A Huntington Beach police officer has been charged with two misdemeanors for impersonating a fellow officer online.
Steven Tennant, 32, of Yorba Linda, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of internet impersonation for the purpose of harming, intimidating, threatening, and defrauding. He faces a maximum sentence of two years in Orange County jail if convicted on all counts.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on May 5, 2021 at the Central Justice Center in Department C54.
On September 20, 2020 and September 26, 2020, Tennant is accused of posting a fellow officer’s photo and personal phone number on the website doublelist.com. The other officer was made aware of the ads when he started receiving texts from unknown numbers referencing the internet postings featuring his picture and personal cell phone number.
The ads were posted after the other officer had begun dating Tennant’s ex-girlfriend. The Huntington Beach Police Department initiated an investigation after the officer reported the harassment to a supervisor.
“Impersonating another individual on the internet is not a joke. It is a crime that could result in serious harm,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “This is not boys will be boys or cops will be cops behavior. It is curious and beyond disturbing that a sworn police officer would engage in such reckless behavior to endanger the safety of a fellow officer.”
Deputy District Attorney Nate Barrett of Special Prosecutions is prosecuting this case.
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