A South Bay man, who was out on bail on charges of posing as a police officer and subjecting motorists to phony traffic stops when he was arrested for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony stalking charge.
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Kevin Alan Kenniston, 41, also denied misdemeanor charges of violating a restraining order and child abuse and was ordered held on $1 million bail.
The defendant's arrest Monday came three weeks after he was charged with impersonating a police officer and false imprisonment for allegedly using a black-and-white Ford Crown Victoria equipped with a siren, public-address system and roof-mounted lights to trick at least three motorists into pulling over in recent months.
Last Friday, Kenniston's ex-girlfriend, who has a temporary restraining order against him, reported that he had parked his Jeep near a jogging path she frequents in Chula Vista and later that day made a telephone call to her, Lt. Lon Turner said.
On Saturday, Kenniston allegedly followed the woman into a supermarket parking lot in the 600 block of East Palomar Street and tried to converse with her.
That evening, Chula Vista police went to Kenniston's Engleman Court home to arrest him, but he fled out a back door and escaped, the lieutenant said.
The next night, officers were sent to the ex-girlfriend's home in northern Chula Vista after her 11-year-old daughter reported that Kenniston was allegedly "jiggling" a door in an attempt to get inside, Turner said. The suspect was gone by the time police arrived.
Further investigation linked the suspect to a home near Sprinter Lane and Corral Canyon, the lieutenant said. Officers later spotted Kenniston driving in the area and arrested him.
"His position right now is that these allegations are fabricated," said Kenniston's attorney, Marc Carlos, who added that the ex-girlfriend may have made up the allegations because of bad blood between herself and Kenniston. "There are a lot of tempers that flare in these types of relationships
My client denies each and every allegation."
Those charges are in addition to the 11 counts of impersonating a police officer Kenniston is facing.
"He denies those allegations," said Carlos. "He wasnt impersonating a police officer."
Carlos mentioned six San Diego police officers now facing disciplinary action and possible criminal charges for sex crimes, assaults and DUI's.
"It may be those people," said Carlos. "We just don't know."
Carlos said victims may have seen Kenniston's picture in the news and decided he was the one who stopped them.
"They may have had contact with an actual police officer that may have creeped them out, for all I know," said Kenniston.
South Bay Judge Roderick Shelton scheduled a readiness conference for May 10 and a preliminary hearing for May 31.
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