Police sergeant pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges for stalking, harassing colleague he dated

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego police sergeant pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor charges for stalking and making repeated harassing phone calls to a female colleague he once dated.

Kenneth H. Davis, 48, was immediately sentenced to three years probation. Davis, a 23-year department veteran, was also ordered to have no contact with the victim and to undergo stalking counseling. The defendant was given credit for one day in jail and ordered to do 10 days of public work service.

Because Davis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, he is expected to be able to continue carrying a firearm in his duties as a police officer, attorneys involved in the case said.

The victim, a 13-year SDPD veteran, testified at a preliminary hearing in May that Davis continually called and sent her text messages after she told him their relationship was over last year.

“He told me if I ever left him, he would kill me,” she testified.

Defense attorney Ward Clay told Judge Charles Rogers at a separate hearing in July that Davis never made a “credible threat” to the alleged victim.

But Deputy District Attorney Teresa Santana said it was “troubling” that Davis repeatedly tried to contact the victim, telling her that he could see her car parked outside her ex-husband's home and showing up at her workplace.

A sergeant and lieutenant even talked with Davis about his “scary” behavior, Santana said.

Rogers ruled that Davis posed an “implied threat” to the victim and it was reasonable to conclude that she was in fear for her safety. “Doesn't it sound like he just wasn't going to take `No' for an answer?” the judge asked.

Davis is one of several San Diego police officers to come under investigation since February for various crimes, including DUI and sexual assault.

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