This afternoon, former Ukiah Police Department Sergeant Kevin Murray was formally sentenced to two years probation and faces the potential of a suspended prison sentence if he steps out of line, Honorable Judge Ann Moorman said today in Courtroom G of the Mendocino County Superior Court.
Today’s sentencing was the final act in the story of Kevin Murray, a former Ukiah Police Department Sergeant who was fired after allegations of burglary, possession of methamphetamine, and sexual crimes against two women. A civil suit filed by a former UPD officer brought that number to three, accusing Murray of sexually assaulting his female colleague.
Judge Ann Moorman told Murray if he was found drinking beer, owning a bow and arrow, or stepping out of lines drawn by his probation, he will face time in state prison. Judge Moorman told Murray, “Your conduct has caused damage to Ukiah Police Department that will take generations to heal.”
The case of former Ukiah Police Sergeant Kevin Murray has captivated the Mendocino County public since late January 2021 when charging documents revealed he was formally charged with burglary, sexual battery, possession of methamphetamine, and a violation of civil rights stemming from excessive use of force. These charges stem from a November 2020 incident in which Murray allegedly forced his way into a woman’s room at a Ukiah hotel and sexually assaulted her.
One month later, new charges emerged against Murray accusing him of forcing oral copulation at gunpoint in 2014.
In August 2021, Murray’s alleged behaviors became central to a civil suit filed by a former Ukiah Police Department officer who alleged Murray forced himself into her hotel room during an out-of-town training, stripped naked, and sexually assaulted her. The former officer described bringing her concerns forward to the command staff of the Ukiah Police Department and being met with indifference.