LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas judge set bail at $16,000 and placed a suspended police officer on house arrest Thursday pending a Jan. 14 preliminary hearing on allegations that he sexually intimidated women he met during routine calls.
Solomon Coleman, 28, stood in court with his lawyer and spoke only to acknowledge that he understood the charges against him, including oppression under color of office with threat of force, a felony, and four misdemeanors including gross lewdness and taking pictures of a person's private area.
Coleman wasn't asked to enter a plea, and Justice of the Peace William Kephart allowed him to remain free for 24 hours pending processing and release from the Clark County jail.
Coleman was named in an arrest warrant issued last Friday. His lawyer, Josh Tomsheck, told the judge he arranged for Coleman's surrender in court on Thursday to smooth the process of arresting and processing a police officer at the jail.
Tomsheck said Coleman would post bail.
Outside court, Coleman huddled with family members and avoided reporters while Tomsheck said he had just received police reports in the case.
"Obviously, there's more to the story than we know at this time," the defense attorney said.
Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich declined comment.
Coleman, a five-year police veteran who was born, raised and married in Las Vegas, was suspended with pay pending departmental action.
Among other allegations, he is accused of remaining at the home of a woman whose boyfriend had been arrested in June on a domestic violence charge and instructing the woman to disrobe so he could check her for bruises and photograph her body.
The woman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a Thursday report (http://bit.ly/11Nk2zC) that her 5-year-old son walked into the bedroom during the incident and Coleman ushered the boy away.
Coleman later exposed himself to the woman in her bathroom, the newspaper reported, citing the woman, then returned to the woman's home later, but she didn't open the door.
Other charges stem from allegations that Coleman used his phone to record more than 20 minutes of a personal sex video from another woman's cellphone, which police had seized during an arrest.
Police matched Coleman's patrol records with the date the video was recorded and determined he had taken the phone from a California woman during a traffic stop in June 2012, the Review-Journal said.
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Chicago Police Officer <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/02/anthony-abbate-trial-cop_n_210379.html" target="_hplink">Anthony Abbate claimed he was acting defensively in a bar fight</a> against 125-pound bartender Karolina Obrycka until video footage was uncovered that showed Abbate was the aggressor. He was found guilty of aggravated battery in 2009.
The Special Operations Section
Several members of an elite unit of the Chicago Police Department dealing in street-level intelligence called the Special Operations Section were slapped with federal charges in September 2007 for robbery, kidnapping, home invasion and other charges that allegedly went on for years within the unit. Members of the unit were found to have <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/08/chicago-police-charged-wi_n_846528.html" target="_hplink">stolen money and property from suspected drug offenders and innocent civilians</a>, carrying out searches and seizures based on false evidence, and failing to report money and property confiscated from suspects. Two men stole nearly $600,000 on five separate occasions between 2004 and 2005. The unit was disbanded and replaced by the Mobile Strike Force.
Officer Jerome Finnigan a member of the Special Operations Section, took the high-crime operation even further. When investigations blew open the unit's illegal activity, Finnigan learned that one of his fellow officers was planning to testify against him in the robbery case and hired a member of a street gang to kill the officer for $5,000. Finnigan was found guilty and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/08/ex-cop-jerome-finnigan-to_n_954019.html" target="_hplink">sentenced to 12 years in prison</a>.
Cook County Sheriff's Correctional <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/22/robert-buchanan-cook-coun_n_976096.html" target="_hplink">Officer Robert Buchanan was charged with sexual assault of a 10-year-old</a> more than 10 years after the offense allegedly took place after a raid on the Harvey Police Department found hundreds of untested rape kits. When tested, Buchanan, who was interviewed and released by police when the assault claim was filed in 1997, was found to match the DNA evidence taken from the victim. He was released on bond in late September and currently awaiting trial.