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Ms. Lori Mondragon Garcia

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ABQjournal: Deputy Accused of Abusing Leave Ordered Reinstated
www.abqjournal.com, 16 Dec 2004 [cached]
TAOS, Taos County Sheriff's Deputy Lori Garcia has been ordered reinstated with back pay and benefits by an independent hearing officer who presided over a grievance hearing last month involving her appeal of a three-day suspension for alleged misuse of sick leave.Taos attorney Bruce Kelly, selected to hear the appeal, ruled last week that Taos County had failed to prove its allegations against Garcia, who had been accused of abusing sick leave by working a second job as a hostess at the Sagebrush Inn while out on sick leave from the Sheriff's Department.
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Garcia said she is gratified by the decision, saying, "The truth prevailed."
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Garcia is one of two women who recently filed complaints of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation against the Taos County Sheriff's Department, the sheriff and a sheriff's deputy.Garcia has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Albuquerque, alleging sheriff's Lt.
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The disciplinary action against Garcia revolved around her taking sick and annual leave last September due to a knee injury, which her doctor said was severe enough to keep her from working at the job of deputy.However, the doctor said she could work at the less-demanding job of hostess.
Taos Daily - Horse Fly; The alternative news source for Taos, New Mexico
www.taosdaily.com, 14 Dec 2004 [cached]
During a 10 p.m. Channel 13 newscast on Monday, Nov. 29, reporter Jessica Jarate introduced Taos County Deputy Sheriff Lori Garcia as "a former detective."
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Garcia said, "I was investigating a narcotics case….We were doing undercover surveillance. [Lt.
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Martinez took Garcia back "after she yelled at him several times."
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Garcia said.
Garcia at the TownBefore going to work for the Taos County Sheriff on Jan. 13, 2003, Lori Garcia worked for the Town of Taos Police Department where, after being reprimanded in 2002, she filed sexual harassment charges against a lieutenant for coming on to her.He spent two and a half weeks on administrative leave before being exonerated of her charges, according to sources.
In early March 2002, according to sources, a school bus driver corrected Lori's daughter for her behavior on the bus.Lori responded by advising the school of her intent to sue for "sexual misconduct" because the driver "committed conduct which was of a sexual nature which was criminal and that criminal charges were to be filed."
On March 12, Lori informed school officials the bus driver "had an FBI record with convictions for sexual offenses."The school immediately put the driver on suspension until his name was cleared a week later.The bus driver sued Lori and the Town of Taos for slander and punitive damages.Lori went to work for the Sheriff's Department and didn't bother showing up for the settlement hearing.The Town of Taos paid an undisclosed amount of money to the aggrieved bus driver.
Garcia at the Sheriff's DepartmentOn Jan. 13, 2003, Taos County hired Lori Garcia as a deputy sheriff.In June 2003, Sheriff Martinez transferred a pregnant Lori from patrol to a desk job in order to reduce her exposure to danger.
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In late spring of 2003, Garcia introduced herself to a law enforcement seminar as "Detective Lori Garcia."The department does not have a "detective" position.
In November 2003, the self-titled investigator, Garcia, asked Eddie Martinez to help her with local surveillance regarding illegal prescription drug activity.
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During the ride to Peñasco, Eddie says Lori began talking about sex, about how important it was to her, "I felt uncomfortable and changed the subject."
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Lori used her cell phone to call Zack, her husband, and made arrangements for lunch before they returned to Taos.
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Sheriff Martinez transferred Lori out of the liaison position effective July 1, 2004.
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On Aug. 23, 2004, Lori Garcia sent a memo to Sheriff Charlie Martinez saying that she was "seeking a second job, due to necessity."(Zack's child support had increased.) "If you would consider approving and placing me on the overlap shift as requested and possibly long term, then I would be able to have a fixed set of days off (Tuesday-Thursday) in which I could hold a part time job else where," she wrote.The Sheriff acquiesced but gave her Sunday-Tuesday as her days off.
Shortly thereafter, on Sept. 5, Lori began working as hostess/waitress at the Sagebrush Inn.She worked three nights, and then called in sick to the Sheriff's Department on Sept. 8, blaming an old softball injury to her knee and hip for her disability.On Sept. 10, Lori informed her supervisor, Sergeant Miguel Romero, that she intended to see her physician and felt sure she would be given a note excusing her from duty.On Sept. 11, Lori handed in a form releasing her from work at the department from Sept. 8-22.The note did not mention a reason for the leave.Lori didn't have enough accrued sick leave for the entire period and supplemented sick leave with annual leave.During the 15 days leave for her knee injury, she worked nine days at the Sagebrush, according to reports.
