BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
A former San Mateo police officer who is facing charges in Santa Clara County for trying to set up a date with a 16-year-old has been hit in San Mateo County with additional charges for allegedly trying to buy a rifle while under restrictions, a prosecutor said.
Robert Davies, 40, of Morgan Hill, was arrested in June by San Jose police for the felony of contacting a minor for sex. Davies was arrested after a tipster posed as a 16-year-old girl on the apps Tinder, Kik and Snapchat, where the tipster and Davies discussed her being 16 and discussing engaging in sexual activity together.
After Davies was arrested on June 6, a restraining order to keep him from the girl was filed.
In August, Davies tried to buy a rifle through a guns dealer in San Mateo, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Wagstaffe said that the gun broker did everything right by having Davies fill out paperwork that was then sent to the state. On the paperwork, the person who wants to buy the firearm must say if they have been indicted on felony charges or are a party to a restraining order.
Davies lied on the form about both those things, according to Wagstaffe.
State officials realized this when checking Davies’ paperwork, and sent the case to San Mateo Police, who then sent the case to the DA’s office.
Davies appeared in court on Thursday on charges of perjury. He is not currently in jail due to many crimes having $0 bail in an attempt to decrease the amount of people in the jails to limit the spread of COVID-19.
He is set to appear in Santa Clara County on Monday to set a jury trial date in the sex case and in San Mateo County he is set to appear in court again on June 29.