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ARREST WARRANT APPLICATION

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C.G.S. S 54-2a Pr. Bk. Sec. 36-1, 36-2, 36-3 number

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STATE OF CONNECTICUT
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Gasertano, Loren J.

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Application For Arrest Warrant


To: A Judge of the Superior Court

The undersigned hereby applies for a set forth in the: I Affidavit

of the above-named accused on the basis of the facts Attached.


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Affidavit
The undersigned affiant, being duly sworn, deposes and says: 1. That affiant, Trooper Shawn Sequeira #1026 is a member of the Connecticut State Police and have been since

January 2006. This affiant is currently assigned to the Connecticut State Police, Central District Major Crime Squad as a Detective since January 2008. The following facts and circumstances are stated from personal knowledge and observations, as well as information received from other police officers in their official capacity and from official police reports.

2.Thaton 05-19-2011 at approximately 1100 hours, Inspector Peter Fearon from the Milford State's Attorney's Office requested that the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad (CSP-CDMCS) investigate a suspicious incident/possible contraband possession type case. It was reported that earlier that day, while sworn Shelton Police personnel were cleaning out and inventorying a locker that had been assigned to an Officer Loren J. Casertano (from Shelton PD) numerous items were found, which included possible contraband type items. Offrcer Casertano was reportedly on paid-leave regarding earlier misconduct allegations. Shelton PD contacted Inspector Fearon who then requested the State Police Cenfral District Major Crime Squad investigate.
3.That on 05-19-2011 at approximately 1130 hours, Sergeant Kevin Stratton #236,Detective Francis Budwitz #840 and Det. Peck arrived at the Shelton Police Deparhnent (85 Wheeler Street, Shelton, CT 06484). Det. Peck reported that Captain Madden said that Officer Loren J. Casertano (DOB: 02-10-1962) has been on paid-leave since July 31't, 2008, after he was anested by the State Police on Larceny charges. Captain Madden said there was a pre-termination hearing for Officer Casertano scheduled for 1400 hours later that day (05-19-2011). Captain Madden said on 05-l l-2011, the Shelton Police Chief (Chief Joel Hurliman) had requested the contents of Officer Casertano's Shelton PD locker in the PD locker room be removed and inventoried so the items would be ready to be returned to Offrcer Casertano after the hearing on 05-19-2011. Captain Madden said, in addition to the combination lock that was already fixed to Officer Casertano's locker (locker #7), Officer Casertano had placed a high security gold colored key-lock on his locker, which made it so no other police personnel, including supervisory staff, could enter his locker. Captain Madden said personal locks were tolerated, but it is known and
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ARREST WARRANT APPLICATION


JD-CR-64a Rev.10-10
C.G.S. S 54-2a Pr. Bk. Sec. 36-1. 36-2. 36-3

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
SUPERIOR COURT
www.jud.ct.gov
Geooraohical

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Casertano, Loren J.

