Las Vegas Metro Police told ‘Back Off!’ as they watched child prostitution in progress

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LAS VEGAS — Retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Sgt. Garry Dale said he was ordered to back off arrests involving child prostitution while conducting a surveillance operation with other detectives.

Dale posted the comment on Facebook after the Baltimore Post-Examiner published, EXCLUSIVE: Las Vegas Metro Police Sgt. Norm Jahn fired after ordered to ‘stop being proactive on vice crimes’.

Dale’s comment was beyond disturbing:

“I remember doing ops on Tropicana west of the 15 for robberies.  Watching pimps walk 14 year olds out to sell them to men sickened us so much we determined to deal with it.  Guess what we were told.  Back Off!”

So, as I understand Dale’s comment, police officers were told to back off from taking action for a crime in progress.

And not just any crime; Under-age females, children, being trafficked to men for the purpose of sex as cops watched and did nothing to stop it.

I don’t know what supervisor gave them the order to back off, but that order was wrongful and illegal.

You don’t sit by, orders or not, and watch children become the targets of what amounts to rape by sick and twisted men.

The Baltimore Post-Examiner reached out to Dale however he did not return our request for further comment.

We do not know the time period when this incident occurred.

Dale’s LinkedIn page indicates he retired in 2007 with over 23 years of service.

What Dale’s comment does do is reinforce what the Baltimore Post-Examiner was told by others.

In our October 29 article and then in our November 1 article, Sgt. Norm Jahn story Part II: How Las Vegas Metro Police destroyed a good cop, we recounted how now-retired LVMPD Sgt. Norman Jahn, who supervised a squad of 13 officers who patrolled the Las Vegas Strip, was told to back off from enforcing vice crimes.

Jahn became the target of harassment and retaliation by LVMPD superiors for doing his job and following a departmental policy that stated all personnel were to “vigorously” enforce vice crimes.  Jahn was fired in 2011.  The conclusion of his story will be forthcoming.

The Baltimore Post-Examiner has published numerous articles on Las Vegas Township Justice Court Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, who told the Baltimore Post-Examiner in May of 2018 in an on-the-record recorded interview how her complaints to LVMPD Vice detectives starting in 2015 about unlicensed after-hours clubs that were fronts for prostitution, frequented by under-age females and off-duty LVMPD police officers, fell on deaf years.

For her efforts, Tobiasson, as we reported in a prior story, was intentionally outed as a confidential source of information by Vice Detective Justine Gatus.

Gatus’ reward; Gatus was transferred by Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the head of the LVMPD, to the Homicide Bureau.

One more thing.

I don’t want to hear from anyone that maybe Dale and his detectives were told to back off because they would have jeopardized an ongoing investigation.

That doesn’t fly with me.

You intervene and you get the children to safety, that’s the primary responsibility of law enforcement.

By the way, if you read the first two stories on Norman Jahn, that is exactly what he and his squad did more than once.  They intervened and got juvenile prostitutes to safety and we know what happened to him.


I investigate stories from Las Vegas that are published by the Baltimore Post-Examiner, an online news outlet.  I have broken more stories about the October 1, 2017, Las Vegas Massacre, the now three-year unsolved Land/Kauffman double homicide and Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson.

The Las Vegas Sun, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, News 3, FOX 5 Las Vegas, 8 News Now and 13 Action News, to name a few, do not believe my stories are newsworthy and would be of interest to the Las Vegas community.

Any community news media outlet that remains silent and does not report stories of concern to the community they serve, pays the price by losing their integrity as a news organization.

Apparently in Las Vegas, the “First Commandment” of the local news media is not to criticize Sheriff Joe Lombardo and the LVMPD.

When Judge Tobiasson makes the statement that she was told by a homicide detective in 2016 that the police had all the evidence that indicated that Shane Valentine, Dominique Thompson, and Frankie Zappia executed Sydney Land and Nehemiah Kauffman, that is not of interest to the Las Vegas media.

