Glendale John, Flushed

May 18, 2007, was a tough day on the job for Lieutenant Mike Gross of the Glendale Police Department. The sometime spokesman for the department was playing the john in a sting operation at the Staybridge Suites in Glendale, entertaining a series of women he'd found in escort ads. Tatiana and Mia, for example, who both "grabbed my penis and Tatiana began placing a condom on my penis while Mia held it," he reported.

Frank Moya, the attorney representing some of the women busted in what became known as the "Father's Day Special," thought that Gross might have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and looked into getting the case tossed for "outrageous government conduct." But then he learned that the conduct was even more outrageous than he thought: notes detailing the actions that day had been destroyed, and audiotapes were missing, as Westword reported last fall.

Detective Roy Martin, an officer who'd been sitting outside the room, listening to the action, had written these words: "began oral stimulation." But Gross's official report didn't include any reference to oral stimulation, and according to another officer involved in the case, Gross asked Martin to destroy those notes, saying, "I'm not going to get up on the stand to explain this."

But he may have to. The Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office opened an investigation into the incident, and on Friday, May 24, it released a grand-jury indictment of Gross and Martin, who now both face charges of tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun