Former State Trooper Claims Breakup With Arizona DPS Director Robert Halliday's Daughter Got Him Investigated and Fired

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Geoffrey Jacobs says an affair with the DPS director's daughter led to his being fired

A former state trooper claims he was falsely accused of crimes and fired last year after a brief fling with the daughter of the state Department of Public Safety's director.

Geoffrey Jacobs, a six-year veteran and former pilot with the DPS, filed a federal lawsuit yesterday that accuses the agency and its director of violating his civil rights and damaging his reputation -- all because of the ill-fated love affair.

Ami Halliday, (the daughter), the city of Glendale and its police department, several DPS and Glendale law officers, and unnamed corporations are also named as defendants.

The DPS declined to comment on the matter. But the lawsuit states that it investigated Jacobs for secretly taping sex acts, aggravated assault, and posting explicit pictures of the daughter on the Internet. None of the accusations resulted in a criminal charge.

Jacobs name has been in the news before but always related to his duties with the DPS. In his role on the DPS' photo-enforcement unit, Jacobs was the trooper who arrested Republican Party Executive Director Brett Mecum in May 2009 for criminal speeding. 

In the lawsuit, Jacobs states that he began the affair with Ami Halliday in fall 2008, but broke it off on November 5 of that year. Halliday, ticked off at being dumped, "threatened Jacobs that he would 'live to regret this,'" the suit says.

Three weeks later, Robert Halliday -- then a DPS commander -- "filed a false and malicious complaint against Jacobs on behalf of his daughter," according to the suit.

The Hallidays, states Jacobs, accused him of secretely taping him and Ami Halliday having sex, "possibly" raping an ex-girlfriend, and posting nude photos of Ami online without her consent. They also accused Jacobs' roommate, John Wright, of pointing a gun at Ami, the suit states.

The DPS internal affairs department, called the Office of Professional Standards, opened an investigation into Jacobs. But that investigation was reportedly halted after the Glendale Police Department opened a criminal investigation.

The Glendale PD pulled Wright over "at gunpoint" on January 15, 2009, but Wright denied ever pointing a gun at Ami Halliday. Jacobs notes in his lawsuit that Halliday never reported or mentioned the alleged incident to police until after the two broke up.

Meanwhile, on the same day, Glendale detectives searched Jacobs' home (without a warrant), seized his computers and interviewed Jacobs at work without allowing him the benefit of a lawyer, the suit states.

No "credible evidence" was found to support any of the claims against Jacobs. However, Glendale police did ask the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to charge Jacobs with revealing peace officer info on the Web because he'd published pictures of his "officer friends" on a private Facebook page.

County prosecutors declined the case, but the DPS wasn't done with Jacobs.

The "fishing expedition" conducted on Jacobs' computers turned up evidence of "additional misconduct." The suit doesn't share details of the alleged misconduct, but it was apparently serious enough to have Jacobs walked out the door on September 9, 2009.

Someone posted an unflattering comment about Jacobs a few days later on a dating Web site.

After Jacobs applied for unemployment benefits, he claims in the suit, a DPS official wrote the Department of Economic Security that Jacobs had been fired for an "off-duty criminal offense" and for failing to 'fess up to it when confronted. Jacobs denies both of the accusations.

"[The] DPS has also made false and malicious statements about Jacobs ... to the effect that Jacobs' personal computer contained child pornography," the suit states.

The lawsuit doesn't go into detail about who at the DPS made the kiddie-porn allegation, but it stands to reason that Jacobs would be facing serious criminal charges if the agency really had such evidence.

By mid-November of 2009, the DPS Law Enforcement Merit System Council had upheld Jacobs' termination. Besides the civil rights violations, Jacobs accuses the DPS and the others of invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress, defamation and negligent supervision. He's seeking reimbursement for lost wages, punitive damages and attorneys' fees.

Robert "Bobby" Halliday was promoted to DPS director last January by Governor Jan Brewer. Jacobs' Phoenix attorney, Caroline Pilch, did not return a phone call to New Times. We'll follow up on this one when we learn more.

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Chancock8
Chancock8

Geoffrey is one of my really good friends... Maybe u guys should know him for who he really is before u say something... He is the most caring guy I have ever met and will go out of his way for anyone even someone who has hurt him... So let him handle it... I hope he wins!!!

Disgusted
Disgusted

Whoever you are... KUDOS!!!! I couldn't of said it better myself. And it is funny how anyone makes a comment regarding anything towards the positive of the Hallidays, Geoff and his buddies are on here slamming. Guess he doesn't have anything else better to do.... I hope he loses his ass in court. And you know the next thing he is gonna be crying about is how the judge must be a friend of the director!

Beyond_da_bs
Beyond_da_bs

If Geoff... Officer Jacobs to you... took any kind of value in his job... then tell me why in the hell is he allowing all you freaking dumbasses to wear his parts of his uniform and take photos on his patrol car and motorcycle and also playing with the sheep... remember all that were published here... I even remember him bopping around in his drawers with his badge on his bulge! And now he wants respect? What a flipping joke! I have been to one of the parties and I do know that some of this crap does go on. Geoffy boy & Shadow John are getting what they should of gotten well before Geoff dated Ami. You sound like you are the latest in his fan club of the women he chooses to posses. At least Ami had the balls to cry to daddy. Who are you gonna cry to when he drops your ass or when by chance you get rid of him and catch him following you around in your rear view girlfriend! Get a freaking clue! You know what maybe you are not even female and this is Geoff.... sounds more like it knowing his ego!

calling.u.out
calling.u.out

Lets not talk about how disfunctional you are as a father there bonehead! I too am a part of this family and though there is drama... you get to lie in the bed you made! jackwagon!

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Guest
Guest

Are you Shannon or Jackie?

CabezaQueso
CabezaQueso

Who the hell would want to be a lawyer?

CabezaQueso
CabezaQueso

you're nuts and not a very good liar.

CabezaQueso
CabezaQueso

you seem like a fella that would know all about fiddling with the kiddies.

CabezaQueso
CabezaQueso

American"warrior" posting dumb shit anonymously on a website doesn't make you a warrior it makes you a pussy.

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