John Kivlin lost his job and served time in jail before an investigation revealed the truth
By PoliceOne Staff
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Prosecutors have dropped
charges against a former police officer who was fired from his job and
served three months in prison following accusations of assault,
violating a protection order and other criminal counts.
against former Bellevue police officer John Kivlin was dismissed after a
six-month investigation revealed his accuser fabricated evidence, King5News reported.
Kivlin’s accuser, a woman he met on Craigslist, told authorities
Kivlin violated a protection order with constant texts and hit her after
she tried to break up with him.
Three of the seven charges
against Kivlin were dropped in September after investigators searched
the woman’s phone and reviewed billing records to find that the woman
had given an “inaccurate account,” prosecutors said.
charges were dropped this week after investigators found the woman had
fabricated evidence of Kivlin’s contact with her in August. The woman
had previously made false rape allegations in 2009 and 2010, according
Two other Bellevue police officers have been accused of sexual misconduct with the same woman, including the department chief.