Court upholds convictions in case involving former POPD officer

Former Port Orchard police officer Dennis McCarthy
Former Port Orchard police officer Dennis McCarthy's convictions were upheld last week. He was convicted on first- and second-degree assault charges in a case involving his former girlfriend.
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A former Department of Defense and Port Orchard police officer’s appeal of two assault convictions in a domestic violence case were upheld, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

On Nov. 19, a three-judge panel in the Division II Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Dennis McCarthy, who threatened his live-in girlfriend with a gun and pushed her out of a second-story window of his Olalla home. The assault took place May 2, 2010.

“The Attorney General’s Office Criminal Justice Division handles some of the state’s toughest cases,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “This domestic violence case is a prime example of the difficult work we do to keep Washington safe.”

In November 2011, a Kitsap County jury convicted McCarthy of first- and second-degree assault in the case. The jury also returned special verdicts that McCarthy committed his crimes while armed with a firearm and that the crimes were considered domestic violence.

McCarthy was sentenced to serve 23 years in prison, which included one year for a prior incident where he lit his girlfriend’s belongings on fire.

The officer’s girlfriend fractured her right ankle and shoulder and suffered a brain injury in the fall. She spent five weeks in the hospital, underwent multiple surgeries and remains confined to a wheelchair.

The Attorney General’s Office was asked to assume prosecution of the case after the judge removed the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office from the case due to a conflict of interest. Assistant Attorney General John Hillman handled the case.


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