HPD officer charged with stalking speaks out

Officer denies stalking allegation in interview

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - A veteran certified peace officer with nearly three decades of continuous service with the Houston Police Department is relieved of duty and facing a felony charge of 'stalking,' Local 2 Investigates has learned.

A district court judge has also barred Officer Dan Todd, 57, from entering two police department buildings, and the police union.

Todd is also temporarily ordered to stay away from his ex-wife, a Houston police sergeant, and his teenage daughter.

According to court documents, Todd, over a several month period in 2012 and 2013, followed, harassed, and caused fear among his family members.

"The complainant believed the defendant was acting strangely and was concerned for her safety," the probable cause affidavit reads.

"She's scared. She's got legitimate fear and from what I've learned she has reason to have that fear," said Mark Montgomery, attorney for Sgt. Marsha Hausman Todd.

In an exclusive interview, Officer Dan Todd, denied the stalking allegation, but added he could not go into detail because of a pending Houston Police Department Internal Affairs investigation.

"I can't let them lie, and put all these lies out there and say I did all of these things," said Todd. "They need to hear the truth, plus they're trying to take my daughter away from me."

Todd was most recently assigned to Bush Intercontinental Airport, the same place where he was arrested while on duty by his colleagues March 5.

"They had me handcuffed, shackled behind my back, ankle bracelet," Todd said.

Stalking is a third degree felony punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail term of between 2 and 10 years.

Todd, has been accused of wrongdoing. He has not been convicted of any crime.

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