Despite DNA evidence, Dow declines prosecuting Paso Robles officer

Sgt. Christopher McGuire


The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has elected not to charge a Paso Robles Officer accused of sexual assault while on the job even though his DNA was found at the alleged victim’s home, officials said at a press conference on Thursday.

While DNA evidence showed that the Sgt. Christopher McGuire had sex with the alleged victim, District Attorney Dan Dow said he could not prove the sex acts were not consensual. Investigators noted that some of the sex acts occurred while the officer was in uniform.

“We have no evidence to show a forcible sex act by officer McGuire,” Dow said.

After the alleged victim called 911 to report she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, McGuire was one of the officers routed to the woman’s house to give assistance. While the other officers left following the arrest of the victim’s boyfriend, McGuire stayed behind.

McGuire is accused of pulling the victim on his lap before sexually assaulting her.

A few days later, McGuire returned to the home and ordered the woman to perform a sex act in her garage while threatening to have SLO County Child Welfare Services take her children if she did not comply, the victim said. Investigators later found the officer’s DNA in the victim’s garage.

For years, residents of Paso Robles have accused McGuire of abuse of power, sexual misconduct and homophobia. But because many of the alleged victims have drug or criminal histories, they believe their reports have been discounted.

At the press conference, Dow said his office interviewed other alleged victims who they were able to track down. And even though sheriff’s investigators sought prosecution, Dow’s office concluded there was not enough evidence to secure a conviction.

McGuire recently resigned from the Paso Robles Police Department.

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6 Comments about “Despite DNA evidence, Dow declines prosecuting Paso Robles officer”

  1. Andrew Berg says:

    Since so many of the Deputy DA’s are leaving and Dow can not get more to join his staff of corruption, recently i spoke to a New DDA from San Bernadino who only here 10 days already does not like how the office is being run and now can NOT stand his own boss Dow.

    Meeting in Atascadero recently this new young looking DDA is just beginning a new career and already does not trust the very office he works for, i notice last week at Commissioner Child home several Judges and Lawyers all agreed on one thing, Dan Dow is NOT fit to continue to be DA nor is he fit to prosecute any Sexual Misconduct cases.

    Time is over due to recall DA Dow or at least impeach him and charge him with Criminal, Ethical and Violations of the State Bars rules.

  2. obispan says:

    Dan Dow’s explanation after the sex acts were denied by McGuire yet confirmed by DNA evidence; “come on, you know she wanted it”.

  3. LK Cynthia says:

    Yes, the ongoing conduct of integrity and ethics in our District Attorneys office is alarming and calls into the question why so many DDA’s have left, why no one wants to work for this DA. Recently a new young DDA from out of the area has been on the job only a week and he is already most disappointed with Mr. Dow

    Several current and former DDA’s have said they cannot and will not support him, as many are seeking other positions away from the DA’s office. Today i learned from a unnamed County DA’s officer who has a wonderful reputation for honesty, ethics so much to the point this DA of this country i can not name has created two units .

    Prosecution “Verification” on all Post convictions for serious felonies the second unit is prosecution conviction/appeal cases to ensure all the cases are factually done with truth, evidence and integrity. Out of the 58 Counties SLO County DA is the only DA who conceals, violates the Brady Rule, files false and (17 b ) wobbler cases, fails to prosecute a wide variety of Sexual assaults most all against his friends like Officer McGuire who has a well documented history of Police about at no less than 3 law enforcement agencies .

    If you ever are a victim of any criminal matter from Sexual assaults to any thing file complaints with our Local Grand Jury and Cc: the State AG’s office and the Officer of public integrity at the US DOJ’s Los Angeles

  4. Nicole M says:

    As a victim, i will only say how despicable Mr. Dow is, as he circumvented the rule of law and the Jury process, he now decides who to believe and who not to believe is shameful .

    It is up to the Jury to decide this lying, raping cop not YOU, no doubt all the stories and talk about you has come true, I counsel many victims and your have failed both woman and men who are victims at the hands of those in power, from Police to District Attorneys. YOU MR. DOW are NOT above the law.

    You will never get our support ever again, shame on you for the cover up of protecting a dirty lying criminal cop.

  5. obispan says:

    The City of Paso Robles, or the JPIA (look it up, see what it costs your city/county) will be paying big-time when Ilan’s done. Plus, you will be on the hook for 90% @50 plus 5% a year for life with survivor’s benefits for the fallen American hero, McGuire (sob). Peshong and Reed will not touch this government expenditure, only rail continually against anything to do with quality of life that costs their benefactors a dollar in profits that can be transferred to, and subsidized by, other taxpayers, or ignored by Mr. Reed’s clients, but enforced on others. Yes, he sells influence, straight up corruption. If you’re a Republican, and you oppose regulation, you do not oppose and profit from it at the same time, as does Jim Reed.

  6. Hartwell Penny says:

    This is “Outrageous” incompetent conduct on Dan Dow, who professes out of one mouth “Believe” the woman and yet his two forked tongue lied to all of the Public.

    Knowing that now Dan Dow and his Wife Wendy are friends of the McGuire’s say it all, for his wife Wendy to continue to be in-touch with them and discuss this “Evil” crime is appalling and Criminal. After the SLOSO and others did a full criminal investigation and recommend Charges Dow says NO ? is Mr. Dan Dow involved in the Paso Robles Sex ring ?

    I know of several other Victims who were going to come forward once McGuire was charged well now they are afraid as the DA is a Coward and Liar, covering up Sexual Rings of which I now believe he is a part of this ring.

    We support a recall and Impeachment of Dow and his Sex Partner buddies whom he has now failed to charge several times, he is a “Wolf in Sheep’s” Clothing , I remember when he made serious allegations against Judge Rita Federman and her Husband Doug as well as Judge Coates being a woman who uses her looks to bet what ever she wants.

    It is now time to call in the FBI for Civil Rights Violations, Prosecution Misconduct as well and sexual misconduct himself, I too believe he Dow is a pervert and Sex mongering evil man. So much for his alleged being a man of faith, he is NOT but a Sexual Predator.

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