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Update: State Attorney General’s office reviewing decision not to prosecute police sergeant accused of rape 

Update posted April 26, 2019

–The California Attorney General’s Office is reviewing the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office’s decision not to prosecute an ex Paso Robles police sergeant who was accused by a woman of rape and sexual misconduct on duty, according to a report by the Tribune.

In November 2018, District Attorney Dan Dow announced that the police officer accused of sexual assault while on-duty will not face criminal charges despite evidence the officer had sex with the woman. She is one of at least three women to allege that McGuire assaulted and/or harassed them, or engaged in misconduct in their presence.

 

Update posted March 13, 2019

Woman who accused police officer of rape sues the city for damages

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Christopher McGuire

–The woman who accused former Paso Robles police sergeant Christopher McGuire of rape has filed a claim for damages against the City of Paso Robles, according to multiple reports. Her claims could be the precursor to a civil suit, reports say.

In November 2018, District Attorney Dan Dow announced that the police officer accused of sexual assault while on-duty will not face criminal charges despite evidence the officer had sex with the woman.

Dow said, at a press conference, that his office did not have enough evidence to prosecute former Paso Robles Sgt. Christopher McGuire. “No reasonable and objective jury could find Mr. McGuire guilty of the alleged crimes,” Dow said.

She is seeking damages in excess of $25,000, reports say.

She is one of at least three women to allege that McGuire assaulted and/or harassed them, or engaged in misconduct in their presence.

McGuire resigned from his position in October after being put on paid leave during the investigation.

 

Update posted Nov. 2

District attorney won’t file charges against police sergeant accused of sexual assault

Dan Dow

District Attorney Dan Dow announces the conclusion of the investigation into allegations of sexual assault by former Paso Robles Police Department Officer Christopher McGuire

A Paso Robles police officer accused of sexual assault while on-duty will not face criminal charges despite evidence the officer had sex with the woman, Dan Dow, San Luis Obispo County district attorney, announced Thursday.

Dow said, at a press conference, that his office did not have enough evidence to prosecute former Paso Robles Sgt. Christopher McGuire. “No reasonable and objective jury could find Mr. McGuire guilty of the alleged crimes,” Dow said.

McGuire was put on paid administrative leave in May. Since then, officials have refused to describe the allegations against the officer, other than say they involved sexual assault.

Since that time, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office concluded its investigation and recommended the District Attorney’s Office file charges of committing forcible sex acts, but the DA decided the evidence was not sufficient.

At the press conference, it was revealed that there were several acts of sexual contact between McGuire and the alleged victim between December 2017 and March 2018.

 

Update Oct. 5

Paso Robles police sergeant accused of sexual assault leaves the department

–Paso Robles police sergeant Christopher McGuire, who is accused of sexual misconduct while on duty, recently left the department. Reports don’t say whether he resigned or was terminated.

In May, McGuire was placed on paid administrative leave while the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department investigated the allegations.

 

Original story posted Aug. 17

DA reviewing potential sexual assault charges against Paso Robles police sergeant

–The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a potential criminal case against a Paso Robles Police Sgt., according to reports.

Christopher McGuire is accused of assaulting women while on the job. McGuire was hired in late 2012.

McGuire was placed on paid leave in May, according to: Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis. Lewis said, he “immediately took these allegations to the DA and Sheriff’s Departments, while simultaneously placing him on paid leave…” though he couldn’t specify at the time as to the allegations.

It’s unknown how long the DA’s review of the investigation will take. No further details are available at this time.

Original story posted June 20, 2018

Paso Robles police officer accused of on-duty sexual assault

–Paso Robles police sergeant Christopher McGuire is on paid administrative leave as the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department investigates allegations of on-duty rape, according to a report. The officer allegedly assaulted several women while on the job. Paso Robles hired McGuire in late 2012.

Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis responded to the allegations with the following:

Regretfully, one of our own has been accused of tarnishing our badge. Sergeant Christopher McGuire was placed on leave on May 9th after allegations surfaced that he may have committed a serious criminal act (I cannot comment on the specifics at this point). I immediately took these allegations to the DA and Sheriff’s Departments, while simultaneously placing him on paid leave.

While these allegations surfaced over a month ago, we have been fully cooperating with these outside agencies as they thoroughly investigate this matter. Additionally, once the Sheriff’s Department investigation progresses far enough along, my Department stands ready to conduct a personnel investigation using an independent investigator. We are committed to uncovering the truth, whatever that may be, and taking appropriate action based on that information.

I realize these are serious allegations, so I hope you can help me deliver an important message to our community. I want every community member to know that despite the serious allegations against this particular employee, the men and women of the PRPD are dedicated and ethical public servants. Our officers honorably wear our badge and stand ready to protect and serve our fine community every day.

I remain committed to addressing whatever questions come our way honestly, providing as much information as I can. However, I am limited in my ability to comment further because an investigation is ongoing and state labor laws limit the information I can release. 

No further information is available at this time. Updates will be posted as the case develops.

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