A Seattle police detective was arrested Thursday for felony identity theft, with the underlying crime of domestic violence cyberstalking, the department confirmed at a press conference.
David N. Blackmer, 43, was arrested at police department headquarters, where he is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau.
According to police, Blackmer created a Facebook account under the name of a woman whom he had a sexual relationship with and used it to post information that was “salacious in nature.”
The posts included sexually explicit photos of the woman, according to Seattle Police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.
The woman went to the detective’s home to “confront him in front of his family” after their romantic relationship ended badly, police said in a statement. He retaliated by creating the page using the woman’s identity, police said.
The woman reported the page to the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability on Wednesday, July 17. She said the page caused her “fear and embarrassment.”
The officer has been with the department since March 1996, according to the city’s personnel department. He was previously assigned to patrol.
Blackmer has been placed on paid administrative leave. That status would change to unpaid if he’s charged with a felony.
Under state law, a person is guilty of cyberstalking if “he or she, with intent to harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass any other person, and under circumstances not constituting telephone harassment, makes an electronic communication to such other person or a third party.”
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