The founder of a San Diego-based solar energy company that came under scrutiny for suddenly shutting down its operations has pleaded guilty to stalking his ex-girlfriend.
Daniel Joseph Sullivan, 44, head of Sullivan Solar Power, a prominent solar system installer in the San Diego area, was arrested last year and charged with stalking the woman and repeatedly violating a restraining order she filed against him.
Sullivan’s company closed its doors abruptly last year, sparking anger from customers who claimed they paid for unfinished work and couldn’t get officials to join the company.
Shortly after the company closed, Sullivan was arrested in the stalking case. He pleaded guilty to a felony stalking count on Tuesday and remains in county jail pending his April 27 sentencing date, when he is expected to receive probation.
According to the San Diego County Attorney’s Office, Sullivan has agreed to undergo a drug and alcohol treatment program, a year of domestic violence recovery classes, and GPS monitoring. If he does not comply with his probation, he will receive three years in prison, according to the Public Prosecution Service.
According to court documents, Sullivan was convicted in 2017 of domestic violence involving the woman, who was granted a restraining order against Sullivan after receiving a series of harassing and threatening phone calls, text messages and emails that he claimed to have made.
Sullivan is also said to have appeared at her workplace unannounced. The woman stated that she had moved out of her home and started working remotely as a result.
“I have ignored these threats in the past, but this time his threats and behavior have escalated and I am terrified that he will harm, if not kill, me,” she wrote in a statement.
In another statement, she claimed he continued to call and message her regularly, in violation of the restraining order.
While describing his behavior as “irregular” and “unpredictable,” she wrote, “I am deeply shocked by his complete disregard for the restraining order and it is unknown how far Daniel will go to get my attention.”