A former Huntington Beach police officer accused of harassing a co-worker who was dating the defendant’s ex-girlfriend has been allowed to enroll in a diversion program that allows defendants to avoid jail time.
Steven Tennant, 33, was granted a motion to enroll in the misdemeanor diversion program last Thursday, according to court records. As part of the agreement, Tennant must perform 80 hours of community service by March 10, and then he may move to have charges dismissed.
He will do the community service for the Nederland Fire Department or the Veterans Administration, according to court records.
Tennant was charged last year with two misdemeanor counts of impersonating a fellow officer online. He could have faced up to two years in jail if convicted at trial.
Tennant posted the then-fellow officer’s photo and phone number on the doublelist.com website, prompting the victim to receive text messages, some of which included lewd photos, according to prosecutors. Tennant posted the information after the victim started dating his ex-girlfriend, prosecutors said.