Area-number 22

Affidavit - Continued
it's the Shelton PD's written policy that lockers can be entered and inspected without notice, even if an employee has placed a personal lock on their locker. Captain Madden said the Shelton PD staffcould not cut through Officer Casertano's personal lock, so on05-12-201I an employee from the Calvert lock company, while being escorted by Detective Sergeant Kevin Ahern, unlocked (picked) Offrcer Casertano's gold colored lock. Captain Madden said the gold colored lock was saved for Officer Casertano and the locker was hot entered on 05-12-2011 and was left un-entered and locked with the fixed tumbler lock until that day (05-19-201 1). Captain Madden said until that day (05-19-2011) no one, but Officer Casertano had entered his assigned locker since 07-31-2008 when Officer Casertano last entered it and was placed on paid-leave. Captain Madden said since 07-31-2008, on a few separate dates, Officer Casertano had been escorted to his locker by police supervisory staff and Officer Casertano was allowed to enter his locker. Captain Madden said at approximately 0900 hours on 05-19-2011, he instructed Lieutenant Rodrigues to obtain the combination of Officer Casertano's locker (#7) from the master combination sheet and then at approximately 0910 hours himself, Lieutenant Rodrigues, Lieutenant Kozlowsky, Detective Sergeant Ahern and Detective Fusco entered Officer Casertano's locker. Captain Madden said Officer Casertano's locker had numerous various items in it, which included but was not limited to a Chrter Arms 38 special revolver in an unmarked evidence bag, eight (8) VICODN pills in a small clear unlabeled plastic bag, ablack leather toiletry type bag containing a labeled glass vial of "Testosterone", two syringes and another crushed glass vial. Captain Madden said he contacted Chief Hurtiman, who contacted Inspector Pete Fearon, who advised them to cease the inventory and secure the scene. Captain Madden said all the items in Ofhcer Casertano's locker had already been pulled out of his locker prior to Inspector Fearon advising them to stop. Captain Madden said all the items were left in the locker area near Casertano's assigned locker. Captain Madden said all police personnel left the locker area and Detective Sergeant Ahern stood by the locker room area to ensure no one entered until the post was re-assigned to Officer Anderson at approximately 0957 hours (05-19-2011), who then secured the scene 4.That on 05-19-2011 at approximately 1200 hours, Captain Madden escorted Sergeant Stratton, Detective Budwitz and Det. Peck to the locker room. Captain Madden relieved Officer Anderson and Captain Madden then turned over the scene to the CSP-CDMCS. Officer Casertano's reported personal gold colored key padlock was also turned over to the CSP-CDMCS. There was a mark on the padlock that appeared was left by a bolt cutter type tool in an unsuccessful affempt to cut it. Sergeant Kevin Stratton #236, Detective Francis Budwitz #840 and Det. Peck viewed and processed the scene, which included but was not limited to the Shelton PD locker room area, Officer Casertano's locker (#7) arcaand the items purported to have been in Officer Casertano's assigned locker, which had been placed in the locker room area outside of Officer Casertano's reported assigned locker (#7). Photographs were taken. The CSP-CDMCS seized seven (7) items as evidence, which included:

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One (1) unsealed clear plastic evidence type bag containing one (1) unloaded Charter Arms 38 special revolver

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ARREST WARRANT APPLICATION


JD-CR-64a Rev.10-10

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
SUPERIOR COURT
www.iud.ct.gov

c.G.s. s 54-2a

Pr, Bk. Sec. 36-1, 36-2, 36-3

Name (Lasl First, Middle lnitial)

Casertano, Loren J.

Affidavit - Continued
with serial # 145790
2. One (1) clear plastic zip-lock type bag containing eight (8) white colored tablets with "VICODIN ES" printed
on them 3. One (l) broken brown colored glass type drug vial with purple colored metal and an un-opened top portion 4. One (1) small brown colored glass type drug vial with "Testosterona 50" label on it 5. Three (3) small clear glass like pieces of broken ampoules with red colored lettering 6. Two (2) plunger type syringes "B-D" with needles and caps and liquid in syringes 7. One brass type gold colored key padlock Other items viewed included but were not limited to: personal and police clothing type items, police radio and other police type equipment, personal and professional type letters and documents which included but wasn't limited to multiple official (DMV, business cards, paycheck stubs, etc...) documents with Loren Casertanos' name denoted on them, loose change(coins), several boxes of ammunition which included but wasn't limited to 38 caliber ammunition, a variety of numerous photographs including but not limited to pornographic type images, Shelton Police type documents and paperwork which included but wasn't limited to a completed/filled out issued COMPLAINT TICKET (#G591689-0) on 03-20-2001 to Kimberlynn M. Cotto (DOB: 07-27-68) from Shelton P.D. Officer Eric White #10527 for the charge of FAILURE TO WEAR SEATBELT (C.G.S. 14-100 a(c)(l)) and an un-served arrest warrant (JD-CR-71/face sheet and JD-CR-64blnarrative): for a Charles Salvaggio (DOB: 09118125) for the charges of EVADING RESPONSIBILITY (C.G.S. l4-224b),NO INSURANCE (C.G.S. 38-371d) and FAILURE TO DRM RIGHT (C.G.S. 14-230 (aXb) that showed to be signed by ajudge from Derby Court GA
5 on 10-04-89. S.That on 05-19-2011, Det. Peck checked the Charter Arms 38 special revolver

with serial # 145790 inNCIC and

the check showed no hits. 6.That on 05-19-2011, Det. Peck performed a DMV check, a RT45 Departrnent of Correction check, a State Police Record Check (SPRC) and a State Police Suspense Check (SPSC) on Loren Casertano which revealed he was not wanted and showed one (l) arrest on07-31-2008 for Larceny in the Fifth Degree (C.G.S. 53a'125a).

