Corrections officer convicted of stalking ex-girlfriend

ANTELOPE VALLEY – A California Department of Corrections officer pleaded no contest Friday to stalking a former girlfriend and was sentenced to a year in county jail.

Xavier Lorenzo Renteria, 41, was also placed on three years formal probation and ordered to pay the victim $4,250 in restitution, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

A spokeswoman for the DA’s office said the stalking took place in the Antelope Valley area, but declined to be more specific so that the identity of the victim could remain protected.

Renteria was arrested in February by investigators with the Lancaster Station’s Detective Bureau. Besides stalking, Renteria was charged with residential burglary, making criminal threats and vandalism.

The other counts were dismissed as part of a negotiated settlement of the case after Renteria pleaded no contest to the felony stalking charge.

Authorities said Renteria had a dating relationship with the victim, who broke it off in December 2011. The felony criminal complaint alleged the various crimes occurred between Dec. 1, 2011, and Feb. 8, 2012.

Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau issued a 10-year restraining order prohibiting Renteria from having any contact with the victim.

(Information via press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.)