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This involves a string of misconduct complaints against officers of the Ballinger Police Department, Runnels County Sheriff’s Department, and the Winters Police Department, all of which are interconnected.

In February 2018, I bought a home in Ballinger, Texas. My daughter, Lainey, was seven at the time.

A couple of months after moving to Ballinger, my daughter went to stay with her cousin for a week for Easter holiday in Lubbock, Texas. One night while she was away, I went out for drinks and I made the mistake of inviting a stranger I met into my home; he drugged me soon after. I do not know what he gave me, but it caused severe disorientation and hallucinations. He broke my phone, stole money, and I managed to get to my neighbor, who called the police for me. The police did nothing. I was forced to drive him off my property and I was in no condition to drive. On my way home from getting him off my property, I ran out of gas. A Runnels County sheriff deputy pulled up to find out why I was stranded on the highway. I was taken into custody for public intoxication. Although I was not intoxicated, they could see something was wrong and I was not able to articulate what was wrong. The jail staff observed that I was hallucinating. They did not seek psychiatric help, as they are supposed to do per their policy. I was released a few hours later, still hallucinating. My ex-husband showed up at my house that same day. He traveled from Lubbock to Ballinger because he was worried; nobody could get a hold of me for a couple of days (my phone had been broken). We could not get an answer from dispatch on where my car was and the next day, it was time to go pick up my daughter. I thought the hallucinations were gone by the time she was back home but early the next morning (April 4, 2018), I thought I saw someone outside of my yard. I took my daughter next door and asked the neighbors to call
the police. After the police arrived, I told them what I was seeing, and they could tell something was wrong. The police escorted me to the hospital and my neighbors cared for my daughter. They expressed that they were glad to do so until her father could get there. I had a medical emergency. The incident was not due to mental health and this was proven by the hospital's final diagnosis. I have never been diagnosed with psychosis and I do not take medication for
psychosis. This truly was an isolated incident. The Ballinger Police Department called CPS and falsified a report that I tossed my daughter out of a window; an allegation that came out of nowhere and was quickly disproven after the
interview. CPS has denied my due process right to review the evidence. I presume it is highly likely that CPS inserted the false allegation themselves. The Inspector General of Texas HHS has gone out of their way to assist covering up CPS misconduct. This false allegation did not match what the officer wrote in the police report. I found out a year and a half after this happened that the officer purported to have made this allegation was fired one day after this took place. This false allegation was reported with the intent to involve CPS because there was no abuse or neglect otherwise. My daughter was taken as a result. She is still gone. I was in the hospital for three days. After I was released from the hospital, the Ballinger Police Department harassed and stalked me, conducted an illegal traffic stop, incited a false trespass report, interfered with my medical needs, engaged members of the community, and falsified and altered records. My entire life was flipped upside down by the Ballinger Police Department. What this account contains may seem extreme and it is. I have never witnessed or experienced corruption of this magnitude. I did not have a negative perception of law enforcement until my experience with Ballinger Police Department and other agencies that conspired with them. Out of fear for my safety, I waited until I sold my home in December 2018 to begin requesting records to figure out what happened and draw a conclusion on their motive. I submitted the first of many Public Information Act requests in December 2018. On June 4, 2019 I submitted complaints against Ballinger Police Chief Stanley Maresch and against several officers. The misconduct consisted of the false child abuse report, false trespass citation, illegal traffic stop and theft of my property, harassment, falsifying statements, and tampering with and altering records. When I learned that a Runnels County Sheriff Deputy was involved in the illegal traffic stop and theft of property, I submitted a complaint against him. The
Sheriff did not provide me with a formal outcome but instead an unethical response and
concocted records after completely denying the existence of a record. He only produced
fabricated records after his deputy was implicated by another state agency. These department
officials stooped to a new low by presenting elaborate stories. However, they attempted to
conceal all involvement until they were caught.
The City of Ballinger and Police Department took seven months to provide an answer to these
complaints. Not to my surprise, they were all ruled unsubstantiated. Apparently, the City of
Ballinger does not realize it is a conflict of interest to have their attorney investigate complaints
against the Chief. He is the Chief’s attorney and not an investigator. This City Attorney, Pat
Chesser, shows why he is not fit to investigate misconduct complaints in a text message
exchange that took place in December 2019. This text exchange with Pat Chesser is
Attachment A. The Chief sent responses to all complaints except for the Complaint against
Robert Garcia (Attachment B) for falsifying child abuse allegations.
