Monday, August 16, 2010

MI - Orion Township employee, a former Ferndale cop (Thomas Patrick Cupples), held on $1 million bond, charged with molestation

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An Orion Township code enforcement officer and former Ferndale policeman is being held on a $1 million bond on four criminal sexual conduct allegations involving a child younger than 13.

Thomas Patrick Cupples of Oxford was arraigned on video Friday in 52-3 District Court in Rochester on charges of having sexual contact with a minor.

Cupples is being charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct; first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone younger than 13; second-degree criminal sexual conduct; and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone younger than 13.

In 2007, Cupples was hired by the township to serve as a full-time code enforcer, being paid $16.07 an hour, according to minutes from a township board meeting.

Cupples also says on his LinkedIn web profile that he worked as a law enforcement command officer in the Metro Detroit area and spent 28 years in law enforcement.

Ferndale Police Lt. Gary Whiting said Cupples started with the department in 1978, was promoted to sergeant in 1996 and retired in 2005.

Our concern, of course, is with the family of the victim and his family as well,” Whiting said.

Cupples also listed that he has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Oakland Community College and certifications from Michigan State University, Oakland Community College and Eastern Michigan University.

Negative Consequences and Impact of Current Sex Offender Laws

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GA - Notice to Whitaker v. Perdue class members

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In light of the passage of House Bill 571, our office has agreed to voluntarily dismiss certain claims brought in the Whitaker v. Perdue (PDF) lawsuit. After the passage of House Bill 571, these claims are now moot. Pursuant to Rule 23(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, please see attached a Notice to the Court (PDF) that describes which claims will be dismissed and which will remain in the case. Please contact us by Friday, August 20, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. with any questions or concerns about this matter.

Sarah Geraghty
Southern Center for Human Rights
83 Poplar Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 688-1202 (T)
(404) 688-9440 (F)