Ex-deputy pleads not guilty to four felonies

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Brodwater

A former Kootenai County sheriff’s deputy accused of kidnapping and battering his estranged wife maintained his innocence this week in First District Court.

Gavin D. Brodwater, 39, who pleaded not guilty to first-degree stalking, second-degree kidnapping, domestic battery and violating a no-contact order, was indicted on the four felonies by a grand jury in March.

The charges stem from a series of incidents that started earlier this year, according to a Post Falls police report.

Brodwater, a former county patrol deputy who was decertified, is accused of twice luring his wife into his pickup truck after calling her on her cellphone — in violation of a previous no-contact order — driving her to his house and forcing her to stay despite her efforts to leave, according to police. He is being held in the Kootenai County jail without bond.

The couple were separated and living apart when the incidents occurred. In one case, Brodwater allegedly kept his wife for six hours against her will in his Post Falls home on the 1300 block of Glover Lane.

According to the indictment, Brodwater on March 12 placed several calls to his wife despite the no-contact order and asked her to meet him at the American Legion in Post Falls. When she conceded, he locked her inside his Dodge Durango and drove her to his home, drove into his garage, shut the doors and refused to let her leave.

Brodwater was reportedly jealous and accused her of seeing other men while the couple were separated.

The woman told police the incident was the second in a series of no-contact order violations, including an incident in February in which Brodwater allegedly struck her, causing her to bleed from the nose and mouth.

In the February incident, the woman told police she left the Loungefly Bar in Post Falls around 6 p.m. and noticed Brodwater following her.

“Gavin had been ‘blowing up’ her phone that day and she was not speaking with him,” according to a report by Post Falls police officer Alex Clark.

When she pulled over, Brodwater forced her into his vehicle, drove her to his house and kept her there for six hours against her will, police said.

In one report investigators ruminated over Brodwater’s past as a police officer:

“He more than anyone would understand the ramifications and seriousness of violating (the no-contact order),” Detective John Mason wrote.

By following the woman, calling and texting her, showing up at her house and telling her that he feels her car’s exhaust pipe to determine how long ago she had returned to her residence, Brodwater had invoked “well-founded fear” into his wife, Mason wrote.

“I know from training and experience that domestic abusers usually follow a cycle, if not stopped, which escalates from verbal to physical and quite often to domestic homicide,” Mason wrote.

The detective noted further that by allowing Brodwater twice to subdue her, “Her responses and emotional conditioning ... is quite common to persons involved in an abusive relationship.”

Brodwater, a former Coeur d’Alene Police reservist, worked for the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office from 2001 to 2011. His Idaho police certification was revoked in 2013, according to the state P.O.S.T. academy.

District Judge Scott Wayman did not set a jury trial date, but unless the defendant waives his speedy trial right, the court has six months from Brodwater’s March indictment to have a trial. The trial will likely be set between July and September, according to Wayman’s office.

In a separate 2016 case, Brodwater pleaded guilty to domestic violence with traumatic injury which resulted in the no-contact order, according to court records. The sentencing in that case was vacated this week, and the case is pending.

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