1. False Child Abuse Allegation Report by Ballinger Police Officer Robert
Garcia | April 4, 2018
On April 4, 2018, after I was taken to the hospital for a medical emergency, Ballinger Police
Officer Robert Garcia was alleged to have called CPS and reported that I “tossed” my daughter
out of a window. This allegation was false and has been proven to be false.
a. Proof That the Allegation Was False
In the CPS Intake Report (Attachment C), Robert Garcia alleged that I “tossed” my daughter
out of a window. For several months, I assumed CPS inserted this false allegation (a belief I still
hold) because this did not match what Officer Garcia wrote in his Police Report (Attachment
D). The HHS Office of the Inspector General released their Investigation Report (Attachment
E), stating that the individual who reported the false allegation was Ballinger Police Officer
Robert Garcia. However, my right to review the evidence (audio) has been denied.
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The police report was written after the CPS call, showing Officer Garcia knowingly falsified
child abuse allegations. I confirm that I did not “toss” my daughter out of a window and my
daughter denied that I tossed her out of a window. I climbed onto the toilet, climbed out of the
window, and then assisted my daughter when she exited the window in the same way. The size
of the window (Photo Attachment F) makes this allegation look ridiculous. The window was
opened, not broken (as CPS reported). In order report such an allegation, the officer would have
had to witness me tossing my daughter out of the window firsthand and nobody was there except
for me and my daughter when we exited the window. This false allegation was inserted to create
false abuse and initiate contact by CPS into our lives. The allegation was quickly discredited, by
me, by my daughter, and the CPS worker but this was the allegation required for CPS to visit.
Without this false allegation CPS had no criteria to interfere in our lives.
b. Officer Was Fired a Day After False Allegation Made (and this fact was concealed for 1
1/2 years)
In December 2019 and after a three-month delay and Public Information Act violation by the
City Attorney Pat Chesser and Chief of Police Stanley Maresch, they finally
furnished Employment Records (Attachment G) in December 2019. Officer Robert Garcia was
fired a day after reporting a false child abuse allegation. While the employment record does not
specify that he was fired, a Youtube Video of a City Council Meeting held on May 7, 2018
shows that 33:46 into the video, the Chief of Police announces the police activity and he says
they "had to let Robert Garcia go." Typically, "letting an officer go," means the officer was fired.
My personal belief is that Officer Garcia was let go because he refused to lie. However, the
Police and CPS seem to be throwing Officer Garcia under the bus.
c. Ballinger Police Department Did Not Correct This False Allegation
Despite the evidence that the allegation was false and despite this officer being fired, the Chief
did nothing to correct the record regarding the false allegation. This allegation appears to have
been a collaborated effort by the Ballinger Police and Child Protective Services to procure
funding illegally for the State of Texas.
2. False Statements Made by Ballinger Police Sergeant Chris Sargent to CPS |
April 4, 2018
In the CPS Investigation Report (Attachment H) Ballinger Police Sergeant Chris Sargent
alleged that they [police] had been out to my residence four times due to my hallucinations prior
to April 4, 2018. When records were requested, the Ballinger Police Department was unable to
produce any records to substantiate this claim by Chris Sargent. If there were calls to my
residence four times prior to April 4, 2018 over hallucinations, there would be call sheets. There
was a call to remove the man who drugged me from my home and the police did nothing to help.
This was the only call to my home prior to April 4, 2018.
In this Original Complaint and Response by Ballinger Police Department (Attachment I), Chris
Sargent's excuse is that he does not recall saying how many times the police were called out to
my residence but that it had been multiple times. However, this was a lie. The only time they
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were called to my house was when I had my neighbor call to remove the man from my property.
Chris Sargent alleges that because there were no criminal charges, that no police reports would
exist. However, if law enforcement were "called" there would be call sheets. The Chief who
investigated this complaint marked the complaint as unsubstantiated despite the evidence that
Chris Sargent lied to CPS.
