Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
December 17, 2008
Susan Kang Schroeder
LOS ANGELES SHERIFF’S DEPUTY CHARGED WITH
NEW COUNT OF VIOLATING PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR CALLING EX-GIRLFRIEND’S CELL IN PRESENCE OF OCDA INVESTIGATOR
FULLERTON – A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy charged in August with violating a protective order for showing up at his ex-girlfriend’s work was charged today with a new count for calling the victim’s cell phone in the presence of an Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Investigator. Abel Avina Medina, 44, Bell Gardens, is now charged with two misdemeanor counts of violating a protective order and faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail if convicted. Medina was out on $25,000 bail, but his bail was revoked at the request of the People. The Court re-set bail at $40,000. Medina is scheduled for a continued arraignment on Jan. 23, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-14, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
Medina, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, has known Jane Doe since 2000. The couple, who share a child, split up in early July 2008. Jane Doe obtained a protective order in Family Court requiring that the defendant have no contact with her. On July 28, 2008, Medina is accused of showing up at Jane Doe’s work in La Habra. He was charged on Aug. 4, 2008, with one count of violating a protective order and a new protective order was issued for the criminal case requiring the defendant to have no contact with Jane Doe.
On Dec. 12, 2008, the OCDA received information that Jane Doe had moved back into Medina’s Los Angeles home on Dec. 11, 2008. Investigators from the OCDA went to Jane Doe’s work that day to speak with her about the move. While Investigators were speaking with the victim, Medina is accused of violating the criminal protective order by calling Jane Doe’s cell phone.
Deputy District Attorney Gary LoGalbo of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case.