Clovis officer faces 6 felony charges

The Fresno BeeJune 19, 2013 

A Clovis police officer made his first court appearance Wednesday in connection with his June 5 arrest on domestic violence charges.

Also attending the Fresno County Superior Court hearing was the alleged victim, who told the judge she didn't need a court order to protect her from the defendant, Kyle Pennington.

Judge John Gallagher listened to the woman's concerns and stayed the order until Pennington's next hearing.

Pennington, 34, faces six felony charges of corporal injury to a spouse or co-habitant, false imprisonment, assault likely to produce great bodily injury, making criminal threats and dissuading his spouse from reporting a crime. He also faces one misdemeanor count of disobeying a court order.

His arraignment was delayed to June 26 after his attorney, Marshall Hodgkins, informed Gallagher that he hadn't received all of the investigative reports.

Pennington, who has been on the Clovis police force since July 2007, has been on administrative leave since mid-March for an unrelated personnel matter, a police spokeswoman has said.

He is free on $50,000 bail.

Sanger police arrested Pennington at his home in the 2100 block of Oak Avenue. Police said officers had gone to his home the day before regarding a domestic violence call. Investigating officers returned hours later with a search warrant.

A criminal complaint accused Pennington of committing corporal injury to his spouse or co-habitant on June 4 and on May 21. The complaint does not give details of what happened.

During Wednesday's hearing, the alleged victim informed the judge that she is receiving counseling from the Marjaree Mason Center for battered women. Because Gallagher didn't issue the protective order, Pennington and the woman can continue to see each other, Hodgkins said, noting that they are also receiving counseling together.

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