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San Diego Police officer arrested on stalking, harassment charges

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A San Diego Police officer who has been under investigation for seven months was arrested Wednesday on charges related to stalking an ex-girlfriend.

Police said SDPD Sergeant Mariusz Czas was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with felony counts of stalking, extortion, and false imprisonment, as well as misdemeanor counts of making harassing calls and violation of a restraining order.

On June 29, 2020, a woman contacted a local law enforcement agency to report her ex-boyfriend was harassing her, according to police. The next day, SDPD detectives met with the woman to look into her allegations.

Sgt. Czas was “immediately relieved of his police duties and placed in an assignment that required no contact with the public,” according to the department.

Over the following seven months, police conducted interviews and met with the county’s District Attorney’s Office, before executing a search warrant on Czas’ home.

“SDPD has zero-tolerance for domestic abuse in any form. All of our personnel will continue to be held to a high standard that our community deserves,” a release from the department read.

SDPD says Czas has been with the department for more than 18 years.