Ex-Clovis officer arrested for violating domestic abuse order

The Fresno BeeSeptember 18, 2013 

A former Clovis police officer, Kyle Pennington, was arrested Wednesday near Sanger for violating a domestic abuse restraining order.

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A former Clovis police officer was arrested Wednesday near Sanger for violating a domestic abuse restraining order.

Kyle Pennington was accused of assaulting his girlfriend June 4 and faces six felony charges that include corporal injury to a cohabitant.

Wednesday's arrest was made about 4:45 p.m. after Sanger police pulled his vehicle over on Indianola Avenue near the outskirts of Sanger, said Jaimy Gaines, spokeswoman for the Sanger Police Department.

Police received information Wednesday morning that there was a possible violation of the restraining order, Gaines said.

"I believe (officers) just got information stating he was in her proximity," Gaines said. "Typically, restraining orders state you can't be within hundred yards. I'm not sure of the exact yardage, but we did receive information that he was in her presence. Part of the investigation is ongoing, but police had enough information to believe he was in violation of the restraining order."

As of 6 p.m., Pennington had not been transported to Fresno County Jail yet, Gaines said. He was scheduled to return to court Thursday morning for the conclusion of his preliminary hearing about the domestic violence allegations.

Pennington resigned from the Clovis Police Department -- where he had worked since July 2007 -- weeks after his June 4 arrest.

The reporter can be reached at cgeorge@fresnobee.com. (559) 441-6386 or @CarmenGeorge on Twitter.

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