Saturday, April 4, 2009
[TX] Dallas Spokesman Sgt. Gil Cerda accused of threatening murder-suicide, abusing his estranged wife, her son, and his ex-wife
...She has said she didn't seek to file a police report or go to the department's internal affairs division because she feared that would ruin her husband's career or harm his reputation. She said she also feared his influence within the Police Department...
JUDGE ORDERS DALLAS OFFICER TO STAY AWAY FROM WIFE, KIDS
The Dallas Morning News
By Tanya Eiserer firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 4, 2009
A judge issued a protective order Friday against a Dallas police spokesman whose estranged wife alleges that he's abused her son and threatened to kill her and himself.
Judge P. Oswin Chrisman ordered that the protective order be in effect against Sgt. Gil Cerda for one year. He also ordered that he stay at least 500 feet away from his wife and her children, not communicate threats to her in any way, and that Cerda attend a batterer's prevention and intervention class.
"I'm going to find that family violence has occurred and that family violence is likely to occur in the future," Chrisman said in granting the order to Maria "Carmen" Cerda.
Gil Cerda, who testified for several hours on Friday in Chrisman's Dallas courtroom, adamantly denied that he had ever been violent, threatened violence or been suicidal.
"Since we've been married, I've never lifted a finger towards her, nor she towards me," he said.
The judge also did not buy the arguments of Gil Cerda's attorneys that the request for the protective order was simply an effort by Carmen Cerda to gain an advantage in any pending divorce proceedings.
During testimony March 23, Gil Cerda's first wife also testified that he physically abused her and was extremely controlling.
On Thursday, Cerda's 12-year-old stepson testified that Cerda kicked him, hit him and slapped him. He said that in mid-August 2008, Gil Cerda attacked him and pinned him to the floor with his foot on his chest after he tried to go upstairs with a glass of water in violation of house rules. He said he grabbed a fork from the kitchen to protect himself.
Gil Cerda testified that he restrained the boy because he considered the fork a weapon. He said the boy fell during the struggle and they "just ended up on the floor." He denied kicking the boy or putting his foot on his chest.
The judge indicated that he didn't believe Gil Cerda's account. "You threw him down," the judge told him.
Carmen Cerda, his wife of seven years, has previously testified that she moved out of the couple's home last summer after the incident. She said that she recently moved to an undisclosed location because she feared for her safety after Gil Cerda kept showing up at her apartment complex and workplace.
She has said she didn't seek to file a police report or go to the department's internal affairs division because she feared that would ruin her husband's career or harm his reputation. She said she also feared his influence within the Police Department.
Gil Cerda, the former longtime head of the Latino Peace Officers Association and a one-time sheriff's hopeful, denied having any special influence.
"I'm just a sergeant," he said.
Because of the protective order, Cerda will no longer be able to carry his firearm except when on duty. [LINK]
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