Pleasanton Weekly

News - October 19, 2012

Federal lawsuit filed against Pleasanton police officer, Alameda deputy and San Ramon attorney

Lawsuit asks for $3 million in damages, claims city and county did little to stop illegal actions

by Glenn Wohltmann

A Pleasanton man has filed a $3 million federal lawsuit against a local police officer, an Alameda County sheriff's deputy and a San Ramon attorney.

Brian Lancaster is asking for a jury trial, claiming, among other things, false arrest and false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, conspiracy to interfere with civil rights, defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit stems from a bitter divorce and custody battle. In court documents, Lancaster claims his ex-wife, Lisa Secord, convinced San Ramon family attorney Leslie Regina to obtain confidential documents. Lancaster also alleges her current husband, Trey Secord, recruited his friend, Pleasanton police Officer Tim Martens, to arrest him by planting false evidence.

In his suit, Lancaster claims Martens, who knew Trey Secord from transactions through his online model car racing business, use his position as a police officer "to conduct unauthorized research and obtain confidential information," and that he used his position as an officer to make a Jan. 16 traffic stop against Lancaster.

"Initially, Martens falsely accused (Lancaster) of unlawfully possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia," and Martens "knowingly filed a false police report," leading Lancaster to be arrested based on false evidence, according to the lawsuit, filed Oct. 9.

Lancaster's lawsuit also claims that both the Pleasanton Police Department and Alameda Sheriff's Office either did nothing or conducted "sham" investigations into the behaviors of their officers.

City Attorney Jonathan Lowell said in a statement this week that the city rejected Lancaster's claim for damages in August 2012.

"The City has not been formally served with Mr. Lancaster's lawsuit, has not yet reviewed the complaint, and generally doesn't comment on pending litigation. From the caption of the lawsuit, it is evident that the City of Pleasanton's and Officer Martens' involvement in this matter is very different from that of the other defendants," Lowell said in his statement. "Officer Martens was never placed on administrative leave. Officer Martens remains employed by the City of Pleasanton in good standing."

Lancaster also claims Regina enlisted her boyfriend, Ryan Silcocks, to provide private information to be used against him. It alleges Silcocks illegally accessed the Alameda County Sheriff's database to get information, then forwarded that to Regina.

In a Jan. 17 email, Silcocks states Lancaster was arrested Jan. 16, that a magazine for an AK-47 was found at his home, that he had "multiple domestic violence restraining orders," and "is 'a known crystal methamphetamine addict.'"

Silcocks, according to the suit, also stated that "'two females are currently in danger,'" although he knew Lancaster had never been arrested for or convicted of drug use or possession.

Lancaster's suit also claims that Lisa Secord, Silcocks and Regina requested that Martens file an amended police report, claiming ammunition was found in his car during the Jan. 16 stop. That led to a Department of Justice search of Lancaster's home.

Due to a temporary restraining order, Lancaster was not allowed to possess firearms. Those firearms later turned up at the Secords' home in Washington state, after a search that came when Lisa Secord was charged with defrauding the YMCA for child care costs, a felony.

Silcocks and Regina were each arrested on misdemeanor charges stemming from the alleged sharing of confidential information; both have pleaded not guilty.


Posted by Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, a resident of Danbury Park
on Oct 20, 2012 at 3:09 am

Filthy business. This sort of thing is so deeply damaging to law enforcement integrity that these clowns need to be given the stiffest possible criminal sentence, and the civil piece needs to go to Juryland so they lose everything that they have.

Nobody - and ESPECIALLY law enforcement - has the right to do this sort of thing.

Incidentally, this is probably filed federally as a "Section 1983" suit, which is what you do pursue as a violation unDjty Deads Done der the color of authority. It is a direct hit against the Constitution to deprive a person of their fundamental rights to due process as well as privacy, and these guys deserve to be de-nuded of their assets - I just wish the U.S. Attorney would also take a look at it for federal criminal violations as well.

There's a rose garden in Lompoc that always needs attention, and a couple of years of gardening at 72 cents per hour would be a good sentence for these crimes.

Posted by Classy Glen, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Oct 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

Glen, I love how you waited until AFTER the print version came out to add the part about:

From the caption of the lawsuit, it is evident that the City of Pleasanton's and Officer Martens' involvement in this matter is very different from that of the other defendants," Lowell said in his statement. "Officer Martens was never placed on administrative leave. Officer Martens remains employed by the City of Pleasanton in good standing."

All of the legitimate newspapers had that part in their FIRST and only articles about this. Real classy Glen.

Posted by Oh well, a resident of Danbury Park
on Oct 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

@ Classy Glen - go cry to somewhere else. The untouchables are about to fall and hard.

Posted by Fan club, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Stay righteous brother Brian. As usual you have no fear, proud to call you my friend!

Posted by Jaffy, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Oct 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I wonder if Gabrielle Stevens will be needing a lawyer to defend against the crap storm she caused? Lawyer up girl!!

Posted by Over your Shoulder, a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm

@ fanatic: Why don't you tell us how it is that a "righteous" person plots and threatens to kill "The Ex", her husband and himself by "Going Postal" and having his brother take the kids to his parents residence? Is that a sane plan for the father of the year or the pathetic ploy of a bitter coward. A fine citizen wouldn't be caught with a glass pipe in his pants at the sports park would he? Do you think the big bad policeman put it there? Your bosom buddy is the definition of a coward because he likes to scare females that he can't fool or manipulate any longer. It's not their fault that he's a sociopathic dreamer that watches too much TV in his parents basement where he blows clouds and hides from his enemies.

It is illegal to impersonate a war veteran, and the records show that he told people that he saw action when in reality his ship never sailed! Bet ya a banana split the vets would like to hear about this cowardly lady abuser, we'll see just how fearless he is...RIPleasanton

Posted by Face In Pillow, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

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