3. False Trespass Citation | April 11, 2018
a. What happened
On April 11, 2018, I had a couple of prescriptions transferred from San Angelo HEB to Walmart
Pharmacy in Ballinger. These are medications I had been on for three years and sudden
discontinuance from the medication was dangerous. But, based on their actions, I believe they
assumed I took medication to control psychosis, which was not the case. Prior to going to
Walmart, I called the Walmart Pharmacy to ask if my medications were ready. I was politely told
that they were ready and to come on in. As soon as I arrived at the Walmart Pharmacy counter,
the Pharmacist, Amy Fischer told me that she had deleted my prescriptions. I asked what the
problem was. Amy Fischer said that the doctor did not approve the prescriptions. This was false,
as both medications were refills. I told Amy Fischer that there must be a mistake because the
transferred medications were refills. I asked Amy Fischer to call the doctor. Amy Fischer
refused. Within only a few minutes of entering Walmart and during this exchange, Ballinger
Police Officer Justin Amaro approached me and asked me to go outside with him. I followed
Officer Amaro outside and he issued me a trespass citation. I left the Walmart calmly. At no time
did I act irate or out of control as they insinuated. This was a false Trespass Citation
(Attachment J) at Walmart. The fact that the Chief later concealed existence of this Trespass
from a Court Subpoena is evidence that they wanted to hide this event.
b. Evidence of Conspiracy
The fact that the Chief of Police omitted any record of this trespass (call sheet, citation, police
report) from a court subpoena and the fact that the prescriptions were illegally deactivated by this
pharmacist shows a conspired effort to harass and interfere with my medication. Amy Fischer
lied to the officer, alleging on the report that I cursed at her when I arrived at the pharmacy and
that this was the reason Amy Fischer refused service. This fabrication is unrealistic considering I
was there to pick up medication immediately after calling and being told my medicine was ready
to pick up. Ballinger Police Officer Justin Amaro noted on the Trespass Report (Attachment K)
that I told him this same thing. Pharmacists only have the authority to refuse to fill. They do not
have the authority to all-out delete prescriptions and this is what this pharmacist did.
c. Complaint Against Ballinger Police Officer Justin Amaro, Officer Amaro's Answer, and
How His Credibility is Shot
The Answer to the Complaint (Attachment L), Justin Amaro shows a changed story from the
Trespass Report he wrote. In the Trespass Report, Justin Amaro insinuated that the Pharmacist
refused service because I cursed at her. I did not use foul language at any time. I did not so much
as raise my voice while in Walmart. Justin Amaro did not report that I appeared irate in his
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report. However, he details a completely different narrative in his answer to the complaint,
alleging that many people observed me acting irate, pacing the floor, and that the prescription
was an out of date prescription but he then changes his story to say it was an "April 15th"
prescription. He fabricated a narrative where he informed me of the date issue. This was never
the issue. This Record of Medication from HEB (Attachment M) discredits both narratives, as
it shows that the medicine was very current and that it was due to be filled April 3, 2018, not
April 15th. So, if Justin Amaro and the Pharmacist allege that the medication was out of date,
they are lying. Out of date would mean expired. By saying it was an "April 15" medicine, that
means it would be not due yet. Both narratives fall apart when you see the facts.
d. Evidence That the Pharmacist Broke The Law
If Pharmacist Amy Fischer declared that she refused service because I was irate or used foul
language, then I would have merely been trespassed with the medications still in their system.
However, when I called HEB to have those same medications transferred back to HEB, they
could not transfer them because according to both Walmart and HEB, these medications had
been "deleted" by Walmart. When I retrieved Records from the Walmart Corporate Office,
this Prescription Record (Attachment N) for the Ballinger Walmart Pharmacy clearly shows
there is no record showing any medicine. Even if the medicine had been allowed to linger in the
system until they expired, they would have record showing the medications with the status being
"expired." On the full records, any other Walmart shows medicine history, for past and current
medications.
