Romberger pleaded not guilty; his girlfriend told the judge she made up the allegations because she was angry, 10 News reports. However prosecutors reportedly have text messages related to the alleged threats. In addition, former neighbors told NBC 7 reported hearing arguments in the past and said that police had been called to the residence multiple times in the past.
East County News Service
January 30, 2019 (Santee) – San Diego Police Officer Timothy Allan Romberger was arrested Wednesday in Santee. He is charged with felony domestic violence and assaulting his girlfriend by putting a semi-automatic gun to her head and asked her why he should let her live.
The defendant has been released on $50,000 bail and is slated to appear at a readiness hearing Feb. 22 at the El Cajon Courthouse. A judge has issued a restraining order to prevent Romberger from having any contact with his girlfriend and the couple’s two children.
The 11-year SDPD veteran has been suspended from the force without pay and had his powers as police officer revoked, according to Lt. Brent Williams, Patch.com reports. He was assigned to the SDPD Eastern division patrol, 10 News reports.
District Attorney Summer Stephan released a statement noting that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the U.S.
"As District Attorney, I am thankful to San Diego Police Chief Dave Nisleit and his team for conducting a thorough investigation of one of their officers and submitting a case to my office for potential prosecution,” she said, adding, ”For justice to thrive, it is important that everyone is accountable under the law."
If convicted, Romberger could face up to nine years in prison.