'Bling Ring' cop's job at risk

Posted By Attorney Robert M. Bernstein || 13-May-2013

A 10-year police veteran could lose his job after a disciplinary panel rules on his role in the making of "The Bling Ring" movie about youths who burgled the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. An internal investigation was launched into Officer Brett Goodkin's simultaneous involvement in the real-life case and the film.

Goodkin, 40, served as a technical advisor on "The Bling Ring," consulting last spring with filmmaker Sofia Coppola about police procedures and performing a brief speaking part as an officer who arrests a suspect played by Emma Watson. In exchange for his work on the film, which will hit theaters in the U.S. in June, he received $12,500.

LAPD opened a second investigation into Goodkin, this one looking into allegations that he sent unsolicited and sexually suggestive messages to a woman who is a potential witness in the Bling Ring case. He is charged with not obtaining the proper paper work permit for his time on Coppola's production, making an alleged false statement to head Deputy District Attorney Barbara Murphy about his work on the movie, and ultimately compromising the prosecution's case.

If Goodkin escapes getting fired, the discipline panel could decide he should be suspended or simply let off with a warning. It could also clear him of any wrongdoing. In addition to the punishment Goodkin must also contend with the LAPD's second investigation. That inquiry centers allegations by Jennifer Issa whom Goodkin met while building his case against the Bling Ring in 2010. He questioned her about Neier's possible involvement in the burglaries -but after the interview concluded, he began making frequent and inappropriate contact with her. Goodkin also friended Issa on Facebook, through which he allegedly sent her graphic sexual messages.

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