Cases involving SLO police detective accused of bribery are being reviewed by DA

jlamb@thetribunenews.comFebruary 14, 2013 

San Luis Obispo police Chief Steve Gesell and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson express their disappointment in the conduct of Cory Pierce, a SLOPD officer arrested by the FBI on Feb. 5.

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In the wake of the arrest of a San Luis Obispo narcotics officer for alleged bribery, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing all the cases he was involved in.

Jerret Gran, chief deputy district attorney, said Cory Pierce’s Feb. 5 arrest prompted the review, which is in its preliminary stage. The DA’s office does not yet know how many cases Pierce might have taken part in.

“It’s more of a proactive thing,” Gran said. “We are trying to see if there are any problems with any of the cases or any problems with any of the convictions” involving Pierce.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Pierce, a six-year veteran of the San Luis Obispo Police Department assigned to the county Narcotics Task Force, took cash and drugs from two repeat offenders — a boyfriend and girlfriend — from February 2012 until earlier this month. In return, he helped them avoid arrest and get lighter probation supervision, and provided them with drugs, the complaint alleges.

Last month, one of the witnesses began cooperating with a federal investigation and recorded multiple conversations with Pierce.

The District Attorney’s Office, which must review pending cases and completed cases as well as those that Pierce was only nominally involved with, cannot know if any were adversely impacted until the review is done.

In the meantime, Gran said, “No one has made any motion on any case that I’m aware of to withdraw their plea motion for a new trial based on the conduct of Cory Pierce.”

Pierce, 39, of Arroyo Grande, appeared in U.S. District Court last week in Los Angeles, but no plea was entered. Pierce’s arraignment is scheduled for March 13.

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