Former Bellevue police officer arrested for 3rd time related to domestic violence case

John Kivlin (KOMO News file)

UPDATE: Charges against Kivlin have been dropped. Updated story here:


BELLEVUE, Wash. - A former Bellevue police officer was arrested for the third time Tuesday in connection to a domestic violence case involving his ex-girlfriend.

The King County prosecutor said John Kivlin is accused of violating a no-contact order for a second time, after trying to contact the victim multiple times over the weekend.

Kivlin was charged Thursday with additional counts of violating the no-contact order and witness tampering.

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He was taken into custody and is being held on $500,000 bail.

It marks the third time Kivlin has been arrested since April.

He was initially arrested on April 28, one day after his then-girlfriend ended their relationship. She went to Bellevue police to report him for checking the records connected to her license plate and to disclose photos of injuries he allegedly inflicted on her weeks earlier.

In July Kivlin was also charged with witness tampering, violating a domestic violence protection order and 4th degree assault for the case involving his ex-girlfriend.

He spent almost a month in jail and made bail with a conditional release on August 1.

Kivlin and his girlfriend met on Craigslist and shared a tumultuous relationship from September 2017 to April 2018, police reports say.

The woman told Bellevue police April 27 that her now-ex had run her plates several times while they were together and told her that if she were to report him, it "would be difficult for her to drive in Bellevue" and "he would try to make it a living hell to drive in Bellevue by calling in favors to his friend to stop her," according to the King County Sheriff's Office, which investigated the case.

She also provided photos of facial injuries that she claims Kivlin caused.

The woman gave additional details to the sheriff's office after Bellevue police referred the case to them to avoid a conflict of interest.

Kivlin resigned from the Bellevue Police Department on August 2 after 16 years on the force.

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