UPDATE: Marana police release documents for officers under investigation

UPDATE: Marana police release documents for officers under investigation
Officer Daniel Nicholas (Source: Marana Police Department)
Officer Daniel Nicholas (Source: Marana Police Department)
Officer Kyla Sylvia (Source: Marana Police Department)
Officer Kyla Sylvia (Source: Marana Police Department)
Officer Keith Storms (Source: Marana Police Department)
Officer Keith Storms (Source: Marana Police Department)

MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Hundreds of documents released by the Marana Police Department on Friday, Nov. 24, detail the relationships and investigations into four officers who are no longer with the department.

Officers Daniel Nicholas, Kyla Sylvia and Keith Storms all resigned from MPD. Officer Dionysius "Dee Dee" Cazares was terminated, according to department records.

Records show that Cazares told a fellow officer how she ran licenses plates on cars that were not connected to police work. That officer notified a supervisor, which led to the investigation, according to Police Chief Terry Rozema.

"She did it purely out of curiosity because she's having a relationship, or had a relationship, with someone," said Rozema.

That someone was Nicholas, who denied then later admitted to having a sexual relationship with Cazares, according to police records.

On Oct. 17, Cazares appeared in court for an arraignment. The 31-year-old officer, who was not in custody, entered a plea of not guilty.

According to the direct indictment in the Pima County Superior Court, former officer Cazares faces two felony counts of computer tampering, obtaining confidential information.

The ACJIS or Arizona Criminal Justice Information System is a statewide network housing various databases on persons and property in the state, according to the Department of Public Safety website.

MPD Officers Cazares, Nicolas, and Sylvia by Tucson News Now on Scribd. WARNING: Contains explicit content that some viewers may find offensive.

At the time of Cazares' illegal check of a statewide database, Nicholas was with Sylvia. Investigators learned that Nicholas had spent time with both women while on duty, and all three failed to report to a supervisor that he was doing so.

Rozema said the department is not interested in an employee's private life unless it involves a crime or it affects the employee's work.

"The problem becomes if you ever bring that to work because when you're here at work, that's what you're expected to do," he said. "You're expected to work and to do the job. And the job is to protect this community."

Records from MPD Internal Affairs show that Sylvia was also questioned for another matter. An anonymous tip from a citizen lead to the second investigation focused on Sylvia and Storms.

Rozema said it started as a rumor, and was not a formal complaint with the department. The tip referenced to uniformed officers spending time together around the area known as Marana Lake. Investigators questioned both officers about the incident and several situations that were sexual in nature.

Storms denied his involved and later admitted it to investigators, according to MPD Internal Affairs documents.

"You don't even have to be told that's not okay. You know that's not okay," said the police chief. "But we tell you anyway that it's not okay."

Ethics and what is expected from a police officer are covered in training, according to Rozema. The police chief said he's consider what, if anything could be changed at the department. He said moving individual officers to partnered patrols would cut the department's coverage in half, so it is not an improvement.

He said that searching for fixes to what these four officers did in the background, training or even supervision would not provide a blanket solution.

"There's nothing definitive in that," said Rozema. "At some point you could be left with the reality that sometimes good people just make bad decisions."

Sylvia and Storms by Tucson News Now on Scribd. WARNING: Contains explicit content that some viewers may find offensive.

The police chief credits the department with catching these issues. He said there was no "code of silence" that let any of the incidents grow into something larger. He said in both cases, officers heard something and said something. Rozema said it's important that Marana Police Department maintain trust with the community it serves after what's happened.

"Can't tolerate, can't accept it...won't accept it and the community needs to know that."

The department's investigation is closed. Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board will consider the certifications for each of the four officers.

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