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September trial date set for SDPD sergeant accused of stalking, harassing female officer

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Sept. 26 trial date was set Tuesday for a San Diego Police Department sergeant accused of stalking and harassing a female officer after she broke off their romantic relationship.

Kenneth H. Davis, a 23-year department veteran, pleaded not guilty at his Superior Court arraignment to one felony count of stalking and three misdemeanor counts of making harassing telephone calls.

Davis, who remains out of custody pending trial, faces up to three years in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Teresa Santana.

The 47-year-old sergeant will be back in court July 19 for a readiness conference.

Davis has been reassigned to desk duty pending the outcome of the case, public affairs Lt. Andra Brown said.

The alleged victim, a 13-year veteran with SDPD, testified during a preliminary hearing last month that Davis continually called and sent her text messages once she told him their relationship was over last year.

She testified that Davis called her in the middle of the night when she was at her former husband's house, saying he saw her truck parked outside.

The witness said she started dating Davis -- who was married -- in early 2008. He moved in with her and her two children but moved out three weeks later, she testified.

The female officer -- who was also married but separated when the two started dating -- said Davis told her he was serious about leaving his wife and spending his life with her.

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

The officer said Davis moved back with her in November 2008, but only stayed for five weeks.

Early in 2010, she said she told Davis she wanted to break up.

In March 2010, after recuperating from a motorcycle accident, the woman said she met with Davis where he was living, and he asked her to leave.

The female officer said she ran into Davis Aug. 7 at her substation gas station, somewhere he was not supposed to be because he worked at another station.

When she realized it was Davis, she said she took her service weapon out of her holster because she didn't know what he was going to do.

Davis said he had left a bag on her desk inside, and she said she thought it might be a bomb, but it turned out to be some of her belongings.

Later that night, Davis called to say he was looking at her truck outside her former husband's home.

She said she didn't know if Davis was going to confront her former husband.

A police supervisor noticed a posting on the female officer's Facebook page that said "No means no," and helped the alleged victim report the alleged harassment.

In binding Davis over for trial, Judge John Einhorn said Davis wouldn't take "leave me alone" "quit it" or "it's over" and bombarded the alleged victim with text messages, phone calls and emails.

A total of nine cases against San Diego police officers have come to light in the last three months, five of them resulting in criminal charges.

Chief William Lansdowne today apologized for the officers' actions, pledging to do everything possible to restore the public's trust in the department.

 

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