Another San Diego cop accused of misconduct

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A recent neighborhood dispute has led to accusations of criminal misconduct against a San Diego police officer, one of six department members to face such allegations in recent weeks, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.

The patrolman, whose name and assignment were not released, has been transferred to desk duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation and a concurrent review by the District Attorney's Office, said police public affairs Lt. Andra Brown.

The allegations against the officer involve an April 11 off-duty altercation in Mira Mesa, where the 24-year SDPD veteran lives, according to Brown. She declined to provide details.

The department forwarded the case to prosecutors “within the last several days,” according to Brown.

Five other SDPD officers also have come under suspicion of illegal conduct over the last two months.

In February, San Diego police Sgt. Kenneth H. Davis was charged with one count of stalking a female fellow officer and three counts of making harassing telephone calls to her. A preliminary hearing for Davis, who has been with the department for 23 years, is scheduled for next week.

An SDPD motorcycle patrolman, meanwhile, is under investigation for allegedly causing an off-duty Feb. 22 traffic accident on Murray Ridge Road in Serra Mesa while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of the crash. The District Attorney's Office is reviewing the allegations against Officer David Hall, 41.

Last month, 42-year-old Art Perea, a vice officer with the department, resigned amid accusations of raping a Point Loma Nazarene University student at an El Cajon home. He has not been charged in the case, which remains under investigation.

On March 11, SDPD Officer Anthony Arevalos, 40, was arrested after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her following a traffic stop in the Gaslamp Quarter. Four other women subsequently came forward and made similar allegations against Arevalos, who has pleaded not guilty to 18 felony counts, including sexual battery, false imprisonment, assault under color of authority and receiving a bribe.

On March 24, San Diego police Officer Roel Tungcab was arrested by sheriff's deputies in the aftermath of a fight with his wife at their Imperial Beach home. Tungcab, 39, faces misdemeanor domestic-violence charges.

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