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APD deputy chief accused in cover-up of sex-trafficking at previous job in Va.
Saturday, 01 January 2022 14:59

From Staff Reports

Asheville Police Deputy Chief Jim Baumstark has been accused of a cover-up involving a sex-trafficking ring in which he allegedy was trying to protect two police officers who worked for him during his time at the Fairfax County Police Department, according to a federal lawsuit.

“The civil rights attorney Victor M. Glasberg, who filed the lawsuit, confirms those two officers are accused of protecting a sex-trafficking ring involved in a case with his client,” Asheville televisions station WLOS (News 13) reported on Dec. 28.

Named in the lawsuit are officers Michael O. Barbazette, Jason J. Mardocco, James Baumstark, Vincent Scianna and Edwin C. Roessler. 

Barbazette and Mardocco worked as supervisory police officers within the Fairfax County Police Department, while Baumstark was a captain, Scianna was a lieutenant, and Roessler was Fairfax County’s chief of police.

“According to the lawsuit, plaintiff ‘Jane Doe’ was trafficked and forced to work as a prostitute, mostly in Fairfax County, Virginia. The lawsuit claims at least ‘some of the defendants’ provided ‘security to the trafficking ring that ensnared Jane Doe, secured sexual services from trafficked women, and may also have extorted money from the ring’s leadership,” News 13 noted.

“Doe claims high-ranking officers within the Fairfax Police Department conspired to cover up aspects of sex trafficking in Fairfax.”

In response, the Asheville Police Department released the following statement:

“The Asheville Police Department is aware of a pending civil lawsuit from another jurisdiction involving one of APD’s leadership and is hopeful the matter will be resolved in a timely manner. It would be inappropriate to comment further on this civil matter.”



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