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Police captain’s son gets public service after PB assaults

A San Diego police captain’s son has been ordered to perform 50 days of public work service after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor counts of battery on women in Pacific Beach whom he groped while drunk.

Alex Tyler Guaderrama, 23, will be wearing a device that monitors alcohol use while on terms of three years’ probation. His driver license was suspended for 30 days and he was fined on Feb. 11.

Guaderrama, who moved to Alpine, will have to apply for a restricted driver license that would permit driving to and from work, according to Gina Coburn, spokeswoman for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. He will wear the secure continuous remote alcohol monitor (SCRAM) while on probation, she said.

Guaderrama admitted to assaulting two women outside a taco shop around 1 a.m. on Aug. 21 at 1190 Garnet Ave. A third woman was struck in the face. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vandalism involving $400 in damages to a car window of two victims who fled.

His father is Capt. Manny Guaderrama, and the department denied any favorable treatment to his son in the investigation for charges that were filed six weeks later.

The younger Guaderrama could return to court after completion of 25 days of public service and have the next 25 days converted to volunteer work at a non-profit organization.

— Neal Putnam

Prosecutor resigns after ticket-fixing fiasco

A jury has convicted a prosecutor of conspiracy to obstruct justice and two other misdemeanors in a Pacific Beach ticket-fixing case and she resigned from the District Attorney’s Office on Feb. 19.

The resignation of Allison Worden, 37, will take effect on Feb. 28, said Steve Walker, a spokesperson for District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. Worden was an experienced prosecutor for 10 years and handled murder and robbery cases.

Because the convictions are misdemeanors, they may not affect her license to practice law, but Worden might have trouble finding employment elsewhere as a prosecutor. She had been on paid leave of absence.

Her attorney, former District Attorney Paul Pfingst, won a delay Feb. 20 in her sentencing and it was set for March 8 before San Diego Superior Court Judge Louis Hanoian. She remains free on her own recognizance.

Worden, who was charged under her married name of Allison Debow, could get up to a year in jail, but it is more likely she would get community service with probation. It would be a security problem for a prosecutor to be sent to any jail.

The incident began on May 28, 2011 in the 4600 block of Cass Street when a police officer pulled over a car driven by another prosecutor, Amy Maund, and discovered that Worden, a passenger, wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The officer issued two tickets to both women, and Worden called Sgt. Kevin Friedman, a supervisor in the traffic department. Friedman apparently destroyed the tickets and later pleaded no contest to destruction of a traffic citation before it was filed in court.

Friedman, 49, was ordered to perform 40 hours of volunteer work, and placed on two years probation with a $500 fine. He also resigned from the police department.

Worden testified “the cop didn’t act appropriately” during the traffic stop and said she only called Friedman to complain about the officer, denying asking him to destroy the tickets.

— Neal Putnam





Local man to stand trial for robbery

A Mission Bay man has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly robbing two Pacific Beach banks in 2010 that are linked to him via DNA in a hat he left behind.

A June 13 trial date was set for Bryan Whaley Leasure, 50, who pleaded not guilty to the charges following a preliminary hearing in San Diego Superior Court. He was arrested Jan. 16.

Leasure’s DNA is on file because he was convicted of five robberies in federal court in Arizona in 2000. That means Leasure could get 25 years for each bank robbery as part of the “third strike” law.

Two tellers who were robbed identified Leasure in court as the man who robbed them. A Bank of America branch and a Wells Fargo branch in Pacific Beach were robbed on July 12, 2010 and Aug. 13, 2010.

Leasure remains in custody on $150,000 bail.

— Neal Putnam

PB bank robber gets one-year sentence

A robber who held up a Pacific Beach bank on New Year’s Eve has been sentenced to one year in jail and his projected release date is May 31, according to the sheriff’s officials.

James Arthur McWatters, 36, of San Diego, received credit for serving 44 days in jail on Feb. 14. The sheriff’s department has discretion to release inmates after they serve half their sentence.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Frederick Maguirre placed McWatters on three years’ probation and fined him over $500.

McWatters held up a Wells Fargo Bank branch that was inside the Ralph’s grocery store at 4315 Mission Blvd. It occurred at 12:30 p.m. and he made off with $3,200 in cash.

“Nobody was hurt, fortunately,” said Maguirre, who told McWatters he was lucky the case was not prosecuted in federal court, which could result in a longer sentence.

McWatters pleaded guilty just 15 days after the robbery, and a charge of making a criminal threat was dropped. He was arrested Jan. 1 in Oceanside.

— Neal Putnam

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