he says, "I just think he needs to find something else to do for a living beside law enforcement because he's running around doing this to God knows who else, I just don't think that's right."The lawsuit claims Plett bragged to other deputies "how he had responded in the past to dispatch calls and obtained phone numbers from female citizens that he would then pursue in furtherance of sexual relations."Dan Noyes went to the South County Sheriff's Substation in San Martin to talk to Plett, and got several different stories -- that he was on patrol, was off for the day, and that he called in sick for his new assignment in San Jose.
Stern:"The claims made in this lawsuit are unfounded. Saldana came to the Sheriff's Department sub-station and made child abuse allegations against Thomas Sandoval, who is her minor child's father.
Deputy Plett is legally mandated to report such charges, regardless of the circumstances.
That's a pretty horrendous set of facts." According to the lawsuit, Plett described Tom in the incident report "as an abusive, drug-addled, neglectful father" and that he "spanked (his daughter) in the buttocks very hard and left a small bruise."Tom tells Dan Noyes he explained to Plett he took good care of his daughter and never spanked her."And then it dawned on me," Sandoval said. So I asked him and that's when he told me and I said, 'That's her birthmark.'"Still, based on Plett's report, a judge granted an emergency protective order and ordered Tom to stand trial for child endangerment.
Just days away from the court date, the complaint says Amber recanted her story in an email to the prosecutor: "Everything that I had said was completely exaggerated...