Officer tied to prostitute has license pulled

A former Mesa police officer who provided his co-workers with false information about the identity of his girlfriend, a known prostitute, during an investigation last year can no longer serve as a law enforcement officer in Arizona.

Steve Roman resigned last year from the Mesa Police Department after questions were raised over whether he was untruthful to officers during a police investigation about his girlfriend, Kimberly Ann Morgan. He provided a wrong last name and birthdate for Morgan. At the time, Roman was dating and living with Morgan.

On Wednesday, the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board accepted a consent agreement with Roman where he voluntarily relinquished his state certification. AZPOST offered the agreement with Roman because he is not medically able to attend hearings or serve as an officer, records show. The agreement does not make any finding of misconduct, records show.

Roman, who now lives in West Palm Beach, Fla., has suffered for 15 years from a brain tumor. As a result, Roman has severe memory problems, is disabled and cannot work, according to Dr. Enrique Lizardi and AZPOST records.

Roman's career as an officer began to unravel June 14, 2006, when Mesa police were called to investigate an incident at Golfland SunSplash water park in west Mesa.

A woman told police that Roman, who was off duty, and two females with him were standing in a parking space to save it. When the woman objected, Roman called her a profane name and reached into her car and grabbed the gearshift, according to a police report.

Roman told police he feared for his and the group's safety when the woman began driving toward them.

One of the women with Roman, Morgan, told the woman, "My boyfriend is a cop. He'll take care of this," according to the report.

According to a Mesa police internal affairs probe, Roman showed his badge at the scene. Roman then provided untruthful information about Morgan to the investigating officers, AZPOST records show.

Roman said his girlfriend's last name was Johnson but recanted. He also provided an incorrect birth date for her. Morgan gave the identical incorrect date. Roman also told police that Morgan didn't have a driver's license because she was from New York and probably used the public transit system. He told the officer that he is from New York and didn't get a driver's license until he joined the military. Mesa police investigators later learned that Morgan had a valid Tennessee driver's license.

Morgan, who sports a dollar sign and "Pretty Risky's No. 1 Leading Lady" tattoos on her thigh, had two prostitution convictions in Mesa. At the time of the incident, she had four outstanding Mesa city court warrants mostly involving prostitution, records show.

The internal affairs investigation revealed that Roman has ran criminal background checks on Morgan using her correct birthday four times since November 2005 while on duty.

The officer determined no crime had occurred at SunSplash and closed the case. But a sergeant at the scene recognized Morgan. The sergeant felt Roman was misleading police, which sparked an internal affairs investigation. He resigned before being interviewed for the internal affairs probe. The probe found Roman did violate department policy by failing to report accurately, records show.

Mesa police reported to AZPOST a possible violation of its rules last year and an investigation was started.