Bristol Borough Settles Lawsuit With Cop Who Didn’t Want to Cover Up On-Duty Sex; No Admission of Liability For Anyone

filePeter E. Lee/Foter.comBristol Borough, Pennsylvania settled a lawsuit filed by Ritchie Webb, a police officer who claimed he was harassed for refusing to help cover up for an officer who Webb says admitted to him that he had coerced a woman on a domestic dispute call to have sex with him.  That officer, Sam Anderson, resigned and was eventually convicted of “official oppression.” He spent three months in jail. The woman settled her own lawsuit with the borough this summer, for $385,000. Webb settled his for $440,000, and remains on the force. In the lawsuit he alleged various officials. Webb’s allegations included that a borough attorney pressed him to change his testimony about Anderson, that two fellow officers came to his house to tell him to do what he’s told and “be a man,” and that he was threatened with being fired if he spoke up about other incidents Anderson had been involved in.

The defendants in the lawsuit—the mayor, council president, police chief, and other officers including the police union president—were dismissed from the suit before the settlement, leaving Bristol Borough as the only remaining defendant, according to the borough’s attorney. He told the Bucks County Courtier Times that “[w]hile all defendants deeply regret that any payment was made here, borough council also believes that it acted in the best financial interest of the taxpayers in allowing the insurer to settle the matter.” The settlement stresses all the defendants named in the suit “admit no liability of any sort by reason of the alleged matters and events.” After being released from jail, Anderson rejoined a volunteer fire company in nearby Middletown. Though the woman’s attorney said her lawsuit against Bristol wasn’t about the money, that settlement, too, included a denial of liability. The settlement also declared the matter remained disputed. 

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  • ||

    As refreshing as it is to hear about an honest cop standing up to corruption, I think his best course of action would be to get the hell out of there.

  • some guy||

    Take the money and run.

  • sarcasmic||

    And go where? No police department will ever hire him after what he did. He's got to stick it out because it's the last job he'll ever have.

  • SugarFree||

    A job doesn't do you much good if it's one that's going to get you shot in the head with a throwdown gun that winds up in some crackhead's off hand.

  • ||

    I'm just afraid they'll go Serpico on him. It's scary how easy it would be to frame his death as an accident or pin it on a criminal.

  • some guy||

    Run to the private sector in a different state, maybe? Nothing says he has to stay a LEO or stay in town.

  • gaijin||

    He could start a high-profile national non-profit that sought to counsel other LEOs who wanted to blow the whistle on their colleagues. Who would dare off him then?

  • ||

    Though the woman’s attorney said her lawsuit against Bristol wasn’t about the money, that settlement, too, included a denial of liability. The settlement also declared the matter remained disputed.

    So everything remains disputed, and the only thing that's been resolved has been how much money has to change hands. Nevertheless, the laywer says it wasn't about the money. If that's true, he's a terrible lawyer.

  • H. ReardEn||

    'What you are is not in dispute, we're just negotiating the price.'

    Lawyers are whores for money and it's amusing when they try to claim that they stand on some principle.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The defendants in the lawsuit—the mayor, council president, police chief, and other officers including the police union president—were dismissed from the suit before the settlement, leaving Bristol Borough as the only remaining defendant

    Huh. Taxpayers are left holding the bag.

    Who could have seen that coming?

  • H. ReardEn||

    Private conspiracy, collective punishment.

    Haven't you heard, government is what we do together.

  • ||

    The government IS US, we can't rape ourselves!

    (Well Warty can, but that's only because his tentacles are semi-autonomous)

  • ||

    Taxpayers are left holding the bag.

    Good.

  • setTHEline||

    Yep, and apparently everyone tied to the cover up kept their job. This cop basically raped this woman and gets 3 months time. Ridiculous.

  • CE||

    Because clearly the Borough did the raping and attempted the cover up, not the individuals involved. So the taxpayers pay.

    Odd that the rape victim gets less money than the guy who refused to go along with the cover up, and the rapist only does 3 months for "official oppression".

  • The Late P Brooks||

    an officer who Webb says admitted to him that he had coerced a woman on a domestic dispute call to have sex with him.

    No double standard. It's not like he raped her.

  • sarcasmic||

    Three months for rape and he doesn't have to register as a sex offender. No double standard at all.

  • SugarFree||

    She wasn't raped. The officer's penis was discharged and the suspect was struck in the cervix.

  • some guy||

    The woman settled her own lawsuit with the borough this summer, for $385,000.

    It was either rape, or one of the mosts expensive tricks in history.

  • ||

    “official oppression.”

    There is Rape Rape then there is official oppression rape.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Procedures were followed, vaginas were murdered, culpabilities were dodged.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Good.

    It would only be good if outraged taxpayers stormed City Hall with torches and pitchforks and dragged everyone there into the street and tarred and feathered them.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Nothing says he has to stay a LEO

    Wait, what?

  • sarcasmic||

    Oh come one! You mean someone who is accustomed to using violence without consequence whenever anyone doesn't immediately obey their every whim can easily adjust into being a productive member of society who respects the law?

  • gaijin||

    “official oppression.”

    The plethora of ironic or diluted meaning charges available never ceases to amaze me.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Officer Webb has demonstrated that he's a far better man than the police chief who tried to shut him up. The people deserve to have him appointed as their chief of police.

    -jcr

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