[UPDATED with Sentence:] Brian Dopler Stalked Cop Investigating Him for Stalking Someone Else
A judge ordered Dopler, who was on probation for domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend at the time of his early 2010 stalking arrest, to serve two years in jail for violating probation. He will spend three years and four months in state prison for the crime against Det. Gary Kim, whose victim impact statement follows after the jump . . .
According to the Orange County District Attorney's office, the 15-year veteran of HBPD told the court:
"I have investigated domestic violence cases for over five years. In my experience, the worst fatal or near fatal cases are often always preceded by restraining order violations and stalking behavior. I was the assigned detective in all three of Mr. Dopler's stalking cases. Two things that made him stand out from other stalking suspects were his complete obsession with his ex-girlfriend and myself, and the fact that he always told me the truth.
"During the first three cases, Mr. Dopler relentlessly violated the restraining order with hundreds of text messages, voice mails, emails and drive-by's at the victim's residence. When I would interview him, the thing that alarmed me is he admitted every restraining order violation simply because he 'just wanted to talk to her or see her one last time.' Towards the end, Mr. Dopler became more agitated and he threatened to buy a toy gun and point it at me in the hopes of humiliating me and my department by forcing me to shoot a man with a toy gun.
"Mr. Dopler never apologized or had remorse for his actions but considered his arrest as silly. I realized later Mr. Dopler does so because he simply believed what he was doing, the fear he was imposing on the victim, was not wrong."
|Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's Office|
|Brian Dopler has been convicted of making criminal threats against a police detective.|
Dopler was found guilty by a jury Tuesday of one felony count each of attempted criminal threats and stalking. He was not eligible for the more serious charge of making criminal threats because, by law, there must be evidence the victim was in fear for his life. That was not the case with the victim.
Among the slurs "The Doplerganger" directed at the Asian-American cop was this: "You fucking slant-eyed fuck."
Beginning in May 2009, Det. Gary Kim, a 15-year veteran at the Huntington Beach Police Department, investigated three cases involving Dopler for stalking and violating a protective order, for which he was later convicted and sentenced to 300 days in jail and three years of informal probation.
In December 2009, Dopler is accused of calling Kim repeatedly to inquire if any new cases were being brought against him.
Between Jan. 8 and Feb. 10 of this year, Dopler allegedly stalked the detective and left 14 harassing phone messages in which he supposedly used expletives and mentioned he had been following Kim.
On Feb. 10, Dopler is also alleged to have left Kim a phone message filled with racial slurs, expletives, a threats to kill the detective or any other police officer who followed him.
Among The Doplerganger's greatest snits:
- "You fuck with my life anymore, I will fucking kill you. . . . That's a promise."
- "You fucking slant-eyed fuck."
- "The next cop that follows me will die as well. Fuck you."
Dopler's reign of stalking and shit-talking could fetch him up to three years and four months in state prison at his June 11 sentencing in Santa Ana.