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LGBT Advocates Cast a Pall on the Phoenix PD and the Valley's Gay Community

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It's a point, Wilson's attorney says, that demonstrates the former cop has been treated unfairly.

"If [Laieski] can be out of custody when he faces more serious charges than Mr. Wilson [Laieski faces more counts], then Mr. Wilson is also entitled to be released," wrote Robert Campos in a November 2013 court document requesting a bond hearing for Wilson. "The law applies equally to all. Either both are non-bondable or both must be released."

Campos wrote in that same legal document that "authorities have refused to explain how this can occur."

Neither the County Attorney's Office, which is pursuing Wilson's case, nor the Arizona Attorney General's Office, which is prosecuting the case against Laieski, responded to New Times' requests for comment.

Court records show that a plea deal is in the works for Laieski.

Many believe that Wilson violated not just the trust of the teenage boys who looked up to him but also that of the community he was appointed to represent.

The gay community was appalled when it heard the news about Wilson. Community activist Meg Sneed wrote in a 2012 column that appeared in Echo, a local LGBT magazine: "Wilson helped provide security for the [Equality] Walk, and just hours before his arrest, we had laughed and joked with him. When we heard the news, the walkers and I felt a deep sense of betrayal, shock, and sadness."

And ongoing legal wrangling and a $10 million claim filed by Joey's family further have cast a pall over the police department and the positive momentum gay-rights advocates had helped develop in the nation's sixth-largest city, including pressuring Governor Jan Brewer to veto Senate Bill 1062 earlier this year and a push to ask voters to make gay marriage legal in 2016.

"I'm sorry I got you into this," Wilson said in the same recorded phone conversation with Laieski. "It's gonna be bad all the way around. Um, for the gay community, the city, the department."

He asked Laieski to convince Joey's mother that he's not a bad guy.

"I know she must probably think I'm a pedophile. I know, technically, I guess I am," he said, later adding: "I'm not a sexual deviant. I'm not a pervert. I guess, in a way, I, I just don't know, man. Just let her know that."


On June 7, 2012, about a month before Wilson ended up naked in the shower with one of the teenage boys and on a bed with both, he described his sexual fantasies via Craigslist.

"I cud go 15/16 if it is legal," an individual wrote to Wilson.

"Mmmm, nice ages. Hell, I'd go younger, too," Wilson wrote, finishing his sentence with a smiley face.

It was one in a series of e-mails that Phoenix police downloaded from Wilson's iPhone.

The investigator wrote in his June 2013 report that "the majority" of the sexually charged e-mails refer to "young boys and girls."

"Mmmmmm, diaper play and WS are hot," Wilson wrote, according to the police report. "Love to role play dad son, his little boy in diapers. Got any pics man." WS probably refers to "water sports," sexual acts involving urine.

He asked in an e-mail if one individual had any "little boy underwear."

Wilson's e-mails also contain several comments about wanting to have sex with a "tight boy ass." He described in graphic detail what he would do, and he also wrote that "group sex is always hot as well."

Wilson apparently carried out at least part of his fantasy in early July 2012 in the bedroom of Laieski's apartment, according to PPD reports. Wilson and the teens performed oral sex on each other, and the police officer also had oral contact with their anal areas.

The messages included in the police reports date back to late 2011, and they're damning to the defense Wilson's attorney has raised with the court: that the two teenagers were the ones who seduced Wilson.

"The facts will come out that Defendant, Mr. Wilson, was the prey. The two young minors were not innocent but were active participants who may have planned out the events that led to Mr. Wilson's arrest," the ex-cop's attorney wrote last year in a court document.

Campos raises an interesting point about how the state can view Laieski both as a victim and a suspect.

The attorney supposes that Laieski "will have to invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself. Even if he were to testify, his credibility is completely ruined by the fact that he faces 13 serious felony offenses."

Indeed, Wilson's other alleged victim, 14-year-old Joey, admitted to police that he felt guilty because he'd initiated the flirting and sexual banter and then "grabbed" Wilson before they went to lunch.

Yet Wilson told police after his arrest that he "should have known better."

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Monica Alonzo
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