Attorney general reviewing Dow’s decision not to prosecute officer accused of rape

Sgt. Sean Christopher McGuire

The California Attorney General’s Office is reviewing a decision by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office to not charge a Paso Robles officer accused of sexual assault while on the job. [Tribune]

Even though DNA evidence found at the alleged victim’s home showed former Paso Robles Sgt. Christopher McGuire had sex with a woman who called for help with a domestic issue at her home, District Attorney Dan Dow said he could not prove the sex acts were not consensual. Investigators noted that sexual acts occurred while the officer was in uniform. 

McGuire, who has since resigned from the Paso Robles force, allegedly sexually assaulted the woman after she called 911 to report she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. While other officers left following the arrest of the victim’s boyfriend, McGuire stayed behind and allegedly pulled the victim on his lap, and sexually assaulted 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 McGuire’s DNA in the alleged victim’s garage.

The SLO County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation and found at least three women who alleged McGuire assaulted and harassed them or engaged in misconduct in their presence. The sheriff’s office recommended prosecutors charge McGuire with forcible rape, attempted forcible rape and assault and battery, but Dow announced last November that the DA’s office would not file charges against the officer.

In February, Brian Claypool, a lawyer representing the alleged victim requested that the attorney general’s office review the case. On April 10, Deputy Attorney General Nancy Lii Ladner sent a letter to Claypool saying state prosecutors are reviewing the case and will inform him of their findings.

SLO County prosecutors are cooperating the attorney general’s office as it reviews the case, Dow said.

Meanwhile, the alleged victim is attempting to advance a civil case against McGuire. The alleged victim is trying to file a lawsuit, but she must petition the court for a late claim because the six-month statute of limitations has passed.

Claypool said his client has a strong chance of getting around the typical statute of limitations since the sheriff’s office investigation, with which the alleged victim cooperated, lasted for three months after she reported McGuire. The DA’s office then took an additional two months to conduct its review.

Additionally, the case has prompted Central Coast Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham to introduce a bill that would close legal loopholes in order to make it easier for prosecutors to charge public officials who use their authority to gain sexual favors.

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2 Comments about “Attorney general reviewing Dow’s decision not to prosecute officer accused of rape”

  1. Jerry L Jerry L says:

    This is the same officer who failed Probation at Farmersville PD he had two complaints of sexual misconduct and left under a “Cloud” he tried to get his Father a CHP Sgt from Porterville to help him get another Police Job, CHP rejected him so he got a job at Porterville PD, where he was the Subject of two complaints of misconduct by two young female explorer scouts.

    He later shot and killed an unarmed man and left the Police Dept. to come to Paso Robles where he was NOT vetted properly and began a long career of sensual and sexual assaults his then wife Roberta knew of this and turned him in to Chief Ty Lewis who concealed it for as long as possible.

    He was tipped off by the DA’s office that the SLOSO recommend he be charged with several felonies so he quit to save face and his pension. As of this past month their have been 4 young woman who have complained of sexual abuse by X Officer McGuire but the statutes have expired ?

    Just another cover up, now that lawsuits are being filed and other officers are being deposed the facts will come out that in fact Office McGuire and one other officer were serial rapists .

    The top investigators of the SLO Sheriff’s office recommend felony charges but Dan Dow decided not to allow the public or Jury’s hear the evidence thus covering up the crimes, back at UC Santa Clara Law School Dan Dow was one of the Law Students who were suspects in a Sex Ring.

  2. TYMAN TYMAN says:

    It is very disheartening to witness how this District Attorney has lied to the voters, lied to the Police, Lied to the Courts and lied to his former Deputy DA’s who have departed in droves to other positions in the county and private practice.

    He fooled the #metoo people, he fooled the Chief of Police who is Gay , fooled The presiding Judge who is also Gay, by saying his faith and the bible state it is evil, sinful and an abomination to be Gay yet he seeks their support ? Photo Ops and more.

    What a Hypocrite and bold nut case who alleges he is a ” Christian” nothing could be further from the truth. He is nothing short of a Politician who is a “Liar” in the past two weeks their has been more than 13 NOT-GUILTY verdicts in cases in which Dow’s office committed Perjury.

    I’m glad the Attorney General’s office is reviewing the many sex assaults done by his buddy XXX Sgt. Chris McGuire a well know pedophile, rapists, Murderer, perjurer. Thank of his associates who have committed crimes including Felonies, A.J. Santana, Kelly Manderino, X Officer Kevin Waddell, X Officer Russ Griffiths,
    Former Sgt. demoted Caleb Kemp, the M/C officer who was alleged assaulted on Saint Patrick’s day who was alleging knocked out ? Yet the DA called the case a fraud and the officer a liar thus NO charges filed against the alleged suspects.

    11 of the judges have issues of his ability to properly do his job as the DA, as Dan Dow has said some very unsavory statements against Judge Tim Covello is uncalled for, and unethical at best. I hope the members of the Grand Jury review the DA’s office for misconduct as well as LYING under Oath, PERJURY.

    Having spent time with several current and now former Deputy DA’s whom all stated in no uncertain terms they DO NOT support the DA Dow at all and that his assistant Eric is in lock-step with him ? I get it that Dow is a “Trump” White Aryan man but he should be help to a higher standard, time is now for impeachment and recall, I hope the Attorney Generals office steps in and takes over all cases that Dow has as he is using his position to hurt the innocent and making false charges against the poor, elderly and those who need protection.

    Recently in a “Pen Mic” recording it was documented by SLOPD Sgt. Jeff Booth a alleged ” Religious associate of Dow’s make some very disparaging comments to three people in the public who recorded the Sgt. Booth on a false all edged crime and that his Friend Dan Dow will cover for the wrong doings , of both the Police and the DA’s office as these comments are now documented and recorded being sent to the AG’s office for review.

    Far too many matters of corruption, internal corruption, favoritism and outright cover-ups by the elected DA=Dow, he is no longer fit to served as our DA……..Dan Dow indeed has some very evil things to conceal and I for one believe he is nothing but a Phony Fraud and “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

    Mr. Dow, you need to tell the Truth to Judge Ginger Garrett and Chief Deanna Cantrell that you oppose GAY people………………..

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