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Former sheriff's deputy ordered to stand trial in assault case

Original post made on Feb 26, 2014

A former San Mateo County sheriff's deputy who allegedly beat up his ex-girlfriend's past boyfriend in an apparent jealous rage was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that could put him behind bars for up to a decade, prosecutors said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 1:06 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by June Curran, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm

What can be worse than an abusive cop? Some of the people who run afoul of the law and go on a power hungry rant - while wearing a badge - are the lowest form of law enforcement officer imaginable. If this man is guilty of these crimes (as described in this article) he needs to spend a good, hard term in jail - plus lose his job - and not be employable in that profession any longer - in any jurisdiction.

Posted by mug shot, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 26, 2014 at 7:29 pm

The Almanac has printed his mug shot in the past: Web Link
Why not this time? Sounds like everyone needs to know what he looks like and stay far away.

Posted by Justice, a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Once again, I am shocked to see how the papers, and the DA can make statements that do not provide for a fair trial. This man has been arrested and charged, but it does not mean he is guilty. Although, based on Mr. Wagstaffe's comments in many articles he is already, even though he has maintained his defense that he caught his girlfriend cheating, and the man she was with attacked him. A cop for 20 years, with no record of discipline whatsoever, and then suddenly this? Something does not add up in this case.

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 27, 2014 at 7:02 am

Wagstaff actually prosecuting a cop? You bet there's more here than meets the eye. Given his record of NOT prosecuting cops tells me this case is a slam dunk.

Posted by Explanation, a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

When this man was originally arrested, Wagstaffe WITHHELD THE CASE from his press blotter so as to protect an accused cop. That's why there was originally no publicity. After it became public, Wagstaffe lied and said a computer error prevented it from reaching the blotter.

Posted by Addendum, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Feb 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

There was a comment on this thread yesterday that has been deleted. Have no idea why. The comment said that the Palo Alto Daily Post which below the story thanks to some intrepid reporting in December 2013 that Wagstaffe left the case off his daily press list AND at the same time there was no mention of it in police records.

The Palo AltO Post only learned of the first arrest three months after the fact because they learned of a second incident. When the Post asked Wagstaffe why he hadn't included the case in his press list he blamed it on an email that was sent to a prosecutor but never answered. Wagstaffe gave almost an identical excuse totje PA Post when they asked him why he never listed the Lonergsn case. He blamed it on an email.

The only reason that the Mercury News and this paper reported on the arrest - three months after the fact is because of the Post. These papers should have credited the Post.

All of this is in print and anyone can go look at the Post stories in their archives.

The public has a right to know about this. It is very odd that both the DA and the police failed to leave this case out of the public eye.

Posted by Addendum, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Feb 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

I meant to say that it is odd that the DA's office and the police kept this out of the public eye. The public has a right to know about these incidents as soon as they occur.

Posted by Charles, a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Feb 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Love gone wrong.

Posted by Mac, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

"Love gone wrong. "

Beg to differ. This has nothing to do with romantic "love."

Ask any woman who's been stalked, beat or abused. See what she thinks of that falsehood.

This is power/ego, bullying, and a ####ed up mind, as well as criminal abuse of power.

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Justice says,

"even though he has maintained his defense that he caught his girlfriend cheating, and the man she was with attacked him"

Two problems here 1) she was not his girlfriend therefore no cheating and 2) the man was in the bathroom when he was beaten….no attack occurred.

Law Enforcement should not manipulate the arrest information to the media.

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