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Ronald F. Tate calls himself the most punished trooper in the history of Delaware State Police.His discipline file contains more than 2 , 000 pages and weighs more than 30 pounds.Nobody compares with Tate's long disciplinary record , a state police lawyer once wrote in describing Tate's work history.In a federal lawsuit , the 42-year-old Lincoln resident says he has been singled out for discipline because he is black and outspoken.He claims white troopers have done worse than he has but their white commanders looked the other way.Tate said he plans to testify today at state Senate hearing on discrimination claims against state police.State police said they have done nothing wrong in Tate's case.His file , spokesman Lt.Members of United Troopers Alliance , a group of current and former black officers that Tate helped revive in the early 1990s , have said they see Tate's fight as symbolic of the rift between many black troopers and the agency's all-white administrators.Tate agreed to share a copy of his discipline record with The News Journal and to talk about his rocky , 12-year career with Delaware State Police.State police Superintendent Col..I've never stated that I wasn't without flaw while I was a Delaware state trooper , Tate said.My grievance is with the manipulation of my discipline file to destroy my career..State police officials , in memo after memo , said Tate failed to show up in court , deceived his superiors and did poor criminal investigations.Tate's record shows he was constantly in trouble with his superiors.He spent three of his 12 years on the force on probation.Between 1989 and 1999 , he was found guilty of violating state police rules at least 27 times and was suspended without pay for a total of 504 hours.There were only three years in which he wasn't charged with some kind of offense.The violations ranged from losing his raincoat , which brought a two-day suspension , to mishandling a shooting investigation by treating it as a misdemeanor instead of a felony.That resulted in a one-week suspension.In one 1993 case , Tate was suspended for 14 days because he failed to show up for several traffic trials scheduled on the same day.Tate said he was recovering from surgery two days before the court date and forgot to give the judge a list of cases that needed to be postponed.Temple University professor James Fyfe , a former New York City police officer and expert on police discipline , reviewed a summary of Tate's record for The News Journal and said Tate should have been fired years ago.Tate said that if he really was as bad an officer as his record shows , he should have been fired.He claims state police officials knew the charges would not stand up to a court challenge.Police investigators charged him with minor rule violations at every opportunity to harass him into quitting , he said.Tate said he traces his troubles to May 1990 , when all of the state's black troopers met with former Col..The troopers agreed that each would read one complaint from the list so no one would be singled out as a troublemaker or the ringleader , Tate said.But when we walked in and sat down [ the other troopers ] refused to read them , Tate said.So Tate said he stood up and read the entire list.Tate had joined the force a year earlier after eight years as a police officer with the Arlington County Police Department in Virginia.Because he wasn't new to policing , Tate said he became an activist when no one else would speak.Some of his supervisors found that threatening , he said.But Graviet , now chief of the Bethany Beach Police Department , disagreedI think what affected Ron Tate's discipline record was Ron Tate's discipline , he said.Tate helped revive the United Troopers Alliance , an organization of black state troopers that began in the mid-1980s , said former trooper Bradford Powns.By 1989 , when Tate graduated from the academy , the group had stopped meeting , Powns said.Tate and Powns were among the most outspoken members of a new generation of black troopers who restarted the group.The effort stalled when not enough troopers agreed to sue and Tate was marked as a troublemaker , Powns said.State police investigated Tate for seven months.An internal affairs officer followed as he went to games and practices , at times watching him through binoculars from an unmarked car.Police interviewed dozens of witnesses , collected more than 100 documents.Tate eventually was demoted , put on probation , suspended for a week without pay and transferred to a new troop about 50 miles from his home.That prompted the 1999 federal lawsuit in which Tate claims he was punished for doing something that white officers had done without a problem for years.He is demanding to be compensated for lost wages related to his punishment.The lawsuit is pending.It has not been amended to reflect Tate's firing.Tate began volunteering as an assistant football coach at Milford High School in 1993.When Milford head coach Greg McLaurin took over the football program at Smyrna High School in 1997 , he asked Tate to go with him as a paid , part-time assistant.Tate said he agreed , on the condition that he got approval from his supervisors.State police policy requires troopers to get permission from the superintendent before accepting a paid job.Tate wrote then-superintendent Col..Tate would not have been available to the team at the hours he needed to be available , Ellings- worth said , according to a transcript of the deposition.Tate continued showing up at practices and games.He said he considered himself a volunteer.In a February 1998 disciplinary hearing , state police officials found Tate broke three rules : he worked as a coach without getting permission , he disobeyed an order to quit working as a coach and he used his patrol car to get to practices.Mary Ann Papilli ordered Tate to quit coaching.After Tate was disciplined , Ellingsworth sent out a survey asking all troopers to declare whether they had any outside employment , according to the deposition taken earlier this year.Today Tate is fighting to get his job back.State police dismissed him in February and ordered him to apply for disability retirement , ruling that he was permanently disabled in 1998 when he slipped on the ice while on the job.The Pension Board ruled in April that Tate was not eligible for a disability retirement because his injury could be cured with three to six months of therapy.So Tate asked for his job back.State police have ordered him to see a new doctor.I've never stated that I wasn't without flaw while I was a Delaware state trooper , former Delaware State Police Officer Ronald Tate said.S P O N S O R SSave on this Sunday's News Journal
Ronald F. Tate, 53, of Lincoln, faces charges that include second-degree rape without consent and sexual extortion.
