PW Learns Cop Tried Changing Password On Gun Website After ATF Raid And That Other Officers Did Business On That Site (Pasadena Weekly link): Documents obtained by the Pasadena Weekly indicate a Pasadena police lieutenant under federal investigation for possible illegal gun sales submitted a request for a password change on a gun website just hours after federal agents seized dozens of illegal weapons from his Sierra Madre home.
Meanwhile, the 42 pages of documents obtained by the newspaper through the state’s Public Records Act (PRA) also reveal two other police officers, Detectives Cuong Dinh Pham and Nick Cheung, are also registered to Calguns.net under their city email addresses, along with Lt. Vasken Gourdikian, the officer under investigation by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Gourdikian is currently on paid administrative leave.
According to postings on Calguns, Cheung listed at least five weapons for sale, and other emails revealed that he recommended weapons to other people.
The information came as a result of PW’s June 5 request under state law for all correspondence to and from Calguns.net from all city employee emails.
The 42 pages of emails were vetted by officials with the Pasadena Police Department, the City Attorney’s Office and the City Manager’s Office before being turned over to the Pasadena Weekly.
As reported previously by PW, the 47-year-old Gourdikian — under the username vgourdik — sold dozens of weapons on the website, many of them off-roster, before ATF agents served him with a search warrant at his Sierra Madre home on Feb. 16 and seized 57 weapons.
But at 11:43 a.m. that day, soon after federal agents left the scene, Gourdikian logged onto the Calguns website and sent a request to have his password changed on the website.
“You have requested to reset your password on Calguns.net because you have forgotten your password. If you did not request this, please ignore it. It will expire and become useless in 24-hours time,” the email states. The email also contains a link to complete the process. It is not known if Gourdikian changed his password or if any postings were deleted from the website.
Gourdikian’s actions “could be construed as consciousness of guilt,” said local attorney Pamela Dansby Darden.
Consciousness of guilt is an incriminating inference that a judge or jury could draw from statements or conduct of a defendant after a crime has occurred that suggests that the defendant knows he is guilty of a crime, Darden explained.
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