Ex-Cop Uses GPS To Track His Date

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A former police officer pleaded no contest today to using a GPS to keep tabs on a woman he was dating.

Aaron Paul Parsons, 31, of Costa Mesa pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of unlawful use of an electronic tracking device, according to court records.

Parsons spent 7 1/2 years with the Costa Mesa Police Department before resigning in April, after he hid a department-issued global-positioning system device on the car of a 32-year-old woman.

According to prosecutors, after the woman unexpectedly ran into Parsons several times, she grew suspicious and checked her car, where she found the GPS device.

The terms of Parsons’ sentence were unclear in court records, but he was ordered to contribute to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.  Prosecutors said, Parsons could have faced up to six months in jail if he was convicted at trial.

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  • Sanityforus

    Its unfortunate that the very people that we ‘trust’ to protect us sometimes are the very ones we need ‘protection’ from. Does not the police have a kind of ‘personality’ test of sorts where this kind of ‘behavior’ is noted ? Do we blindly let officers work day and day out without some kind of regular ‘testing’ to see how the job is affecting their mind ? I’ve heard about and seen with my own eyes the kind of behaviors that the prison guards have. They are sometimes ‘worse’ than the very criminals they guard. What can be done about this ? Usually…nothing…..

    • Mark
    • alan hart

      The very people they look for are the people you wouldn’t want to work as police. The criminals that are already police are the ones who look for new criminal recruits.

      • Duh!

        So Keith, why don’t you call the FBI and turn in the rogue cops in Seattle? Everyday that you don’t do anything makes you part of the problem since you obviously know who the rogue cops are.

      • Giveme Abreak

        I think I’ve heard about some corrupt doctors. Guess that means ALL doctors are bad. Oh and I’ve heard a few teachers slept with students. I guess that means ALL teachers are bad.

        Do you see now how generalizing makes you look like a fool?

      • spence

        hey giveme abreak. we get irritated because of comments like “The terms of Parsons’ sentence were unclear in court records”. The cops seem to be above the law they are sworn to uphold. Every time we hear about a cop breaking the law they are placed on PAID administrative leave…. then there is no follow up on what happend… and before you know it that cop is righth back on the beat… I believe cops should be held to an even higher standard. Double the mandatory minimums. Cops should know better, more so than the rest of us.

        No one is saying that all cops are bad… but the ones who turn out to be just that don’t ever seem to get into trouble for the criminal actions they are a part of… they just suspended for a few weeks until the story dies down and then they are put right back on the beat. That is unacceptable. If I get caught doing that I’m put in prison for ever… maybe I should be a cop so I can get slapped on the wrist for my crimes instead of prison time.

        what a crock. yea for the unions.

      • Anon E. Mous

        Spence, well spoken and thanks for saving me the time.

      • John

        Alan, thats the dumbest thing I have ever read, . . . anywhere on the internet. . John from brokencountry.com

      • Giveme Abreak

        Spence, I have no idea why you addressed your comment to me since it had NOTHING to do with what I said. It was clear I was addressing the issue of people acting like a few isolated cases meant a large amount of police were corrupt. A point you never addressed unless you are trying to justify that foolish point of view of others.

      • Keith in Seattle

        @Giveme Abreak:
        He made that remark and I make this one because you’re a dumbazz. Cops police their own and if there WERE any “GOOD” cops, they’d root out the bad ones but you never, ever see that do you? Moron. And yes, I can say this as we have a huge problem with rogue cops in Seattle.

      • Crayola

        No, Giveme Abrain you poser, it means the AMA and the lawyers are not protecting the patients and you have to protect yourself. Just the same point, you hole.

    • charlie

      The attorny general has decided to dumb down the police and fire test so more people who are not passing for a reason can get hired for these responsible positions.

      • Nor California dude

        Hey, tweek. Try reading carefully before you post and maybe then you can know the difference between your, you’re and you are.

      • bigbiz2

        Yep..wheres the photos

      • ca capitol guy

        Hey, dipstick, the story to which you are referring was in Dayton, Ohio. Maybe your uneducated, tweekbrain missed that point. Try putting down your meth needle before you post. For the record, while a small percentage of cops mess up, 95% do a good job.

