Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Former Officer Greg Cannedy Convicted of False Imprisonment

A former San Leandro police officer has been convicted of false imprisonment for groping two women while he was on duty, his attorney said Wednesday.

Former Officer Greg Cannedy, 45, who retired from the department in 2007, entered no-contest pleas to two counts of false imprisonment - one a felony, the other a misdemeanor - said his attorney, Michael Rains.

Judge Kevin Murphy of Alameda County Superior Court sentenced Cannedy two months ago to 18 months of formal probation and six months of home detention while under electronic monitoring, Rains said.

"To this day, I believe the allegations against Greg were completely without merit," Rains said.

The misdemeanor conviction stemmed from an incident in September 2006, when Cannedy leaned over Jennifer Acuna in her kitchen and began kissing her before grabbing her hand and putting it on his crotch.

Acuna received $92,500 earlier this year under a civil settlement with the city.

Cannedy was convicted of felony false imprisonment for groping Starlah Burke during a traffic stop in 2005 after she repeatedly rebuffed his romantic overtures over a period of months.

Cannedy asked personal questions of Burke, told her that "he and his wife were not in love," continually showed up at her home and called her between May and December 2005 to discuss having sex, Burke said in her suit against the city. She received a $95,000 settlement.

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