In October 2014 detectives from the Montgomery County Police, Special Victims Investigation Division began investigating allegations of a sex offense to a student at Roberto Clemente Middle School. On October 17, 2014, Jose Pineda, a substitute teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools was charged with one count of Third Degree Sex Offense. Since that arrest three more victims have come forward with similar allegations.
Natalie Whittaker of Princess Anne, arrested 5-31-14 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving impaired by alcohol, driver giving false information to police, fleeing and eluding police, and multiple traffic infractions. Whittaker was released on signature pending court actions. The arrest was the result of an attempted traffic stop where Whittaker led deputies on a brief car chase, until she crashed her vehicle into a ditch in the area of Progress Lane, Princess Anne.
Only four days prior to the Somerset County DUI arrest, Whittaker was charged by Maryland State Trooper B. Pollmeier with DUI on Joseph Rd. at Brown Rd. in Wicomico County. In District Court on Aug. 27, 2014, Wicomico County States Attorney allowed her to pay a fine of $250 along with court costs and receive a probation before judgment.
On May 4, 2013, Whittaker was cited by Princess Anne Police Officer D. H. Adams with negligent driving and in a plea deal with the Somerset County States Attorney on March 13, 2014, she was fined $107. At the same time, a charge of DUI was dropped by Somerset States Attorney Daniel W. Powell. Whittaker was represented by the Public Defender (paid for by taxpayers).
As a result of the incident, detectives from HSI interviewed Ronald Santos at Northern District. During the interview, Santos admitted to being “Obsessed” with being a police officer. In addition, he confessed to impersonating a police officer prior to his arrest. During the incident on October 18, 2014, Santos stated he was a police officer and a Naval Investigative Service Special Agent. During his contact with officers, he admitted to displaying a replica gold special agent badge to police officers. Santos stated he purchases replica police badges online.