Kicked-back cop sentenced in SF 

A veteran San Francisco police officer who repeatedly sat in his Sunset district home while on the clock was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to one count of failing to fulfill his duties in relation to a time card fraud case, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Ronald Gehrke, who was originally charged with 10 misdemeanor theft charges related to his time card fraud, was fined $2,000, has to complete 40 hours of community service and must pay a $1,029 restitution along with other court fees.

Gehrke has already served one day in jail after being arrested Dec. 26, 2012 by undercover officers who had been surveilling his home for weeks. In 2012 Gehrke was a beat officer out of the Taraval station assigned to walk Irving Street.

Internal Affairs was alerted to Gehrke’s actions after an anonymous letter was sent to the police chief and the mayor, according to the arrest warrant. The letter prompted a 14 day surveillance and investigation of his home. During that period Gehrke spent nearly 22 hours at his home in uniform while on duty. Gehrke’s pay was equivalent to $57.16 an hour, not including benefits.

Neighbors interviewed as part of the investigation said they saw his patrol car parked in the area often. One neighbor told investigators that he saw the patrol car parked in front of Gehrke’s home “all the time.”

Another neighbor, who had lived in the neighborhood for six years, told investigators that he and his wife joked that the officer was “home for morning tea, high tea, and afternoon tea,” and that Gehrke was home for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

As of 2014, according to The City, Gehrke no longer worked for San Francisco.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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