Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Felony Domestic Battery

Case # 20HF0283

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Felony Domestic Battery

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A 28-year-old Orange County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty today to attacking his girlfriend after a birthday celebration in January.

Kyle Edward Pickard, of Rancho Santa Margarita, is charged with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury, one felony count of making criminal threats, and one felony count of false imprisonment by violence or menace in connection with the January 19, 2020 incident.  He faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted on all counts.

Pickard turned himself into authorities today and was released on $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear at the Harbor Justice Center on March 19, 2020 in Department H1.

“Law enforcement officers are entrusted with protecting society from harm,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “It is a sad day when a law enforcement officer violates the law he is entrusted to uphold. As a sworn peace officer, he sees this type of violence in his career all too often and he should know there are other options. Violence is never the answer.”

Deputy District Attorney Tara Meath of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.