A Seattle police detective pleaded guilty today in Snohomish County to cyberstalking/domestic violence in a case involving a former mistress, according to Times news partner KING-TV.
The attorney for Officer David N. Blackmer said his client was “remorseful,” KING-TV reports.
Snohomish County prosecutors are seeking jail time and a no-contact order, but they’re also seeking punishment that could end Blackmer’s career by removing his right to carry a gun, KING-TV says.
Blackmer’s attorney, Ryan Wood, believes that sentence is simply too harsh.
Blackmer, a 17-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, has been on paid leave since his arrest last summer. He lives near Everett.
He will be sentenced on Jan. 8.
Blackmer and the victim began a sexual relationship in December after meeting on an Internet dating website, according to probable-cause documents that outlined the case against Blackmer. She ended the relationship in early July, the documents say.
On July 17, the woman went to Blackmer’s home in unincorporated Snohomish County to tell his wife about their affair, the documents state. While there, the woman said, she argued with Blackmer, who grabbed her by the neck and pushed her to the ground, the documents allege.
While she was walking back to her car, she said, Blackmer told her he would “get back at her” and “ruin her life,” according to the documents.
Within hours of the confrontation she noticed explicit photos on a phony Facebook page, the documents say. Some of the photographs were taken while Blackmer and the 31-year-old woman were engaged in sexual activity, according to the documents.
The woman contacted the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) in person, complaining that the counterfeit page had caused her fear, anxiety and embarrassment, Seattle police said.
OPA investigators turned the case over to detectives in the Special Operations Bureau in light of the criminal nature of the allegations. Bureau detectives worked on the case for several days, developing probable cause for the arrest.
Detectives also took down the Facebook page.