Ronald F. Tate, 53, of Lincoln, faces charges that include second-degree rape without consent and sexual extortion. / DELAWARE STATE POLICE More A Lincoln man accused of sexually assaulting four women on the job while working as a security manager at a Millsboro-area poultry plant was arrested Tuesday night following a two-week police investigation. Ronald F. Tate, 53, is accused of displaying "a pattern of continuous inappropriate behavior" at Mountaire Farms, where he worked as a security and facility manager, according to court records. Tate was dismissed from the company July 15, said Mountaire Farms Vice President of Human Resources Mike Tirrell. Each said Tate had made "continuous unwanted sexual advances" toward them, and they feared losing their jobs if they reported the incidents because he was their immediate supervisor. One of them told investigators that Tate engaged in non-consensual sexual intercourse "about every three weeks" in October, and she told him "no" during the first few incidents but gave up resisting when she realized Tate "did not respect her denials" and because she feared losing her job "because he was her immediate supervisor," according to court records. A second woman said she had been sexually assaulted by Tate twice in his office. Both times, he physically forced her to the floor and engaged in intercourse, police said in court records. (Page 2 of 2) The other two women said Tate allegedly touched their breasts or buttocks inappropriately and made them feel uncomfortable in his office or while in charge as plant security manager. The third woman said she "endured repeated sexual advances and/or requests from Tate at work" and described his language toward her as "degrading and uncomfortable. She, too, did not report the incidents "because he was her boss," according to court records. The fourth woman told detectives that Tate had made unwanted sexual contact with her on two occasions, touching her inappropriately in various parts of her body, police said. Tirrell said Tate had worked at the poultry plant for "a few years" and added that the company was cooperating with the police investigation. Tate, a former state trooper who retired from the job in 2001, sued the state in 1999 because he was demoted from corporal to trooper after he took a job as a paid assistant football coach at Milford High School. His discipline file contained more than 2,000 pages that included several suspensions, which he attributed to racism and retaliation for being outspoken. The suit was settled, but no terms were disclosed. Tate was being held in the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $415,000 secured bail.
Ronald F. Tate, 53, of Lincoln was charged with 14 counts of second-degree rape, two counts of sexual extortion, three counts of unlawful sexual contact and sexual harassment.
He was being held at Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $415,000 secured bond. Cpl. Bruce Harris said police began investigating the incidents July 14 after they were contacted by company officials. Tate was fired by the company July 15, officials said. The alleged incidents occurred between October and July. Two of the women were allegedly sexually assaulted at least 14 times during that time inside his office on the plant complex, Harris said. One of them told investigators that Tate engaged in non-consensual sexual intercourse "about every three weeks" in October and she told him "no" during the first few incidents, but gave up resisting when she realized Tate "did not respect her denials" and because she feared losing her job "because he was her immediate supervisor," according to court records. A second woman said she had been sexually assaulted by Tate twice in his office. Both times, he physically forced her to the floor and engaged in intercourse, police said in court records. The other two women reported Tate inappropriately touched parts of their bodies, Harris said. Tate, a former state trooper who retired from the job in 2001, sued the state in 1999 because he was demoted from corporal to trooper after he took a job as a paid assistant football coach at Milford High School. His discipline file contained more than 2,000 pages that included several suspensions, which he attributed to racism and retaliation for being outspoken. The lawsuit was settled, but no terms were disclosed.
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Ronald Tate, a 12-year veteran, claimed in his 1999 lawsuit that he was demoted in 1998 for policy violations that white officres have committed and have not been punished for.
In one instance, Tate claimed he was punished because he was working as an assistant football coach for Smyrna High School in violation of a policy that prevents officers from earning outside income without approval. Lawyers for the state police said Tate had a history of discipline problems, including instances when he failed to show up for court appearances. and that he used poor judgement in investigating a 1998 fight between two men, according to court papers. Tate could not be reached for comment. State Police Cpl.