T.Thaton 05-19-2011, Det. Peck faxed a Firearm Tracing & Identification @PS-25S-C) form to the Statewide Firearms Trafficking Task Force in reference to the seized Charter Arms 38 special revolver with serial # 145790 and Loren Casertano. 8.That on05-20-2011, Det. Peck received a 6-page WEAPON TRACE fax from the Statewide Firearms Trafficking Task Force. The trace yielded no information regarding the firearm.

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ARREST WARRANT APPLICATION


JD-CR-64a Rev.10-10
C.G.S. S 54-2a Pr. Bk. Sec. 36-1,36-2,36-3

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
SUPERIOR COURT
www.iud.ct.gov

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Frrsf, Middle lnitial)

Casertano, Loren J.

Affidavit - Continued 9.That on 05-20-201 I at approximately

hours, Det. Peck met with Captan Madden who turned over the Shelton PD reports and related documentation (l8-pages total) regarding the incident. Captain Madden said the paperwork showed Officer Casertano's assigned locker to be number 78A07 and said that number is depicted as number 7 on the actual face of the locker.
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1O.That on05-25-2011, Det. Peck submitted the unsealed clear plastic evidence type bag containing one (1) unloaded Charter Arms 38 special revolver with serial # 145790,the clear plastic zip-lock type bag containing eight (S) white colored tablets with "VICODIN ES" printed on them, the small brown colored glass type drug vial with "Testosterona 50" label on it and the two (2) plunger type syringes "B-D" with needles and caps and liquid in syringes to the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Meriden to be examined for DNA. Det. Peck requested the 38 special firearm also be test fired and entered into NIBIN and the other three (3) items also be tested for drug type. The Lab staff advised me that Det. Peck that he would need to return to the Lab and re-

submit the three (3) items for drug type testing after their DNA extraction work was completed. .That on 05-26-201 I , Det. Peck was contacted by the Lab and advised the DNA extraction work was completed for the three (3) items. Det. Peck went back to the Lab, received an Evidence Retum Receipt form for said items at 1455 hours (05-26-2011) and then submitted those three (3) items for drug testing. As of this date (O3ll9ll2),DNA results have not been retrieved by the forensic laboratory in reference to DNA extraction.
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l2.Thaton05-27-2011, Det. Peck contacted Captain Madden's office regarding his 3-page report, dated 05-19-201 1. The second sentence on Page-2 of the report stated, "On Thursday May 12, 201 l, at approx 0900 hours, the undersigned instructed Lt. Kozlowslqt to access the master combination sheet so that we moy access the locker and remove the contents to return to Officer Casertano." CaptainMadden said he made a mistake and wrote the wrong date of May 12,2011 and said the correct date was May 19, 2011. Det. Peck also inquired as to where the master combination sheet was stored and who had access to it. Captain Madden advised it was stored in the Training Offrcer's (Offrcer Kevin Sherman's) Office at the P.D. and said only Officer Sherman and Lieutenant Robert Kozlowsky had access to it. l3.That on 05-19-2011, Captain Madden advised Det. Peck that Loren Casertano was being represented by Attorney Robert Serafinowicz orttof Waterbury, in reference to his (Casertano's) case regarding his employment with the Shelton P.D.

l4.That on05-24-2011, Det. Peck spoke with Attorney Mark Sommaruga, via telephone. Attorney Sommaruga
said he represented the town of Shelton in reference to the Casertano case and said Casertano was terminated as a Shelton Police Officer on05-20-2011, based on his prior issues.

