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 1   Raymond N. Stella Erlach, SBN 056958
     LAW OFFICES OF
 2   RAYMOND N. STELLA ERLACH
     275 Battery Street, Suite 2600
 3   San Francisco, CA 94111
     Telephone: (415) 788-3322
 4   Facsimile: (415) 788-8613
     E-mail: rerlach@rayerlach.com
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     Attorneys for Defendant Norman E. Wielsch
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 8                                UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
 9                              NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
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11   UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,                          )   Case No. CR 11-00529-1 SBA (KAW)
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12                          Plaintiff,                  )
                                                        )
13            v.                                        )   DEFENDANT'S
                                                        )   STATEMENT AT SENTENCING
14   NORMAN WIELSCH,                                    )
                                                        )   Date: May 20, 2013
15                          Defendant.                  )   Time: 1:00 p.m.
                                                        )   Department:
16                                                      )   The Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong
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18                  I would like to sincerely apologize to all law enforcement officers for tarnishing the
19   badge.
20                  I want to apologize to the participating agencies in CNET, California DOJ, the
21   citizens of California, my family, and friends.
22                  I am sorry to anyone I may have hurt, the FBI, and the courts for having to deal with
23   my case.
24                  As you may know, the culture in law enforcement is that it is taboo to appear weak
25   by asking for help from anyone, let alone a mental health specialist. I would like to help change that
26   culture in some way.
27                  I would like to bring attention to PTSD and depression in the law enforcement
28   community. This disease needs to be addressed.


                                                                      Case No. CR 11-00529-1 SBA (KAW)
                                                       1      DEFENDANT'S STATEMENT AT SENTENCING
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 1                       If I am allowed, I would like to speak to police academies and to police departments
 2   about the importance of getting help when depression or nightmares begin and to resist the "I'm a
 3   strong cop, I don't need help" excuse.
 4                       My physical and mental disease and my daughter's disease caused me into a
 5   downward spiral of self-destructive behavior. My doctor and family begged me to seek psychiatric
 6   help. I was the big macho cop. I didn't need help.
 7                       Your Honor, I gave 24 years of honest hard work. I have seen things and been
 8   through things that would make a normal person go crazy after one incident. Your Honor, I endured
 9   these protecting the community, until my own breakdown. Please have mercy on me.
10                       (Defendant's handwritten statement is attached.)
11   jpX5\Wielsch\defendant.stm

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