San Luis Obispo County DA not filing charges against McGuire

Former Paso Robles police officer accused of sexual assault

SAN LUIS OBISPO — San Luis Obispo District Attorney Dan Dow said Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1, there was not enough evidence to bring charges against a former Paso Robles police officer accused of both on-duty and off-duty sexual assault.

Dow said during a press conference that “no reasonable jury or judge would conclude after seeing all of the evidence that Mr. McGuire was guilty of the crimes that have been alleged against him.”

Christopher McGuire resigned on Oct. 1 from the Paso Robles Police Department. He was a sergeant with the department.

McGuire was placed on paid administrative leave in May. Throughout the investigation and while the case was being reviewed by the DA’s Office, officials did not elaborate on the allegations, saying only that they involved sexual assault.

Assistant DA Eric Dobroth, who oversees sexual assault cases, outlined all of the steps that were taken during the investigation.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office started looking in the matter on May 9. It stemmed from a report made during a separate incident to Santa Cruz law enforcement by a woman, who alleged McGuire assaulted her when she was in Paso Robles. Santa Cruz passed the information on to PRPD on May 8 and the SLO Sheriff’s Office started its investigation the following day.

On Aug. 15 the case was referred to the DA’s Office and the SLO Sheriff’s Office recommended the DA file charges of suspicion of committing forcible sex acts.

While there was not enough evidence to formally file charges, Dobroth said that there was evidence of several acts of sexual contact between McGuire and the alleged victim between December 2017 and March 2018.

“There is evidence to support that there was at least consensual sexual contact between the accused Mr. McGuire and the complaining witness and victim in this case,” Dow said.

McGuire was hired by the Paso Robles Police Department in December 2012 after beginning his law enforcement career in 2003 with the Farmersville Police Department.

While with the Porterville Police Department, in 2007, while assigned to an anti-vehicle theft team, McGuire fatally shot an unarmed Tulare man following a reported confrontation. McGuire returned to duty after an internal department investigation cleared him of wrongdoing, according to the Porterville Recorder, a daily newspaper.


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