When Homicide Detective Mitchell Dosch told Connie Land, Sydney’s mother, that the investigation was botched because of events that were “out of his control,” that is not of interest to the Las Vegas media.

When firefighter/paramedic Steve Land, Sydney’s father, went into his daughter’s apartment after the crime scene was cleared and found evidence left behind by the LVMPD in the same blood-stained room where his daughter was brutally shot in the face, that is not of interest to the Las Vegas media.

Shame on you all. Why are you afraid to cover the news?

9 thoughts on “Las Vegas Metro Police told ‘Back Off!’ as they watched child prostitution in progress

  • November 25, 2019 at 12:07 AM

    It’s not child prostitution, it is statutory rape. The media calling it anything else is egregious.

  • November 17, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    I believe a huge federal investigation is taking place right now. I suspect Adam Laxalt, Arron Rouse and Nick are working with the DOJ and OIG. I was defrauded in Federal District Court and reported all the corruption to Mr. Mahan and Peggy Leen. I have written numerous posts on Facebook about my story. I have every nailed read handed including Sandaval.

  • November 14, 2019 at 6:17 AM

    Sheriff DOUG GILLESPIE is ultimately responsible for all of this ‘strategic corruption’ in Vice.

    Everyone, right down the chain of command to Karen Hughes, ignored/tolerated her non-sensical (probably criminal) approach to supervising Vice. They wanted to protect their ‘turf’ and Hughes was in charge of Vice for too many years!

    Sheriff Gillespie fired me on 11/17/11 while I was testifying in federal court on a robbery series.

    He should face answer some questions and face public scrutiny about what went on during his watch.

    • November 14, 2019 at 5:11 PM

      You got that right Norm. It started in the Gillespie administration.

  • November 14, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    If you really want to get disgusted seeing the pimps work their minors stop by Wild Wild West Gambling Hall on West Tropicana in the evenings or the Budget Suites in the same area. Its been going on for years.

    • Doug Poppa
      November 14, 2019 at 2:12 AM

      And what does that tell you? Nothing has changed. The FBI in conjunction with the US Attorney gave carte blanche for sex trafficking to continue by sending the message that you can run a twelve year continuing criminal enterprise in sex trafficking, send prostitutes across state lines all over the country, pay off the police, and all you will get is a bullshit plea deal like they gave Mally Mall. He wasn’t even charged with sex-trafficking. What does that say about the FBI and the US Attorney?

      • November 14, 2019 at 8:44 PM

        Glad people are starting to see the picture that many seen years ago. Yes, it looks bad because it is bad! I think they also need to change the sickening logo “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” too. They put a sex, pimp, prostitute stamp right on the city with that slogan. Vegas isn’t classy at all. Its turned into scum.

  • November 13, 2019 at 10:42 PM

    Of course all of your points are valid Doug and we know those many involved and profiting from our local horrific corruptions but its taken all 46 years of Metro’s existence for the FBI here to outright lie to the public as they did to us last month on behalf of the US Attorney for the Nevada District as well as Main Justice in Washington.

    We know that there is no point is slamming the Media nor the public officials nor anyone other than the US Department of Justice and its subordinate agencies who who benefit from being fully-owned and operated by violent criminal enterprises they choose to ignore here and getting noting in return other than bragging rights that this is a far as any case here had ever gotten and Mrs Land and Mrs Tobiasson the two best witnesses we’d ever come across, yet our Pimp Poppa US Attorney Tricky NIcky Trutanich and our Ho Momma FBI SAIC Aaron Rouse couldn’t find any evidence of public corruption over five long years of absolutely no investigative effort at all by anyone and DOJ’s Inspector General should be advised, and the USA and FBI sued for nonfeasance, malfeasance, and misfeasance and corruption among their own personnel in Las Vegastan

    • November 14, 2019 at 8:45 PM

      Well said! Yes, Tricky Nicky had to CYA everyone.

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