4. Complaint Against Chief Stanley Maresch and Office Manager Martha
Speckels For Tampering With and Altering Records
a. How Records Were Tampered with and Altered
On December 15, 2018, I submitted a Public Information Act Request to Ballinger Police
Department, requesting all police records and call sheet records that involved me. In response, I
was sent 17 pages worth of records. In these records, I received the Trespass call sheet and the
Trespass Police Report. In the CPS case, the Lubbock County Court requested all records from
the Ballinger Police Department involving me. Ballinger Police Department altered and omitted
records from the information they provided Lubbock County Court and provided the Court with
records that were not provided to me. Chief Maresch omitted any record, including the call sheet
and the trespass report, from the information provided to the Court. The Chief presented the
Court with a suspicious Call Sheet (Attachment O) on the same date of the trespass to the Court
for a call with the caller’s name scribbled out and showing to be two minutes after the trespass
was marked “closed.” This call sheet was not included in the records I received. What is odd
here is that the caller knew my full name and reported that I was driving all over the road across
from a restaurant that was across town from Walmart. This drive alone would have taken more
than two minutes due to the stop lights between Walmart and this restaurant. What is more
suspicious is that this individual, who appears to be "Ashley," is the same name as the caller on
the Walmart Trespass Call Sheet. This supposed caller would not have known my full name
when I was very new to this town and knew very few people. Again, I was not intoxicated or
aggressive at all. They are painting false narratives. I was bewildered by what was happening. I
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was not on drugs or drunk, and I was mentally stable. Chief Maresch provided the Court with a
total of four call sheets that were not given to me when I requested records.
b. Police Complaint, Police Response to The Complaint, and How Their Story Fails
In this Original Complaint and Police Response (Attachment P), Office Manager Martha
Speckels sums up the omission and alterations to being little clerical errors. She claims she must
have just missed the call sheets when producing records. Both the Trespass Report and the Call
Sheet to this report were omitted from the Court Subpoena records.
5. Illegal Traffic Stop by Runnels County Sheriff Deputy Clemente Mata and
Ballinger Police Officer Justin Amaro
a. Another Attempt to Get My Medication
On April 12, 2018, just one day after the Walmart incident, I spoke to an employee of MHMR,
who invited me to come in. When I was released from the hospital on April 7, 2018, the doctor
there wrote prescriptions for the medication I was already on. MHMR intercepted the
prescriptions and told me they would get them filled. I was not an MHMR client but due to the
initial presumption that the issue was due to mental illness, they became involved when I was
admitted to the hospital. Since my medication was interfered with at Walmart the day before, I
called and asked MHMR if they had the medicine ready yet. So, when the lady at MHMR invited
me in, I got in my car and drove to Winters, about 15 miles north of Ballinger, where the
regional MHMR was located. When I got to Winters, I called the MHMR to get specific
directions and the same lady I had just spoken to told me that they could no longer get me in. I
found it odd then and still that this lady would let me drive all the way over to Winters rather
than call me to let me know. Considering what happened just the day before, I was very
confused. I left to go back home. There is strong indication that this was all a set up.
b. Illegal Traffic Stop and Impounding My Car
On my way home from Winters, Texas, I was pulled over by Ballinger Police Officer Justin
Amaro (same officer from trespass incident) and Runnels County Sheriff Deputy Clemente
Mata. Without a warning, citation, or explanation, these two officers had my car impounded. On
the Impound Receipt (Attachment Q), the reason is “Arrest.” I was not arrested. They took me
home and did not tell me why they had my automobile impounded. I had to cash in my home
insurance to get my car out of impound several days later.
c. There Was No Record of This Traffic Stop from Any Law Enforcement Agency in The
Area
After requesting information from all law enforcement agencies, in March 2019, I learned that
there was no record with any of the law enforcement agencies of this traffic stop or impound.
Ballinger Police Department wrote in an email that the traffic stop record was with the Winters
Police Department. However, when I submitted a Public Information Act Request to Winters
Police Department, the Winters Police Chief provided This Letter (Attachment R), saying they
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had no record of this stop or any contact with me. I did not find out the name of the Runnels
Sheriff’s Deputy until December 2019 when the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
provided me with their investigation report, showing that Deputy Mata signed the Impound
Report (Attachment S). However, when I submitted a Public Information Request to Runnels
County Sheriff’s Department in April 2019, they had no record of the stop either.
e. Original Complaint Against Justin Amaro, His Answer and Denial, and His Loss of
Credibility
In the Original Complaint With Response to The Complaint (Attachment T), Justin Amaro
completely denies being at this traffic stop. Justin Amaro's Schedule on April 12, 2018 does not
show him to be at any other call at the time I was pulled over. He alleges that he overheard
Runnels County Sheriff's Department and Winters Police Department attempting to conduct a
traffic stop. However, Winters Police Chief denied that they had any contact with me in and the
Runnels County Sheriff also denied any contact with me on this date. In this response, Justin
Amaro fabricated an elaborate story depicting that these officers chased me for nearly five miles.