After confirming that Garcia was working at the Sagebrush while he thought she was on sick leave, the Sheriff issued her a "Proposal of Reprimand," calling for a three-day suspension for abuse of sick leave.Garcia objected and requested a hearing with County Manager Sammy Pacheco.
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Garcia appealed, demanding a public personnel hearing on the issue.
On Oct. 25, she filed a sex discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and on Nov. 4 filed four Tort Claim Notices against Taos County, alleging that the Sheriff reprimanded her for abuse of sick leave in retaliation for her claims of sexual harassment by his brother, Lt.
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During the Nov. 18 appeal hearing, Lori argued that she was on annual leave and worked only one of her regular duty days at the Sagebrush.She also testified that her doctor wrote her a second note (dated Sept. 24) saying she could work at the Sagebrush, but not at the Sheriff's Department, information not given in the Sept. 11 doctor's note.Garcia said she hadn't informed the Sheriff of her ability to work at the Sagebrush "because in our office we use the chain of command and I informed my sergeant.
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Garcia said, "He [Eddie] began making passes at me, asked me to get in the back seat with him-that it would only take a minute.
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"Yes, I did," replied Lori.
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On Dec. 1, about 9 p.m., Garcia reported her patrol vehicle was shot at on Highway 68 near the horseshoe curve as she was attempting to make a traffic stop."I have a vehicle really following me closely here on 68.I'm heading southbound, just north of the horseshoe," she told Taos Central Communications."10-33 [emergency traffic] shots fired, Taos….Taos, my unit's been hit."Sirens can be heard as other units report they are enroute.Lori's breath comes heavy, as if she were running, "Taos, vehicle still heading south; I can't get up to it at this time. [No siren sound.] It's a sedan, dark color, spoiler, unknown how many in the vehicle."Garcia didn't get a license plate number.No vehicle was found.
Channel 13 promptly broadcast the story."Shots were fired and the target a Taos County Deputy," says the reporter."But the Deputy believes the shooting may not have been random and that she actually was specifically targeted."According to the report, Garcia "has been in fear for her life."Lori said, "It's like I'm the bad guy here, but in all reality I know I'm doing the right thing and something needs to be done."
The State Police are investigating the shooting incident.
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Lori Garcia didn't return phone calls from Horse Fly.During a conversation last Aug. 28, Lori informed this reporter that the Sheriff's Department personnel are not allowed to speak to the media without Sheriff Martinez' permission."I'm not in the habit of talking to the press," said Deputy Lori Garcia.
Zapata Rehabilitation Center
www.zapatachamber.com, 3 Oct 2008 [cached]
Lori Garcia
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Taos Daily - Horse Fly; The alternative news source for Taos, New Mexico
www.taosdaily.com [cached]
Long before deputy Lori Garcia and Melissa Romero made their allegations of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination known, via the media, political rumors were swirling around two Taos County Deputies, Lt.
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Martinez is accused of sexually harassing (making unwanted advances) Garcia and Romero, while Sgt.
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Garcia said it was up to Romero to inform Sheriff Charlie Martinez.
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The Sheriff is accused of allegedly discriminating against Garcia when he reprimanded her for abuse of sick leave, and the Lieutenant for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances.When will Sgt.
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According to Taos County sources, after the shooting incident Wednesday night involving Deputy Lori Garcia's patrol vehicle, Sheriff Martinez placed Garcia on administrative leave for three days with pay--as is normal for an "officer involved shooting," incident.
Taos Daily - Horse Fly; The alternative news source for Taos, New Mexico
www.horseflyonline.com, 14 Dec 2004 [cached]
During a 10 p.m. Channel 13 newscast on Monday, Nov. 29, reporter Jessica Jarate introduced Taos County Deputy Sheriff Lori Garcia as ?a former detective.?
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Garcia said, ?I was investigating a narcotics case?. We were doing undercover surveillance. [Lt.
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Garcia said.
Garcia at the Town Before going to work for the Taos County Sheriff on Jan. 13, 2003, Lori Garcia worked for the Town of Taos Police Department where, after being reprimanded in 2002, she filed sexual harassment charges against a lieutenant for coming on to her. He spent two and a half weeks on administrative leave before being exonerated of her charges, according to sources.
In early March 2002, according to sources, a school bus driver corrected Lori?s daughter for her behavior on the bus. Lori responded by advising the school of her intent to sue for ?sexual misconduct? because the driver ?committed conduct which was of a sexual nature which was criminal and that criminal charges were to be filed.?
On March 12, Lori informed school officials the bus driver ?had an FBI record with convictions for sexual offenses.? The school immediately put the driver on suspension until his name was cleared a week later. The bus driver sued Lori and the Town of Taos for slander and punitive damages. Lori went to work for the Sheriff?s Department and didn?t bother showing up for the settlement hearing. The Town of Taos paid an undisclosed amount of money to the aggrieved bus driver.
