Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaAn ex-employee of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla testified Monday that Bonilla told him he would be seen as disloyal if the employee didn’t hand over compromising photos of the employee’s ex-girlfriend.Alex Desidoro was one of two former employees who took the stand in the sixth day of the trial against Bonilla, who’s fighting misconduct and coercion charges for allegedly trying to use the photos to get the woman, fellow ex-clerk employee Ariel Davis, to drop sexual harassment allegations.“He could see I was uncomfortable,” Desidoro testified of his reaction when Bonilla allegedly asked him for the images. Asked what would happen if he refused, Desidoro said: “He would question my loyalty.”Desidoro told the court that when the town’s investigator later questioned him on the allegations, Bonilla told him to “remain loyal and to make him look good.”According to Desidoro, the investigator told him: “Just more stuff on Mark, he’s done anyway.” Asked to elaborate, he added that he was told: “We’ve gotten a lot of statements from people on what Mark’s done.”Derek Foder, another former employee of Bonilla’s, also testified Monday. He said that he was offered his “dream position” in town hall in exchange for cooperating—a move he said felt was a bribe—but could not recall who made that offer.He wanted to stay in Bonilla’s office, but was eventually assigned back to the passport office, the department where he first started.Bonilla’s defense attorney, Adrian DiLuzio, asked Foder to describe Davis’ attitude in the office, and Foder testified that Davis was “stern” and very serious. He also cited a Facebook post she made referring to her promotion that Foder said sounded like she was “bragging.”Foder also testified that attendance was an issue for Davis and that she would show up to work late and sometimes not at all. This caused her to have a contentious relationship with Bonilla’s secretary, who was in charge the office schedule.He also told the court that she was so close with Desidoro and another fellow employee, Alyssa Smith, that the rest of the staff referred to them as “tri-pod,” but Davis became jealous of Smith and Desidoro’s relationship, which lead to her being unpredictable.“You never knew what Ariel was showing up,” he said.
The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Wednesday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 22.Crimes against propertyAt 8:13 p.m. on Oct. 7, a suspect exited a vehicle and approached a non-USC female from behind as she was walking near Adams Boulevard and Menlo Avenue. The suspect grabbed hold of the female’s purse and forcibly pulled it from her shoulder, then she returned to the vehicle and drove away. DPS officers responded and conducted a search, but were unable to locate the suspect.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 2:23 p.m. on Oct. 8, DPS officers responded to a traffic collision involving two vehicles, one of which was driven by a student, at 28th and Severance streets Neither party was injured. Officers cleared the scene after the subjects exchanged pertinent information.At 1:14 a.m. on Oct. 8, LAPD officers on routine patrol near 30th and Orchard streets observed a student nearly strike a bicyclist while driving his vehicle in an unsafe manner and detained him for investigation. The student failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested and transported to Southwest station for booking.At 1:11 a.m. on Oct. 8, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated non-USC female who passed out at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. LAFD RA Unit #15 was at the scene loading the female into their ambulance when the officers arrived and she was subsequently transported to California Hospital Medical Center for treatment.At 9:37 P.m. on Oct. 7, DPS officers responded to a report of four suspects smoking marijuana outside the New Residential College and detained them for investigation. All of the suspects were determined to have been drinking alcohol in public and one of them was found in possession of marijuana. The suspects were then arrested, cited and released after being advised against trespassing on university property.