|For Immediate Release
Case # 13NF0734
October 23, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
LOS ANGELES SHERIFF’S DEPUTY CONVICTED OF REPEATEDLY ASSAULTING WOMAN, WITH WHOM HE WAS IN A RELATIONSHIP, AFTER SHE DISCOVERED SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER WOMAN
*Defendant also convicted of threatening to kill the victim and the mother of his children
SANTA ANA – A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was convicted yesterday of repeatedly assaulting a woman, with whom he had a relationship, after she discovered on Christmas Day that he was sexually involved with another woman. Mark Eric Hibner, 44, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury yesterday, Oct. 22, 2013, of two felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury and three felony counts of criminal threats. He faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison at his sentencing Nov. 15, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-29, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At the time of the crimes, Hibner was a 22-year deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was involved in a romantic relationship with Jane Doe #1 for several years.
On Dec. 25, 2012, Hibner got into an argument with Jane Doe #1 after the victim discovered a sexually suggestive voicemail from another woman on the defendant’s cell phone.
The following day, Dec. 26, 2012, Hibner continued to argue with Jane Doe #1 over his relationship with the other woman. Over the next few days, Hibner physically assaulted Jane Doe #1, spit on the victim, repeatedly swore at her, and threatened to kill her.
On Dec. 30, 2012, Hibner woke Jane Doe #1 and dragged her to the living room by her hair. Hibner threw the victim on the floor and got on top of her. Jane Doe #1 cried, begged Hiber to stop, and banged her foot on the floor to wake the neighbors. Hibner then covered the victim’s mouth, pinched her nose, and threatened to make her pass out. He got off of Jane Doe #1, spit on her, threw a lit cigarette at her, and called her derogatory names.
On Feb. 19, 2013, Hibner met with Jane Doe #2, with whom he formerly had a romantic relationship and minor child, for a child custody exchange. During the meeting, Hibner threatened to kill Jane Doe #2 if she appeared in court at a hearing scheduled for two days later regarding a protective order for the crimes against Jane Doe #1.
The Anaheim Police Department Investigated this case. Deputy District Attorney Lori Smith of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case.