A former Department of Homeland Security officer working in Rome has been indicted in federal court on seven charges, but both his attorney and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said they don’t know any specifics about the case.
Each of the seven counts states that Stephen G. House was working as a law enforcement and security officer for the Federal Protective Service, a division of Homeland Security, when he pulled over individuals while he was driving in an SUV with law enforcement markings between the dates of July 28, 2006, and April 15, 2009.
In each of the seven instances, the indictment reads, House “did detain (initials), and did thereby willfully deprive (initials) of the right secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States to be free from an unreasonable seizure by a law enforcement officer…”
The alleged victims were identified only by their initials.
House entered a not guilty plea to all charges earlier this week and was released from custody on a $2,500 bond. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. before a federal magistrate.