Former Clovis police officer jailed after judge combines domestic abuse cases

The Fresno BeeJanuary 27, 2014 

Kyle Pennington

Former Clovis police officer Kyle Pennington was arrested in a Fresno courtroom Monday after a judge consolidated Pennington's two domestic violence cases and and upped his bail to $300,000.

Pennington, 35, was booked into the Fresno County Jail about 10:20 a.m. He is expected to post bail, said Fresno attorney E. Marshall Hodgkins, who is defending Pennington.

One criminal complaint charges Pennington with committing corporal injury to his ex-girlfriend on May 21 and again on June 4. He also is accused of assault causing injury and false imprisonment with violence during the June 4 incident.

In the other case, Pennington is accused of corporal injury to his ex-girlfriend on Sept. 18, and attempting to dissuade her from testifying on Oct. 14.

In court Monday, Hodgkins asked Judge David Gottlieb to allow Pennington to remain free on his previous bail of $230,000, but the judge denied the motion.

Pennington's next date in Fresno County Superior Court is March 6.

Outside court, Hodgkins said he understood Gottlieb's ruling, saying police officers are often held to a higher standard. Hodgkins also said he is ready to defend Pennington against false accusations and prove that the alleged victim has told authorities conflicting accounts as to what happened to her.

Pennington's troubles began last summer when Sanger police went to his home on Oak Avenue and discovered his girlfriend wearing a torn T-shirt. She also had 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.

Pennington, who began working for the Clovis Police Department in 2007, resigned weeks after his June 5 arrest.

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