A veteran San Diego police sergeant is accused of stalking a female officer and repeatedly harassing her with unwanted phone calls and other contact.
Sgt. Ken Davis was formally charged in February with one felony and three misdemeanor charges: felony stalking and repeated harassing by phone or electronic contact.
Davis pleaded not guilty, and the judge has allowed him to remain free on his own recognizance, meaning he was not required to post any bail.
A police department public affairs officer confirmed Wednesday that Davis is on "paid administrative duty" and will continue to work for the department while it investigates the allegations against him.
Court documents obtained by NBC San Diego show that Davis works at the department's Southeastern Division, located on Skyline Drive.
The criminal complaint alleges that Davis followed and harassed the female officer from late June until early September of last year, and harassed her by phone at least five times in early August.
On Feb. 10, Judge David Szumowski issued a protective order that prohibits Davis from having any personal, phone or written contact with the alleged victim, and requires him to stay at least 100 yards away from her at all times. Davis was also ordered to surrender any firearms that he owns or has control over.
Davis and his lawyer did not return messages from NBC San Diego seeking comment on the allegations, and the district attorney's office declined to comment on the specific allegations in this case.
But a source with knowledge of the case told NBC San Diego that Davis and the female officer had a mutual romantic relationship that went bad.
This source says the victim claims Davis began harassing her, and, at one point, threatened to "kill her."
According to the source, authorities moved the victim to a "safe house" in the North County to protect her from Davis, and later paid for an alarm system when the woman moved back to her own residence, because she was still worried that Davis might harm her.