GUILTY MI - SAR dog handler Sandra Anderson charged with planting evidence, 2002

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  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    DETROIT (AP) - A once-celebrated trainer and handler of cadaver-sniffing dogs has pleaded guilty to U.S. federal charges that she planted bones and other evidence in cases she worked.

    Sandra Anderson, 43, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that included obstruction of justice and making false statements. The charges carry up to 30 years in prison. No sentencing date was set. Prosecutors said Anderson faked evidence in several cases in Michigan and Ohio. They said she planted bones in search areas and used her own body fluids to stain a saw blade, coins and a piece of cloth.

    "The defendant's actions seriously undermined the ability of dedicated law enforcement officials to investigate crimes and bring those responsible to justice," prosecutor Alexander Acosta said in a statement.

    Anderson's lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.

    Story from CNEWS
     
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  3. MrsMush99

    MrsMush99 Former Member

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    This woman should be ashamed of herself.
     
  4. Toth

    Toth Inactive

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    The main thing is that her dogs were unqualified and she knew it.
    That she frustrated the efforts of law enforcement and all those volunteers who go treking through woods in search of missing people is bad, but the worst is the intentional behavior.
    Most of these 'horse patrols' and 'search dogs' are privately owned dogs transported to the scene in private vehicles by people who are on standby from the various local authorities. At most these people get one dollar a year so they qualify for insurance, usually they get absolutely nothing. Maintaining horses and dogs is not cheap. Training dogs in various specialized search tasks is not cheap.
    If these people had decent compensation, perhaps this woman would not have felt obligated to enhance the dog's reputations.
     

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