15.That on05-25-2011, Det. Peck spoke with Attorney Serafinowicz,viatelephone. Attorney Serafinowicz said he was representing Loren Casertano. Attomey Serafinowicz agreed to meet Det. Peck with his client
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ARREST WARRANT APPLICATION


JD-CR-64a Rev. '10-10 c.G.s. s s4-2a
Pr. Bk. Sec. 36-1, 36-2, 36-3 First, Middle lnitial)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT SUPERIOR COURT


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GeooraDhical

Casertano, Loren J.

Area"number 22

Affidavit - Continued
(Casertano), to discuss the case at Troop I (Bethany) on06-02-2011 at 1000 hours.

16.That or;05-25-2011 at 1646 hours, a few hours after Det. Peck spoke with Attorney Serafinowicz, Attorney John Gulash out of Bridgeport, telephoned and left a message on my CDMCS voicemail advising that he was representing Loren Casertano.

lT.That on05-26-2011 at approximately 1210 hours, Det. Peck spoke with Attorney Gulash who said he was now representing Loren Casertano. Det. Peck advised Attorney Gulash that he wanted to meet with his client to discuss items *rat were discovered in his clienfs (Loren Casertano's) Shelton PD locker. Attorney Gulash said he would not have his client meet with me unless Det. Peck told him (Attorney Gulash) the items Det. Peck wanted to discuss that were found in the locker prior to the interview. Det. Peck advised Attomey Gulash that he was concerned that a story could be fabricated in reference to the origin of the items if he (Attorney Gulash) were provided with a list of the items prior to an interview with his client. Attorney Gulash said his client (Loren Casertano) would not speak with Det. Peck without him knowing what the items found were, prior to the interview. Attorney Gulash also said, even if Det. Peck provided him with the list of the items, his client (Loren Casertano) still may not speak with him.
18.That on 05-28-2011 at 1356 hours, Attomey Serafinowiczlefta message on Det. Peck's CDMCS voicemail advising that he was confirming the meeting with him (Attorney Serafinowicz) andhis client (Loren Casertano) on06-02-2011 at 1000 hours.

l9.That on 05-31-2012, Det. Peck spoke with Attorney Serafinowicz,vratelephone. Attorney Serafinowicz said he was still representing Loren Casertano. Det. Peck advised Attomey Seraf,rnowicz about Attorney Gulash and Attorney Serafinowiczsaidl-oren Casertano's wife was trying to hire Attomey Gulash to represent him (Loren Casertano). Attorney Serafinowicz said he spoke with Loren Casertano and he (Afiorney Serafinowicz) was still Loren Casertano's attorney in the case. Attomey Serafinowicz said he (Attorney Serafinowicz) and his client (Loren Casertano) were still meeting with me to discuss the case at Troop I in Bethany on06-02-2011 at 1000
hours.

20.That on06-02-2011, Loren Casertano and Attorney Serafinowicz never showed for the scheduled appoinfrnent at 1000 hours. Del Peck waited until approximately 1135 hours (06-02-2011) for them to arrive. At approximately 1135 hours (06-02-2011), Det. Peck telephoned Attomey Serafinowicz and left a voicemail message regarding their no-show to the interview. At approximately 1,205 hours (06-02-2011), Attorney Serafinowicz telephoned and apologized for not showing up. Attorney Serafinowicz advised Det. Peck that he hadn't heard from his client (Loren Casertano) that day and said he would no longer be representing him (Loren
Casertano).

2l .That on 0211512012, this affiant received the results from the previous submitted items of evidence from the
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ARREST WARRANT APPLICATION


JD-CR-64a Rev. '10-'t0
C.G.S. S 54-2a Pr. Bk. Sec. 36-1, 36-2, 36-3

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
SUPERIOR COURT
www.jud.ct.gov

Name (Last First, Middle lnitial)

Gasertano, Loren J.