      • DixieRecht

        ca capitol guy: it’s you’re as in “you are” not ‘your’. Just thought I’d comment since you refer to the ‘uneducated’

      • Steve

        Ha ha. “Your” should be “you’re?” NOT. How embarassing. DixieSoft PWNED himself.

    • EyesWideShut

      “We” trust? Speak for yourself. Every high court in the union says that the police have “NO DUTY TO PROTECT ANYONE.” Don’t believe it? Google it! Watch what comes up. Read the decisions.

      In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local law-enforcement had no duty to protect individuals, but only a general duty to enforce the laws. (10) In 1982, the U.S. Court of Appeals held that “there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against criminals or madmen. The Constitution does not require Federal or State government to provide services, even so elementary a service as maintaining law and order.”

      Even as recently as 2005, this STILL holds true: “WASHINGTON, June 27 (2005) – The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.” The violent husband went on to attack her, kidnap her three children, and killed them all. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html

      If you trust the police, you need to wake up to reality. If you believe “people doing business as government” are looking out for YOUR best interest, you need a psych eval..

    • Fanny Forbes Franklen

      People that make their money from pointing guns at others and extracting their wealth in taxes that is then used to pay salaries is degenerate, just like this degenerate cop.

      —— http://911essentials.com

    • Steve

      Sanity: I “don’t” know if the “police” have a “test” but “if” they did, “perhaps” it would “tell” us “how” not to be “distracted” by your “overuse” of “quotes.”

    • batteredbypd

      THANKS @ Keith in Seattle! U said that perfectly!

  • Rudi

    LA’s Finest… what? They never say what.

    • punisher

      Costa mesa isn’t LA moron

      • Duh!

        Punisher never mentioned LAPD. He said Costa Mesa isn’t LA.

        LA is Los Angeles, which is a city.
        Costa Mesa is a city.
        Los Angeles is in Los Angeles County.
        Costa Mesa is in Orange County.

        Panda and Batteredbypd, you should invest in a map of Los Angeles, or just look up on Google Maps where Costa Mesa is.

        LOL too funny.

      • Panda

        RUDI NEVER MENTION LAPD. Los angels CBS local NEWS

      • batteredbypd

        Get em Panda!!!



  • Duh!

    Rudi, get it right YOU stupid illegal. He was CMPD, NOT LAPD.

    • HOT


  • Ed Rooney

    Rudy is probably not illegal, just another Mexican in LA.

    • bigbiz2

      I like it…

  • Native American

    Go back to China!



    • Anon E. Mous

      Beautiful! How about this one? Why do we worry about using sterile needles at executions?

      • Texasgal

        Don’t know how many times I have heard that one Anon E. Mous…but never an answer. Maybe we could save $$$$$ if we re-used the needles from executions.Come to think of it, if we had more and quicker executions, we could save money too. Death Row is a long stay, from what I understand. Or use public hangings again, and it may deter crime as well. I know prisoners eat better than a lot of people on the outside, not to mention a roof over their head, medical care, ability for schooling….

  • Finnish Gangster

    To keep the inmate workers from stealing while we’re on patrol and the locker room is unattended. Any more questions Mr. Graveyard Shift Forklift Driver?

    • penrod59

      The cops allow prisoners to roam the station? Who’s the moron, Finnish Gangster?

      • batteredbypd

        LOL…I like that one penrod59! Inmates don’t roam into the locker room areas…lol…WTH?

    • James

      What’s wrong with being a graveyard shift forklift driver? It beats being a cop. it pays more and it leaves me time to go be with your wife.

    • 1608poet

      Lawyers may walk through that room.

  • alan hart

    Police lie! This guy thought he was above the law but he lost his job and now faces an uncertain future. I hope he never works in law enforcement again.

    • Anon E. Mous

      Don’t worry, he will!

  • Not newsworthy

    That’s what he gets serves him right

  • barb smith

    actually what harm has been done, the guy lost his job and nowhas a record. He is young and I am sure was not thinking,his girlfriend (x) must be a real winner for reporting him. Sounds kinda ingenious for keeping tract of someone , there are lots of people I would like to know where they are and what are doing at every given moment for my own safety. Seems to me like a slap on the wrist would have been adequate.