Garcia at the Sheriff?s Department On Jan. 13, 2003, Taos County hired Lori Garcia as a deputy sheriff. In June 2003, Sheriff Martinez transferred a pregnant Lori from patrol to a desk job in order to reduce her exposure to danger.
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In late spring of 2003, Garcia introduced herself to a law enforcement seminar as ?Detective Lori Garcia.? The department does not have a ?detective? position.
In November 2003, the self-titled investigator, Garcia, asked Eddie Martinez to help her with local surveillance regarding illegal prescription drug activity.
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During the ride to Pe?asco, Eddie says Lori began talking about sex, about how important it was to her, ?I felt uncomfortable and changed the subject.?
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Lori used her cell phone to call Zack, her husband, and made arrangements for lunch before they returned to Taos.
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Sheriff Martinez transferred Lori out of the liaison position effective July 1, 2004.
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On Aug. 23, 2004, Lori Garcia sent a memo to Sheriff Charlie Martinez saying that she was ?seeking a second job, due to necessity.? (Zack?s child support had increased.) ?If you would consider approving and placing me on the overlap shift as requested and possibly long term, then I would be able to have a fixed set of days off (Tuesday-Thursday) in which I could hold a part time job else where,? she wrote. The Sheriff acquiesced but gave her Sunday-Tuesday as her days off.
Shortly thereafter, on Sept. 5, Lori began working as hostess/waitress at the Sagebrush Inn. She worked three nights, and then called in sick to the Sheriff?s Department on Sept. 8, blaming an old softball injury to her knee and hip for her disability. On Sept. 10, Lori informed her supervisor, Sergeant Miguel Romero, that she intended to see her physician and felt sure she would be given a note excusing her from duty. On Sept. 11, Lori handed in a form releasing her from work at the department from Sept. 8-22. The note did not mention a reason for the leave. Lori didn?t have enough accrued sick leave for the entire period and supplemented sick leave with annual leave. During the 15 days leave for her knee injury, she worked nine days at the Sagebrush, according to reports.
After confirming that Garcia was working at the Sagebrush while he thought she was on sick leave, the Sheriff issued her a ?Proposal of Reprimand,? calling for a three-day suspension for abuse of sick leave. Garcia objected and requested a hearing with County Manager Sammy Pacheco.
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Garcia appealed, demanding a public personnel hearing on the issue.
On Oct. 25, she filed a sex discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and on Nov. 4 filed four Tort Claim Notices against Taos County, alleging that the Sheriff reprimanded her for abuse of sick leave in retaliation for her claims of sexual harassment by his brother, Lt.
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During the Nov. 18 appeal hearing, Lori argued that she was on annual leave and worked only one of her regular duty days at the Sagebrush. She also testified that her doctor wrote her a second note (dated Sept. 24) saying she could work at the Sagebrush, but not at the Sheriff?s Department, information not given in the Sept. 11 doctor?s note. Garcia said she hadn?t informed the Sheriff of her ability to work at the Sagebrush ?because in our office we use the chain of command and I informed my sergeant. It?s his responsibility to in return go to the Lieutenant and the Lieutenant to the Sheriff?or if he goes directly to the Sheriff.? Her supervisor, Sgt.
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Garcia said, ?He [Eddie] began making passes at me, asked me to get in the back seat with him?that it would only take a minute.
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On Dec. 1, about 9 p.m., Garcia reported her patrol vehicle was shot at on Highway 68 near the horseshoe curve as she was attempting to make a traffic stop. ?I have a vehicle really following me closely here on 68. I?m heading southbound, just north of the horseshoe,? she told Taos Central Communications. ?10-33 [emergency traffic] shots fired, Taos?. Taos, my unit?s been hit.? Sirens can be heard as other units report they are enroute. Lori?s breath comes heavy, as if she were running, ?Taos, vehicle still heading south; I can?t get up to it at this time. [No siren sound.] It?s a sedan, dark color, spoiler, unknown how many in the vehicle.? Garcia didn?t get a license plate number. No vehicle was found.
Channel 13 promptly broadcast the story. ?Shots were fired and the target a Taos County Deputy,? says the reporter. ?But the Deputy believes the shooting may not have been random and that she actually was specifically targeted.? According to the report, Garcia ?has been in fear for her life.? Lori said, ?It?s like I?m the bad guy here, but in all reality I know I?m doing the right thing and something needs to be done.?
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During a conversation last Aug. 28, Lori informed this reporter that the Sheriff?s Department personnel are not allowed to speak to the media without Sheriff Martinez? permission. ?I?m not in the habit of talking to the press,? said Deputy Lori Garcia.
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