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Ex-officer pleads not guilty to tipping friend about drug raid

January 30, 2012 | 12:46 pm

A former Redondo Beach police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple felonies for allegedly tipping another officer entering a suspected drug house of an impending raid, prosecutors said.

Christopher Sabosky, 33, pleaded not guilty before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Upinder Kalrato to one count each of conspiracy to commit a crime and revealing warrant information before the search warrant was served.

Sabosky, who was fired Jan. 24 by the Redondo Beach Police Department, surrendered Monday to the court after a felony complaint for an arrest warrant was filed Friday by the L.A. County district attorney's office.

Now free on his own recognizance pending trial, he faces a maximum of three years behind bars if convicted on all counts.

The charges stem from a 2010 incident, in which officers with the Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and El Segundo police departments were poised to execute search warrants at a suspected drug house on Sheldon Street in El Segundo, prosecutors said.

During surveillance, officers saw a man drive up in a GMC Yukon about 1:30 p.m. and go into the house. The truck was registered to Jeff Grau, a Torrance police officer.

According to the criminal complaint, as police were about to execute the warrant, the defendant texted Grau, his friend. Sabosky also allegedly called Grau as Grau fled the scene and then tried to persuade another officer involved in the operation not to detain his friend.

There was no immeidate information on Grau's status with the Torrance Police Department.

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-- Andrew Blankstein
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