Christopher Scott Cline, 30, was convicted of felony stalking and misdemeanor trespassing following a five-day jury trial on Monday in Napa Superior Court conducted by Judge Cynthia Smith.
The defendant was accused of repeatedly returning to the rural property of a 72-year-old woman whom he did not know. After being ordered twice by the Napa County Sheriff’s Office to stay away from her property, Cline was found at the woman’s front door in the middle of the night after repeatedly ringing her doorbell and waking her up, District Attorney Allison Haley said in a news release.
The woman’s home was set back from the road, behind a wall and two secured gates. The victim lived alone. A Napa sheriff’s deputy located the defendant approximately an hour later in the City of Calistoga, a couple miles away from the woman’s residence, the District Attorney's Office said.
The jury also heard evidence that the defendant has a predatory history of targeting women in Napa County — a lone, graveyard shift security guard stationed at a PG&E jobsite following the 2020 fires, and two elderly women in 2018 who were both living in a senior community. All three women testified during the trial, with one of the elderly victims describing being sexually battered by defendant.
At the time of his arrest, Cline was on two grants of Napa County probation for receiving stolen property and failing to register as a sex offender. Cline has been required to register as a sex offender since 2016 when he was convicted of annoying or molesting a child in Los Angeles County, the DA's Office said.
“Mr. Cline was and is a demonstrated threat to particularly vulnerable women in our community and our seniors," said Deputy District Attorney Taryn Hunter, who prosecuted the case. "It can be incredibly frightening to have a stranger stalk you at your home, especially when you’re alone in an isolated part of the county.
"Our office has professionals on staff to assist our seniors with their unique needs to achieve justice – highly skilled advocates and lawyers who walk with them throughout the court system process,” she said.
Cline is being held in custody on bail. He will be back in court for sentencing on June 1 at 8:30 a.m.