  • Lee

    You hear more and more about these creep officers lately because the police departments have resorted to lowering their standards for hiring to meet staffing goals and affirmative action mandates. Society, the ACLU and the courts have brought this upon us and until this changes we are going to continue to hire less than stellar people for the job!

    • DixieRecht

      Lee, you are right on point. When the Justice Department demands racial quotas despite lack of qualifications, one obtains a position for which they are not qualified. It gives the individual a feeling of entitlement, as if they are in the job regardless and without consequence. Yes, thank the ACLU, thank the liberals and the “anointed one” who appointed Eric Holder. Yes, the same Holder that refused to prosecute blatant voter intimidation.

      The liberals in action destroying our nation.

  • Jerry

    I had a very close and dear friend who worked for LAPD for over 20 years. Most of that time was in undercover and drug related crime.
    Slowly over the course of several years of exposure to the constant negative environment that he worked in started to overtake and reshape his views of everything from his marriage to his close friends. Eventually he literally became the element he tried so hard to eliminate from society.
    He eventually broke down and had to retire from the department on permanent disability. Had there been a better program in place to monitor the effects of his job on his behavior and mental outlook he would still be a contributing member of society. Instead he is unable to cope with normal everyday life, has devorced, and his children no longer are able to maintain a relationship with him.
    What a shame to see such an outstanding person slowly destroyed by his own occupational stress.
    Unfortuniately we see this happen to many of our young men and women who proudly serve in the military also.

    • Willi

      Stop making excuses for them!!!

    • Paybacks

      Anomie – look it up. It infects police departments like the flu.

  • m

    He should not have been convicted for anything. I’m sure he was just making a split second decision and shouldn’t be held responsible for that.

  • Frank Bennett

    A deep rooted case of “no self confidence” resulting in problems maintaining a stable, trustful, relationship with any woman.

  • goof_off

    If that would of any normal citizen. The judge would have hammered him.

  • Hank Warren

    Useless cops abuses their powers and getting away with it, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  • woodNfish

    Unfortunately, this cop is typical. The US is now a fascist police state and when cops break the law, they are rarely punished as severely as ordinary citizens.

  • Randy Adams

    Based on the comments i can see that the Police dept still isn’t very popular these days.

  • michael jon houston

    …Our “Public Servants” never get the punishment they deserve,..even when they ARE charged,…usually some other “looking out for our own” pig just looks the other way..,They love our restrictive drug laws,..they are getting rich from bribes,stuffing their pockets with cash & drugs at busts,..not to mention the over-time pay they get to do it.,…no wonder they are called “pigs”.

    • Raymond A Wood

      no they should be called Union Members FOP

  • solo_poke

    Sounds to me like a mutual understanding between the elites and police, so neither has to face real consequences for their actions. The only people held accountable are average citizens who do not have financial resources to back them. The balance of justice has been tilted to one side by greed and money.

    It amazes me that not one single law enforcement officer has slapped a set of silver bracelets on any wall street robbers, so when I see police suspended WITH pay for being crimminals, I know we are no longer free.

    Since the only people who have to face consequences are average people, it is clear we are in the process of being enslaved by the elites with the help of the people who are supposed to protect us.

  • jojo

    Just remember….cops are the enemy of freedom. They are an occupied force who use your taxdollarss to send you to prison. F all the pigs.

    • Raymond A Wood

      jojo I think crimes are the first step to prison not law enforcement

      • batteredbypd

        Nah Cops do a whole lot of lying & conjuring up false information to get you sent to prison these days….

  • jt

    All law enforcement is corrupt. Revenue generating sanitation engineers with guns.
    And the way they milk the taxpayer system. And the way they cheat on their spouses. Just a great group of folks.

  • Creepmode

    this is EXACTLY why I use my GPS Cloak from the pocket’s pie app (pronounced “pocket spy”). it is sooo key! NO ONE can keep tabs on me via my mobile phone.

    check it out if you don’t want anyone keeping tabs on you.

  • Heywood


    The guy worked for Costa Mesa PD, not LAPD.

    DrudgeReport is wrong, just read the first paragraph of the article

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