Embattled Top CoCo Drug Cop Accused Of Running Brothel

PLEASANT HILL (CBS 5) — The embattled former commander of Contra Costa County’s drug task force, already charged with a slew of drug crimes, is now under investigation for allegedly running a brothel in a Pleasant Hill business park, sources told CBS 5 on Wednesday.

Over a period of nine months in 2009 and 2010, neighbors at the office park in the 600 block of Gregory called police repeatedly because of the women they observed working in one of the offices and the high-number of men coming and going from the building.

“(The women) were scantily dressed, provocatively dressed. Always totally made up… I thought it was prostitution for sure,” said Dr. David Atkinson, a chiropractor whose practice is also located in the office park.

CBS 5 has learned that state Department of Justice investigators are looking into a claim made recently in a written confession by private investigator Chris Butler that he and his friend, ex-police commander Norm Wielsch, were running a brothel at that location.

Wielsch and Butler have already been accused of stealing drugs confiscated by the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (C-NET) and re-selling them on the street, among other crimes.

According to two sources, Butler confessed to DOJ investigators that he rented the office space at 670 Gregory, Suite B and hired working girls. Shortly thereafter, in August of 2009, Pleasant Hill records indicate neighbors started calling police to report suspicious activity.

Atkinson said his calls to Pleasant Hill police were referred to the task force operated by Wielsch, whose investigators would “write a report saying, ‘no, there’s nothing really wrong there.'” The doctor said the task force investigator’s reports maintained that the business was a legitimate massage provider.

Michael Cardoza, Wielsch’s attorney, strongly denied the allegations that his client operated a brothel and called Wielsch’s accuser a liar.

“Chris Butler can not be trusted. He’s out there. He is trying to save himself some jail time and the way he’s doing that is by lying,” Cardoza told CBS 5.

“Butler has apparently spoken to law enforcement and told them that my client was involved with running a brothel. That’s not true. This is Butler at his criminal best spinning yarns to the district attorney’s office and to law enforcement in order for him to try to lessen the time that he’s going to spend in state prison,” the attorney contended.

Cardoza continued: “Butler apparently bought the furniture for this would-be brothel, according to what he’s saying. He was the one that paid the lease, he was the one that paid the rent, he was the one that collected the money from the prostitutes. But yet he’s blaming other people and he’s trying to drag my client into this mess in order to garner some sort of support or at least less time from law enforcement. To say, ‘look, I’m giving you information to dirty up other people.’ He’s a rat.”

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  1. Jason Collins says:

    Wow! Chris Butler will do anything to make himself look better. As Diablo Magazine says, he is a master manipulator. He spews so many lies that He can’t remember them all. How can he blame someone else when he ran the business. Whats next that Steven Tanabe forced force Butler to order these DUI’s? I hope he gets the maximum for lying. m Those who tell the truth should be benefited.

  2. And I thought the cops on tee-vee’s Justified were crooked

    http://rhymeandreasonable.com

  3. Kenneth Hoover says:

    Who watches the Watchers?????

  4. Muhammed says:

    As famous NYPD Detective Frank Serpico described to the Knapp Commission on Police Corruption, “10% of cops are totally dishonest, 10% of cops are totally honest, and the other 80% of cops wish they were honest.”

    So, nothing changes…90% of cops are dirty to greater or lesser degree.

  5. j says:

    Their is still more to this story!! I just hope it all starts to come out.. I hope each and everyone of them get what they deserve.. Don’t drop the soap!!

  6. Servicing wHO says:

    After repeated contact did Pleasant Hill police investigate what was taking place at this location. Dr. Atkinson was referred to CNET, why? How about naming all the task force investigators who maintained this was a legitimate massage business.

  7. Karen says:

    Corrupt police officers, isn’t that shocking? Oh yeah, I forgot, nothing new here.

  8. sfraised says:

    Key points: “Over a period of nine months in 2009 and 2010, neighbors at the office park in the 600 block of Gregory called police repeatedly because of the women they observed working in one of the offices and the high-number of men coming and going from the building.”, “Atkinson said his calls to Pleasant Hill police were referred to the task force operated by Wielsch”, and “Michael Cardoza, Wielsch’s attorney, strongly denied the allegations that his client operated a brothel and called Wielsch’s accuser a liar”.

    Common Micheal, really??? I know we’re all innocent until proven guilty, but really??? This sure seems like another clear case of abuse of power by the police. Sometimes big stuff like this comes up, more often you see cops doing things normal folk would get a ticket for like breaking driving laws and parking in spots reserved for the disabled. I even had one cop pull over ask me what I had under my skirt when I was 13 years old and literally just walking down the street. It’s disgusting.

  9. WHOA says:

    Eenforce Zero Tolerance for Officer crimes. Double the penalties when convicted. Deterance works wonders.

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