Cops: State trooper used police database to stalk ex-girlfriend
A Delaware state trooper has been arrested for allegedly using a law enforcement criminal history database to stalk his ex-girlfriend.
Master Cpl. Andrel Martinez, 38, a 15-year veteran of the Delaware State Police force, was taken into custody Friday.
Police said an investigation was launched in January after someone reported Martinez had unlawfully accessed the Delaware Justice Information System, a database containing criminal history record information for use by government agencies.
An investigation allegedly turned up evidence of domestic-related crimes involving Martinez and his former girlfriend, a 34-year-old Sussex County woman with whom he shares a 1 ½ year-old child.
Police said the couple separated last March. In the eight months following the breakup, Martinez allegedly initiated “numerous harassing and intimidating visits, text messages, emails, repeated phone calls and voicemails to the victim,” according to a Delaware State Police news release.
Investigators said Martinez also used the Delaware Justice Information System to run background checks on the victim’s acquaintances and to conduct inquiries on the registrations of vehicles parked in his ex-girlfriend’s parking lot, as well as record checks of the vehicles’ owners.
Martinez is charged with 48 counts of knowingly and wrongfully obtaining criminal history record information, 11 counts of attempting to knowingly and wrongfully obtain criminal history record information, and one count each of stalking, harassment and official misconduct.
Martinez was arraigned and released on $62,000 unsecured bond. He was also issued a no-contact order with the victim, and remains suspended from the police force pending the outcome of the criminal charges.
Police said those whose names Martinez is accused of unlawfully running through the Delaware Justice Information System will receive official notification by mail.