A jury convicted a former state trooper from Fort Worth of stalking his ex-wife, after prosecutors argued that he was behind a series of threats that began after their 2009 divorce and that he set up a fake online dating profile for her through which he enticed men to show up at her home expecting sex.
Kevin Safford, 41, faces up to 30 years in prison for two counts of stalking and one count of online impersonation. He was convicted Wednesday, and the sentencing portion of his trial is set to resume Thursday.
Lawana Siney, Safford's ex-wife, testified that men starting calling her at work and showing up at her home shortly after they divorced, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Safford's computer had been used to access the online dating site. They acknowledged that an analysis of the computer didn't contain evidence that he created the phony profile, but said it did show that Safford had a copy of a photo used to create the website and that his computer accessed the photo on Oct. 25, 2009.
The next day, men started responding to the profile by calling Siney at work and showing up at her home expecting to have sex, prosecutors said. Police said the men believed they had been chatting with Siney online and that she had made arrangements to see them.
Siney testified that she had nothing to do with the profile.
Safford was a Department of Public Safety trooper for four years until surrendering his peace officer's license in 2000, records show. Texas DPS did not immediately provide further details on his employment record.