We have been following this case for some time. It would be interesting to know whether the officer is serving actual custody time or is able to serve via house arrest.
The story is long from over now. There is no doubt a civil case coming. It will be interesting to see if the city is ready to deal or are they going to fight this one out? I hope the victims receive justice and are able to put this matter behind them.
A former San Diego police officer accused of misconduct on the job – including groping and illegally detaining several women – pleaded guilty to several charges Friday.
Prosecutor Annette Irving confirmed that Christopher Hays, 30, pleaded guilty to felony false imprisonment as well as misdemeanor counts of assault and battery under the color of authority by a peace officer.
With this plea, Irving said Hays faces a maximum of five years behind bars but may wind up being sentenced to about one year. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 26.
EXCLUSIVE: Embattled Ex-Cop’s Wife Stands By Husband<img ]NBC 7’s Megan Tevrizian spoke exclusively to Erika Hays, the wife of former SDPD Officer Christopher Hays. She is speaking out for the first time to defend her husband against accusations of sexual misconduct.
An attorney for Hays said the guilty plea was the best deal for him. After this is all said and done, the attorney said Hays plans to move out of San Diego and back to his home state of Arkansas.
At least four women have claimed Hays inappropriately touched and groped them during pat downs while he was on duty.
Back in May, NBC 7 spoke with Hays’ wife, Erika Hays, who defended his innocence and said she would continue to stand by him.
SDPD Slapped With New Misconduct Lawsuit<img ]A new lawsuit filed against the San Diego Police Department claims the department enforced an “unwritten policy” that encouraged police misconduct and led to scandals involving former officers Anthony Arevalos and Christopher Hays. NBC 7’s Candice Nguyen reports.
At his preliminary hearing in April, three alleged victims identified only as Jane Doe One, Two and Three described their interactions with the officer in uniform.
Jane Doe Two said Hays allegedly gave her a pat down that included lingering over every part of her body. Jane Doe Three accused Hays of dropping his hand towards his groin and asking her to touch his body.
Hays – a four-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department – was charged with the misconduct crimes in February. Hours after his arraignment, he resigned from the department and said he was not guilty and felt betrayed by the department.
Hays’ case has put the SDPD under fire this year, further marring the department’s image.
In addition to Hays, SDPD Officer Donald Moncrief was accused earlier this year of touching a woman inappropriately during an arrest in the South Bay and allegedly exposing himself to the woman.
Moncrief was never formally charged and left his job with the SDPD. In late April, he filed a claim against the city and the SDPD seeking damages for defamation, among other things.
Meanwhile, former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos is currently serving prison time for sexual battery and false imprisonment charges he committed while in uniform as a police officer patrolling the Gaslamp from 2009 to 2011.
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