Retired Davenport police Capt. Kevin Murphy says a judge gave him a break by handing him a deferred judgment Thursday in his stalking case.
“I can now prove that this is not the true me,” Murphy, 56, of Bettendorf told the Quad-City Times in a telephone interview after his sentencing in Scott County District Court, Davenport.
“I’m thankful for my family and friends,” Murphy said. “They stood behind me. They knew this is not me. This is my first day of true retirement.”
The 33-year veteran of the Davenport Police Department previously admitted to charges he stalked a female friend.
His attorney, Murray Bell of Davenport, said he was pleased Murphy received a deferred judgment after pleading guilty to two aggravated misdemeanor counts of stalking. If Murphy successfully follows certain restrictions for two years, the conviction will be wiped from his record.
“He may have stepped over the line,” Bell said about the stalking.
Murphy was accused of entering the Davenport home of a friend on three occasions. In one instance, he entered the home near the Village of East Davenport while the woman was sleeping, placed his hand over her mouth and said, “Don’t call the police and don’t file a report,” an arrest affidavit states.
Bell said the victim has known Murphy 20 years, and Murphy often helped her around her house. He added that around the time of the incidents, Murphy went through “a terrible period” in his life when he suffered from alcoholism and psychological effects of more than three decades in law enforcement that Bell described being similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
“There is no help for the protectors who protect us,” Bell said. “We put them in horrific situations. We don’t give them treatment for what they go through.”
Murphy told the Times that during his last few years on the force, he couldn’t sleep at night, lost weight and lived on energy drinks.
“I asked for assistance from my command, and I got none,” Murphy said.
Laura Roan with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office prosecuted Murphy’s stalking case and said the victim felt “traumatized” by Murphy’s behavior.
Although the investigation involving Murphy began in Davenport, the case was turned over to state officials because of his law enforcement career in Scott County.
Under terms of the deferred judgment, Murphy is not allowed to have contact with the victim for five years. He also will serve two years of supervised release before the case is expunged from his record. During that time, he is not allowed to drink alcohol, and must attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and undergo mental-health treatment.
A second-degree burglary charge, a felony, was dismissed.
Since his arrest last February, Murphy has spent time in jail and under house arrest and has had to wear a GPS ankle bracelet. Scott County District Judge Thomas Reidel said in court that he placed more restrictions on Murphy out of concern for the former officer’s well-being.
“These restrictions went far beyond a slap on the wrist,” Reidel said.