A former Clovis police officer has picked up a new felony domestic violence charge that accuses him of committing corporal injury to his ex-girlfriend last month.
Kyle Pennington, 34, was handcuffed in Fresno County Superior Court and taken to jail Thursday after he pleaded not guilty to the felony and to a misdemeanor charge of violating a court order.
After posting $95,000 bail, he was released from the county jail around 5:20 p.m. Thursday, jail records show.
Court records show the alleged crime happened on Sept. 18 -- the same day Pennington was arrested for being in the same house with his ex-girlfriend. No other details were available.
On June 4 Sanger police went to his home on Oak Avenue about 5:20 a.m. and discovered his girlfriend wearing a torn T-shirt with a mark on her left cheek and bruises on her arms.
Police said the victim told officers that Pennington grabbed and pushed her, choked her with her own arm and dragged her around their living room.
At the time, Pennington had worked for the Clovis Police Department since 2007. He resigned several weeks after his June 5 arrest.
On Sept. 19, Judge David Gottlieb ordered Pennington to stand trial on charges of corporal injury to his ex-girlfriend, false imprisonment, and assault. The judge made his ruling after several Sanger officers testify at Pennington's preliminary hearing.
The judge also admonished Pennington that a protective order remained in place and to stay away from his girlfriend. "I'm pretty serious when I say that," Gottlieb told Pennington.
On Wednesday, Pennington found out Gottlieb wasn't kidding around.
He was initially free on $105,000 bail. But at a hearing Wednesday, Gottlieb increased Pennington's bail to $135,000. The judge gave Pennington 24 hours to provide proof that he had posted $135,000 bail bond.
Thursday, Pennington turned in his proof to the court. But prosecutor Kelly Smith also served him with the new criminal complaint.
Pennington's next court hearing is Oct. 21.
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