July 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM
Seattle police detective accused of cyberstalking ex-girlfriend
A Seattle police detective has been arrested for allegedly cyberstalking a woman he had an affair with, police said.
After the affair ended, the woman went to his home in Snohomish County on July 17 to confront him in front of his family, according to Seattle police. The 43-year-old detective retaliated by creating a “salacious” Facebook page purported to be the woman’s, police say.
The victim reported the fake Facebook page to the SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), which turned the case over to detectives in the Special Operations Bureau due to the criminal nature of the allegations. Bureau detectives developed probable cause to arrest the detective on Thursday morning.
The phony Facebook page has been taken down, police said.
The detective, David N. Blackmer, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of identity theft/domestic violence/cyberstalking. Earlier, he surrendered his badge and gun and was placed on administrative leave.
If Blackmer is charged with a felony, he will be placed on unpaid administrative leave, according to police. He is a 17-year department veteran.
Detectives are also investigating whether Blackmer assaulted the victim during the July 17 confrontation, police said.
Upon the conclusion of the criminal case, the OPA will proceed with a separate administrative investigation into Blackmer’s conduct.
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