PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE CHARGES OFF-DUTY OFFICER SOTO AND ANNOUNCES GUILTY PLEA BY FORMER DETECTIVE DOVE

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PHILADELPHIA (April 26, 2017) – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office today released the following statements on the charging of Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Adam Soto and the guilty plea to all charges by Former Detective Ronald Dove:

Commonwealth v. Adam Soto

“After a comprehensive investigation, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged Officer Adam Soto in the death of Daniel Dimitri,” said Kathleen Martin, First Assistant District Attorney. “This is a particularly egregious act, not only because it took place mid-morning on a well-traveled intersection, but because Officer Soto, who once took an oath to serve and protect, is charged with literally running down and killing one of his fellow citizens.”

Background: On January 31, 2017, the defendant, while off-duty, struck and killed 50 year old Daniel Dimitri as he attempted to cross Cottman and Algon Aves. Soto was driving over 80 miles per hour, and has been charged with Homicide by Vehicle (3rd Degree Felony) and Involuntary Manslaughter (1st Degree Misdemeanor).

Commonwealth v. Ronald Dove

“Former Det. Ronald Dove’s guilty plea to several felony and misdemeanor charges today sends a clear message that if you are a police officer and you break the law, you will be investigated and prosecuted for your crimes,” said Kathleen Martin, First Assistant District Attorney.

Background: Today, Former Det. Ronald Dove plead guilty to six charges: Hindering Apprehension (3rd Degree Felony), Conspiracy to Hinder Apprehension (3rd Degree Felony), Flight to Avoid Apprehension (3rd Degree Felony), Obstruction of Administration of Law (2nd Degree Misdemeanor), Unsworn Falsification (2nd Degree Misdemeanor), and Tampering with Evidence (2nd Degree Misdemeanor). He pled guilty to conduct that included taking his girlfriend to Rochester, New York; removing potential evidence; and lying to investigators. Judge Carolyn H. Nichols sentenced him to 30 days to 23 months in prison, followed by three years of probation.

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