Criminal Justice

Ex-Asst. PD Gets Probation in Ex-Girlfriend's Stalking

Brought down by a drug habit, according to his attorney, a former assistant Orange County public defender sat before a judge today in Santa Ana, Calif., in a jail jumpsuit awaiting sentencing.

David Scharf, 46, was given five years of probation by Superior Court Judge Daniel Barrett McNerney, and was ordered to attend a 12-month drug treatment program and stay away from his ex-girlfriend for a decade, reports the Orange County Register.

“I’ve known you a long time,” the judge told Scharf, who worked as a public defender for a decade. “I watched your career rise like a stratosphere … it’s sad to me to see you at the bottom.”

Scharf could have been sentenced to as much as three years in prison for stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend. According to his lawyer, Lloyd Freeberg, an addiction to methamphetamine put Scharf where he is today.

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