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Huntington Beach man who stalked police detective sentenced to 5 years in prison

Brian-Dopler_ocda A 28-year-old man convicted of stalking and attempting to make criminal threats against a Huntington Beach police detective was sentenced Friday to five years and four months in prison, prosecutors said.

Brian Dopler, of Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury in June of one felony count each of attempted criminal threats and stalking. Dopler was found guilty of attempted criminal threats because he did not incite fear in the police officer, officials said.

At the time of the crime, Dopler was on probation in a domestic-violence case involving his ex-girlfriend.

Det. Gary Kim became a target in May 2009 after he began investigating complaints of Dopler stalking women and violating a protective order.

Three protective orders were subsequently issued against Dopler, and he was sentenced to 300 days in jail and three years of informal probation.

Dopler called Kim repeatedly in December 2009 to inquire if the police department had any new cases against him, prosecutors said. Between Jan. 8, 2010, and Feb. 10, 2010, Dopler stalked Kim by leaving 14 harassing messages with expletives on his phone, prosecutors said.

In February 2010, Dopler left a racially charged and expletive-filled phone message for Kim, threatening to kill him. "The next cop that follows me will die, as well," he said in the message, according to prosecutors.

At Friday's sentencing, Kim provided an impact statement.

"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," Kim said, according to prosecutors. "... 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.'"


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Photo: Brian Dopler. Courtesy of: Orange County district attorney's office

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