Affidavit - Continued
Department of Public Safety Scientific Services Laboratory (controlled substance report under lab case# TX-I1-001557). The previous submiued items were the following:

Item #lA: One sealed clear plastic zip lock bag, with an evidence sticker adhering to it, containing one clear plastic slide-lock bag containing item lA1. Item #1A1: Tablets: Eight white oval tablets each imprinted "VICODEN ES" on one side and scored on the
reverse.

Item #1B: One sealed clear plastic zip lock bag, with an evidence sticker adhering to it, containing item 1B1. Item #lBl: Residue: One ambler glass vial, with crimped sepia top, with residue. The vial has a manufacturers' label reading :"Testosterona 50" adhering to it. Item #1C: One sealed plastic sharps container, with an evidence sticker adhering to it, containing item Item

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Residue: Two 3-co syringes, each with an attached needle and needle guard, each with residue-

The examinations/methods performed by the laboratory were gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/NIS)The results and conclusions discovered by the laboratory were the following: Evidence submission #1A1: Analytical findings were determined to contain Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is a schedule III controlled substance (CT and Federal). Portions of two of the eight tablets of item 1A1 were each arralyzed individually (items I Al . 1 and 1 A1 .2). Evidence submission #1Bl: Analytical findings (residue) were determined to contain Testosterone Propionate. Testosterone Propionate is a schedule III controlled substance (CT and Federal). Item 1Bl was also determined to contain Testosterone Isocaproate, which is a schedule III controlled substance (CT and Federal). Evidence Submission #lCl: Analytical findings determined to contain Testosterone Propionate, which is a schedule III controlled substance (CT and federal). Item lCl was also determined to contain Testosterone, Testosterone Isocaproate, Testosterone Decanoate and Testosterone Phenylpropionate, which are schedule III controlled substances (CT and Federal). Residue from the two syringes of item lCl were each analyzed (items 1Cl.1 and 1C1.2).

22.Thaton03l0Tl20l2atapproximately l0l2hours,thisaffianttelephonedLorenCasertanoviahishome telephone number 203-929-6152 and left a voice mail requesting Casertano to call this affiant back and inform
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ARREST WARRANT APPLICATION


JD-CR-64a Rev.10-10
C.G.S. S 54-2a Pr. Bk. Sec. 36-1, 36-2, 36-3

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
SUPERIOR COURT
www.jud.ct.gov
Geooraohical

, First, Middle lnitial)

Casertano, Loren J.

Area'number 22

Affidavit - Continued
him if Attorney Gulash was still representing him. 23.That orl03l07l20l2 atapproximately 1313 hours, Loren Casertano, contacted this affiant at Troop I, Bethany, CT and asked this affiant if this investigation was in regards to what was discovered in his locker at the Shelton P.D. This affiant informed Casertano that he would like to set up an interview with his attorney and him. Casertano expressed his frustration to this affiant due to his past criminal case with the State Police and stated that he shared his locker at the Shelton PD with his brother and deceased father. Casertano further informed this affiant that Attorney Gulash still represents him and he will have his attorney contact this affiant as soon as possible. Shortly later, Attorney Gulash contacted this affiant via telephone and requested to know what was discovered in his client's (Casertano's) locker at the Shelton PD. This affiant stated that he could not interview via telephone and requested to set an appoinfinent for a formal interview in person at Troop I, Bethany. Attorney Gulash stated that he would discuss the case with his client and determine if they would schedule an interview. He further stated that he would call this affiant back and inform him if there would be an interview. Since then, this affiant has not heard from or had any contact with Attorney Gulash or his client.
Z4.Thatbased on the facts and circumstances stated in this arrest warrant application this Affiant believes that there is probable cause and respectfully requests that an arrest warrant be issued for THE ACCUSED (Loren JCasertano (dob 02110162) for the crimes of ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A NARCOTIC(C.G.S. 21a-279(a)' ILLEGALPO^S^SES,S1ON OF A hRESCRIPTION NOT IN A CONTAINER (C.G.S 21A-257), ILLEGAL PO^S^SE^S.S1ON OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (TWO COIINTS) (21a-279 (c) USE AND POS^SE^S^SION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (C.G.S. 21a-267).

25.T\atthis arrest warrant application has not

been presented before any other Judge or Court.

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