Anyone with half a brain knows that if I had led the police on a five-mile chase, I would have
been arrested. Mr. Amaro and other officers use very dehumanizing language in their responses
to these complaints.
d. Complaint Against Runnels County Sheriff Deputy Clemente Mata
In mid-2019, I submitted a complaint to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for
the illegal impounding of my car. In the later part of 2019, I received a follow up and then in
December 2019, they provided me with the Investigation Report. My intention for this complaint
was to gather information, specifically to find out which other officer was with Justin Amaro
during this illegal traffic stop and the theft of my property.
In March 2019, the Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyers answered a Public Information Act
Request and he denied that the Runnels County Sheriff’s Department had any contact with me on
April 12, 2018 in this Letter (Attachment U). If I had not received the Investigation Report from
the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation showing the Impound Report with Deputy
Mata's signature on it, I would have never known and these agencies would have continued to
deny involvement in this illegal traffic stop and theft of my property.
On December 17, 2019, I submitted a Complaint Against Deputy Mata (Attachment V) to
Sheriff Squyers. After asking the status of this complaint, Sheriff Squyers notified me on January
23, 2019 that he was sending the 911 calls, radio traffic, in car video, and his response to me in
the mail. They are suddenly coughing up records of this when 10 months ago there were no
records of this traffic stop. I will update this post when I get this in. Sheriff Squyers had no
response when I asked him why he issued a statement before denying any record of this traffic
stop and why I was not issued a citation or a warning.
On January 28, 2020, I received This Email (Attachment W) from Winters Police Chief Paula
Geyer, where she suddenly purports to have a record of one of her officers involved in the illegal
traffic stop. They had her do this because Justin Amaro was outside of his jurisdiction. The
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Record (Attachment X) she includes in her Email does not contain a valid reason for the stop.
And, further, to clear up any misconceptions, I was not on “MHMR type” medications, nor was I
an” MHMR” type. This is slanderous and derogatory. One of the two medications I was on was a
blood pressure medicine: the other Gabapentin, for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. All the
heads of these law enforcement agencies violated Public Information Act laws in this issue by
withholding any record only to later return and create records with the sole purpose of covering
up for each other.
On February 2, 2020, I received a CD from the Runnels County Sheriff. This CD contained the
Sherrif's Response (Attachment Y) to my complaint against Clemente Mata for the illegal
traffic stop and violation of my rights protected under the 4th Amendment. Not only is this
response an inadequate resolution to the complaint (he did not rule it substantiated or
unsubstantiated, it does not contain the original complaint), he falsifies a lot of statements. He
attempts to twist a story in a call to dispatch. My Reply (Attachment Z) to Sheriff Squyers
addresses his misrepresentations. The sheriff also points to a narrative about a video. He was
supposed to send video records of my interaction with his deputy and all I received on this CD
were some audios, his response, and a program folder for a DVR player, which he insists is the
video file. However, as a former web developer I know this not to be true; as individual video
files are required for a player software program and as I stated to him, I am not going to
download an unfamiliar software program. Apparently, his records also do not match the call
sheets I received when I requested ALL RECORDS through a FOIA. The Ballinger Police
Department sent all call sheets and the audios he sent do not match the call sheet records that I
was sent in 2019. These officers further entice members of the community by fabricating a 911
call; one which was nonexistent prior to their Deputy being named as involved in the illegal
traffic stop. The call was very exaggerated. What's most telling is that they still do not cite a
reason for the stop but go out of their way to concoct a very elaborate story of how "all over the
road" I was and yet, withhold any record of this when I requested information. If they believed
their traffic stop was lawful, why would they only release records after the TDLR implicate
them?