A Los Angeles police officer was convicted and sentenced Thursday for harassing a woman with threatening phone calls and text messages.
Joshua Jinwook Chong, a Fullerton resident and Los Angeles Police Department sergeant, had a past romantic relationship with the woman when he threatened to kill her and a male friend in October 2011, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.
Chong called the woman more than 25 times, the district attorney’s office said in a statement. He has been relieved of duty and is on leave without pay, the LAPD said Thursday afternoon.
Chong pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of annoying and harassing phone calls. He was sentenced to three years of informal probation and was ordered to complete eight hours of community service and a 52-week batterer’s treatment program.
Prosecutors charged two Los Angeles police officers Wednesday with perjury and filing a false report for allegedly lying about an arrest.
Craig Allen, 39, and Phillip Walters, 56, turned themselves in to authorities at the downtown criminal courthouse after arrest warrants were issued, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Renee Chang, of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office’s Justice System Integrity Division, in a statement.
Allen and Walters, both motorcycle officers, were on patrol on Sept. 4, 2010, when they were dispatched to assist another officer who had stopped a suspected drunk driver, according the statement. They allegedly arrived at the scene 15 minutes later, but Allen stated in a written report that he had made the stop himself after watching the driver disregard two stop signs, the statement said.
Walters, who joined the LAPD in 1990, then allegedly testified months later at a hearing that he had been with Allen at the time of the traffic stop and had also observed the driver fail to stop.
It was not immediately clear how the officers were discovered or why it took nearly two years for charges to be filed.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba released the two men on their own recognizance and set their arraignment for Aug. 10. If convicted, each faces up to four years and eight months in state prison, according to the D.A.’s office.
Allen, an 11-year veteran of the department, and Walters could not be reached for comment.
A spokesman for the LAPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
An undated photo from the California corrections department shows inmates in crowded conditions at the state prison in Lancaster. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation / July 10, 2012)
Capt. Michael Bornman’s testimony painted a picture of a dysfunctional department whose supervisors are reluctant to address deputies’ misconduct. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / November 3, 2011)