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May 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

SPD officer fired after posting explicit photos of ex-lover

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David Blackmer, standing, shown during his sentencing on cyberstalking charges in Snohomish County District Court in January. (Seattle Times file photo)

A Seattle police detective has been fired after he was convicted last year of posting sexually explicit photos and videos of an ex-lover online in retaliation for ending their extramarital relationship, according to the head of the Seattle police officers’ union.

David Blackmer was fired Monday, according to Ron Smith, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild. “Based on the officer’s egregious conduct, I don’t think the chief had any other choice,” Smith said.

The Police Department confirmed the firing.

Blackmer, a 17-year veteran of the Seattle police, was sentenced in January in Snohomish County District Court to 90 days in jail for cyberstalking.

Blackmer had vowed to “ruin” the life of the victim after she went to Blackmer’s home in unincorporated Snohomish County in July to tell his wife about their affair, according to prosecutors. While there, the woman argued with Blackmer, who grabbed her by the neck and pushed her to the ground, charging documents say.

Blackmer and the then-31-year-old Auburn woman had begun a sexual relationship in December 2012 after meeting on an Internet dating website, according to the documents.

Within hours of the confrontation at Blackmer’s home, the woman noticed the explicit photos and videos on a phony Facebook page Blackmer created, the documents say. Some of the photographs and videos were taken by Blackmer while Blackmer and the woman were engaged in sexual activity.

She reported the incident to Seattle police, telling investigators she felt “violated” and “degraded.” Police disabled the Facebook page.

He was arrested in July and placed on paid administrative leave.

Blackmer originally was arrested on investigation of second-degree identity theft — a felony — and cyberstalking/domestic violence, but court records show that case was dismissed because Snohomish County prosecutors didn’t file charges by July 31.

He was charged with the gross misdemeanor of cyberstalking/domestic violence on Dec. 10 and pleaded guilty at his arraignment a week later, according to the records.

Blackmer was sentenced to 364 days in jail, but all but 90 days were suspended, with credit for two days Blackmer already had served in jail.

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