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

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"So then that's happening," Laieski told investigators. "Then we went into my bedroom."

Laieski said it was "people playing with people," that Wilson used his mouth on his anal area, and that all three ended up ejaculating.

Joey's version of what the teens ended up calling the "big incident" (police interviewed the teens separately) was similar to Laieski's.

He explained that he "wasn't sure" what to do when Wilson invited him to join them in bed. He said Laieski was particular about whom he kissed and told Wilson "no" as the middle-aged cop tried to kiss him.

"Both of them said you don't have to do this, but, like, I felt pressured into doing it," Joey said. "I haven't considered it, like, as rape [because] I was, like, provoking it, so I felt like it's all my fault. It's, like, if I didn't provoke it, none of this would've happened."

Wilson told the boys not to talk about the incident and that if they did, his life would be ruined and he would lose his job, police reports state. He left quickly after they'd all crammed in the shower to clean up, but the officer returned a few days later under the guise of bringing a vacuum cleaner to Laieski.

That day, Wilson texted the teen several times about the vacuum, but Laieski ignored his messages. Then, he texted Laieski that he was in the garage area. Still, Laieski didn't respond.

Wilson, who knew the gate code to Laieski's complex, knocked on his apartment's front door moments later — without a vacuum.

When Wilson went inside, he and Joey started "making out" on the couch while, Laieski said, he kept "cleaning, cleaning, and cleaning" the apartment, asking Joey to help him.

"Somehow I got [Joey] alone in some room, and I was like, 'Uh-uh-uh, no, we're not doing this again,'" Laieski recalled to detectives. "So that's as far as it went."

Joey said of the incident that Wilson "invited himself over" and that they "didn't want him to come over. We knew what he came for. He wanted to, like, make out and stuff."

Joey said he asked Wilson to give him a massage, which he did over the younger boy's clothes. Then, Joey quoted Wilson as saying, "Let's cuddle," but Joey described the situation as "really awkward."

Wilson got tired, Joey said, and "ended up leaving like mad [because], like, he wanted . . . sex or something."

Joey told detectives that after Wilson left, Laieski told him: "Did you see me try to clean because I didn't want any of this to happen?"

Laieski also said of the situation, "[Joey and I] talked when he left, and we said, 'Okay, well, that was very interesting,' We both agreed that there was more of a motive behind it."

Caleb Laieski idolized Chris Wilson because he was a detective.

Wilson "groomed the 17-year-old boy by taking him to restaurants, buying him gifts, taking him on [police] ride-alongs," Patrick McGroder, the attorney representing Joey's family, wrote in a $10 million claim filed against the city of Phoenix.

Laieski reported during the investigation that he was torn because it involved two people he cared about. He since has moved to Arlington, Virginia, and gotten a job as a 911 dispatcher.

Because of Laieski's sexual relationship with his young friend, he's facing 13 charges of sexual conduct with a minor — serious felonies because the boy was under 15 years old.

Laieski's Arlington County boss says Laieski, now 19, was hired by the county as a dispatcher trainee in May 2013.

Laieski was indicted in August 2013, and his case, like Wilson's, is proceeding in Superior Court.

His supervisor in Arlington says Laieski was placed on administrative leave for three weeks when the county learned of the Arizona charges. He's since returned to work in an "administrative capacity," where he will remain pending the outcome of legal proceedings against him, the supervisor says.

Joey's family initially was reluctant to make him available for a forensic interview when police started a parallel investigation into Laieski's sexual activities with Joey.

His mother and her attorney said they were concerned that the boy would say something that would hurt their prospects of getting a settlement from the city related to the $10 million claim, based strictly on Wilson's alleged sexual acts with Joey.

In the family's claim, they contend that it was through Wilson's position as LGBT liaison and his job as a police detective that he gained access to the teens, along with their trust.

At one point, he and then-Assistant Police Chief Tracy Montgomery arranged a police ride-along for Laieski, even though underage individuals generally aren't allowed to observe police missions from a patrol car. After Laieski expressed fear about going, Wilson lent him a bulletproof vest to wear.

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Monica Alonzo
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